What is a Birth Doula?

Doula comes from the ancient Greeks who selected a special “hand maiden” to attend the lady of the house during childbearing. Today, it refers to “a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the Read More …

A Peaceful Birth? Considering Natural Childbirth

What if it’s true that “birth must be painful” is a man made construct? Simply put, the pain of childbirth comes mostly from fear which (based on the horror stories of others) physiologically causes the body to work against what it wants to do to birth a baby. Many are familiar with the instinctual response of “fight or flight.” As a basic survival instinct, when a person senses a threat, real or perceived, their body throws out adrenalin so that they can either run for safety or stay and fight. In fear, blood is sent away from the uterus and to the extremities. There are many stories about women laboring continuously at home but the minute they get to the hospital, they become afraid and everything seems to stop. Read More …

Midlife Motherhood: What’s Age Got to Do with It?

If you’re trying to figure out your chances of having a C-section, look in your wallet. Your driver’s license yields more information than all those diplomas hanging in your obstetrician’s office — that is, if you were honest about your age and weight when you applied for your license! Read More …

Childbirth Classes

A question that confronts all first-time pregnant women and their partners is whether or not to attend a childbirth preparation class. After all, having a baby is a natural process, right? What can there be to learn? Millions of women have done it before. I’ll just "roll with the punches". Read More …

Certified Nurse-Midwives

Are you looking for a different experience? Perhaps you have been reading, going to childbirth classes, and listening to friends. You may be learning and wanting something different. Read More …

Consider a Nurse-Midwife

"Come on Emily, just one more push, you can do it!" It had been a long trying labor. Fourteen hours at home and then another six at the hospital. It was all worth it though as Emily looked into the mirror and realized that her baby was only moments away from emerging. She gathered her strength and, listening to the nurse-midwife’s instructions, pushed slowly and steadily. "Slower, Emily, just pant now," she heard, "Look down, look down!" She gave one more push and opened her eyes in time to see her partner John and the nurse-midwife Susan lift her newborn up to her abdomen. She felt incredible relief and pride; she had done it! John had tears in his eyes as he exclaimed, "It’s a girl, Emily, a girl, we did it!" Read More …