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Preparing for Birth

Fear and Birth: What is the Impact?

In a birth culture filled with messages that plant seeds of doubt about birth in expecting parents’ minds, it’s easy to understand how fear has come to have an unfavorable reputation. As pregnant parents navigate a medical system with soaring usage of medical intervention, and sift through a barrage of horrific birth stories from friends,…

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How to Create Compassionate Birth Affirmations

In preparation for birth, many pregnant parents like to create affirmations written out on paper or strung up in a style inspired by prayer flags to keep them encouraged and focused during labor. There are even online shops that sell beautifully crafted affirmations for birthing families to display. How They Can Help Rehearsing affirmations helps…

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4 Ways to Know Your Provider is a Good Fit

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Pregnancy and birth are full of choices to make from what color to paint the baby’s room to baby names to where give birth to what kind of car seat to buy. Here are a few simple tips to help demystify the process of choosing a care provider for your birth.  1) They deliver in…

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Non-Inclusive Birth Preparation is Traumatizing Women

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Many people believe that medical interventions cause birth trauma. More often than not, that is incorrect. What causes trauma is expectations…expectations about the pain, how a mother is supported, how she responds to the intensity of labor, and about her labor environment. It’s a seductive thought to think that we can simply release expectations to…

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Why VBAC Moms Need Birthing from Within

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How to Find Healing and Move Forward As a VBAC mom and a doula who has attended many VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean) and CBACS (cesarean birth after cesarean) as well, I have a unique perspective about what moms needs when they are seeking a vaginal birth after giving birth by cesarean. For many VBAC…

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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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