Author: Deb

19 May Recent Artcile, Childbirth: Can the U.S. Improve?

I love when childbirth related articles fall into mainstream media. The Sunday, LA Times published an article, "Childbirth: Can the U.S. improve?". It highlights some of the biggest issues facing expectant parents now a days; high cesarean and induction rates, the growing strain...

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30 Apr Largest Study of it’s Kind States: Home births ‘as safe as hospital’

A recent article from BBC News, Home Births "as safe as Hospital", highlights the largest study of its kind, with over a half million participants. It indicates that for low-risk women, giving birth at home is as safe as doing so in hospital with a...

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07 Apr Study Finds Benefits For Skin to Skin contact with Newborn

Part of my job as a doula is to hold a prenatal meeting with the couple I’m working with, then type up notes from that meeting and return them to the couple for review. Over the years I have established a format for the questions...

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10 Mar The War Against VBACs

Over the last week or so, many childbirth education blogs and articles have focused on Pamela Paul's latest article in TIME magazine, The Trouble With Repeat Cesareans. It is so wonderful that this important subject is receiving some attention. Paul, who happens to be...

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23 Feb The Doctor, The Midwife, The Nurse and The Doula

I wanted to share some questions with you that I am asked on a regular basis: "What is the difference between a midwife and a doula? "; "Does my doctor work with my midwife?"; "Why would I choose a midwife over a doctor?"; "Isn't the...

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07 Feb How Much Is Too Much Weight To Gain When Pregnant?

Just the other day at the end of class several students were discussing their doctors' recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy - a very hot topic among the pregnant mamas! Some women were saying that their doctors are very lenient while others have stricter guidelines,...

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29 Jan Early C-Section Carries Risks, Study Finds

I just recently came across a wonderfully informative article, Early C-Section Carries Risks, Study Finds by Keith Winstein in the Wall Street Journal about a study recently conducted and published in The New England Journal of Medicine about the risks of early elective cesarean births....

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16 Jan Squatting Births

Inspired by what I saw on my bike trip through Vietnam, since returning I have been obsessed with incorporating more squatting poses into my prenatal yoga classes. I have long been fascinated by the incredible ease with which many people from other cultures (particularly...

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