Category Archives: Childbirth

Prenatal Perineal Massage

I’ve been asked a few times lately during normal prenatal visits with clients as they get near term – usually first time parents, “So what do you think about perineal massage? And when do you think we should start it?” In case you don’t know what prenatal perineal massage is – it is using the […]

WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST PREGNANCY

Our first pregnancy is so magical, draped in mystery and the unknown…and if we pay close attention it can teach us so much about ourselves and even about life. I was a childbirth educator and doula before I ever became pregnant for the first time and I was surprised at how much I learned with […]

When to Push??

“How will I know when to push?” Okay, so I know that many of my clients read this blog – heck, some of you chose to hire me BECAUSE of this blog! And I am sorry, but many of you will recognize yourself in this particular blog post and think I’m speaking directly and specifically […]

PELVIMETRY

I made a decision to risk failing my “Practicum exam” – one of the four required board of exams I had to take in order to obtain my midwifery license. Yep, you read that right!! One of the four exams I had to take to get licensed, one of the exams that I would have […]

BIRTH PLANS

As I read articles such as “Who controls childbirth — expectant moms or doctors?”  and blogs and articles of how to write a birth plan, the benefits of a birth plan, the downside to writing a birth plan – I began to wonder if my definition of “birth plan” is different than most physicians and […]

CONTROL FREAKS

We are spoiled in this country – and we are control freaks. (ouch…what a way to start off a blog post) Think about our typical lifestyle – air conditioning, flat screen televisions, computers with internet, prepackaged foods fill our pantries, at least one car…and these are common even in those considered “underprivileged”. Many have PDA’s […]

LIES, DAMN LIES, AND STATISTICS

‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ – Mark Twain I’ve heard some really ridiculous things in my years attending births (and there’s even a website someone else has devoted to ridiculous things that have been heard called “my OB said what??”). I’ve had a doctor – an OB – hold […]

Leadership Lessons

“Being the first follower is an under appreciated form of leadership.” Please watch this youtube video – you will notice it has nothing to do with birth.  It has to do with leadership, followers, creating a movement…. Or maybe it does have something to do with birth! See, this video can be many things to […]

BIRTH OF A MARRIAGE

There are two really big events in our adult lives: the day we get married, and the day our baby is born. As a little girl, I dreamed of both of these days frequently. I wondered when I would meet the man of my dreams, how we would meet, how he would propose… I dreamed […]

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE AN OB RATHER THAN A MIDWIFE

I love obstetricians. Sometimes I think midwives get a bad deal when it comes to our image. I won’t speak for all midwives with this post…but I will speak for myself. Let me make this clear – I am NOT anti-doctor, I am not anti-hospital, I am not anti-intervention. Please read that sentence again….thank you. […]