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“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 […]

Medical Reasons to Induce Labor


Chances are pretty good that most of us know a mom who was induced to get her labor started.  That’s because every year, almost one quarter of all pregnant women in the United States have their labors artificially induced, which means they are given drugs to help the uterus to contract and/or […]

Inducing Labor





I remember learning about “white coat syndrome” in my childbirth education training, a situation where a pregnant mom will go along with what her physician says simply because he or she is the physician, even if the suggested interventions are counter to the woman’s birth preferences. Here’s an example, an actual […]

White Coat Syndrome




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



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