June


Epidural or not?  It’s one of the top questions pregnant women ask their OB, midwife, doula, friends and relatives.  The thinking here is that a pain-free birth equates to a happy birth. But interestingly, according to Dr. Mark Sloan, MD, author of Birth Day*, pain relief ranks fourth in postpartum satisfaction […]

Painless Labor: Not a Top Priority


90-seconds.  That’s it.  Just a minute and a half.  That’s about how long it takes for the blood to flow from the placenta through a newborn’s umbilical cord and to the newborn baby. Incredibly, in the seconds after a baby is born, child expert Dr. Green says that a full one-third of the baby’s […]

90-Seconds to a Healthier Baby




My students have a sense of humor.  In one of our classes, the dads and other labor partners came up with a list of ways they can support mom in labor.  Using the word “support” as their guide, they made their list and had us roaring as they shared it […]

Support?!?!?!


May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. The word “preeclampsia” comes from the Greeks and means “before the lightning,” because preeclampsia strikes suddenly and often with little or no warning. Its two most common symptoms are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Other symptoms include:   Blurred vision Sudden and […]

Symptoms of Preeclampsia


This beautiful little girl, nicknamed Izzy, came into the world in early March.  Her mom and dad, Tessa and Chris, are showering her with love and introducing her to the world of horses. She’ll be riding in no time! Welcome, Izzy!  I look forward to meeting you at the Baby & Me […]

Baby Izzy



A new study in the American Journal of Public Health has found that women who receive Medicaid benefits and who have a doula present at their birth have far less risk of a cesarean birth than Medicaid recipients who do not have the continuous comfort of a doula. The study, done […]

Lower Cesarean Rate with a Doula


About a third of all women who birth at hospitals in the Tampa Bay area deliver their babies via cesarean surgery. While some of those surgeries are true emergencies that arise during labor, many are cesareans that can be planned, such as when a baby is breech or a mom […]

The Natural Cesarean




If you’re getting close to your due date and still haven’t found a birth class, you’re in luck!  Happy Birth Way is offering a one-day childbirth class on Saturday, February 2, from 9am to 3:30pm in Clearwater. By the end of the class, students will know: The emotional and physical aspects of […]

One Day Birth Class