It's time to get into the matter of being picky about who shows up at your birth. I feel it's especially relevant now when tensions are already high and pregnant people are carrying additional stresses into labor. If it were ever THE time to surround yourself with positive, compassionate people, it's now. How can you … Continue reading Who Should Be At Your Birth?
1. Visualization This is my personal favorite as I know firsthand the power of visualization for coping with labor sensations. In my second birth story, I wrote about how practicing visualizations in pregnancy helped prepare me for the energetic shifts of labor, during which we experience an altered state of consciousness and move between brainwave … Continue reading My 3 Favorite Comfort Measures For Labor
Behold, basic labor strategies for a natural birth! Alas, we do know the labor process is largely unpredictable (shall we say wonderfully mysterious?) and typically not wanting to follow any kind of measured, mechanical pattern. This list of ideas can be helpful even if your labor doesn't compartmentalize itself into neat and easily identified "stages." … Continue reading Basic Labor Strategies
This is such a common question I felt it important to at least briefly address. When should you call your doula in labor? When is too early... or too late? What's the "sweet spot"? Why does timing matter? I'll cover all this and more below! Do keep in mind that every doula has her own … Continue reading When To Call Your Doula in Labor
You may be wondering, what does advocacy in birth even look like? First know this: it's crucial for any birthing person to be aware of the policies and systemic restrictions of the intended birth place. This means not only getting on the same page with your care provider about how they approach various scenarios, but … Continue reading How To Advocate For Yourself In Birth