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Helpful Tips for a Positive Birth Experience

I came up with these Tips for a Positive Birth Experience for prospective students when I first started teaching. Many expecting parents think that taking a childbirth class is just ‘learning how to breathe’. While breathing effectively is important to having a positive birth experience, there are many other factors that will contribute to how …

CH-CH-CH Changes . . .

Hello Friends! Today I updated my website to reflect that I will no longer be teaching private childbirth preparation classes. However, you can still catch me for limited group childbirth classes or a virtual consultation! I am making this change to focus on some other business pursuits as well as to free up some time …

Dates: eat them up, yum

So your midwife said to start eating dates because you are approaching your due date (and some evidence shows that they can shorten pregnancy), and you’re looking at the giant container you bought from Costco and wondering how in the world you are going to get 6-10 of those suckers down the hatch every day? …

List of labor interventions

(not an exhaustive list) Drugs or measures used to induce or augment labor such as: Misoprostol (Cytotec) Cervidil Prepidil Foley Balloon Membrane Stripping Pitocin Practices used to gather information about the mother or baby’s condition: Cervical checks Electronic fetal monitoring (both internal and external) Procedures/medication used to manage pain: Epidural, Spinal, CSE (combined spinal-epidural) Oral …

FINALLY — A Natural Birth Award

You know how when you start telling people that you are planning to give birth without pain medication, there are those special individuals who make it a point to say, “You don’t get an award for pushing your baby out without pain medication.  Why bother?”  Now, you can say, “Au contraire, mon frére!  There IS …

Birth Preparation Methods and Why I don’t have a “method”.

Now that I am a Certified Childbirth Educator, I can look back on my childbirth preparation experiences with a more critical eye.  Let me first say, I don’t believe that there is one method that serves everyone, but rather, certain methods resonate with certain people.  You like vanilla, I like chocolate . . . you …