Tag: doula

Braxton Hicks or Labor Contractions

Many moms, whether first time moms, previous scheduled cesarean or induced moms get anxious wondering if they will prematurely go to their midwife or hospital due to Braxton Hicks, which are irregular contractions or “false labor”. While some Braxton Hicks are often unnoticeable, some can feel like real contractions, so this is a great tool in determining if those truly are labor producing contractions. With Braxton Hicks, they are infrequent, irregular and not usually intense. They also have no pattern, don’t intensify, aren’t predictable and will taper off and disappear. Some women don’t ever feel them and some only report feeling “uncomfortable”....

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You need Dr. Stu in your life

As a birth worker, I am always looking to keep updated on not only evidence based birth related information, but anecdotal evidence and legal rights in pregnancy and labor.  I want to know what has worked for families in order to best support their needs. Unfortunately, some people want to discredit doulas and midwives simply because we haven’t had medical training (as if attending thousands of births means nothing).  So having a doctor that thinks like a midwife would be ideal for most parents, however most doctors practice in the Medical Model of Care, as opposed to the Midwifery...

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Evidence on Membrane Sweeping

Has your doctor told you that  ‘if you don’t go into labor by  X  weeks, I’m going to strip your membranes.’?  Or worse yet, has your doctor performed a membrane sweep without your consent?  Are there times a membrane sweep can help?  What are the Pros and Cons?  Watch the video to see what you can learn about membrane sweeping!!! For the full article,...

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