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The role of hormones during birth

The role of hormones during birth

It’s very interesting to me how our own bodies provide a lot of what we need by way of the hormones we produce. Environmental or genetic factors can either help promote or inhibit hormone levels. When hormone levels are functioning optimally, the body functions better. This is

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10 items you need for your newborn baby

10 items you need for your newborn baby

1. Breasts! Or a warm chest and perhaps some resources to help you meet your goals. Check out Trevor McDonald’s blog and maybe the book, Breastfeeding After Surgery: Defining Your Own Success. 2. A lactation consultant (preferably an IBCLC who makes home visits) 3. A breast pump

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Is a doula a need or a want?

Is a doula a need or a want?

As a doula I’ve been contemplating this question for awhile, attempting to evaluate whether I’m presenting my services appropriately. Ever since hearing Suze Orman declare that a doula is a need and not a want, I’ve tended to side with her argument. But lately I’ve been thinking

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Do epidurals increase the odds of needing a Cesarean birth?

Do epidurals increase the odds of needing a Cesarean birth?

Anyone who loves and appreciates a woman in their life – mother, daughter, sister, friend – ought to care about women’s rights, am I right? And the rights of childbearing women specifically include the right to know about the risks associated with anything that could potentially enter

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Questions to ask your doula

Questions to ask your doula

Questions to ask your doula If you’re nervous about what questions to ask your doula, fear not! What you should know first is that there really aren’t any questions about childbirth that bother us. We’ve been asked pretty much everything under the sun about birth before (plus

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The birth experience: is having a positive birth story realistic?

The birth experience: is having a positive birth story realistic?

There are so many different attitudes and perspectives swirling around the topic of birth and there seems to be a counterpoint for each. Some say you can’t have a positive birth story unless you expect to. Others say it’s foolish for mothers to expect anything in particular

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Other alternatives to the epidural part 4

Other alternatives to the epidural part 4

Sterile water injection for back pressure My Alternative Birth Options Series: Part 4 of 4 I’ve done a small amount of investigating to see if hospitals in the Atlanta area are offering sterile water injections for back pressure during labor. Unfortunately, they are not. Intown Midwifery reports

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Other alternatives to the epidural part 3

Other alternatives to the epidural part 3

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) My Alternative Birth Options Series: Part 3 of 4 The TENS unit is a small device that emits pulses of electricity. The pads are placed on the birthing mother’s back or wherever else provides comfort for her; it is completely controlled by

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Using hypnosis for childbirth

Using hypnosis for childbirth

Using Hypnosis for Childbirth My Alternative Birth Options Series: Part 2 of 4 The picture is me relaxing at about 8 cm dilated (during very active labor). “Relaxing during contractions sounds great, but how does it work?” This question goes through the minds of many women who

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Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Trained as a journalist in college, I used to think the concept of a blog was silly. Now I spend way too much time reading them and I even write a few of my own. But not just any blogs: birth blogs. These posts can be very

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