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Neriyah’s Birth Story

Months of preparation finally became real on the morning of October 2, 2009. Nyokabi had a restful night and was ready for the day. After Morning Prayer with Jonathan, she decided to call Baby Depot to check on the special delivery of a hutch that she ordered for the nursery. After being on the phone…
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Pediatricians- Not a Good Resource for Breastfeeding Information

Pediatricians’ Practices and Attitudes Regarding Breastfeeding Promotion Richard J. Schanler, MD*; Karen G. O’Connor‡; and Ruth A. Lawrence, MD§ Pediatrics 1999;103;e35 ABSTRACT. Objective. Public awareness of the benefitsof breastfeeding is expected to increase during and after the national,federally funded Best Start BreastfeedingPromotion Campaign. It is anticipated that this will resultin more breastfeeding-based interactions between families…
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Does Income Affect Breastfeeding…. Does a Mom’s BMI?

Maternal Variables Influencing Duration of Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Mothers Anne Chevalier McKechnie, RN, IBCLC, RLC, Audrey Tluczek, PhD, RN, and Jeffrey B. Henriques, PhD ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition June 2009 This is my review of their study…. Who breastfeeds longer? The study was performed on low income moms. The lack of long term…
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Melia Gives Birth

Melia had her first baby using pain medication- I can’t remember the details- hopefully she will share them in the comments… She then took my childbirth class and hired one of the LOL doulas and had a home birth. This time she hired a local doula- an excellent one I might add- and took the…
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Birth Story of Noah Told By His Mom

My version of Noah’s birth story -by Lindsay Noah’s due date was August 20th, 2009. Throughout my pregnancy I kept thinking/hoping he’d be late so I could attend my brother, Mark’s, wedding on August 22nd. Maybe all my pep talks worked because he stayed put! Then, on Monday August 24th I went to my final…
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Parts of the Puzzle that Make for a Good Outcome

Recently a local childbirth educator made a comment that students in her classes had the average cesarean rate of consistently 10-12%. I thought wow that is great- I have never kept statistics on my students. I have kept statistics on my doula clients- over the last year my primary cesarean rate has been 8% and…
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Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices

Lamaze has done a great job with this … Common sense tells us and research confirms that the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices featured in these video clips and print materials are tried-and-true ways to make birth as safe and healthy as possible. Check out this page for some great video clips and even some…
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The hardest part of being a doula- part 2

I have written before about being on call being a difficult issue for doulas. Many times I get a call from someone wanting to be a doula. But besides the erratic schedules, the need for excellent childcare and a supportive partner- it is essential they understand the idea of being on call. We are on…
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ACOG changes their tune on inductions

We know that inductions can lead to two problems- babies who were truly not ready and due date guesses that were wrong- leading to a baby who needs help and therefore earns a stay in the nursery or NICU. Or a mom whose body was not ready and her body did not comply with being…
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Real Savvy Women

A few years ago I had the pleasure of being a part of a PBS special show about doulas. Here is the link you can view and enjoy! I was interviewed a few years ago with a client who I have been the doula for two times previously. Here is a video online you can…
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