Birth doulas offer emotional and physical support for moms-to-be. They do this prenatally as well as during labour, delivery and after baby arrives. Studies have shown that the support of a doula offers amazing benefits to mom and baby, including shorter labours and fewer medical interventions. But what about dads and partners? Some people have the mistaken impression that hiring a birth doula means replacing dad. But in reality, the role of a doula is actually to support
I had an appointment with my midwife the day I gave birth to my second baby. I spent the morning doing odds and ends around the house and trying to keep my nearly two-year-old son, Aiden, out of mischief. I had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions from all the moving about but that was to be expected- I was 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant after all!
I packed up our lunch and we headed over to the mall near the Birthing Center to eat. I had a bad craving for an iced caramel m
What is a doula? And why would I want one? If you have no idea what a doula is, you're in good company- it wasn't until I had my third baby that I even heard the term. Technically speaking, the term doula is the greek word for a female servant. In modern culture the term doula usually refers to a trained and experienced labour support person who offers women (and their partners) emotional and practical support before, during and after childbirth. It can also refer to a trai
"I want a long, hard, complicated labour and delivery," said no pregnant woman ever! So what can you do to help increase your chances of a short, "easy", and healthy childbirth? You can... ~ Get the facts- take a positive and informative childbirth education class. ~ Get a doula- studies show that having a birth doula helps reduce your chances of medical interventions and helps keep you (and your partner) comfortable physically and emotionally no matter where you choose to gi
At 28 weeks, my baby was head down so I was more than a little surprised to find out that she was breech at my next midwife appointment a few weeks later. My first two babies were head down and engaged pretty early on and I didn't think my third baby would be any different. At 32 weeks I knew I still had time for her to turn so I immediately started doing what I could to encourage her to flip based on advice from my midwife, (as per the Spinning Babies website) and booked my