VBAC: You’re The Number One Stakeholder

In this line of work, informed consent and refusal is paramount. There is not one factor more ethically important than accurate fully informed consent. Without it, a care provider is practicing unethically, and patients are deciding blindly. Without it, it is far too easy for doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to steamroll patients in their…

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Passenger or Driver: The Importance of Informed Consent.

Yes, it almost sounds like a Dr. Seuss-ism – “Would you rather be a passenger or a driver?” Most of us would rather be the driver, I would venture. In every other aspect of our lives, we exercise informed consent. We want to be involved, in control, and overseeing every detail. Take for example the…

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My Ideal Client.

Recently at an interview, I was asked the following question: “What is your ideal client, and why?” I think that might be one of the most intelligent questions I have ever been asked. I knew the answer immediately, and had to keep it short. As a doula, part of my training is to identify and…

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A Message About Preeclampsia to Every Mother

If your care provider is seeing a slight increase in your BP, a bit of protein in your urine, and asks you questions about headaches, swelling in your hands and face, pain under your ribs on the right, and if you’ve been seeing spots, they may tell you that you are turning preeclamptic. The Preeclampsia…

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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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Some Say I Am Brave

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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“Elective” Cesarean – If you had one…..

There is much in the news and in community talk how women are signing up for cesareans electively. I am very intrigued by this assumption and believe there is much misinformation regarding the topic out in the public for consumption. I am seeking to shed some more light on this topic. Though this is not…

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