Doin’ it with a doula–a birth coach makes a difference

Making it through the long hours of labor with your motivation intact can be a bit dicey.  Hours of pain and concentration can lead to even more hours of even worse pain and pushing (doesn’t that sound fun), but gives way to the most glorious moments in any mother’s life.  Getting through each contraction and being ready to face what’s ahead is more easily managed if you don’t have to do it alone.  Finding trusted, supportive partners, friends, or even professionals to help coach you through even the most powerful emotional and physical moments. Continue reading “Doin’ it with a doula–a birth coach makes a difference”

Doctor, doctor…picking the right provider and hospital

No doubt you have seen your doctor several times during this pregnancy.  And I would suppose that you like him or her fairly well, or you wouldn’t go back. At least, that is what I would hope. Do you know who will be delivering your baby? It’s important to at least partially get to know the staff at your doctor’s office as well as their roles.  Could you, and do you want to be delivered by a midwife, an obstetrician, or a primary care/family doctor? Do you even know what yours is?  It’s important to ask these questions and find out the answers before it’s time to say “push!”.   Continue reading “Doctor, doctor…picking the right provider and hospital”

Why the birth plan blows up in your face

I was in a certification training course just this week for labor and delivery and nursery nurses.  Our instructor smiles during one of the lectures and says “Who knows what a birth plan really means?” and we all smiled and yelled “C-Section!” Which, I am afraid happens more often than it doesn’t for many moms who come in packing that dreaded sheet of paper… Continue reading “Why the birth plan blows up in your face”