Empty Your Bladder

Your poor bladder has to put up with a lot during your pregnancy! It’s your baby’s favorite place to practice jumping, after all! All that baby-jumping and bouncing keeps your bladder—and your need to pee—on your mind constantly. Let’s look at why having an empty bladder is important. First, I just want to say I

Examples of Birth Affirmations

Are you an affirmations person? Do words motivate you? If you answered yes to either of these, then you’ll probably enjoy having some birth affirmations for labor. Read on for examples of birth affirmations, and some tips! Things to Consider If you’re not an affirmations person, hearing voices and being spoken to while in labor

Why You Might Not Want to Reuse A Breast Pump

Did you know most breast pumps are intended to be for a single user. That means one user, one breastfeeding relationship. What the FDA Says Breast pumps are single user devices because they are a medical device and are regulated by the FDA. The FDA website states, “With the exception of multiple user pumps, the

VBA2C Birth Story

Vaginal, cesarean, and VBAC. Those are the most common forms of birth. VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean. Attempting VBAC or TOLAC, which means trial of labor after cesarean, is no small feat in a birth community with a high cesarean rate. In order to do so you really have to be determined, advocate

Common Intervention in Childbirth: Part II

This is part 2 of our Common Interventions discussion. Check out our part 1 (here) where we discussed IV fluids and continuous fetal monitoring. For part 2, we’re going to take a look at AROM and IV Pain Meds. If there are other interventions you’d like more information on, let us know! AROM AROM or

Common Interventions in Childbirth: Part I

What do you think of when you hear the word “intervention”? You may think interventions are unnecessary, and that they’ll lead to more interventions. Or maybe you feel like they’re necessary, or that your provider needs to be the person deciding when to use an intervention. A good way to view interventions is to think

Four Reasons Why You Should Try Infant Massage

As doulas, we know the benefits of touch in pregnancy and labor. It can soothe aches and pains, it can provide physical support, it can be a reminder to relax and release tension, and it can increase oxytocin. We also know touch has many benefits for baby as well–it promotes bonding, and it can help

Prenatal Testing: Group B Strep (GBS)

What is GBS “Infection” can be a scary word, especially in pregnancy. Group B Strep (Group B Streptococcus, or GBS) is a transient bacteria that can “come and go”. A person can test positive temporarily, or consistently and having colonization does not mean there is or will be an infection. Most of the time the

Fetal Kick Counts

One of the more exciting milestones in pregnancy is feeling your baby move. First fetal movements can usually be felt between 16-25 weeks of pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, you may not feel movement until closer to 25 weeks. Some individuals—those who have had a baby before, for example—may feel movement as early