By: Janet Grabe, RN, BSN, ICCE, CD(DONA), CLD Col Sylvia Wood, RN, MSN, CNM at Tripler Army Medical Center is a Co-Investigator and the Site Coordinator in a multi-site study on management of the second stage of labor. She was kind enough to share some of their knowledge with us by providing several excellent presentations…

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Now, before you go all kung-fu on me for using the word “fat”, please read on… “Fat Women Can Give Birth Vaginally”: Obesity and the Skyrocketing Rate of Cesarean Sections Much has been written about the alarming increase in the percentage of births delivered via cesarean section. Our Bodies Ourselves has just posted a new…

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~American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: Effects of a policy of elective cesarean delivery in cases of suspected fetal macrosomia on the incidence of brachial plexus injury and the rate of cesarean delivery. ~Saffron Doula: Am I Too Small to Birth My Baby? ~Estimating Fetal Weight: This study found that “…approximately 40% of estimates were…

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Today pregnant women need to be consumers and self-advocates. Many childbirth classes are teaching strategies to better these skills. This is not by chance, but rather by the often one-size-fits all packaging and management from pregnancy onset to labor through immediate postpartum in the care provider offices and hospitals of today. Many routine tests are…

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How to Prepare Your Child to Attend a New Baby’s BirthPreparing Children to Be Present at the Birth of a Sibling By: Angela England With family-oriented births becoming a priority for more and more women, the number of older siblings attending the birth of their new baby brothers or sisters is increasing. It can be…

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Having a cesarean section will likely get you a baby, but generally much more than you bargained for. Let me count the ways in no particular order: A scar that in no way makes a bikini look better. Sometimes described as a shelf or a pouch. The feeling of failure, guilt or less than deserving…

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Admittedly, I have never even considered eating my placenta – whether raw, steamed, blended, or dried & encapsulated. Ever. I’ve never even looked into it. However. On my doula yahoo group, there have been several – and I mean several – posts about this option. Up until about two weeks ago, I thought this was…

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Penny Simkin is known for starting the whole “doula thing” in the US. I found a wonderful article on her at another doula’s blog. I have yet to read her book, Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn, but it’s on my list of ones I want. (My birthday is coming up, after all.) I have, however,…

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“Pushing felt good.” “The urge to push was unstoppable.” “I felt like I was going to split apart.” “It hurt so much more than I thought it would.” “I didn’t want to push.” “Why did I have to hold my breath and tuck my chin?” “Why were people yelling at me?” “All I wanted to…

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There are many reasons why a woman chooses to birth in the hospital. Women have the right to choose where and with whom she will birth regardless of what another would choose. Women need the tools to navigate the hospital setting. She and her baby ARE unique. They are human beings. Laboring women are often…

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