Author: Deb

19 Nov Cervical Dilation and Effacement

“Cervical dilation” and “effacement” are terms that you will hear your care provider talk about toward the end of your pregnancy and throughout your labor. These terms refer to the opening and thinning of the cervix. Dilation is measured in centimeters, from 0-10cm, and being...

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11 Nov Estimate Fetal Birth Weight and Shoulder Dystocia

In the past week I have heard two rather disturbing stories from my students. One student came back and told me the unlikely unfolding of her birth story: the mother hit her due date, and the doctor predicted she was going to have a...

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22 Oct The Birth – Insurance Relationship and Ways to Avoid a C-section

Before I became involved in the prenatal yoga and childbirth education world, I associated childbirth with a cute cuddly baby, happy parents and fuzzy teddy bears. Now, I think technology, defensive medicine and insurance issues. Hmm...

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13 Oct Breathing for Labor, A Yogic Point of View

I am going to go out on a limb and say: "I strongly believe the best breathing for labor is deep-belly breathing!" There, I said it. This may upset some, or contradict what others believe and what some childbirth educators are teaching. However, from my...

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09 Oct Dispelling the Fear About the Umbilical Cord

My friend and midwife, Jocelyn, passed this article on to me. I thought it was an important piece to post on the blog since I often hear women express their concern about the umbilical cord being wrapped around some part of their baby. About...

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24 Sep Birth Plan vs Hospital Protocol

I often encourage my students and doula clients to take some time to figure out how they foresee their birth. This is, of course, with the understanding that nothing - especially birth - can ever truly follow a plan; however, at least one might hash...

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10 Sep Study: Home Birth With Midwife As Safe As Hospital Birth

My very good friend, Liz, recently told me she is pregnant with her third child. I had the thrill and privilege to be her doula for the first two births and was so excited when she invited me back for the third (and final!) one....

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01 Sep Perineal Massage

I am often asked about the usefulness of perineal massage for expectant mothers. To be completely honest, I haven't heard much feedback about it either way. I decided to investigate the question a bit more and see if there was any hard data on...

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