Pregnancy


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 […]

Why Take a Refresher Class?


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 […]

Cervidil Induction




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



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 […]

Painless Labor: Not a Top Priority



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



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 […]

Support?!?!?!



May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. The word “preeclampsia” comes from the Greeks and means “before the lightning,” because preeclampsia strikes suddenly and often with little or no warning. Its two most common symptoms are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Other symptoms include:   Blurred vision Sudden and […]

Symptoms of Preeclampsia