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I Watched You Become a Father

Posted on: June 16, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Musing, Parenting Philosophy

I am a doula. I stand in the space of birth while reducing fear and instilling strength and I watch as you become a father. I have been on the other end of the phone when you nervously called me to say, “She is ready for you to come now…” …

Strip my Membranes?

Posted on: May 26, 2019 | Labor and Birth

Strip my membranes

Strip my membranes? What does that mean?! I was like, strip my what?!?! My membranes?! I didn’t even know I had membranes to strip… Northeast doulas is ready to tackle this curious phenomenon. After reading this, if you become the next contestant on “My Doctor Wants to Strip My Membranes” …

Natural Birth, We Don’t do it for the Pain…

Posted on: March 23, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Natural Childbirth

Natural birth

Women choose spontaneous vaginal deliveries or what most refer to as “natural birth” for a variety of reasons. None of which include, because they love pain.  “Birth bonding” according to Dr. Sears, is the first of the 7 “B’s” of attachment parenting.  Bonding with your baby prenatally and throughout your …

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Posted on: March 18, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Pregnancy

Braxton hicks contractions

Braxton hicks contractions may not signify the onset of labor but there is nothing “false” about them. Often referred to as false labor, braxton hicks contractions are your body’s way of preparing for the big day. Unfortunately, they offer no indication of when labor will begin. Some people begin experiencing …

The Birth, the Boob & the Baby

Posted on: March 10, 2019 | Breastfeeding, Labor and Birth


There is something about birth that prepares you to become a parent to a child. It is usually a somewhat long process that ensues after about 40 or so weeks of pregnancy. When it starts, you’re ready. You know you will finally meet this baby that has been growing, stretching, …

Birth is Natural and So are Tornadoes…

Posted on: March 6, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Natural Childbirth

Birth is natural

I’m sure we all agree that birth is a normal, natural physiological function, right? We believe in our bodies and we believe in the innate wisdom of our babies to find their way through our bodies. Birth is natural. But so are tornadoes! The thing about natural birth is that …

The Three Stages of the First Stage of labor

Posted on: March 3, 2019 | Labor and Birth, Pregnancy

Three stages of labor

There are Three Stages of the First Stage of Labor which is confusing enough but when women start sharing “war stories” about birth, it gets even more confusing… “I was in labor for 29 hours.” “Oh that’s nothing! I was in labor for 38 hours!” “You think that’s bad? I …

Biophysical Profile

Posted on: January 28, 2019 | Hospital Birth

Biophysical profile

A biophysical profile is a painless, noninvasive assessment done during the end of pregnancy, more typically once you have reached or passed your estimated due date. It is also considered during the third trimester in cases of higher risk pregnancies….

Induction – What Should I Ask my Doctor?

Posted on: January 22, 2019 | Hospital Birth, Labor and Birth

Labor induction

You’re 39 weeks pregnant and your doctor says you need an induction. You’re not really sure what it means, why you need it or how it will happen. You only know that you should probably ask some questions but nothing comes to mind! Your friend was induced 2 months ago …

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