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Our Labor Doula Services

We are the most experienced doula group in the state. Our group (the doulas currently working with our company) has supported couples more than 1200 births! We are available for unlimited telephone and email support throughout pregnancy. We offer prenatal meetings- one minimum, sometimes two to discuss your birth ideals and to get to know each…
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Melanie Belk, PES

Placental Encapsulator Specialist  “Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong until we’re pushing out our babies.” – Louise Erdrich I am the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with Labor of Love. I began encapsulating placentas in 2010, after the birth of my third daughter when I encapsulated my own, although I had been…
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Plans Change

We had a client whose baby was presenting breech. They went to Intown Midwifery and were full supported by Dr. Brad Bootstaylor in having a vaginal birth although this was their first baby. The couple prepared with a great childbirth class and hired a doula. During the labor, the baby made the decision to never…
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What Does Dancing Have To Do With Birth?

Everything! Think about dance for a moment.   DANCE: to move one’s feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music. Movement is so essential to birth! It is often said that if we need to move the baby, move the mom! So having a mom who has learned ways to move her body in her pregnancy in ways to enhance the optimal positioning for the…
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Transformative

Today I was called by a writer, Jennifer, who was writing an article for DONA.  The article is on how to build a business without burning out. I enjoyed our half an hour or more conversation! And in the end I shared with her how trans-formative having cancer had been to me. How I enjoy life more…
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Differences in Ideology

I was sitting with a mom doing a private childbirth class this past week. I have some phrases we go through and discuss what it means. Like… “Control is merely an illusion.” And one of the ones we discussed was , “Doing the next best thing.” It is something I taught for a lot of…
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Are Doulas Anti-Epidural?

NO! We support women in the choices they make. But… we do hope women are making informed decisions. This week one of my doulas had a mom with a long induction and the mom received an epidural after many long hours of labor.  The midwife told her when the baby was born that she was…
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Amazing Model of Care

Yesterday I received a call from a third time repeat doula client. She felt something different was happening from her normal braxton hicks contractions. She has FAST labors and is 40 minutes from the hospital of choice, so watching and being mindful is imperative for her with two little ones to settle first. She chose…
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What does BOLD mean to you?

BOLD- having your breasts removed without the diagnosis of cancer – but having a huge increased risk. BOLD- walking 60 miles over 3 days for Breast Cancer Research and awareness . BOLD- going white water rafting on Olympic course rapids over the age of 5o for the first time! BOLD- primitive tent camping on top of…
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Newborn Procedures

  In our childbirth classes, we challenge parents to research and determine what newborn procedures are the right ones for them. I thought I would share the research that they have done over three previous classes. You will find articles on circumcision, erythromycin, Vitamin K, newborn bath, delayed cord cutting, placenta encapsulation, cord blood storage…
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