Author Archives: Karen

Milksharing etiquette tips

There are many situations where a mother wants to breastfeed but other factors prevent it. Did you know donor milk is an option and is considered by the World Health Organization to be superior to formula?  Human breastmilk is available … Continue reading

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When choosing a childbirth class…

.. what is important to you? There is something that has been bothering me for a while, ever since I was pregnant with my oldest, actually, and taking natural childbirth classes to prepare for the unknown.  Namely, the glut of … Continue reading

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Do: be sure your care provider meets your needs

Advice to pregnant women often centers on things we shouldn’t do in labor: don’t have a convenience induction, don’t lie on your back, don’t do any number of things.  I think it’s really important to give moms options of things … Continue reading

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Ten questions to ask your OB or midwife

Have you heard of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services?  They have developed a list of 10 questions to ask care providers, to be sure that the offered care is mother-friendly.  Go on, ask your OB or midwife these questions, … Continue reading

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Class series beginning April 1

Seats are going fast and there are just a couple left! More information, including a link to register online, at the “Lamaze classes” link above.

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Question of the Day:

Q. “If I take your Lamaze class and then later hire you as my birth doula, do I have to pay your full fee on top of what we spent on the class?” A.  Glad you asked – of course … Continue reading

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Continuous fetal monitoring – is it right for you?

The evidence shows that intervening in the normal physiological process of labor carries a host of risks that, in a healthy woman carrying a healthy baby, are not justified by the  benefits.  (It should also be noted that many of … Continue reading

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Avoiding perineal damage, part 3

Yay!  You’re finally in labor!  Don’t forget about your perineum – you’re going to have to live with it for the rest of your life, so keep it happy during your birth.  In no particular order, here are some steps … Continue reading

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Avoiding perineal damage, part 2

Last post, I discussed the need to have a plan for avoiding damage to the perineum during labor. Don’t wait until labor to start thinking about it! While the perineum is designed to give way when necessary, and then to … Continue reading

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Avoiding perineal damage, part 1

After giving birth, nearly every mother feels somewhat bruised and sore.  For most moms who have had their baby vaginally, a large portion of this discomfort is in the genital area, and most specifically the perineum, the diamond-shaped area between … Continue reading

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