You're approaching your due date and everyone is asking you, texting you, asking your partner - Is there a baby yet? Depending on your pregnancy, where you're planning to give birth and your provider, the word induction may come up. Let us walk you through exactly what inductions are, when they come up in your talks with your provider and how to be prepared! Inducing labor (aka labor induction) is when your provider begins the labor process before your body spontaneously goes
You’re 38, 39, 40, dare we even say 41 weeks pregnant. You feel you may as well be 52 weeks pregnant at this point... or what is 10 years in weeks...?! Regardless, we KNOW the feeling- all too well. You get to the point of desperation where you’re willing to try *almost* anything to get that baby O U T. Spicy Thai for dinner? Check. Eggplant Parm? Check. Ordered bulk pineapple and dates? Check, check. Forget our own experiences being pregnant- as doulas we really see it all.
Are you ready for one of our top tips for Labor?! There is so much information out there to prepare for this new little babe to come into your world. From first trimester coping techniques to sleeping positions as your belly and baby grow! There is so much to consider!!! Now you've come to the point in your pregnancy where you are starting to think about the "big day". SO EXCITING! And also maybe really scary? We understand all the feelings on the spectrum when it comes to th
There are so many parts of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum that no one talks about. Sometimes, you’ll meet someone who tells it to you straight- but even then we tend to think, “oh, miz for them- that won’t be me...” It’s only after we experience it ourselves, and likely feel isolated, surprised, and frankly, shocked, that we WISH more people would speak honestly about their experiences so it didn’t feel like cautionary tales, but more like common knowledge. One topic,
Have you ever heard the phrase, “What got the baby in will help get it out!”? Aside from it being heteronormative-centric and devoid of any sensitivity or awareness to the countless methods of conception and various options in childbirth, it bears some truth. Let’s break it down: That phrase, “What got the baby in will help get it out” is referring to Intercourse. Plain and simple. Kind of... Often the popular phrase gets used as a wink, wink suggestion to get intimate with y
Birth Art in this context, is any art that you create as part of, or a way to, process your pregnancy and/or childbirth experience and feelings. Of course there is Art whose subject is Birth, however here we’re focusing on the type of Birth Art YOU create during your pregnancy or postpartum period! Art has always been used as a tool for communication- and is now a prominent modality for self-expression, unlocking the psyche, and healing trauma. Creating Art during pregnancy c
As you progress along in your pregnancy you may be wondering and / or hearing about a Childbirth Education Class. Perhaps your OB or Midwife tells you about one affiliated with your hospital or home birth practice? Maybe your Doula teaches Childbirth Ed? Maybe your new parent friend told you about the one they took? Childbirth Education classes are a great way to help ease anxieties for the pregnant person and their partners and help you feel prepared like an Eagle Scout. As
After 4 days of laboring and pushing at home for the homebirth I planned, I transferred to the hospital for a cesarean. Moon was cut from my womb and there will always be a scar where she once lived. My sore incision stretched and throbbed as I shifted around in the hospital bed trying to make her comfortable as she sucked at my breast. My body had been hers for the past 10 months but it felt truer when she latched onto me than ever before. Moon suckled for 5 hours straight t