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SUP and Childbirth

I didn't choose my board; like we don't choose our bodies.  We just gotta go with what we have.

Yep, I am making that comparison.  S.U.P or Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be like labor and childbirth. A few weeks ago I did it.  I joined one of my life mentors, Lisa Marie Jenkins and a group of about

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How Labor Starts: Contractions

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This week’s posts will be about How Labor Starts.  Inspired by a woman in the St. Pete Mommy and Me 2015 Babies Facebook group that I moderate.  She has been having some contractions for days, and asked the group if

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The Language of a Doula

As a doula, my role is to provide clients with physical and emotional support during labor and childbirth.  But how does a doula work with clients when they speak a different language?  The first time for me to do this

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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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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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Doulas: fee or for free?

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The question can be different than: should people pay money for my doula services, or should my gift to the community be my service as a doula?  Whether a doula works for a fee or for free makes little difference.

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What is a DOULA for?

Doulas attend births to help everyone there help the woman in labor.

For  all the years I have worked as a doula people have asked “what IS a doula?”  This post answers that question. Here I describe some of my ways of providing the services of a birth doula. The general idea

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What’s In My Doula Bag?

Every doula has a bag.  Whether we attend home births, hospital births, or birth center births.  Whatever kind of birth we are headed to we have a list of items we like having with us at each birth. Here is

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Birth Preparation Classes: Which One to Pick?!

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Birth preparation classes come in many forms.  Here we will review some of the most popular in the country.  There are classes unique to your region developed by birth professionals. Bradley Method This is the most in-depth course. The length

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