Author: Deb

Last Sunday I took a workshop with Jessie Levey, Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY) on Cesarean Birth and Prevention. Workshops likes these always get me driven to share what I learn. I figure if some of...

The other day I was reading through some blogs and came across a story about the correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of C-sections. The article, Vitamin D deficiency ups risk of C-section deliveries, study says, is featured in Scientific America....

“Cervical dilation” and “effacement” are terms that you will hear your care provider talk about toward the end of your pregnancy and throughout your labor. These terms refer to the opening and thinning of the cervix. Dilation is measured in centimeters, from 0-10cm, and being...

In the past week I have heard two rather disturbing stories from my students. One student came back and told me the unlikely unfolding of her birth story: the mother hit her due date, and the doctor predicted she was going to have a...

I am going to go out on a limb and say: "I strongly believe the best breathing for labor is deep-belly breathing!" There, I said it. This may upset some, or contradict what others believe and what some childbirth educators are teaching. However, from my...

My friend and midwife, Jocelyn, passed this article on to me. I thought it was an important piece to post on the blog since I often hear women express their concern about the umbilical cord being wrapped around some part of their baby. About...

I often encourage my students and doula clients to take some time to figure out how they foresee their birth. This is, of course, with the understanding that nothing - especially birth - can ever truly follow a plan; however, at least one might hash...

In the movies and on TV the onset of labor is often depicted with the expectant mother experiencing a big gush of water and immediately thrust into active labor. As exciting as it may be, that scenario very rarely happens. For 90% of women,...