Lending Library and Recommended Reading

I am often asked which books I recommend on birth, and breastfeeding. I offer a lending library to my clients and to families within my community, with a small $5 fee that is returned when all books have made it safely back home again. However, there are many wonderful books that I highly recommend, that … Continue reading

S.’s Birth Story of Baby M.

This is S.’s birth story from her birth in May.  Her first birth was quite traumatic, so she really wanted a different experience.  She is an amazing woman and mother, and a birth warrior! Enjoy! “Having my second baby with a doula made a world of difference. After my first experience of labor that was … Continue reading

The Bradley Method

The Bradley Method, also known as “Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth”, is a natural childbirth education method with an emphasis on relaxation tools, partner-lead birthing, natural breathing, breastfeeding and nutritional counseling.  I have personal experience with the Bradley method, as it was the method my husband and I used for the birth of our first child.  Bradley … Continue reading

The Three R’s

Penny Simkin wrote a short piece about the three R’s of labor (click for full article). “The 3 R’s approach to childbirth preparation is a simplified approach based on observations of laboring women and how they actually cope with pain and stress in labor. Some cope well; others are overwhelmed in labor. There are three characteristics … Continue reading

Let’s Talk Induction

Here is a very interesting study on the increase in cesarean sections stemming from the use of labor induction.  Labor induction has become a nearly ubiquitous labor intervention in recent years.  “According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 23.1% of all labors were induced in 2008 compared with 9.5% in 1990 – this is a more than twofold increase.” … Continue reading

Fear of Childbirth

Many women today in our culture fear childbirth.  Although there is no U.S. data available, surveys of British women show that nearly 87 percent of women report that they are “frightened of giving birth.”  I believe it.  It’s no surprise, really.  When I was expecting my children, there were no shortage of women eager to … Continue reading

Evangeline’s Birth Story

Since my little baby is turning 1 today (sniff sniff), I thought I’d share her birth story. I feel a bit guilty that I was able to “choose” when I would have my daughter.  When I was pregnant with my boys I asked to have my membranes stripped, and incredibly, it worked both times. For some … Continue reading

Cesarean Rates

As a doula, I support all kinds of birth, from scheduled cesarean births, home births, to natural intervention-free hospital births.  Each birth is as individual as the woman who is doing the birthing!  Many women who choose to have natural births also choose to birth in the hospital.  While the hospital may not be the … Continue reading

Baby-Friendly Hospitals

You may have heard the term “Baby-Friendly Hospital or Birth Center”. Baby-friendly facilities recieve this designation after meeting the requirements set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are as follows: Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all … Continue reading

The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is a hot topic in the birth community right now.  As most women have experienced or know, cord clamping immediately after birth is standard of care for most providers.  While this has held true for decades, the winds of change are starting to blow amognst providers even in hospitals.  Delayed cord clamping, … Continue reading