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“Birth Plans Are Pointless” and Other Childbirth Myths

"Birth Plans Are Pointless" and Other Childbirth Myths

In my work as a birth professional I put an awful lot of energy into dispelling harmful and potentially harmful childbirth myths and misconceptions. Although it takes up more of my time than I would like, educating the public as much as I can and more importantly,

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How to get your husband to come to birth class

How to get your husband to come to birth class

There are a lot of reasons birth education is undervalued. One of the more common is that the pregnant individual wants to attend a birth class but the spouse doesn’t see the point. There may be an additional layer of skepticism if the class is happening outside

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What’s the point of taking a birthing class?

What's the point of taking a birthing class?

If you’ve been researching birthing classes but are unsure if they’re necessary, my mission for this post is to highlight a few things you may not have considered to help you make a decision. So, what’s the point? To illustrate the answer to that, I’m actually going to

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What a postpartum doula does

What a postpartum doula does

There is such a lack of understanding for the postpartum period in our culture. We don’t adequately prepare families for it and we certainly don’t adequately support them during it. Enter the postpartum doula! We bridge the gap and fill in the cracks. What a postpartum doula

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Hypno-curious? Here’s an easy way to understand hypnosis for birth

Hypno-curious? Here's an easy way to understand hypnosis for birth

It’s my personal belief that each and every birthing person would benefit from hypnosis for birth training, regardless of the birth setting, preferences, or any medical need that may arise. Hypnosis is such a natural state of being that we all experience whether we recognize it or

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Which Reston OB GYN is right for me?

Which Reston OB GYN is right for me?

If you’re pregnant and looking for an OB GYN, I recommend Reston Women’s Center, also under the name of Centreville OB-GYN as they have recently opened a Reston office. Currently delivering at Inova Fair Oaks, the physicians and midwives are in the process of also getting privileges at

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Why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse AND a doula

Why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse AND a doula

A doula’s primary job is to focus their attention on the birthing person or new parent and their state of being. There are a lot of different ways we go about doing that, so to answer why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse and a

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Reston Hospital Labor & Delivery Review

Reston Hospital Labor & Delivery Review

One of my most important jobs as a doula is to keep up with information about Reston and Dulles area prenatal care options so that I can relay that to my clients, allowing them to make their own choices. Reston Hospital runs a popular Labor & Delivery

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How to choose a care provider

How to choose a care provider

Last week I gave you a few things to consider when choosing a doula, so I thought I’d do a post on how to choose a care provider.  (Also, I’ll be speaking on this topic Feb. 3rd during the Virtual Parent2Be Conference. Get your free admission!) When I

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How to choose a Washington DC area doula

How to choose a Washington DC area doula

Doulas are a big thing here in the Washington DC area and it must be pretty overwhelming to choose one since there are so many of us. Since every pregnant individual is so unique, there’s certainly not one “correct” method for choosing. As with most decisions related

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