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It is in a relationship…

Relationships take time to develop. When you pick a doula it is best to hire her as soon as you can so you can develop a relationship with her. She needs to be someone you feel you can be honest with and share your inner most thoughts regarding your birth fears and ideals. It needs…
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Semantics….

Recently in a prenatal meeting I posed a number of phrases to get the couple’s thoughts- it helps me to understand what is important to them. There was one “I gave birth, I was not delivered,” that I posed to them. Usually it is met with how they feel giving birth is something they do-…
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Libby’s Birth Story

This story was shared by the father- his view of how things unfolded… quite a surprise ending to be sure! Jen and I went to bed about 11:15 to 11:30 on Thursday night, November 19, 2009. I had just fallen asleep when Jen says “Jim?” in a strong, clear voice. I said “Yes?” and woke…
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A note of appreciation for Teresa

Dear Teresa, Many many thanks for today’s help. I cannot express in words my gratitudeto you. The way that my wife was relaxed and comforted through her birth and laterwas priceless. I will also send you some pictures once I download them. Thanks again, V


What Makes for a Successful VBAC?

I would love your input on this article- post to the blog so others can see your ideas… but last night I had a client have a wonderful VBAC and it made me think about what helps make a VBAC happen… here are a few ideas to ponder: Choosing the right care provider. I put…
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Best Laid Plans Always Fail

You know they say “best laid plans always fail”? I had a “best laid plan” for the birth of Little Miracle. I hired a doula, switched to a midwife that does water birth, had taken all the classes, read all the books, and was ready for my HOSPITAL water birth with my doula and midwife there. I…
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Epidural consent form

There was recent conversations regarding informed consent. Often times if a mom chooses to get an epidural it will be after she has been in a situation where she is hurting and it is hard to make a decision much less read the form- so here is a form from http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/epdrlrsk.html for you to read…
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Doulas Being Advocates

Recently I received an email from a potential doula client that started like this, “I am looking for a doula to advocate for me and my husband’s wishes in the hospital, and for the baby during labor.” When I replied with a statement, “Why do you feel you will need an advocate to share your…
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Isabel’s Birth Story

I was 39 weeks pregnant, feeling good physically and emotionally–better than I had for most of the pregnancy. Over the weekend, I started to get the feeling that something was going to happen soon. Isabel had changed the way she was moving inside of me. Instead of kicking, punching, and having “playtime” in there, it…
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Psychotropic Drug Use During Breastfeeding

Psychotropic Drug Use During Breastfeeding: A Review of the Evidence Pediatrics 2009;124;e547-e556; originally published online Sep 7, 2009; Filomena Fortinguerra, Antonio Clavenna and Maurizio Bonati DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009-0326 OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to review the existing literature on the use of various classes of psychotropic medications during breastfeeding to provide information about infant…
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