I indulged thoughts of falling down the stairs with Theo in my arms, of driving into a tree, of just leaving and not coming back.Read More
For what it's worth: after having a 5 hour labor and a 2.5 hour labor I am requesting a good 7-8 hours for the next one. Faster is not necessarily better in matters of bodily function (baby making and baby birthing, for example). This birth tried me in ways I can't explain and I know I haven't done the story justice because, 6 months later, I am still reeling from the experience. Here is my best recollection (after talking with my husband and watching the video).Read More
After 3 weeks of sitting around the house waiting for baby, having tons of contractions every day and trying to keep my blood pressure down, I had gone 4 days past my due date. My husband and I stayed home from church on Sunday because I thought that if I heard even one remark like, “You haven’t had that baby yet?” I might have an emotional breakdown.
Doula: δούλη From the ancient Koine Greek
Definition: a slave, bondman, person of servile condition; devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests; a servant, attendant
Today we use the word “doula” to refer to one who assists women (and families) around the time of birth. For the purposes of this post, I will be referring to the labor doula.Read More
I have great news! I now have a National Provider Identifier number.
What is that, you ask? The NPI is the identifier that identifies me as a health care provider and allows you to file for reimbursement from your health insurance plan. Yes, you read that correctly! You may be able to get some or all of my fee back from your insurance company!Read More
Did your first birth experience go more like this than you had hoped?
Are you wondering where the bliss of the best moment of your life went?
Were you disempowered by your experience?Read More
Many people want to be informed consumers of healthcare. We all want to make the best decisions about our care and our family's care. How do you find the best information? How do I know that what my doctor is telling me is the most up-to-date information?Read More
I have been discussing optimal fetal positioning, back labor and labor that doesn't "progress" with a client and thought it was something that I should write about!Read More