Natural Induction Methods: Black Cohosh to Induce Labor
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Black Cohosh to Induce Labor What it is: Black Cohosh is another plant that has historically been used by midwives to help induce labor.  It is made from the root and is available as a tincture, capsule or tea. Not much is … Read More

Supporting Physiologic Birth
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In my writings, and perhaps those of others, you may have seen the term physiologic birth.  In order to understand why I choose to use this term and how to provide support for a physiologic birth, I thought it might … Read More

How to Increase Oxygenation to the Placenta
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The placenta acts as a transport for the infant’s nutritional and oxygen needs.  Sometimes a baby can get by okay if the placenta is not functioning well during pregnancy. However, during labor, a dysfunctional placenta can cause problems that may … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Sex
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Sex for the Induction of Labor Why it may work: It is not the intercourse that causes contractions, but the hormones that help with labor induction.  Semen has the highest levels of naturally occurring prostaglandins.  Prostaglandin is the same hormone we use to … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Evening Primrose Oil and How a Certified Doula Can Help
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Natural induction methods are often used by women who also desire to have doulas.  In my doula certification course, methods of induction are presented so that the doula can help provide information to the birthing mother.  The doula must be … Read More

Delayed Cord Clamping
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When I first started working as a labor and delivery nurse, delayed cord clamping was often scoffed at.  Women who wanted to have that done were “humored”, but seen as “one of those patients”.  If a baby did not cry … Read More

How a Doula Helps During a C-Section
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Many women who use doulas are looking to have a natural birth without medications.  Occasionally, though, emergencies happen, plans change, and a c-section is neccesary. I often get questioned on what a doula can do during a c-section to help … Read More

The Doula’s Role in Natural Inductions
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As a nurse and a doula, medical inductions for non-medical reasons are at the top of my list of things that make me cringe.  In the birthing community, I have seen the concern growing with others also.   More and more, … Read More

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