The Doula, and The Dad

  The other day I was talking to a friend, and I mentioned that I am a doula, her response, “Do, what?” It makes me laugh every time I hear it. But then it got me to thinking, most people do wonder, I “do-what?”Most people have never heard the term doula, and of the group that has heard of us, most aren’t really sure what we do. I am a doula, which means I am a birth companion or coach. I help couples prepare for a great birth, I assist the couple during birth, and I am a friend to...

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7 Ways You Can Increase Your Chances For a VBAC

  So, this post is very personal to me, I had what I would consider an unnecessary cesarean birth with my first child. During the process of preparing for conception, pregnancy, and birth of my second child I did everything I could to increase my chances of having a successful vaginal birth after cesarean. From my research I have comprised a list of things that will truly help any mom planning a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section). Even though about 80% of women have successful VBACs, I think it is important to be a proactive advocate for yourself. We shouldn’t...

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Doulas Aren’t Just for Hippie Home Births

Midwives and doulas both play important roles in a birth. A midwife can be someone with medical training who aids you at a hospital, birthing center, or even in your home. But a doula’s role is much different, and often very misunderstood. Even more misunderstood is the value of a doula. After all, why would you want to pay hundreds of dollars for someone just to focus on YOU, especially if you’re in a hospital, or even having a c-section, why would you want a doula? Well, there are lots of reasons why … Well, first remember that the midwife’s...

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What is a Monitrice (an Advanced Trained Doula)

A monitrice is someone who is professionally trained to provide clinical skills to a couple (fetal heart tones, blood pressure checks, and vaginal exams). Monitrice work is very similar to doula work, with a broader range of support options. It means that we have basic midwifery skills along with our doula skills wrapped up in one package. We still provide labor support, still provide guidance and reassurance during birth, we still use all the labor support tools of a doula….but it is a bit more. A “Monitrice” is a labor coach and consumer advocate, a labor support person who has...

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7 Ways Dads Can Bond With Their Baby That Don’t Involve A Bottle.

One of the arguments I hear from so many moms as to why they have to give up breastfeeding, is that dad feels left out. As my other half mentioned in another post, the one thing that dads have no real place in, is breastfeeding. There are so many other ways to bond with your baby, that feeding is a moot point. And really, it's mom’s job. Here are some things dads can do to bond with their babies: 1. Bathe your baby. Better still, bathe with your baby. Co-Bathing and showering saves water, and gives you some lovely skin...

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5 Ways to Get Through a Long Labor

5 Ways to Get Through a Long Labor- By Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE, About.com Guide  While the average length of a first labor is typically 12-18 hours, not including inductions, there are labors that last longer. Some labors last longer because of physical issues, the baby moving into a better position, mom’s body opening. Other labors are longer because of emotional issues like fear of your surroundings or of becoming a parent, or that your husband won’t make it on time. These can be very real things. For the women who have to deal with lengthy labors, it sounds like...

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Pelvic Floor Exercises

  A few tips every woman needs to know in regard to keeping her pelvic floor strong. Written by Sarah Jones, CPM, LM 1. Don’t hold a sneeze in. The pressure you place on your Pelvic floor muscle is damaging to your tone. 2. Women should not do Crunches or sit ups. It is better to work on abdominal muscles from the bottom up, such as leg lifts. Lay on your back and pull your knees up till you are in a sitting position. You can place your hands on your thighs and put counter pressure. This will work on...

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Top Ten Truly Needed New Mom Gifts

So, I get invited to a lot of baby showers, and almost every one has a Target Baby Registry attached. This is full of items like Blankets, Clothes, Bouncers, etc. This list, that was put together by the first time mom, is missing some of the best gifts you can give to a new mom. Here is a list of what I think are 10 of the best alternative gifts to give mom, and believe me, she will thank you over and over again. 1- A Breastfeeding Class, or a Private Lactation Consultation: Yes, I am putting this as #1....

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Flavors in Mothers Milk May Determine the Foods Children Like

Mothers wanting their children to eat their greens should consume plenty of vegetables themselves while breast feeding, new research has suggested. By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent Scientists have discovered that babies’ taste buds are primed between the two and five months after birth by the flavours they are exposed to and this can influence their preferences in later life. Researchers found that children fed a bitter and sour tasting milk formula during these early months of their life continued to like its taste as they grew older and even into adolescence. Those who were given the milk formula for the...

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10 Things No One Tells You About Birth

1) The contraction pain doesn’t end when the baby is born. Your uterus will contract for days, weeks and even months after birth. The pain is especially bad during breastfeeding in the first week or two, some women describe it as feeling like their uterus is going to fall out! 2) Your vagina will look different…not just from a tear or episiotomy scar (if this happens) but different in color…it will be a darker shade of the original color in most cases. 3) Your baby will breastfeed WAY more than you can imagine…so don’t be surprised when you spend half...

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