Teaching Normal Labor
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It has been my experience that the stages model of labor is not based on good theory or research and does not accurately describe how labor truly works.

Music for Labor and Delivery
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Among many relaxation techniques employed to soothe the mind and body, music is an age-old mixture of genius and comfort for the senses. Whether the music is a simple folk song being strummed on a guitar around a campfire, or a heart-thrilling orchestral Bach suite, the wonderful mind-calming … Read More

Doulas as a Part of Birth Team
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The morning when my client’s water broke, her midwife called me to let me know some basic information, including when she had gotten there and what the plan was.  We discussed the emotional and labor support needs. Then I came … Read More

All women should have access to doula care
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The biggest news from ACOG’s latest Committee Opinion, was that women should have access to continuous labor support, professionally called a doula.  This does not surprise many who have been following the trail of research since the 1990’s.  They cite … Read More

Personal Birth Plan for Anemia
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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 … Read More

Student Response: Overweight, Pregnant, and Natural Childbirth
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(Editor Note: Jessica C. of Indiana submitted the following response to one of our first unit assignments.) I appreciate when my midwife and nurses don’t assume the worst because I am overweight. All of my pregnancies have been healthy and … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Blue Cohosh
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Blue Cohosh for the Induction of Labor (To learn the early signs of labor and how to cope with them, Click Here!) What it is: Blue Cohosh is a plant that was used by Native Americans for many reasons, including … Read More

Safe Birth as Defined by Women
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Many people often state a healthy mom and baby as the number one goal during childbirth, but what does that mean.  To the doctor and medical staff, it could mean a mom and baby that are alive and healthy.  For … Read More

Student Response for Personalized Birth Plans
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In one of our assignment in the main doula course, we ask our students to take into consideration the medical diagnosis of their patient while developing a personalized birth plan.  What follows is the response that we got from one … Read More

Pregnancy Diet Tip: Eat Dates to Decrease Bleeding
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From Babymoon Inn Midwife Maribeth Diver: Please take a trip to a natural foods store and get some dates to snack on. The date fruit is the product of the date palm, a tree native to Northern Africa and the … Read More

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