Birth

Pregancy + Birth During a Pandemic

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  A different world during a pandemic Everyone is feeling overwhelmed and confused. It’s no wonder – information is coming in quickly as those in power attempt to mitigate the effects this pandemic will have on our community and the world at large. Add pregnancy into the mix, and it feels like there’s even more […]

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What does a doula do, exactly?

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In a recent conversation with an expectant mom, she said: “I understand that doulas provide informational, physical, and emotional support … but what do you actually do? During a birth? Or before? Or – yeah, what do you do as a birth doula?” Good question. As a birth doula I …. ~ Answer any question […]

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40 days of postpartum

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Those first forty days are traditionally protected, so mom and her newborn can acclimate to their new reality. This is a time to be insular and focus on your baby. In our culture, 40 days of relative tranquility can be challenging – or even impossible – to achieve. Not just because we’re so busy with […]

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Stellar Birth Team Members

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Birth is tranformative, important, and essential. It’s vital that the birth team is respectful, knowledgeable, and trusting of women and birth. When your planning an event (say a wedding); buying a house; or going to school, surrounding yourself with the right team makes all the difference. Birth is no different. So who should be on […]

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When Everybody and Your Mother has an Opinion

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You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Everyone is so excited! You’re birthing. Yay! You’re finally meeting your baby. Everyone is excited! You’re breastfeeding. That baby is demanding milk NOW! You’re doing your best to do what’s best for your baby. You’re parenting. Everyone has an opinion. Your mom. Your partner’s mom. Your best friend. Their parents. Your sister. […]

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Local Hospital Birth Options

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While homebirths are on the rise, the majority of NY residents (~99% to be more precise) will choose to birth in a hospital. Even so, we generally seek out an environment that is as close to home as possible when it’s time to birth. Fortunately, our local hospital birth options recognize this and are proud […]

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15 Reasons to have a Home Birth

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I tell people that I was pro-home birth before having a home birth myself. I had two perfectly wonderful-minimally-invasive hospital births before having a homebirth. After having one … I will passionately support any and every low-risk family to pursue the home birth option. This is not an option everyone is comfortable with – but […]

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Doulas ~ the Power of Continuous Labor Support

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Extensive review of recent studies, including over 15,000 women, shows that families benefit dramatically from continuous labor support during birth. Interesting. Because this is how we’ve traditionally birthed. Surrounded by the support of our friends and family. In a typical hospital setting, women no longer have this support. Labor Support Makes a Difference According to […]