Monthly Archives: January 2015

Midwife vs. Doula

What is the difference between a Midwife and a Doula? Once a month, I teach a class called “I’m Pregnant, Now What?!”  In every class session one of my first questions to those in attendance is “What questions do you

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Midwife 411

A midwife: what are they for?  How do they work? This section comes from Certified Nurse Midwife Elissa Barfoot.  Elissa graduated from Vanderbilt University with a dual degree in Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her passion is to support and

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Epidural: My Opinion

My opinion on epidurals, their effect on labor, mom, and baby. We hear and read warnings about epidurals.  People often ask me my opinion.  So here it is: Epidurals can slow labor for a few different reasons… 1) When on

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2015 Birth Trends in the U.S.

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What trends are on the birth horizon for 2015? 1. Doula Agencies Since the original release of the docu-film “The Business of Being Born” women have begun to hire birth doulas to help them avoid the cattle herding mentality of the

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A Gratitude List??

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More often than not, when clients reach their estimated due date or are still pregnant after it, they ask “what can I do to get labor started?”  In addition to nipple stimulation and drink red raspberry leaf tea, my reply

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Glucose Testing

The current standards (at the time of this writing) for diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus were created 30 – 40 years ago.  Glucose testing was designed to identify women who were potentially at greater risk for developing Type II diabetes later

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