The Truth About Fetal Monitoring You Won’t Find In A Book

If your baby needs continuous monitoring in labor, don’t let it get you down.   I have been a birth doula for over 15 years. Birthing people have to work with medical supports and hold their power in the birth room. Some surprising non-medical things can happen with electronic fetal monitoring. I want you to…

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#Momity | I never dreamed of being a mom

I never dreamed of being a mom. Other kids would sit at the lunch table and talk about how many kids they wanted to have. Not me. No thanks. I saw how much my single mom struggled with the pressure of raising kids. She gave her best to us and it took a toll on…

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Is Bringing Baby Home Helpful for Couples Already in Counseling?

Happy couple sitting on sofa

You and your partner are expecting a baby soon and are considering signing us up for the Bringing Baby Home workshop. You both like the Gottman methodology and want to maintain a great relationship after your baby is born. However, you are already doing effective couples counseling with a great counselor and not sure if…

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Do risks of still birth go up for people over 40?

The topic of birth parent’s age and need for induction is a can of worms and as with many topics surrounding birth, there are conflicting opinions and high emotions around the issue. In short, the answer is yes. There are increased risks for people over 40, as well as people who have had IVF, or…

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Behaviors That Can Help Your Birth Experience

Do these behaviors help or hurt? Apologizing for emotions Staying quiet when you have something to say Setting high expectations Planning ahead   Self-exploration is one key to a positive birth experience.⁠ ⁠ There is no way anyone other than YOU can know the answers to the questions.⁠ ⁠ Your answers also may change in…

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Guest Post by Susan Adamson, on Easing Anxiety

I received this note in my email this week and right away I sent a note to Susan, the founder of Mother Trees, asking if I could share it on my blog. Susan was willing to let me share it with you here and I hope you find this gentle reminder helpful for your days.…

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5 Reasons to Hire a Doula

1. choice. The great thing about having a doula is that you get to choose who that person will be. This does not happen with a nurse or birth assistants that come in and introduce themselves when you are in the middle of your labor. It is a good idea to interview more than one…

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10 Questions That Will Spice Up Your Doula Interviews

1. What do you like the most about your job?  2. What experience do you have outside of formal doula training that contributes to your work.  3. Why did you become a doula? 4. What is one part of your job that you are bit good at, or could use some improvement?  5. How would…

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