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, […]

White Coat Syndrome

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 story of a young woman […]

Autism/Induction Link?

One in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A new study has found a possible link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and drugs that are commonly used to induce labor. In the latest issue of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers report their analysis of more than 600,000 labors and births, some naturally-occuring, others induced, […]

90-Seconds to a Healthier Baby

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 blood remains in the placenta, so […]

Practice for Labor

If someone were to tell me that they were going to climb Mt. Everest, I would ask them how they are preparing for that journey: what tools are they gathering, where can they practice their climbing techniques and how can they simulate the experience of the dramatic change in elevation? I ask similar questions of […]

Baby Izzy

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 class at Yoga Village!

Lower Cesarean Rate with a Doula

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 by researchers at the University […]