The fourth trimester, or he immediate postpartum period, is something a lot of new parents are never really prepared for. They hear birth stories, get parenting advice, and fill a dresser with cute new baby clothes, but how to cope with the demands of an infant when you’re sleep-deprived and healing from a birth isContinue reading “SUPPORT DURING THE FOURTH TRIMESTER”
Let’s talk baby showers for a minute. Most people either really love them, or really dread them. Even with a registry, it’s hard to buy a gift that you feel is meaningful but still useful. Babies grow so quickly that it’s hard to predict how many clothes they’ll need and at what ages. Not everyContinue reading “5 Non-Traditional Baby Shower Gift Ideas”
While birth work is a passion of mine, my first love was music. I started taking piano lessons at 7 years old and progressed at lightning speed, eventually picking up the flute and singing as well. I grew to realize that music is the universal language, the expression of life itself, and that everyone, noContinue reading “Creating Your Labor Playlist”
When I became pregnant with my first baby it never occurred to me to take a childbirth class. I had never known anyone who’d taken a class, and no one had ever suggested we take a one (except the nurse who was attending me while I was in labor). It wasn’t until after our firstContinue reading “Commonly Asked Questions About Childbirth Classes”
The answer to this is no. And sort of yes. (But mostly no.) A doula should never speak to your care provider or the medical staff of your behalf or interfere when a provider is caring for you (i.e. “She doesn’t want you to do that!”). Our job is to support you in your birth wishes. A doula will neverContinue reading “WILL A DOULA BE MY ADVOCATE?”
Make sure you read Part 1 first! Will a doula be my advocate? The answer to this is no. And sort of yes. (But mostly no.) A doula should never speak to your care provider or the medical staff of your behalf or interfere when a provider is caring for you (i.e. “She doesn’t wantContinue reading “Common Questions About Doulas – Part 2”
What is a doula? Is that like a midwife? No, a doula and a midwife are not the same thing! A midwife is a care provider, like an OBGYN, who sees to a woman’s clinical needs (tests, procedures, labs, measurements…etc) during pregnancy and delivery. A doula, on the other hand, is a trained labor supportContinue reading “Common Questions About Doulas – Part 1”
So you’re going on a hospital tour. Maybe your care provider recommended this, maybe your doula, maybe your bff. Maybe you’re going because you like being prepared or maybe you’re just really excited and looking for yet another fun baby thing to do over the weekend. Maybe you are planning an unmedicated birth or maybeContinue reading “Top 10 Questions o Ask On Your Hospital Tour”
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