As a independent doula, and like many other birth workers, I am on-call from the moment my clients sign a contract with me. Birth can happen during any week of pregnancy and at any time of day, any day of the week. Because of this, it may seem that I don't really start working until … Continue reading “Unless I’m at a Birth”
Are you anxious about your upcoming hospital birth? Are you planning a home birth, but nervous about a possible hospital transfer? Is this the first time you’ll be admitted to a hospital and you’re unsure what to expect? Have you had a bad hospital experience and you’re wondering how to make this time different? About … Continue reading Savvy Birth 101
We live in a time when most people do not like uncertainty. We have instant knowledge at our fingertips, we can contact people anytime, and there are apps that allow us to know exactly where our family and friends are. We like to know the what, when, where and how. Then the pregnancy test comes … Continue reading Go With Your Gut
As a doula I am often asked nutrition questions by my clients, so I am always on the lookout for good resources. I recently read a book that I think is an excellent guide for pregnancy (and beyond) and I would love to tell you a bit about it. Lily Nichols RDN, CDE is a … Continue reading
Recently my husband needed hand surgery, so one of the first things he did was ask the doctor about the different options for the procedure. Then he went and looked up the options online. He read articles and watched videos of the actual procedure. He wanted to know as much as he could about what … Continue reading I Don’t Need a Childbirth Class
What is it about being pregnant and having a baby that seems to elicit advice from everyone we meet? “You’re robbing your children of their childhood if you do not take them to Disney World.” “You really need to leave your children with their grandparents overnight – you owe them that.” “That baby is way … Continue reading No, I’m Not Interested In Your Advice
Maybe you’ve been taking the hospital childbirth education class and as part of the last session they take you on a tour of the labor and delivery floor and the postpartum unit. Or maybe you took an outside class but still want to see where you will be giving birth. It’s time for the Hospital … Continue reading Let’s Take a Tour
If you can it’s a good idea to interview your OB or midwife before you get pregnant, but even if you’re already expecting, you can still take some time to search for the right provider for you. Often, when someone gets pregnant, they continue to go to the same person who has been providing their … Continue reading Give Your Provider a Job Interview
Is your doctor listening to you? Is she really answering your questions? Is he giving you all the information you need? Is your birthing facility telling you what you are “allowed” and “not allowed” to do? Are you feeling like an object instead of an active participant? Do you feel like you are being “steered” … Continue reading Informed Decision Making – Is Anyone Listening?
Let me start by saying that as a doula, I am here to support you in your birth no matter what your choices are. I do not have an agenda for your birth and I am not here to steer you in a particular direction. When I do a birth planning session with my clients, … Continue reading Just Do It – Because You Can!