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Expecting? Learn How to Reduce Your Fear of Childbirth

Expecting?  Learn How to Reduce Your Fear of Childbirth

Lots of expecting moms feel fearful, anxious and nervous about childbirth

There are many factors that can lead to these feelings.  But the 3 main ones are:

  • Not knowing what to expect during childbirth.  
  • Listening to bad - horrible labor stories.  
  • Watching movies and TV shows portraying childbirth.

Fear Busters....

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?

How To Navigate Third Trimester Emotions

How To Navigate Third Trimester Emotions

So let's talk about the third trimester emotions. How are you feeling?  There is no doubt that near the end of the third trimester, you'll probably start looking forward to the end of the pregnancy and the arrival of your baby.  As a doula...

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.     

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.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding, for Mom and Baby- Do You know them?

The Benefits of Breastfeeding, for Mom and Baby- Do You know them?

During the first couple days after your baby is born, your breasts will be producing colostrum which is incredibly importanfor your newborn.  

When a baby is born the lining of their stomach and intestines are permeable,  that means it has microscopic holes where foreign particles can get through.  Colostrum acts like a sealant for those holes and creates a protective barrier from...

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?

Pregnancy & Dads: Why Inclusivity Matters to Our Relationships

Pregnancy & Dads: Why Inclusivity Matters to Our Relationships

For decades, we’ve taken it for granted that husbands be present in labor and delivery, or in C-section surgery suites, when their wives give birth. Many of us believe that it’s important for dads to support delivering moms during childbirth, and that their efforts to do so, and to witness the birth of their babies, offers affirmation of the centrality of fatherhood to their lives and families.

Pregnancy Tips for Weeks 29 – 32 The Third Trimester!!!

Pregnancy Tips for Weeks 29 – 32  The Third Trimester!!!

Yes!  You’re in your third trimester!!!   You can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  And there’s no doubt from the looks of you that you’re definitely pregnant.  

First, let’s talk about your belly.  Most likely you are experiencing some tightening of your abdomen.  Most women at this time do.  Some women begin to feel them around 6 or 7 months.  Some moms feel them even sooner.  These are called Braxton Hicks Contractions.  Did you know that your uterus begins to contract around the third month and it contracts several times an hour?  WOW!  Who new?  It’s an actual mini work out that your uterus goes through so it’ll be strong and ready for labor.  These contractions are usually...