Author: Deb

To be honest, I had not really thought about this topic until one of my postnatal students reappeared in my prenatal yoga class. I was thrilled to see her back on the other side for another round of prenatal yoga with us! After chatting for...

There is a running joke amongst Labor and Delivery Nurses about birth plans. It goes something like this, "What do you call a woman that comes in and presents her birth plan to the staff? The next cesarean section." Now don't get...

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who sent their well wishes after the announcement of my pregnancy. I truly feel blessed to be part of this loving community. As I approach week 15, I am noticing some interesting changes to my body. Besides...

Currently, about a third of mothers in the United States give birth by cesarean section. Since a cesarean takes place in the sterile, cold environment of an operating room, it can be forgotten that this is still a life changing moment for the parents. With...

My doctor warned me that my first trimester would probably be difficult. I didn't really fully comprehend what that would mean. Most of the students that I encounter at the Prenatal Yoga Center are in their second or third trimester. We do...

Whenever I tell people that I "moonlight" as a labor support doula, they say "a what???" A labor support doula- a woman that offers continuous physical and emotional support to a laboring woman. Even after that explanation, I still often receive slightly confused...

Approximately 10% of women will have their water break before the onset of labor. So for the other 90% out there, they will either face the choice of an amniotomy (breaking of the amniotic sac) or have their membranes rupture on their own, called spontaneous...

The idea for this blog came to fruition in a very round-about way. Tara, a friend of mine, is hoping to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with her upcoming baby. She wanted to know what she could do to help increase...

I have had the fortune to support women through labor and delivery in the role of a labor support doula for the past seven years, and as prenatal yoga teacher for the past nine. During this time, I have listened to many birthing stories,...