Birth Fears: Pooping

Pushing, pooping, and perineal tearing. This is what I affectionately call the three P’s of labor fears. I will be tacking each of these subjects over the next few weeks. Class after class, I am often asked if there is any way to avoid pooping during labor. Will I...

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What IS a DOULA? (Part 1)

When I tell people that I am a birth doula, their first response is normally "You're a what?" "A doula–I support women and their families during birth," I say. "That is really cool," is normally their response. They are correct: Being a birth doula is one of the...

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Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Pregnancy Message Boards

When I became pregnant, I sought out community in the way many do– in online message boards. Lots of message boards. These "discussions" gleamed with the promise of wisdom and camaraderie, yet, there was a roadblock. I was confronted with an array of terms...

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The Rebozo: What it is and Why I Love it!

The rebozo has become an integral part of how I support laboring people. You may be asking yourself, ‘what is it and why is it so important?’. This traditional Mexican shawl has the ability to become an extension of your partner’s hands and arms during labor. The...

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