Author: Deb

My latest published article as it appears on Mindful-Mama.com (Check out the website- it is really great!!) Birth intrinsically brings some level of fear and anxiety, since it can never fully be planned. I have met very few women during my career as a labor support...

(Just received this from Choices In Childbirth!) We need your help! At midnight tomorrow, April 30th, the majority of New York City's home birth midwives will no longer be able to practice legally. Unless immediate action is taken by the Governor and the NYS...

For those looking to avoid routine interventions or put off pain medication, care providers commonly recommend staying home for as long as possible. This advice is very well intended, but the birthing mom’s partner will likely be called on to help make the final call...

As a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, I strongly subscribe to the Lamaze Approach to Birth. One of their key beliefs is: "Women's confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth." I chose to...

A few weeks ago after a morning prenatal yoga class, three students were left talking about birth options. One student was expressing her strong desire to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean”) with her second child, while another, who was also on her second...

The answer is NO, and I am actually quite surprised by this conclusion! I thought that the upward trend in adult weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and processed food consumption in this country would be accompanied by an average increase in fetal weight. However, research...

My last two doula clients were both induced due to a diagnosis of Oligohydramnios - low amniotic fluid. I have heard many of my students report that they were induced for the same reason, or that it was a very big concern for their care...

Statistics show that 70% of birthing women will take an epidural during the labor and delivery process. That being the case, it is important to discuss how to be pro-active and assure a good chance at a successful vaginal delivery with an epidural. In...

Whether or not to opt for pain medication during labor and delivery is a personal choice. In making these choices, it may be helpful to understand the pros and cons of epidural anesthesia. It is not my job as a teacher to lead you...

This blog entry was recently given to me from a New York City Midwife. The topic of Group B Strep is often confusing to people and not usually explained very well. I invite you to read about what Group B Strep is and...