Past Your Due Date? Here are 8 Ways To Get Labor Started

Past Your Due Date?  Here are 8 Ways To Get Labor Started

Due-date come and gone?  Looking to get labor started?  Doctor mention the word 'induction' to you and now you are panicking that your body is "not doing anything"?  Doctor telling you baby will grow too big if you go past your due date?

Signs of Labor - What You Should Know If You're Pregnant

Signs of Labor - What You Should Know If You're Pregnant

This is a question I get a lot from pregnant moms...How will I know I'm in labor?  That's what this blog is all about, the signs of labor and what you should know if you're pregnant.  Women who have gone through labor before will always say, "trust me you'll know when you're in labor."  And that's very true.  But if you're a first time mom...

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Eating And Drinking During Labor

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About Eating And Drinking During Labor

Can I eat or drink during labor?  

I GET ASKED THIS QUESTION A LOT. 

I have good and bad news for you.  I am going to start with the bad news.  It's been a common widespread practice to restrict women’s food and fluid intake during labor since the 1940's.  So that means hospitals and doctors are very comfortable with this practice.  But the good news is that restrictions are starting to relax a bit. A TINY bit!  

12 Tips for Having a Great Pregnancy and Labor

12 Tips for Having a Great Pregnancy and Labor

You're pregnant!!  How beautiful!!  How exciting!!  How miraculous!!  It's all of those things and more.  But sometimes it can be challenging.  And let's face it, labor is called 'labor' for a reason.  So here are 12 tips for having a great pregnancy and labor.     

Gearing Up for Labor? What You Should Pack And Bring To The Hospital…

Gearing Up for Labor?  What You Should Pack And Bring To The Hospital…

I get this question a lot and here is the extensive list of what to pack and bring to the hospital. When I get called in to help a mom labor, I do have a bag full of all kinds of stuff but I usually end up using...

Real Labor Tips for Dads From A Doula - Childbirth Educator

Real Labor Tips for Dads From A Doula - Childbirth Educator

As a doula - child birth educator I've had many dad's confide in me that they can feel a little nervous about labor because they are not 100% sure if they will be able to help their partner through labor.  Basically they are looking for real tips that they can use. That's why I made this list for you, to help you, help your wife through labor.

9 Reasons Why You & Your Child Need Water

9 Reasons Why You & Your Child Need Water

Water is essential for nearly every function in your body and here are 9 reasons why you need to drink more water:

  1. Water helps you digest your food and transport nutrients throughout your body.

  2. Water helps get all the "junk" or toxins out of your body.  When you pee we get rid of uric acid, urea, and lactic acid.  When you poop, you get rid of all kinds of "stuff", I know, TMI!

  3. Water carries oxygen to cells throughout your body.  

How Much Does it Really Cost to Have a Baby

How Much Does it Really Cost  to Have a Baby

When His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was born there was a lot of discussion in the media on how much his birth cost.  Many people around the world were shocked.  I can honestly say that it was a better deal then what the average birth costs here in the US.  You may be shocked.  Do you really know  how much it costs to have a baby?

Birth Stories - Should You Listen to Them?

Birth Stories - Should You Listen to Them?

Man, do I love a good birth story!  Every woman remembers the day they gave birth like it was yesterday and now that you are pregnant, 2 things you didn’t expect will happen:

  1. Strangers will start touching your belly around the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 
  2. The second the world knows your expecting, women from all over will start telling you ALL the JUICY DETAILS of their birth experience. The good, the bad and sometimes TMI. 

I am sad to say that most women you encounter will de-value their birth experience and...

Do You Know About Informed Consent?

Do You Know About Informed Consent?

Do you know about INFORMED CONSENT or REFUSAL?  As women we naturally love to communicate, our brains are hard wired for it.  But for some reason when we have a doctor standing in front of us, good looking or not........ Communication basically gets thrown out the window!   Are you one...