Childbirth Education

17 Mar 5 Questions to ask Your Care Provider Before Birth : A minisode with Deb!

As a doula, I’ve heard this lament time and time again: “I received the name of my doctor from a friend, and if I had known what to ask, I probably would have switched doctors a long time ago. Now I feel it is too...

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07 Mar Why Choose a Midwife?

Prenatal Yoga - A Natural Path toward Working with a Midwife, by Risa Klein, CNM, M.S. Making a decision as to whom will take care of you and your gestating baby is a monumental decision. To make the best-informed decision, you need to understand some differences between...

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04 Jan 6 Is the New 4

A benchmark given in most childbirth education classes is that active labor starts once the mother has reached 4cm dilation.  To go along with that milestone, many care providers advocate that the mother waits until active labor before being admitted to the hospital and receiving...

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12 Dec Is the Natural Birth Community Doing a Disservice to Expectant Mothers?

A student approached me last week very upset and rather angry.  She said she felt betrayed and let down by what she called the “Natural Birth Movement”.  She went on to tell me about her vast preparation for labor: she read all the books, went...

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17 Nov Does Birth Happen In the Brain?

“You birth between your ears, not your legs”, a statement made by internationally recognized expert on water birth and gentle birth, Barbara Harper, rang in my head long after our podcast interview was over.  For years, I subscribed to midwife, Ina May Gaskin’s theory “Let...

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14 Sep Why Take Childbirth Education OUTSIDE the Hospital

Since I first opened the doors for Prenatal Yoga Center, childbirth education classes has been a staple of our foundation and offerings.  For years, thousands of couples have attended these classes in preparation for their upcoming birth.  From time to time, there will be an...

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16 Aug Prenatal Yoga: A Passage Way to Empowerment

Originally published on Endangered Bodies While the inspiration to first step onto the yoga mat may come from the popularity of prenatal yoga or a suggestion from the care provider, the experience of yoga, for many women is often far deeper than simply a good stretch...

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04 Aug My Water Broke, Now What…and Other Things To Think About!

Not long ago, a student returned to postnatal yoga after having giving birth to her first child.  I love seeing the mothers returning with their yummy new babies and hearing about the birth experience.  This one mother, upon telling me her birth story, laughed slightly...

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18 Jul How America Fails New Parents — and Their Babies | Jessica Shortall | TED Talks

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdQ1eaZH-J8#action=share[/embed] I urge all new and expectant mothers and parters to take a moment and listen to this TED talk.  While the topic of the US's sad state of maternity leave is not necessarily new, the way Jessica Shortall deliveries this heart wrenching and thought provoking...

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08 Jul Understanding the Model of Care : Doctor and the Midwife

This article originally appeared on Mommybites.com, November, 11th 2015. For many women there seems to be some confusion over the difference between the practice and role of a midwife versus that of a doctor. While there are some overlapping areas for OBs and midwives, such as they...

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