Archives for September 2014

What is a Doula?

The word “doula” comes from the Greek language and means “one who serves.”  There are three kinds of doulas: Birth Doula:  Offers continuous physical and emotional support to mothers in labor Postpartum Doula:  Supports new moms in the first three months after birth Special Care Doula:  Assists parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy […]

Natural Pain Relief in Labor

When we think of pain relief in labor, an epidural is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But not every laboring mom wants to have an epidural, and even those who do will spend at least part of their time in labor without it. So how can you labor without any medical pain relief? By […]

Low-Risk? Consider a Birth Center

A birth center can be affiliated with or even physically attached to a hospital, or it can be an independent, free-standing facility operated by Certified Nurse Midwives or more commonly by Licensed Midwives.  All birth centers are affiliated with an obstetrical practice in case a mom becomes high-risk or simply needs medical care for a […]

Should I Get an Epidural

The most common pain relief available to women in labor is an epidural, a continuous intravenous injection of pain medication to help reduce or eliminate the sensation of labor contractions. This short video will give you a good visual of how an epidural needle is placed in a mother’s lower back during labor. The medication that is […]

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Medical Reasons to Induce Labor

“I want this baby out of me!” It’s a common cry we hear from women in their later stages of pregnancy. No wonder: they feel big and heavy, they’re peeing three times an hour, having trouble sleeping, and dealing with indigestion after every meal. So when her caregiver asks, “Would you like to have your […]