Having a cesarean birth is too common in this country, about 1 in 3 births are surgical. I’ve blogged about my births before, mainly my vbacs. I want to talk about what it’s like to be the one on the operating table and what it’s like to be supporting the mother going through the operation. […]

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October 24, 2016

My experiences in the O.R. – as a mother & as a doula

Your baby is finally here! You get through the first 24-48 hours at the hospital with the nurses everywhere and offering assistance at every turn. Then you go home. You nurse your precious baby, she drifts off to sleep and all is right with the world. Then what seems like instantly baby is hungry and […]

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August 11, 2016

How do I know my breastfed newborn is getting enough to eat?

First, second, third and beyond time moms almost always get to that point in their pregnancy where they have some contractions. A tightening  and something just uncomfortable happening. So they wonder ‘Oh, is this IT?! Is it time NOW!?’ and get excited, nervous, worried and overjoyed all at the same time. Things keep going for […]

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July 21, 2016

Are these contractions really labor?

So you go to your 37 week prenatal appointment and the doctor feels your abdomen like usual, only is taking a lot longer this time. Then the words are said “I think baby is breech now”. So you have an ultrasound and it confirms that baby is now head up and butt down. Now what? […]

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July 15, 2016

My baby is breech, now what?

You have a lot to think about while you are pregnant. I mean A LOT! You’re going through a lot of changes and if this is your first baby then it’s all new, scary and exciting at the same time. Someone mentions hiring a doula for your birth. You may have a few questions or […]

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June 29, 2016

Common concerns about hiring a doula.

Lots of women go into the hospital to have their baby without thinking that they will end up needing a cesarean section to birth their baby. In America, this happen a whopping 1/3 of the time.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 10-15% rate for c-sections. So why is the USA doing more than […]

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June 10, 2016

Reasons for a C-section, and what you can do about them.

You walk into the hospital with a big belly and after some time out comes the most beautiful little thing covered in vernix and some other sticky things. While you are at the hospital you have help that can come to you with the push of a button. Is baby’s poop supposed to look this […]

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June 7, 2016

Home with baby, now what?

Q: When is the BEST time during pregnancy to find the doula that is right for you and hire her? A: Yesterday. Let me explain a little. There is no specified time frame that it is appropriate to hire a doula. Some women hire a doula before they are even pregnant! (yes, you can do […]

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June 6, 2016

When should I get a doula?

I think ALL pregnant women at one point and time during their pregnancy think”What if I poop while I’m pushing the baby out?!”. Chances are you will and that’s totally ok! It’s actually a GOOD thing.  If you are pooping, then you are pushing in the most productive way! But most women aren’t anticipating that […]

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April 25, 2016

What about going poop AFTER baby?

For some reason it seems that when you announce your pregnancy to the world everyone and their cousin/neighbor/teacher/pet llama have some ‘advice’ they think you NEED to know. Most expecting moms just stand there and listen to the person say their peace and then go on. It’s kind of rude to not listen right? Wrong. […]

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April 15, 2016

Things to say and not say to an expecting mom.