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 […]

Inducing 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 for the cervix to ripen. […]

Breathing for Labor

The breath is the link between the body and the mind. In the yogic philosophy, how we breathe – long and deep or short and shallow – can affect and determine our overall emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Every time we breathe, messages are sent to the nervous system about the emotional state we are […]

Prenatal Yoga and Birth

It’s easy to get caught up in all the lists of “things to do” to get ready for a new baby.  But taking regular time out to stop the “doing” and to shift into simply “being” is key to preparing for labor.  Prenatal yoga is one of the best ways to slow down, breathe consciously, […]

Why Take a Refresher Class?

If you’re expecting baby number two — or three or four! — life is busy! You have little ones to care for, and not a lot of time to take a full-length birth class. Perhaps a refresher on positions and breathing is all you need. Take a look at the positions these couples are using […]

Cervidil Induction

Is your caregiver talking about inducing labor?  There are a number of factors to consider, including the risks and the options. If there are medical concerns, then it might be necessary to start labor artificially.  There are several medical ways to induce labor including with a drug called Cervidil, a prostaglandin that helps to soften, […]

Happy Birth Way: New Classes, New Doulas

Happy Birth Way is expanding!  We now have two new Happy Birth Way Professional Childbirth Educators, and two new members of the Happy Birth Way Doula Group! Professional childbirth educator Laura Irmis will teach the Happy Birth Way five-class series in St. Pete, and professional childbirth educator Nicole Gillette will offer classes in the Spring Hill area. […]