Archives for October 2014

Three Ways Dads Can Support a Woman in Labor

I will admit it: as a brand new labor doula, it was a little daunting to be with a woman in labor for that very first time.  Thankfully, the first birth I attended was textbook, all natural with a midwife in a hospital, no complications and mom was a strong and confident laborer.  Although I […]

The Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices

No one can predict the kind of birth experience a woman will have, but there are many things women can do in pregnancy and labor to help ensure that birth is as safe as possible and that mom and baby are healthy. Using recommendations from the World Health Organization, Lamaze International developed the “Six Lamaze […]

Eating and Drinking in Labor

As a childbirth educator and birth doula, I am frequently asked about whether and what a mom can eat or drink in labor.  In the end, the answer depends on the recommendation of a woman’s care provider, but let me share some of the statistics and facts sprinkled with a few personal experiences with doula […]

Birth Center and Home Births on the Rise

Less than a hundred years ago, most babies were born at home.  The idea of having a baby  in a hospital was preposterous!  Hospitals were for sick people, not for birthing babies. That philosophy began to shift in the 1930s when hospitals were fast becoming THE place to deliver a baby, attractive for their sterile […]