Birth Trauma and the Five Stages of Grief
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A VBAC (vaginal birth after cesaran) I attended a number of years ago ended up in c-section.  While there are so many what-ifs in these kinds of scenarios, it is not my place to tell the mother what she should … Read More

Webinar: Abuse Survivors and Childbirth
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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth This webinar discusses working with survivors of abuse and the unique set of challenges that presents with childbirth.  Specific topics include: The need to create safety and control Prenatal preparation Discussing the topic with the care … Read More

What is the difference between a doula and other healthcare providers?
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Often people feel like the role a doula plays can or should be done by other healthcare workers. While this would be nice, in reality it is very difficult for healthcare workers to provide good medical care and good labor … Read More

Newborn Jaundice and How to Provide Support as a Doula
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Newborn jaundice is when a baby has a high level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that the body creates when it replaces old red blood cells. The liver helps break down the substance so it … Read More

A Birth Story about Hypnobirthing
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As a part of my course, I have my students write about the theories in hypnobirthing and then interview someone who has used it. I have seen great births with this method, though most rarely will call it completely pain … Read More

What Causes Pain during Childbirth
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Pain during childbirth is a common phenomenon. It is most often associated with the contracting of the uterus. However, did you know that pain can come from all sorts of areas and for all sorts of reasons during labor and … Read More

Prepare your Body for Labor by Decreasing Muscle Tension
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We all want to have as easy a labor as possible, and a large part of preparing your body for labor comes before labor even starts. Some of preparation should be stretches and exercises to help decrease muscle tension in … Read More

Doulas and depression during pregnancy, labor and postpartum
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I often describe the role of a doula by first describing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  This is a concept that is taught in my course.  It can be depicted like a pyramid with physiologic needs and safety at the bottom … Read More

5 Reasons Why It Is Important to Change Positions While in Labor
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Women have been birthing babies since the beginning of time. As we can see from the media, there are many positions that women get into as part of labor and even into delivery. Doing what feels good and comfortable helps … Read More

Managing Second Stage Labor
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When I was working in the hospital, I came across data and research that supported managing second stage labor in a different way than what I was taught. In the hospital, we were taught to start pushing as soon as … Read More

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