Here is more from our series celebrating the doulas in our community! Happy World Doula week! Did you miss part...
This week we celebrate World Doula Week! Please join us on a blog series where we asked as many doulas...
Of Greek origin, the word “doula” has come to refer to a woman that provides emotional, physical, practical, and educational support for laboring and postpartum women. The doula has taken a place alongside female friends and extended family that traditionally assist expecting and new moms during birthing and parenting.
Doulas provide families with emotional, educational, and physical support through labor, birth, and beyond. Research surrounding their work has proven...
It’s common to wonder: What should I do if I find out I have a breech baby? Learning that your baby is positioned buttocks first or feet first rather than head down (or vertex) can be disappointing but, never fear, there are some techniques that can help encourage your baby to get into a more optimal position. The list below includes evidence-based and anecdotal recommendations to help your baby turn head down if your provider tells you your baby is breech:
The idea of physically attending a childbirth education class seems ridiculous in this day and age, when an abundance of free online and digital information is right at your fingertips. Why get out of your jammies and the privacy of your own home to sit with a bunch of people you don’t know and watch a birth video? Here’s why: there’s so much more to a childbirth education class than videos, and you will be surprised by how much fun you’ll have!
You’re moving closer to your due date but feeling impatient while waiting for your labor to start on its own. You’re exhausted from getting up in the middle of the night to pee. You’re so swollen you’ve got “cankles” for the first time in your life. Add to that, heartburn, hemorrhoids, and hot flashes and you may be tempted to say “I’ve had enough!” Thoughts of scheduling your baby's delivery via an induction or cesarean start to enter your mind. How convenient it would be to pencil in your baby’s birth date in your calendar rather than live with the uncertainty of when labor will start or the discomforts of late pregnancy? Sounds like a good idea to get this pregnancy thing over with and move on to birthing your baby, right?? Well, think again…..
Get Off to the Best Start Possible: Couplet Care, Rooming In, and Skin-to-Skin Contact After you give birth, you and your baby may be physically separate, but even though you have cut the umbilical cord, your health and well-being are still closely linked with your baby’s. Your care should be designed to keep you and your baby together whenever possible. Here are three ways to do that.
“Birth hormones matter: Take precaution before intervention” could be the bumper sticker summary of Dr. Sarah J. Buckley’s new, in-depth report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. In her book, Dr. Buckley reviews the important role of birth hormones in helping expecting women prepare for birth, initiate labor, bond with their babies, and begin breastfeeding. The report also covers common practices that may create stress for the mother and interfere with natural hormonal processes during labor and birth, such as lack of privacy, loud noise, bright lights, and unnecessary or too frequent interventions, assessments, and monitoring.
How Do You Know If Your Contractions Are the Real Thing? Check Out These 4 Signs! Your due date is approaching and you’re excited to meet your baby – you’re ready! You may have started experiencing some pre-labor symptoms such as diarrhea, pressure, bloody show, hot flashes, weight loss, moodiness, and Braxton-Hicks contractions.
Now, more and more birthing sites across the U.S. are offering this option to their patients, joining 65% of countries across the globe that have been providing “gas and air” in post - World War II Europe for years and with great results. The self-administered gas is 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. It generates a relaxed state within which one experiences a diminished perception of pain. Nitrous is fast acting, achieving peak effect at 30 – 50 seconds after inhalation. The gas is often just enough to help a woman get through her labor or allow her to delay the use of the epidural, but it’s not for everyone.