Dad Matters – A doula’s perspective

Many men in our culture are fairly apprehensive about birth. Most have never seen a real birth, or talked about it outside of sex ed. They are often nervous about birth itself, seeing their partner in pain, the what-ifs, and all that may come after. They doubt their ability to support their partner in her…

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Birthy Weekend Links

Midwifery Benefits? Improved Outcomes For Moms Who See Midwives, Review Finds ~HuffPost Parents Dear parents, you need to control your kids. Sincerely, non-parents ~The Matt Walsh Blog The Fourth Trimester – AKA: Why Your Newborn is Only Happy in Your Arms. ~babycalming.com Planned home birth: the professional responsibility response–a midwifery response ~American Journal of Obstetricians…

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What You Need to Know About Birth Plans

As a doula, I require all of my clients to put together a birth plan, discuss it with their care provider, and to provide me a hard copy. I make very few exceptions to this requirement. I believe firmly that a birth plan is a critical piece of the puzzle in good perinatal care. As…

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Birthy Weekend Links

This week, featuring breastfeeding: Why Delay Solids? ~KellyMom.com The Benefits of Breastfeeding and the Dangers of Formula: Two Sides of the Same Coin ~House Calls 5 Cool Things No One Ever Told You About Nighttime Breastfeeding ~Breastfeed Chicago

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Birthy Weekend Links

This weekend is coming up fast! What plans do you have? I have family coming in for a five-day visit, I’m on call for a midwife, and I’m trying to put together some bouquets for my sister’s upcoming wedding. In the meantime, here are a few things worth reading this weekend. Top Ten Ina May…

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