Celebrities and Doulas

Doulas are a growing trend, and more and more celebrities are taking advantaged of the VIP Birth service. Celebrities such as: Idina Menzel Cindy Crawford Jenna Dewan-Tatum Nicole Kidman Kelly Ripa Cindy Crawford The list goes on and on, and for good reason. Having a doula present for your birth, and postpartum can make all the difference in having a positive experience. You may not need to be a celebrity, Royalty, or even a Rock Star to get the VIP treatment for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The Doula House offers the top of the line packages when it comes...

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Breastmilk Contains Stem Cells

By Catherine Madden, 2008 The Perth scientist who made the world-first discovery that human breast milk contains stem cells is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting them to research treatment for conditions as far-reaching as spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. But what Dr Mark Cregan is excited about right now is the promise that his discovery could be the start of many more exciting revelations about the potency of breast milk.He believes that it not only meets all the nutritional needs of a growing infant but contains key markers that guide his or her development into...

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Hypnobabies, Not Just for Homebirths

One of the most common questions, or statements, I hear about Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Birth is “Is that just for home birth moms?” or “Can I use it even if I am birthing at the hospital?” Let me take a moment now to explain why Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Birth works, and why it is the best option for a mom birthing in the hospital (or out of the hospital).   First, Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth course. This means that when you take a Hypnobabies Hypnosis class, you are learning all about: What to expect During Pregnancy and Birth How...

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10 Ways To Make It To The End Of A Natural Birth And Enjoy It

  I am a doula and a Hypnobabies instructor and I love it. Over the years I have found a list of certain things that help moms have easier, more comfortable births where they feel like they are in control and empowered. Through experience, and trial and error, I have also found that these techniques help moms make it through their hypno-births feeling in control, strong, and comfortable. Most of these births have the first ingredient in them; Hypnobabies, and with most moms this is a must. Hypnobabies moms create births that they genuinely enjoy. So... here we go... Number...

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Why a Doula is Like a Real Estate Agent.

Many time in my profession I get this, “What exactly does a doula do?” I have answered all the typical responses like: “Doulas help to keep moms comfortable…” “We provide physical support, emotional support, and knowledge to the birthing couple…” “I am there to help the couple, not just mom, to have a great birth experience…” But then the other day I answered it like this… “When most people plan to purchase a home, especially their first home, they turn to the help and expertise of a real estate agent. They look around, take personal refferals and finally pick the...

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10 Ways Dads Can Help Ensure Breastfeeding Success

This is a wonderful article from Christie Haskell that provides a series of actions that allow your partner to provide the best breastfeeding support possible. - The Surgeon General’s Call to Action about breastfeeding noted that family members — especially dads and grandmas — were important people in a new mother’s life. They needed to have the opportunity to learn just as much about breastfeeding as the new mom … and needed to learn how to support her in a way that helped her continue breastfeeding. While a dad can’t breastfeed (no matter how much we wish he could), he does...

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Why You Need A Hypno-Doula

I love teaching Hypnobabies, it is really one of the most rewarding things that I do. While our couples are going through the childbirth class, the topic of having a doula often comes up. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a doula is, let me clarify: Webster’s Defines A Doula As: “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth” In everyday terms, this means having a trained professional with you and your partner from start to finish. A doula attends your birth...

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44 Questions For Your Midwife

by SVEA BOYDA-VIKANDER Written by Svea Just last week I had the privilege of meeting with two fantastic midwives. Recommended by a friend, they are the women I hope will accompany me through my second pregnancy and delivery. They are kind, empathetic, knowledgeable, and funny. Exciting! When I told my husband the news, he had a lot of questions. Most of them (“How much does it cost?” and “Do they know what they’re doing?”) I could answer. But some, I couldn’t. Hubby wanted to know exactly what they would do in an emergency – “Tell me about a time when things...

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Typical Medical Questions for Admission to Hospital

Many of my students are curious as to what the hospital admittance forms ask during check-in at the hospital. Well, here is a great list of what to expect as far as questions go. One of the things I recommend, is to answer all these questions on a piece of paper and take it with you to the hospital. This way the nurse can check what she needs without asking you while you are trying to focus during a surge/wave (contraction). Height & Weight (before pregnancy and currently) Medication history: type of medication, dosage and frequency Social history: use of...

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Treating Group B Strep During Pregnancy

Treating Group B Strep During Pregnancy What is Group B Strep? Definition: Group Beta-Streptococci is a bacteria found in up to 40% of women. It originates in the intestinal tract, but because of the close proximity between the rectum and the vagina, if a mother has intestinal/rectal colonization she will most likely have vaginal colonization. Genital colonization can cause symptoms, but rarely results in maternal illness. It can carry significant risks for the baby, however, if he or she becomes colonized and develops an infection from the bacteria. Overall neonatal infection rate is 1-4/1000. HOW DOES GBS AFFECT THE BABY?...

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