Author: Deb

10 Jun Do We Over Value Technology to Personal Touch

I just received my copy of New York Magazine yesterday and noticed that it was the "Best Doctors" issue. I eagerly opened it to see if I knew any of the featured doctors, since I have worked with quite a few over the past...

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04 Jun The US Has One Of The Worst Maternal Mortality Rates In The World. Why?

FACT: The United States ranks 42nd in the WORLD for maternal mortality rates FACT: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that there has been no improvement in the maternal death rate in the United States since 1982. FACT: The CDC estimates that more than half of...

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26 May The Gate Control Theory of Pain Management in Childbirth and the Epidural

Last night I was teaching a refresher childbirth education class to a couple. The father is a physician and the mother is an occupational therapist - so when I started talking about non-pharmacological methods of pain relief, specifically those related to the Gate Control Theory,...

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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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07 May Educate Yourself, Know Your Birth Options

I was really struck by a quote from Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer, authors of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, who said: "If you don't know your options, you don't have any." From what I have encountered in my years of teaching, many...

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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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