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 […]

What is a Doula?

The word “doula” comes from the Greek language and means “one who serves.”  There are three kinds of doulas: Birth Doula:  Offers continuous physical and emotional support to mothers in labor Postpartum Doula:  Supports new moms in the first three months after birth Special Care Doula:  Assists parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy […]

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 […]

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, […]