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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,...

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...