If I had a time-turner and could go back to my first pregnancy to change one thing, I would hire a doula to support me in my labor.
I had a doula the second and third time and can’t begin to tell you what a difference it made!
A doula is, simply, a non-medical, . . . → Read More: Thank a Doula for Labor Day!
Many pregnant mothers are facing a planned (also called “scheduled”) cesarean section, but don’t know that they can and should develop a birth plan just the same as women anticipating a vaginal delivery!
Each hospital, each surgeon, and each anesthesiology team will have a different status quo, a different “standard” way they do a . . . → Read More: Birth Plan for a Planned Cesarean
The goal of this post is to give some pointers for mothers looking to process your birth experience through writing. Maybe, like me, you had challenging birth experiences. Maybe, like me, instead of feeling euphoric after birth, you felt a host of darker emotions.
I work as a writer, and so I write stories . . . → Read More: Writing Your Birth Story to Find Healing from a Challenging Experience
I’ve cultivated a very careful circle of friends since having kids, and so it’s jarring for me to go places among strangers or relatives who ask me a ton of very personal questions about my pregnancy and birth and then say, “You’re planning to do WHAT?? ARE YOU CRAZY?”
My local ICAN chapter . . . → Read More: Planning a VBA2C
Recently, I was invited to coffee and conversation with the legendary Penny Simkin. Penny is a physical therapist, internationally known speaker, birth educator, doula, doula-trainer, co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, and author of The Birth Partner.
I was invited amongst a room of doulas, midwives, and childbirth educators because I am a . . . → Read More: Coffee Talk with Penny Simkin