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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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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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Birth Story of the Week – Mama Sings in Labor

This is simply a beautiful example of a mother finding comfort in labor, naturally.  One key to being able to do this successfully is your environment.  If you are in an environment where you feel threatened, unsafe, unloved, disregarded, etc…, … 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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Epidurals for Pain Relief in Labor

It is very common in the birthing culture of the United States for a large amount of women to choose epidural anesthesia as the primary form of pain relief in normal labor and birth.  The Listening to Mothers Survey II reports … Continue reading

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