The traditional TV and movie trope of a woman in labor inevitably shows her flat on her back in bed, struggling through the arduous task. But many women find movement during labor to be very helpful in reducing pain and shortening labor. Why does movement help and how can we maximize the amount we move?
High on the list of things about childbirth nobody warns you about is lochia, a pleasant-sounding name for the less-than-pleasant experience of bleeding after childbirth. Lochia is not unlike a regular period, but it can be heavier than a period, can contain large clots and can last four to six weeks. Here’s what to expect
In many hospitals in the United States, women in labor are not allowed to eat or drink, engaging in what might be the most difficult physical effort of their lives with only the sustenance provided by a small plastic cup of ice chips. What is the reason for this rule, and how necessary is it?
After you deliver your precious child, your body should bounce right back, right? Just when you thought all the challenges of pregnancy had passed, you put your pants on to leave the hospital and realize the body you’ve known all your life is a little bit different now. Often times we ask ourselves, ‘Why aren’t
Even though you might have taken all the classes, read all the books, and watched all the videos, you may find it difficult to remember everything you learned while you are so intensely focused on making it through each contraction. We know birth, and we know how to support you emotionally and physically. There are
Have you heard of probiotics? According to WebMD, probiotics are “live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.” Our bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad and we know that antibiotics kill or inhibit growth of both good and bad bacteria. It’s only been since the mid
The scent of patchouli. Birkenstocks and long flowy skirts. The mind-set that doctors are money-hungry and cesarean-happy, that intervention-free births are the only “real” births, and that it is our job to save clients from themselves. While these descriptions do apply to some doulas, they don’t apply to our doulas. We’re not midwives. We don’t
Updated: November 2018 Did you know our area has several options when it comes to where you can give birth? We’re pretty lucky! And many of the options have now implemented (when safe to do so) immediate skin to skin, delayed cord clamping, and delayed first bath as standard procedure. All facilities even have yoga/birth
….things that are met with a mix of caution and a desire to let them be their own person, but….do we REALLY have to just yet??