Below is a list of some birth related videos I like to share.  Some of the videos are graphic and some are not.  As always, get some tissues ready.  These videos are not to show perfect. These are real people in real scenarios. They are to glean from, to think on, to enjoy, to cry…

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Whenever I am asked why I am a doula, I need to stop and think for a moment.  My response every time is that as a doula I am filling the gap (along with others)  that is missing in today’s transient and autonomous society. When I respond, I am thinking of the days when girls…

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Putting effort into the initial postpartum period is in my opinion equally as important as preparing for pregnancy and birth.  Sometimes it is even more important due to circumstance or birth outcome.  Too many focus solely on the labor, delivery and perhaps the “stuff” that goes with having a baby while completely forgetting to look…

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I have been invited to share with you an intimate and challenging (and graphic) journey of a mother from an unexpected primary cesarean, physician decided repeat cesarean and a home water birth after those two cesareans. Before you watch it, take a deep breath and have an open mind. A box of tissues may be…

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I am often asked what someone needs to take to the hospital or birth center.   I am going for items that may not be normally thought of along with some tried and true items. Wherever a mother is going to have her baby – it is her space, her labor cave as it were.  Now…

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ACOG recently updated guidelines for fetal monitoring in labor.  They call it a refinement.  Very interesting. Directly from the press release “Since 1980, the use of EFM has grown dramatically, from being used on 45% of pregnant women in labor to 85% in 2002,” says George A. Macones, MD, who headed the development of the…

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(Originally posted July 2009. Information still relevant.) ACOG released a press release today regarding a new practice bulletin revising labor induction guidelines.  Though the practice bulletin is not available on the ACOG site, a detailed review is available by Medpage today.  I hope to soon have the full copy to share. Some high points I…

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  The question is posed to me fairly often about the use of misoprostol (Cytotec), cervadil or prepadil for ripening prior to induction with Pitocin. For all women, but especially for the VBAC mother or a mother with an otherwise scarred uterus (myomectomy or other uterine surgeries as well) this is something to really consider…

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Below is a reprinting of an open letter written to ACNM after a special alert notice.  Women and families no matter what insurance or lack thereof should be able to have access to any and all midwifery care.  Consumers CAN make appropriate choices for their own care. As a consumer the idea of shutting out…

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