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7 Doula Scenes in Orange Is The New Black

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or at least scenes that show how doulas work In season 4: E11 of Orange Is The New Black there are many moments that can illustrate how a doula works. Now I’ll do my best to keep the secrets of

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Friday Round Up

HAPPY Friday!!! We made it through this week…and we’ve lost some this week (music legend Prince comes to mind) It dawned on me to share the following blog posts and videos in a weekly round up.with you since they touched

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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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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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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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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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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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