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Compression for Healing During Postpartum

I started wearing Marena products about seven years ago after having major surgery. I needed to wear compression (and actually am supposed to continue to do so) and I found them. Their products were superior to any I had come across. I had bought cheaper products along the way but found that the products from…
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Lean Into Birth

Debra Pascali -Bonaro  recently spoke in an interview about birth imperatives. One of the things she said was that women needed to “lean into birth.” This phrase resonated with me. I wanted to elaborate on her thoughts and my thoughts regarding this comment. First think about what the opposite of lean into is… it is…
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Birth is In Your BODY

There are so many classes and books about birth today. But women fixate on the techniques or the set information about when they are due, how to time contractions, methods of induction, etc. They worry about if they will poop on the birth bed or in the pool, whether they will “loose it” in labor or…
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Preparation Equals a Reduction in Fee= Rewards Package

I had lunch with my son recently. We were discussing fees. He was amazed that doulas in the Atlanta Metro area who had only a dozen or more births of experience were charging fees much higher than mine. We discussed how a jeweler may have a diamond in a special case marked $50k and the…
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Gentle Birth Locations

Often I get phone calls and emails from women looking for the “out of the box” type birth experience. The box is going to the hospital for birth classes where you will be taught how to be a good patient. Then going to the hospital when the care provider decides you are ready to give…
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When a Doula Says No

Lately on many private doula pages I am on, there have been doulas discussing watching their clients being abused and what the role of a doula is when that happens. And it is a difficult situation. We can not give medical advice nor be disrespectful to a care provider, but when we see abuse and…
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A Gentle Birth Pie

I wrote this initially in 2013 but feel it needs to be back at the top of our blog. So often folks come to our Mingles to meet us and say that they want to avoid a cesarean. Yet they are choosing a hospital where the cesarean rate is over 40%. They do not plan…
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Love and Gratitude for Charlotte and Teresa!

“I just wanted to convey my gratitude towards Teresa and Charlotte. The services provided by Labor of Love extends beyond a gentle birth. I believe having Charlotte present during my long labor and birth made a world of difference. The Birth Circle classes and Charlotte gave me the tools I needed to make informed decisions. As…
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Does an Experienced Doula Really Make a Difference?

Someone posted recently on facebook that she did not think fees doulas charged should be based on experience. She said that once she completed her training she felt like all doulas were of equal value. This made me go  hmmm…. I do not think so.  The conversation was started based on new doulas who have…
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The Clock is Ticking…

There is an idea being supported within the birth professional community that a doula needs to charge more after a set number of hours of labor support. The theory behind it is the doula needs to call in a back up substitute or be paid extra for longer hours. How do you feel about that?…
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