Tag Archives: Mother’s Advocate

Daddies in the Birthing Room and as Labor Support

It does a man good to see his lady being brave while she has their baby… it inspires him. – Ina May Gaskin CPM (midwife) Some of my most memorable moments as a childbirth educator and doula has been watching … Continue reading

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We Do Have Something to Offer our Pregnancies and Births!

“You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make…or don’t make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you … Continue reading

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Childbirth Education for Rural Mothers

In the area where I teach “in-person” Lamaze Childbirth Preparation classes (along with other classes), I am the first person in around 10 years to offer a complete series of childbirth education classes.  Despite having a recent and rich tradition … Continue reading

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Do I Need a Doula?

Personally, giving birth without a doula present is not something that I would consider lightly.  The word doula comes from Greek meaning “a woman who serves” or “female servant”.  During both of my pregnancies, I planned to have experienced women to attend … Continue reading

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Writing a Birth Plan

Writing your birth plan can be one of the highlights of the final months of your pregnancy.  It can give to time to dream, work through fears, and discuss your hopes with your maternity care provider.  It is important to … Continue reading

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The Birth Plan

Having a birth plan is becoming much more common for women preparing to give birth.  At the very least, women have probably read about writing one in magazines or pregnancy related books.  I’m not sure when the idea for writing a … Continue reading

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Fear of Childbirth – Part III

Overcoming Fear There is a secret in our culture, and it is not that childbirth is painful.  It’s that women are strong. -Lisa Stavoe Harm In this third post of my series on the Fear of Childbirth, I want to … Continue reading

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Does Childbirth Education Really Work?

Microsoft Clipart Is attending a childbirth education class worth your time?  Is it worth the money?  Will classes really do anything to improve your experience or make birthing your baby any easier?  What kind of classes are best? I must preface … Continue reading

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Reliable Pregnancy and Birth Information on the Internet

It doesn’t take long in pregnancy before we can feel bombarded by information and the opinions of others as to what is the healthiest ways of experiencing our pregnancy and birth.  Everyone seems to feel that their “way” is the … Continue reading

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Bonding with Your Baby – Before Birth

Motherhood begins at the moment we internalize the fact that we got a positive result on the pregnancy test we took.  Whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned we immediately begin realizing that we are no longer responsible for only ourselves, but … Continue reading

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