Not only does evidence tell us a doula can have measurable benefits for both mothers and their babies, but their intangible benefits are also felt every day by those who hire them for their expert support. Doulas are fast becoming standard-of-care, as they should. Women have always surrounded women in their childbearing year, from girlhood…

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We are so excited to welcome Dawn Franz, a Nutritional Health Coach, to chat with you about good prenatal nutrition! Bring your partner, and enjoy a snack while you learn tips and tricks to build a healthy baby, prepare for labor and birth, and ensure a healthy recovery. You can RSVP by emailing info@prepforbirth.com, or…

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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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A guest post on an unexpected breech cesarean from a mother’s perspective. From the heart. Where reality meets birth.   My husband and I got married roughly four years ago and wanted a baby. Our plans to conceive a baby was derailed, as I lost my job shortly after we got married. We finally began…

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I have been thinking on the F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) acronym.  What else can it mean? Fear itself can be a positive or a negative. Fear can be a stumbling block or a motivator. I enjoy coming up with affirmations and words that alter the view especially as it relates to pregnancy, childbirth and…

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A birth plan has more than one purpose. It begins as a value clarification exercise, then becomes a communication tool with your care provider and ultimately a guide of needs and desires during labor, delivery and postpartum. Even if your birth location does not ask for birth plans, it is a good idea to write…

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For first time mamas, previously induced mamas or those who have loads of prodromal labor, getting a handle on the nuances of when labor is going to start or if it is lasting labor can be really confusing. There is no way to know exactly when labor is going to start, but there are many…

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Building a labor support team is part of conscious preparation during pregnancy for your labor,  birth and life with the very newborn. Hiring a labor doula continues to gain in popularity for the expecting family. Your doula comes alongside you in pregnancy through labor and delivery with some additional early postpartum follow-up.  For additional after…

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So often I am in conversation and forget that everyone does not eat, drink and sleep birth related information like my peers and I do. I have put together a list of useful terms and definitions to take the “What?” out of navigating the host of terms surrounding pregnancy and birth. AROM – Artificial Rupture…

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I am so thankful to all of the submissions I received for this Why I am Grateful for my Birth(s) blog carnival. I have found no matter what a woman can learn something and be grateful for something in every birth experience no matter how difficult or wonderful. Enjoy these quips and please go to…

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