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Will My Doctor Like Having You as My Doula?

I get asked this question sometimes. It is usually more like, ” Have you worked with my doctor? Did you get along? Do you work well in this hospital? Do you get along with the nurses?” My job is not to get along with your care providers. My job is to serve you. That means…
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Wisdom for Couples Workshop

This is a one day workshop to prepare couples for birth. We begin in the morning with a lunch break and finish before dinner.  You will learn pain coping skills, how to use a rebozo for comfort and other comfort measures as well as how to know when labor begins, when to go to the…
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Cesareans… the Unexpected Surgery

Recently we had a mom who chose to have an induction due to the concern that her baby was over 9 1/2 pounds as of the previous week. The doctor, a family friend, was concerned that the baby was just too big to allow her pregnancy to continue although she was 2.5 weeks from being at her…
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Tess’ Mom Shares Her Birth Story

I chose to do a home birth for my second birth for several reasons. I knew that to minimize the number of interventions I wanted to labor at home as long as possible before going to the hospital. I started wondering why I didn’t just plan to stay home for the actual birth if I…
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Anna’s Mom Shares Her Birth Story

My due date was January 22, 2014. As that date approached and especially after it passed, more and more people called, texted, emailed, and even cornered me at work and the grocery store to ask if my baby was ever going to come.  I was diligently preparing for my natural birth by concentrating on the…
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Postpartum Honey Do List

A few ideas I have been sharing for many years when you are recovering from having had a baby… and folks want to come by: Everyone wants to help. But often you are not able to share what you really need. I suggest having a small box or basket in your foyer. In the box are…
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Maternal and Infant Mental Health Services

Anne Cumings, LCSW – Maternal and Infant Mental Health Services When I tell people I am trained in infant mental health, I usually get a wisecrack about newborns sitting on a couch and talking about their feelings. In reality, infant mental health is about working with babies and caregivers together to ensure a healthy transition,…
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Mantras and Affirmations

Surrounding yourself with positive affirmations and mantras is so beneficial for labor and birth. You can go online and find lots of affirmations to look at and even some that have videos with music, but making a mantra your own, surrounding yourself with affirmations that speak to your heart are really what’s important. What’s really…
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I Want My Doula To Be…

I get calls from women looking for a doula. They often do not know who they want. Sometimes they give me a bit of information about themselves and hope I can tell the who to pick. I don’t. Sometimes they call and say they want a particular doula and say that their friend loved this…
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Endorphins and the Post-Partum Mom

“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don’t shoot their husbands.”  Elle Woods Well said Elle, well said.  You forgot one thing, throw in a newborn, a post-partum body that is as foreign as can be, no sleep and for the most part no clue what you’re doing and a so called “happy” person…
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