It has been pretty well known for several years that delayed cord clamping has many benefits for a newborn baby. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, World Health Organization, and The American College of Nurse-Midwives all agree that delaying clamping by at least 1-2 minutes after birth raises neonatal iron levels, which can provide cognitive… Continue reading Why Delay? Cord Clamping, That Is
This is a birth story. But actually, it's more than that. It's the first chapter in the story of how I discovered my passion for birth work. It's an integral part of who I am, as most birth experiences are to the people who live them. In the summer of 2015 I was pregnant with… Continue reading What Made Me a Doula: Part One
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frequently updates their committee opinions and recommendations as they gain new knowledge and listen to consumer (that's you!) demand. In the most recent update to the Committee Opinion titled, "Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth," there are several recommendations that reflect the growing demand from birthing… Continue reading Here’s Why ACOG Recommends Doulas
"I have a very supportive partner..." "I have a really attentive midwife..." "I love my OB so much..." "This is my fourth baby..." "...do I REALLY need a Doula?" These are all variations of questions I hear all the time. And they are legitimate questions! When it comes to choosing who will be in your… Continue reading Do I REALLY Need a Doula?
More and more, women are requesting family-centered, or gentle, cesarean sections. With the number of c-section births on the rise, there are a number of ways in which some providers are helping to facilitate a more gentle cesarean experience. Whether you are planning a vaginal delivery or scheduling a c-section, it may be worth having… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Provider About a Family-Centered Cesarean
If you are first time mom, chances are you have at least one blog post saved to Pinterest titled something along the lines of, "What to Pack for the Hospital." Packing the hospital bag (or preparing the home birth supplies) is an exciting step! It means you are close enough to the end of your… Continue reading What to Pack (In Your Brain) for Labor
There was a time when most women had their babies at home with their families, a midwife, or their friends. Then in the last half of the 20th century, it became almost unthinkable that a woman should give birth anywhere besides a hospital. In recent years, more and more women are beginning their pregnancies with… Continue reading Hospitals to Home Births: Where Should I Have My Baby?