Author: Deb

Last weekend in our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, we were reviewing the homework and going over assigned readings. One of the books (a personal favorite of mine) Ina May's Guide to Childbirth includes a selection of birth stories that took place at The Farm...

VBACs, also known as Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, have been a hot topic over the past several months. Back in March of 2010, the NIH (National Institute of Health) held a conference Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights, which offered a substantial amount of research...

Ina May Gaskin, the renowned midwife, coined the phrase The Sphincter Law in her book, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Her theory is based on the idea that the body has sphincters, and these sphincters can be shy and can NOT be forcefully opened. Think back...

It absolutely breaks my heart to know that many women are not given the chance to get out of bed during labor. Last January, I attended Lisa's birth as her labor support doula. I stopped by the hospital while she was in early labor,...

I was inspired to share this letter from one of our students. Deb, People often talk about "defining moments" in their lives. I can now safely tell you that the conversation we had after class a few weeks ago in which you gave me...

I can honestly say that one of my greatest pleasures is a good night's sleep. When I get those precious 8 hours, I am like a new person: calm, rested, clear headed and energetic. Unfortunately, this is a rare occurrence. Several years ago...

Ah..the due date. The question everyone always asks. "When are you due?" Of course this day is then circled, highlighted and little stars are drawn around it on your calendar. It is so easy for the awaiting mother (and not...

A main component of the prenatal yoga class is the exploration of pain management and relaxation techniques that can be used during labor and delivery. My favorite (and most effective) exercise is the mock contraction. This is a 60 second wall squat that is meant...

As recently seen on Mindful Mama As a doula, I've heard this lament time and time again: "I received the name of my doctor from a friend, and if I had known what to ask, I probably would have switched doctors a long time ago. Now...