Posts tagged birth
Why Birth Workers Should Stop Beating The “Intuition” Drum

With the prevalence of anxiety related to pregnancy and parenthood, it’s not hard to understand the seemingly continuous stream of questions that flood the online parenting pages.

What is a little confusing is the reverberating “trust your gut” that seems to find its way into every one of these threads.

But what happens when you don’t have an inclination toward a specific solution, or when you can’t tell if the voice you’re hearing is your intuition or your anxiety talking?

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Complementary Perinatal Care Series: Calm Birth Meditation

This week in our Complementary Perinatal Care Series, Amy Czadzeck from To The Moon & Back shares with us about her Calm Birth meditation practice in Gloversville, New York. Keep reading to learn about what Calm Birth meditation is and how it may impact your pregnancy and birth experience!

So, what is Calm Birth meditation? 

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Preparing Your Pets For Siblinghood

As the time approaches to bring your new baby home, you may be nervous about how your first baby—your fur-baby—will handle the new addition. You love them, afterall, and don’t want them to feel replaced or resent their new family member.

We get it. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make this transition easier on everybody...

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Doula Top 5: Apps For Pregnancy & Beyond

Apps often make our lives easier, consolidating a mess of lists into a single magical, clickable icon we can tap time and again to keep things organized. They have apps for everything these days! Grocery lists, calendars, period trackers—and yes, even apps to use during pregnancy and postpartum.

But with so many options, you may find it overwhelming trying to find the right apps for you and your family. Let us help!

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Preparing For Those 2 A.M. Feeds

For many, bringing a newborn home completely shakes up their routine. Instead of feeding everyone in the house 3-6 meals before bedtime, you’ve now got a sweet little mouth asking for milk 8-12 times (roughly) per day, including throughout the night. 

Here are a few things you can do to make the 2 A.M. feed—and the others, too!—a little less dread-worthy...

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Birth Toolbox: Do You Know Your Bishop Score?

Near the end of pregnancy it’s common for the cervix to enter the spotlight, as cervical exams are often offered at each appointment starting around week 36. Even friends and family become invested in what exciting things your cervix is up to, the question of dilation arising again and again in conversation!

But there’s more to predicting labor than dilation.

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When Should I Call My Doula?

Something that makes doula care unique to the care you (usually) receive from your providers is that you have a direct line to the person you're trying to reach. With great access comes great responsibility—and maybe you're a little worried you won't know when to call. Or maybe you're afraid you'll "call for no reason."

Well, let's put those fears to rest! Here's a doula's guide to calling your doula.

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Warning: Emotional Baggage

Don't worry, you won't need tissues, but we are going to get a little emotional...emotionally supportive, that is. Emotional support is one of the key pieces to doula work, and yet, like the emotions we support, many people struggle to wrap their minds around this aspect of our duties.

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How to...Pick A Provider

When it comes to having a baby, you're going to make lots of decisions, not the least of which is who will provide your perinatal care. This one decision has the ability to shape a lot of the overall experience, so it's important that you make it with care.

Whether you choose an OB or a midwife, here are some questions to ask *yourself* when interviewing potential providers...

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When giving birth has you scared sh******, do this:

Fear about giving birth, whether it's your first time or your fifteenth, is totally normal. The only way through it is through it, but you have to know what "it" is first. Are you afraid of being in pain? Do you fear the unknown? Are you scared of unwanted interventions?

What is it exactly that has you trembling? Put your finger on that fear, and then:

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What is a Doula?

If you're anything like me, you often turn to Google with your questions. In fact, that may even be how you found this blog post!

In that case, I'm glad you're here because that means that you realized, like me, that a simple Google of the definition of "doula" doesn't really tell you squat about what a doula is.

You see, according to Google, a doula is:

"a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born."

...but this definition is almost identical to that of "midwife." And I can assure you, doulas are not midwives.

 

So, the question remains: what is a doula?

 

1. A DOULA IS...

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