Many childbirth books offer a picture of the birth process that has been influenced by the medical model as a standard. "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" describes birth as a physiological process, with respect to the many variations of natural (unmedicated) vaginal birth. I consider this book to be a must-read for anyone who desires … Continue reading Book Review: “Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
Everyone's experience of pregnancy is different, but very often these 9 things get better when carrying a baby. Which of these did you enjoy? Eating of All The Things While you might deal with aversions in early pregnancy (and beyond), it's been shown that food can taste better than usual later in pregnancy as senses … Continue reading 9 Things That Improve in Pregnancy
So you're wondering -- what exactly are doula prenatal/postnatal visits all about? As every doula is unique, so is the outline for visits, the number offered, content covered, and overall feel. As a Birth Boot Camp Doula, I prefer to call these "birth plan visits" to avoid confusion with a care provider's prenatal and postpartum … Continue reading What Happens at Doula Visits?
Ah, sleep. Between the topics of how parents feed their child and how they medicate their child, somewhere we find the ultra-controversial topic of -- dun dun dun (wish I could say zz, zzz, zzzz...) -- infant sleep. Your heart says to keep your baby close at all times, but your head hesitates with concerns … Continue reading Cosleeping & Breastfeeding