Author: Deb

Over the last few weeks I have received so many inquiries about doulas. What is a doula? What does a doula do? How much do they cost? How do you interview a doula? So, I thought I would try to...

On June 18th the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a resolution in support of the ACOG statement that "the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly...

I have never been one to closely follow celebrity gossip. In fact, I am embarrassingly behind the times - stuck somewhere in the late 90's when Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan and Friends were big. But I can't deny the influence celebrities have on...

Very few occasions in life have the expectations and anticipation that compare to those of pregnancy - the whole pregnancy is called 'expecting'! So of course, the onset of labor is going to be a big deal - but maybe it shouldn't. I...

I was talking to one of the students yesterday about freedom of movement during labor. She was concerned that as soon as she arrived at the hospital she would be hooked up to the EFM and would not have the freedom to move about...

I came across this video on YouTube. I encourage all expectant moms to take 3 minutes and 3 seconds out of their day to watch it. What I think is really scary about this video is how much truth is revealed about the practices of...

Labor is probably not the time you will be requesting a huge steak dinner, but it is a good idea to continue to nourish your body. Not eating during labor may reduce your energy, increase your fatigue and decrease your ability to deal with...

True story: I had the misfortune of bad timing the other day in the bathroom at the UWS Loews Theater, overhearing a brief conversation between two very pregnant women. The conversation went something like this: “When are you due?” “March 20th, but I’m having my c-section on...

I have just finished reading 'And the Doula Makes Four', an article on doulas and lactation consultants in last week's New York Times. The article certainly does not paint a pretty picture of either vocation. In any field there is a range of professionals and...