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Birth Ball – Tools of the Doula Trade

How a birth ball can help a laboring mom progress and find rest As parents prepare for the day of their baby’s arrival, they are presented with a plethora of options: hospital, birth center, home birth, midwife, OB/GYN, doula, natural birth, epidural, induction… It’s enough to make your head spin! In the coming posts I’m…

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20 Reasons to Sign Up for a Childbirth Class at 20 Weeks

When to take a childbirth class

As your belly grows and your sweet baby puts on the ounces, there are many exciting milestones!  The first time you feel those tiny feet kicking, making it to the second trimester, wearing maternity clothes, and making a visit to your doctor or midwife, to name a few.   There’s another important milestone when you…

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A Glimpse of Birthing from Within

Birthing from Within classes are as unique as they are thorough.  Moms, dads, and partners will benefit from experiential learning that balances practical information with self discovery as parents prepare to meet their baby.

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Birth Plans Suck

Now that I have your attention, let me explain.  Many parents-to-be will create a detailed birth plan in the weeks before birth.  Or, perhaps they will just feel like they should have a birth plan and copy one they found online.  Parents walk proudly into the birth space with birth plan (or copies of the…

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How to Mine an Uninvited Birth Story for Gold

From the moment a mother (or her midsection) announces her pregnancy, she is inundated with a barrage of birth stories from friends, family members, and even strangers.  These stories tend to center around themes of pride, shame, or blame.  Most mothers-to-be listen politely while looking for the nearest exit, and a few bold ones will…

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The Trouble With "At Least"

Ahhh…at least.  The Fruit Cake of human communication: endlessly doled out with the best of intentions, and friggin horrible.  “But what’s so bad about saying at least?” you may wonder.  ‘I’m just trying to help people see the bright side.”  The thing is, unless someone is asking for advice or cheering up, they don’t want…

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