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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General Information What Home Birth Is Really Like: Dispelling a few myths and answering a few common questions. Homebirth Dads: The Dad’s perspective on homebirthing. Is Homebirth for You? Citizens for Midwifery Business of Being Born Gentle Birth Homebirth: A Midwife Mutiny Ina May Gaskin: Author, Activist, Innovater Midwifery Today The Safety of Homebirth Perinatal…

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Birth is amazing. I attended three in the space of about 40 hours this weekend. Two butter births on a Saturday morning. Both filled with intense power and work, capped by peace when they were all over. The other a triumphant victory, and a step toward healing of a past rough experience. Women are incredible.…

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Over the next several weeks, Team Preparing for Birth will be debunking some common myths surrounding childbirth education classes. Check back every Monday to see the newest post.         MYTH #1: “I’m having a homebirth, and my midwife will do all my education.” Home birth families often see childbirth classes as an…

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Some say I am brave for choosing homebirth. To me, that’s like saying I’m brave for having a big wedding. No matter how involved the planning, we all know the real work of marriage starts when the wedding is over. So it is with birth. Our childhood, our growing up, and our pregnancy is the…

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A client of mine had her home visit from me this morning. It coincided, on purpose, with the 36 week homebirth visit from her midwife. I cannot say enough how lovely the experience really is. My client was asked many pertinent questions about her physical and emotional health; her stress levels and what she’s doing…

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As a certified “birth junkie,” it’s easy to preach to the choir. What can be difficult is getting new members to join. I think a lot of that is due to society’s general lack of knowledge about birth, and the entrenched medical mentality that is so difficult to overcome. Difficult, but not impossible. I also…

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There is a misconception I have noticed among the general population in regards to birth professionals who advocate for the kind of birth outlined in the above photo. How surprised they are when they learn that doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives are actually all for advances in technology and care. We just desire that practice…

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Interview Questions  Why are you a midwife?  What is your training? Are you certified? If yes, with whom and why? If no, why not?  Are you licensed in the state of _____?  What is your scope of practice?  Are there any circumstances (physical, emotional, and/or spiritual) would you not take a woman as a patient?…

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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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