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. […]

Sex: In Pregnancy and After Baby

Sex — whether to have it, when to have it, how much to have it — during pregnancy and in the first few months after a baby is born, is on a lot of parents’ minds, but it isn’t usually a topic of conversation with an obstetrician or midwife.  I just came across this fantastic article […]

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, […]

Painless Labor: Not a Top Priority

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 surveys both here and around […]

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 […]


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 with us.  It’s funny but […]