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A Mother Shares Her Painful Path to Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is real. It is more than the proverbial baby blues for many women. This is a story for those who may benefit from the sharing from this mom. My comments are in italics. My husband and I tried to conceive for over a year and were having trouble getting pregnant. I had extensive…
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The Bottom Line- Preparation

Sometimes folks share their  birth stories with me. Sometimes births occur within our group where there is a lesson to be learned. I hope to share some things with couples preparing for their births that will help them understand how to really prepare. You can choose the perfect location for your birth… choose a fabulous…
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So, You Want To Be a Doula?

I often get phone calls and emails from women who want to become a doula. They are in love with the idea of being at births. I love my job, don’t get me wrong- but it is not the warm and fuzzy job that many folks think it is. So, I try to discuss with…
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Pebbles for Preparation for Birth

I wrote an article regarding pebbles representing skills for doulas. I think this analogy works well for couples preparing for birth as well. Let me see if I can explain. There is a basket of pain coping skills and mindset ideas for you to consider for your birth preparation. And as you engage these skills,…
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Pebbles in the Jar for Doulas

Imagine you have a basket of pebbles- and a jar that is empty. And every skill you learn as a doula, you add one pebble from the basket to the jar. When you begin your journey as a new doula you learn some basic skills in your training… the double hip squeeze, counter pressure, some acupressure…
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Hero’s Journey

Sometimes you hear of the labor and birth of the woman who did NOTHING to prepare for her birth. NOTHING except show up at her appointments and then arrive to the hospital and have a fabulous birth. She may have planned to get an epidural but her labor was so fast or so easy that she…
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Cloth for Everybum

Did you know if you wanted to try cloth diapers but had no idea where to start- there is an organization that wants to help you? Cloth for Everybum (C4EB) is a national non-profit organization with sites operating in Georgia, Texas, and Michigan. C4EB began on the Military base and is designed to help families…
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My Mentor Margaret

Fourteen years ago- I could have sworn it was longer- I had a student in my childbirth class, Sylvia. She really wanted me to be at her birth as her doula, but her midwife told her she did not need a doula. But after careful thought and a early run to the hospital to be…
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The Midwifery Model of Care and Gentle Birth Providers We Love

What exactly does that mean? Citizens for Midwifery offers this definition: The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes: Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and…
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Evidence Based Hospital Practices

Do you know if your hospital is practicing evidenced based medicine for their labor and birth patients? The Cochran Collaboration is all about studies to actually see what is best and evidenced based. I sometimes think a couple should carry a notebook of evidenced based studies to counteract the mistreatment during labor. Have you been told that…
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