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Why Choose an Independent Childbirth Class?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Education | 0 comments

In preparing for your birth, one of the most helpful things you can do is to take a childbirth course series.  There are many different choices of courses, and it can be confusing to decide which one you want. Adding to the confusion are the series offered by the hospitals themselves, which have the advantage of being short—only one or two sessions—and usually, low-cost or free.  However, when it comes to childbirth preparation classes, there are distinct advantages to paying for a series with an independent instructor. Why? Independent...

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What Does a Post-Partum Doula Do?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Education, Why Choose a Doula? | 0 comments

A postpartum doula is an experienced support professional who can serve a family in a variety of ways as they adjust to life with a newborn. In more traditional cultures, people are surrounded by babies all of their lives, so they learn a great deal about breastfeeding, babywearing, and infant care before they ever become parents. When their own babies are born, the young couple is embraced by their parents and grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and the entire community, all of whom help the new parents with infant care and help the...

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What’s the Difference between an OB and a Midwife?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Education | 0 comments

This is another one of those questions that we doulas get a lot, particularly from people who may not have known that midwives still deliver babies in the U.S. It doesn’t seem as if two different practitioners who both deliver babies could be that different, does it?  But they are–in training, in philosophy, and in health outcomes for mothers and babies. Midwives are nurse-practitioners with specialized training in well-woman care and the care of women in low-risk pregnancy and birth, as I explained in the previous post,...

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How Do I Find a Supportive Medical Care Provider?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Education | 0 comments

Knowing the difference between evidence-based and non-evidence-based care can make a huge difference to your pregnancy and birth.  But, as you probably inferred from the discussion of evidence-based care, many medical care providers in the U.S. today don’t actually practice it.  This isn’t because they don’t care about their patients, but because, due to the way they were trained or the type of births they see day in and day out, they aren’t informed about or don’t believe the evidence. So if you want a care...

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What is Evidence-Based Care?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Education | 0 comments

Evidence-based care is medical care that is supported by extensive medical research on the procedures, medications, and other factors involved.  In most sectors of American health care, evidence-based care is the norm–after all, who would agree to undergo chemotherapy or an appendectomy using drugs and surgical techniques that hadn’t been tested before to see whether they worked?  Unfortunately, in American maternity care today, many of the most common practices and procedures aren’t based on the evidence.  In fact, given...

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Birth Work in the Wake of A School Shooting

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Social Commentary | 0 comments

One of the most powerful moments in my training workshop with ToLabor was when our instructor Therese Hak-Kuhn said, “If you attend enough births over a long enough period of time, it is very likely that you will be present at the loss of a baby.”  As I remember it, no one in the room moved or spoke, and I imagined that my classmates were all thinking the same thing I was: “What on earth could I do to help that situation?” I begin with this because it relates intimately to the sense of loss I have struggled with since  the school shooting at...

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