Doula Diaries: Sunday July 24, 2016

Ever wonder what it's like to be a doula with a family? I'll tell ya! Welcome to my doula life! My main characters are Mike, my superhero of a husband and father to our three children; Jace, my 11 year old guitar-playing, x-box loving, sharp-witted son; Kaia, my 8 year old sunshine daughter; and Ty, my 23-month old whirlwind of a toddler. And then there's me! I've been doulaing since 2011 and have attended more than 65 births to date and have taught over 100 couples in my childbirth classes. This is my full-time gig! With three children and a doula business, private and group childbirth education classes, evening sports and afterschool homework, staying at home as a full-time mom and also cr

Braxton Hicks Contractions: Causes and Tips

Question from the Mama Files: "I know it's early but I'm already experiencing some Braxton Hicks. Is that normal?"-mother of five, 25 weeks pregnant My short answer: "Normal, yes. And a sign to drink more water and rest." For those of us who require more words, let's expound, shall we? What are Braxton Hicks Contractions, exactly? Let's scale it way back and talk about contractions in general. First, your baby rests comfortably nestled in your uterus, inside the sac of amniotic fluid. The uterus contracts in order for baby to make their way down and through cervix and birth canal. The contractions dilate the cervix and move the baby. This means the muscles of your uterus pull tightly, much

Birth Announcement: Ainhoa Valeria

World, make room for baby Ainhoa Valeria! She was born via cesarean on Wednesday July 13 at 8:07a. She weighs 8#even, and look at those cheeks!! Big brother Luken thinks she's pretty great, too. Congratulations to mom and dad, Rosanna and Dan. It was my absolute pleasure to support this family as their birth doula! Join me in wishing them well! -Chris

Doula Diaries: Wednesday July 13, 2016

Ever wonder what it's like to be a doula with a family? I'll tell ya! Welcome to my doula life! My main characters are Mike, my superhero of a husband and father to our three children; Jace, my 11 year old guitar-playing, x-box loving, sharp-witted son; Kaia, my 8 year old sunshine daughter; and Ty, my 23-month old whirlwind of a toddler. And then there's me! I've been doulaing since 2011 and have attended more than 65 births to date and have taught over 100 couples in my childbirth classes. This is my full-time gig! With three children and a doula business, private and group childbirth education classes, evening sports and afterschool homework, staying at home as a full-time mom and also cr

Birth Affirmation: Positive birth team

Today's birth affirmation is for any and every birthing mother imaginable. As mothers, we each do the best we can with the information we have at any given time. For some mothers, we have thought about our birth team for quite a while, often as a result of a less than ideal first birth experience or sometimes as a result of the culture in which we were raised (i.e. if your mother had a homebirth, you may be inclined to have the same or maybe even avoid it at all costs, depending on what stories were portrayed to you when you made your first impressions in your mind of what you were told). For other mothers, we haven't given much thought to our birth team and put our trust and faith in whom

Early Labor: Rest Is Best

Let's talk about Early Labor. In a nutshell, this is when labor begins. It's not always cut and dry though, as many books make it seem. Sometimes the birthing mother experiences Prodromal Labor, or an early labor that drags and drags. This is when the mother is having contractions but they are not dilating the cervix, sometimes for days or even weeks. It's different than Braxton Hicks contractions, which are generally painless aside from the tightening sensation in the belly. Prodromal labor can be painful enough to keep you up at night, but not intense enough to produce any cervical change. It's a tricky place to be, mentally. This is a good time to rely on the pain-coping methods you l

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