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My First (Complicated) C-section

Despite never wanting a surgical birth, I had a medically necessary cesarean section delivery with my second child. Though complicated, in all likelihood, the procedure saved both of our lives. 1,931 more words


I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could probably count on one hand the women I knew of who had Cesareans. But I didn’t talk to them about their experiences so I could get an idea what it’s like, in case I wound up having one myself, because “I’m having an all-natural, peaceful, whenever-the-baby’s-ready home birth, and there is no need to learn about the surgery or post-op recovery.” 1,447 more words

Life Snippets

Three babies two doulas, induced labours

For World Doula Week we’re running a series of interviews with families who have had the support of a doula or in this case two doulas. 590 more words


maggie's birth story: from home-birth to hospital birth and trusting my instincts

I went to bed on the evening of 20th June 2016 feeling deflated that another day had gone by without any sign of my baby.  I was 42 weeks plus 2 days pregnant and I had resigned myself to the fact that I may be edging towards the longest pregnancy ever known to woman – see my… 1,927 more words

Pregnant in 2017? ACOG Recommends...

As a doula, getting the latest recommendations on birth updated is almost like Christmas morning. And if you are pregnant in 2017, you probably want to be aware of the latest recommendations by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). 1,386 more words

Fearing childbirth may prolong labor


Dr. Stuart Fischbein chuckled when he read the title of the press release: “Women with a fear of childbirth endure a longer labor.”

The release was promoting a study published this week in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

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