I want to preface this whole thing by saying that I have had more than a few moms come into the hospital just to be checked and end up staying and giving birth having only their purse. Lots of the things you end up needing or wanting can be found and/or fashioned at the hospital. … Continue reading How to Pack Your Hospital Bag
I often hear the phrase, “oh I don’t need a doula, I’ m planning on having an epidural”. Well I’m here to say that a doula certainly can be a big help during an epidural birth. A doulas job is to provide support to the mother and her family, no matter how her labour looks … Continue reading Reasons You Need a Doula if You Are Planning (or even just thinking about) Getting an Epidural
Yesterday was my Mom's birthday, but she wasn't here to celebrate it. She hasn't been here for the last 3 birthdays. She died 3 1/2 years ago. April 1, 2014. We lost her to that terrible monster Cancer. She would be 67. So young, so much life left to live. Some days it is really … Continue reading Yesterday was my Mom’s Birthday
#1. Studies have shown that doula support can help women have shorter labours and use less pain medication. Women who use doulas also tend to be more satisfied with how their labours turned out according to the Cochrane study. In another study, Doula support was linked with greater cervical dilation before women received their epidurals, … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Hire a Doula
Cool drinks. Cold drinks can help you cool down, of course but they also help you stay hydrated in the heat. Staying hydrated is SUPER important when you are pregnant. If you get dehydrated it can cause headaches, contractions, low amniotic fluid levels and in extreme cases neural tube birth defects in the … Continue reading 5 Way to Keep Your Belly Cool This Summer
Last night at the meeting of our local doula collective, (which I love and depend on a great deal and will talk about more in another post) we talked about the importance of doulas working within their scope of practice. Like many other professions, especially health care professions, doulas have a very important code of … Continue reading Scope of Practice
What is birth? Birth is miraculous. Birth is hard work. Birth is beautiful. Birth is bloody and ugly and full of fluids. Birth is long and sweaty. Birth is fast and furious. Birth is quiet and filled with whispers of the universe. Birth is loud with roars of lions and bears. Birth is unpredictable. Birth … Continue reading What is Birth?