Should I Take a Childbirth Class?

Are you considering taking a childbirth class? What is holding you back? Perhaps you think they’re not necessary because either you’ve given birth before, or because you feel there are many resources available to you already. Or maybe you can’t seem to fit anything else into your busy schedule. Take it from us… in between

Get Moving!

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?

Postpartum Bleeding 101

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

Ice, Ice, Baby

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?

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Hospital Birth Feel More Like Home

A home birth isn’t for everyone — maybe you have medical complications, maybe you just prefer the reassurance of having hospital staff a few steps away, or maybe you have some other reason for preferring a hospital. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a touch of home into your hospital room! Here are a

Chatting About Cesareans

Julius Caesar was not the first c-section baby (nor did he invent the Caesar salad) — Pliny the Elder speculated that he was named for an ancestor born by that method. In Caesar’s time, c-sections were used to save babies’ lives when mothers died in childbirth. Luckily for all of us, the procedure has changed

Addison Lyn

Many of our birth doula clients and childbirth education clients ask us where they can go to read birth stories. Some are searching for medication-free birth stories, some want to read about cesarean births, some want to hear about adoption or surrogacy. Others just want to commiserate with other birthing individuals over the power, uniqueness,

5 Things to do While in Early Labor

As active labor approaches, it may be harder to focus on this practice but your doula will be right there to help bring you back and center your focus.You’ve waiting months and months for the big day! Daydreaming about it, researching, trying to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically in the best ways you know how.

“Who Stole My Vagina?” and Other Postpartum Problems

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