What do you think of when you think of hypnosis? Swinging shiny objects, snapping fingers, people slumped in their chairs, a low-rent comedian making people quack like ducks? I'm willing to bet whatever comes to mind is absolutely nothing like the true experience of using childbirth hypnosis. I know, as I've used it personally for my two births, as well as supported many doula clients as they have used it to successfully achieve easier, more comfortable birth experiences.Read More
As previously written in the blog I wrote about labor coping strategies, the most common pain management options during labor in this country include IV opioid or epidural medication. Recently however, an additional option became available at St. Mary's here in Madison- nitrous oxide. Read on to learn more about the history of the use of "laughing gas" in labor, how it works, the benefits, the risks, and what the experts are saying.Read More
Two of the most important decisions are often made early in a woman's pregnancy journey: where she will give birth, and who will care for her. In the Madison area, there are basically three choices for places to birth your baby: SSM Health St. Mary's, UnityPoint Health Meriter, or at home. Sometimes insurance coverage plays a part, and often location and choice of provider go hand in hand. The good news is, in my opinion, all three locations are great options, and there are lots of fantastic providers to choose from. Here are some differences you may find helpful as you consider your choices, as well as a few tips to keep in mind.Read More
Most women know that on the journey to having a baby, vaginal exams will be part of the equation. But do you know the purpose of these exams? What they're checking for? Possible risks? What your options are in this area? If not, read on.Read More
1. permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.
If you have a healthcare provider, who you trust, and you feel has the proper knowledge and expertise to recommend the best course of treatment for you and your baby, who are you to question their advice?Read More