You're Getting Very Sleepy: 5 Myths About Childbirth Hypnosis

You're Getting Very Sleepy:  5 Myths About Childbirth Hypnosis

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.

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Birth Preferences (Part 4): Labor Coping Strategies

Birth Preferences (Part 4):  Labor Coping Strategies

In our culture, many of us grew up watching tv and movies that portray labor coping as limited to a woman panting and screaming for drugs.  The truth is, it doesn't have to be this way.  If you do opt for pain meds, as many do, you still have choices that you can learn about and prepare for ahead of time.  There are also non-pharmaceutical alternatives that can be very effective.  Read on for additional information on narcotic options and the lesser-known natural coping techniques you may want to include in your birth plan.

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Our Story: The Birth that Made Me a Mother

Our Story:  The Birth that Made Me a Mother

If I look like a hot mess in this photo it is because I was.  It was a challenging road for me and Miss Selah, but we made it. I've always wanted to be a mother.  I'm cut from the same cloth as my mom, I suppose.  She told me that growing up, when thinking of what she wanted to be, Mom was all she came up with.  She said she wasn't ever encouraged or told she could do anything else, but also said that being a mother was truly what she wanted most in life.  She made sure I was  taught I could accomplish anything in the world, and yet I shared her sentiment--I always coveted the title of Mother the absolute most.

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I Want the Drugs. Why Would I Want a Doula?

I Want the Drugs. Why Would I Want a Doula?

About 60% of women receive epidural pain relief during labor in this country according to the CDC.  It is a very common and completely valid choice.  Why, if you decide to get drugs, would you also want to hire a doula?  Aren't doulas just for "crunchy" types that want to go "all natural?"  No.  And here's why:

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