Most often as birth doulas, we’ll talk about and share ways in which we support the birthing person during pregnancy and birth. That’s fair, though, right? Birthing people are doing a good portion of the work, and will need that support as they move through the process.
I still don't look back on my son's birth with good feelings. My scar doesn't remind me of a smiling face, as an optimistic blogger proposed it should.
I still cringe when a friend or family member (always well-intentioned) says something along the lines of "at least you had a healthy baby" after I share my birth story. I still avoid news articles and slide shows featuring photos of mom looking lovingly into baby's eyes immediately after birth.Read More
Sometimes babies need a little encouragement to come Earthside. Whether that’s because they’ve overstayed their welcome (Hello, 42 weekers), or because medically, your baby is safer on the outside than in, or because it’s your choice; inductions are often a reality of the birth world.
If you’re facing an induction soon, here are Five Things you should consider doing to make the experience a little less stressful...Read More
The most common topic we’re asked about as doulas surround the idea of birth plans.
What style should it be written in? Bulleted lists or paragraphs? How long should it be? Single-spaced or double? Sections or pages? What should really, really (no really) be included on one?
My answer may surprise you a bit. Believe it or not, I don’t think that you actually need a birth plan at all.
There, I said it.
Instead, I argue that the value of a birth plan lies in the research that goes into creating one.Read More