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  1. Pregnancy & Birth
    Precipitous labor is labor that lasts for less than three hours. Fast labor means less time in pain, and you get to hold your baby sooner. It also means more intensity and less preparation time. Ashley's contractions started at 5:30 A.M. While she and her husband were waiting for her parents to...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    What if we stopped telling women to push when they're in labor? That's what a new program at a U.K. hospital has decided to do, and the results might surprise you. If you've ever seen a woman delivering a baby in a movie or a television show, you have heard the rallying cry: "Push!" If you've...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    One year ago I was in the middle of a prodromal labor saga with my third baby. My first baby was born four days past his due date, my second a week before hers so I never expected to go almost two weeks past my third baby's due date. The hardest part was not just the waiting, but the prodromal...
  4. Other
    A new study might change the way labor induction is handled in the United States, but some say that may not necessarily be a good thing. Babies arrive earthside in all sorts of ways. Ideally, labor begins naturally with uterine contractions or a woman's water spontaneously breaking, thus...
  5. Green Goods
    We all know that exercise is good for us, pregnant or not. However, a new study shows that exercising just three times a week may shorten labor! The benefits of exercise don't stop the moment that a woman becomes pregnant. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
    Choosing who to invite to the birth of your child is not just about who wants to see the baby first. It's about who is going to be there to care for you during one of the most challenging and important moments in your life - it's about who is going to mother you. Simply put, women need...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    Expectant mothers everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief! After all, research has illustrated that epidurals don't prolong labor, right? Not so fast! If you have been reading the news lately, you may have seen the headlines about epidurals. They read, "Good News: Epidurals May Not...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    Did you "become a different person" when you were in labor? When we let our bodies lead, we're able to access inner strengths we didn't know we had. I can't enumerate how many times I've heard new parents express their discomfort with maternal actions during labor. Birth is intense, and most of...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    Throughout my experience in midwifery, as a prenatal teacher, and a mother, I've learned that a woman's personality has a strong impact on her birth experience. In the group prenatal classes I teach, there is no discussion of pregnancy or labor for the first hour of the curriculum. Instead, I...
  10. Pregnancy & Birth
    As birth moved from the home into the hospital, many of the elements of home birth that supported labor were lost. But an expectant mother can make a completely respectful space where she feels safe during the natural vulnerability of labor. For most of the history of mankind, laboring women...
  11. Washington, Oregon, Idaho
    Hi Mamas! I'm a new Labor Doula in Portland and would love to support you through your birth experience. I'd love to talk to you! Please send me a private message or contact me on my website. It won't let me put the link here but look up Labor of Love Birth services Oregon and it should come...
  12. Life With a Baby
    I'm a writer for WomensHealthMag.com and I'm looking for women to share their funny, interesting, or unique stories about obnoxious things their partners/husbands did while they were pushing out a watermelon-sized human. This might include: freaking out, fainting, complaining, unnecessary...
  13. Doulas
    I am finishing my Doula class and need to begin attending births to receive my certification. Is there anyone in the Columbia, SC area who needs a labor Doula? Are there any experienced Doulas who could give me any advice for finding clients?
  14. North and South Carolina and Tennessee
    Have you ever wondered if you have other choices in childbirth? Have you wanted to make more informed decisions about your care while pregnant? Did you ever want to know more about what local resources are in your community to support women during pregnancy and birth? Want to feel more empowered...
  15. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
    Meet the Doulas Night is an informational meeting for parents-to-be where they can learn more about how a doula can help their family. It is also a great time for them to ask questions! We wrap up our info sessions with a meet and greet. Parents will have a chance to meet several members of...
  16. Other
    The hands down best book I read about labor and delivery was The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. It was required reading when I began training as a doula and I wished I had read it before the birth of my son. Of course one of the big considerations when preparing for birth is pain management...
  17. Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
    I just wanted to say that after reading through a lot of posts about finding a midwife on this site I think I came to the same conclusion a lot of other lucky mothers did - Melissa Kitzman. I had such a great experience with her that I wanted to post about it on here and let everyone know that...
  18. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
    Hi All! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Vanessa, I am a MMA Basic Midwifery Course graduate, ToLabor trained doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, and Placenta Encapsulation Practitioner located in Central Massachusetts and serving all of MA, and parts of CT & RI. I have been...
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