The last thing you want is to be 36 weeks pregnant and realize that you and your doctor do not agree on an intervention, leaving you with few alternatives to navigate in a short time. You don’t want to find that your doula is far more pushy in the labor room at the hospital than you imagined she would be. Pregnancy and labor is a delicate time for you. You want to have a support team that rallies around you in a spirit of collaboration. The earlier you make those choices, the breezier your pregnancy and labor will be. Here I will highlight factors that aren’t always considered when hiring birth providers, but should be.
I’ll take any opportunity to talk about my work as a doula. I love educating people about a doula’s role in birth whether they are expecting parents, medical professionals, or random strangers. Lately though, I find myself debunking myths more than anything. There are a plethora of misconceptions about our work and it’s important to me to clear those up for people. These myths are harmful because they can stop a family from seeking the care they need based on erroneous information. This top 3 list is based on those I address most often.Read More
She recognizes that she needs extra support in order to feel comfortable, safe, and respected during her birth experience. Everyone who is a part of her birth team should be on board with fulfilling her needs at this time because she is doing life’s ultimate work. She definitely deserves to have a doula- every woman deserves to. Here’s the thing, Dad…so do you. You absolutely deserve to have the extra support of a professional in the room who is 100% working in the best interest of your family. You deserve to have a person in the room who works to ensure you are just as supported, cared for, and attended to during the birth of your child. You deserve your own inside (wo)man-someone who can get you up to speed real quick when things are moving faster than you can keep up with, or when the medical jargon starts to sound like a foreign language. You also deserve to have an empowered birth experience.Read More
I don’t usually talk about my periods, but it has been 16 years since I’ve had them regularly- and the way she’s cutting up…whew chile!
I recently came to have a new respect for my period. Well, not exactly new, a recognition, a remembering if you will. You see I haven’t had “real” periods since 2004. After the birth of my second son late summer 2003, I decided that an IUD would be the best option for me. I was a nurse at the time, but not yet in OBGYN. I chose the Paragard (copper) IUD mainly because I didn’t want hormones, but many other factors were considered. I won’t take you through the complicated algorithm of decisions I tediously and annoyingly weighed before choosing. Just know it wasn’t a light choice. It was the best decision I made with the information I had at the time.Read More