Doulas and Home Birth

Is there benefit to hiring a doula for a home birth? I say YES absolutely. An oldie but a goodie, from Desirre, in honor of International Doula Month. As a seasoned doula who has attended home births as labor support and now an  intern midwife who clinically supports the mother, I believe that many women…

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3 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula For Your C-section

Did you know doulas have training to help families through cesareans? Well, they do — both labor and postpartum doulas have what it takes to help you navigate your cesarean, whether it was planned or not. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCwLJ-82dFI&w=560&h=315]

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Preparing For Birth Game Night!

Preparing for Birth is opening our doors for a night of postpartum themed games, food, and fun! All are welcome. -Henna: Like face painting for grown-ups! -Babywearing: Try various carriers, and get tips! -Cake: Who doesn’t love cake? -Food and drinks. -Postpartum-Themed games and activities: Yay activities! We can’t wait to see you and your…

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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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Postpartum Preparation

Planning and preparation toward the postpartum period is very important.  Sometimes it is even more important than pregnancy and birth preparation due to circumstance or birth outcome.  Too often labor, delivery and perhaps the “stuff” that goes with having a baby take priority, while the incredible change that occurs with having a new baby is…

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Say What? Getting a handle on birthy terminology.

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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Mothers Matter

Dear Mothers, You MATTER.  In every moment of every day you matter. All you do, say, model, believe, live for.. matters. Do NOT allow anyone to say otherwise.  You HAVE much value. The impression you leave is forever marked into the hearts and minds of those you love, grow, discipline, encourage….. No one can make…

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Posptartum and the Great Abyss

The postpartum period is a critical time for the health, attachment and emotional adjustment for both mother and baby. It has become the expected norm that women are left with very little medical or care provider support/assistance in handling the many norms, transitions and stumbling blocks that present in the first 6 weeks postpartum with…

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Grateful For My Birth(s) Carnival

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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Grateful For My Births

Focusing on Thanksgiving, I asked others to submit a “Why I am Grateful For My Birth(s)” blog post.  In the spirit of that, here is my own blog posting. Stay tuned for the Carnival of posts to be up by Thanksgiving morning. I myself have had four varied labors and births, one of which could…

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