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!
I often see this question in pregnancy and parenting groups. It seems that people may think that if they have a midwife, they don’t need a doula. But maybe they don’t really understand the difference between a midwife and a doula. Typically an obstetrician practices using the medical model of birth (which is focused more … Continue reading Should I Hire an OB and a Doula, or a Midwife?
We were never meant to live this life alone. We simply are not designed to go about our lives without companions, mentors, and students. We need people in our lives that are in the same season of life or circumstances. We need people who are ahead of us on the journey so that we can … Continue reading I Need My Person!
My husband has played golf on and off for many years, but this past summer he had the opportunity to get out on the links quite a few times. I am definitely a beginner, never having actually been on a golf course, but I was able to join him on the driving range several times. … Continue reading Can’t My Golf Instructor Be My Doula?
What comes to mind when you think about a birth plan? Lists of things you want to happen? Lists of things you want to avoid? Both of those are important. I believe it’s a great idea to go over all the options you have available and all the possible interventions that might be presented to … Continue reading Birth Plan – Try Looking at it Another Way
Usually lots of time and thought goes into planning for the birth of your baby. But usually not near as much thought goes into planning for the postpartum period. Instead, you may find yourself coming home from the hospital with a tiny human thinking, “What the heck?” Sometimes you can’t believe they let you take … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Postpartum
While every pregnancy is unique, there are a lot of common things that you’ll experience. It’s important to know your body and to be aware when things are new, severe, and persistent. Bleeding -- Anything more than spotting warrants a call to your health care provider. Vision, Weight, Skin -- Blurry vision, rapid weight gain … Continue reading 5 Things to Watch for During Pregnancy
While nothing can totally prepare you for childbirth, there are several things you can do to help you feel at ease. Journal Spend a few minutes each day focusing on your baby, writing down your feelings, questions, and thoughts for the future. This can be a great way to connect with your baby. Childbirth Education … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Birth