When I was working as a nurse, I came across data and research that supported a different way of pushing than what I was taught at the hospital. In the hospital, we were taught to start pushing as soon as the mom was 10cm. We were to have the woman laying on her back semi-reclined with her feet pulled up. With every contraction, the mother was to hold her breathe and push as hard as she could while counting to ten. This was done three times. But the research I came across indicated that there were problems for both the mom and baby when pushing was done in this fashion. Read more ›
Rachel in the water shortly after childbirth.
I just finished watching Rebecca Dekkan’s (from evidencebasedbirth.com) webinar on “How to Debunk the ACOG/AAP Statement on Waterbirth.” For those who are not familiar with it, you can find the full text here. Having just had a waterbirth, this has been at topic of interest to me. So I thought I’d share a little of what she talked about. Read more ›
Contraction – a shortening of the uterine muscles occurring at intervals before and during childbirth.
Labor and childbirth is a difficult process to describe. Searching the Internet for other’s opinions about this is an interesting exercise. Most describe contractions in relation to physical sensations and most will describe them as painful. Some will say it is the most pain they have ever felt. There are a few that will describe them as painless. Read more ›
UPDATE: The webinar is available from October 7th through November 6th, 2014. It’s still not too late to sign up!
New Beginnings Doula Training is hosting an online webinar from AWHONN (the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing) entitled “Nursing Care and Management of Second Stage of Labor.” This webinar covers current evidence-based information about the benefits of upright positioning and delayed and non-directed pushing. Additionally, strategies for implementation of these techniques are presented in the webinar. Read more ›
Working to provide more business tools for our doulas-in-training, we recently put into place a service that makes the website hosting and domain name services that we use also available to our students, alumni, and others. We feel that this is an exciting development for independent doulas because it gives them affordable access to world-class hosting services for their small business website without paying for cost of industrial-grade hosting. Read more ›
More often than not, birth stories are related in a linear fashion, but my experiences of birth have never felt linear. The memories come back to me in episodic moments of emotion and inner thoughts. Like flashes of light, I see again the moments that make up my births. The numbers of dilation and patterns float around on the surface, but underneath it is the brief moments that stitch together to make up the memory of a birth. Read more ›
As popularity for our online doula training program continues to grow, we have enjoyed over the past several months new registration numbers coming in at between 15 to 20 new students per month. While we are both gratified and excited by the success and interest in our course, we are having to deal with the real challenge of growth and how to manage that effectively. Read more ›
One of our students prepared a birth plan for a client who would be dealing with anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells typically resulting in weariness) during her labor. With our student’s permission we are reproducing her plan on how to work with this particular complication that required more medical interventions. Read more ›
“Chill out girlfriend. Pregnancy is a natural part of life. Our bodies were designed to carry and deliver a baby. Being stressed puts you at risk of preterm labor and having low-birthweight babies.”
In the training unit on anxiety, we ask our students to interview a prospective client and to prepare a handout to give them regarding anxiety in childbirth. This student’s handout had a witty and humorous twist to it.
“Crazy Women Anxiety” handout
icon ©2014 M Czarnecki; photo by P.Fortune
The more I work with women in birth, the more I realize that spirituality plays a role in many people’s births. This may include a simple prayer or long meditations the mother uses to connect herself to the divine with each contraction. I found that it became important for me to be in tune with the mother’s use of these rituals in order to either help her, or remind her of her desire to use these as a resource. Because of this, I ask my students to interview someone about spirituality during birth. Read more ›