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