First, I would like to preface by saying I firmly believe in a birthing person's ability to bring a baby into the world without a whole lot of (or any) "stuff." I never use all the contents of my bag, I often rely on one or two things, and I sometimes even forgo all of … Continue reading What’s In My Doula Bag?
Having a good time in labor actually helps it progress. And why not be open to the possibility of enjoying yourself in labor? After all, it leads to the birth of your child -- a momentous event worth celebrating! Studies have shown laughter offers many health benefits, including: helps manage pain - when muscles are … Continue reading Laughter in Labor
Whether a doula is on your list of must-haves or not, I implore you to invest in your birth experience to the best of your ability. I know it’s a privilege to be able to afford all the things that would bring you joy and make your life easier. But what I’m really trying to … Continue reading How To Afford a Doula
I found a Chinese finger trap in my kids' leftover party decorations the other day and, on a whim to avoid my present responsibilities, I felt drawn to playing with it. Naturally, my mind wandered to birth, which is pretty normal... but it seemed like the finger trap was trying to tell me something important. … Continue reading How a Chinese Finger Trap Teaches About Birth
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