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During transition in my last labor, I remember being on my hands and knees on the floor of the hospital and moaning, “I can’t do this...I need an epidural...I want an epidural.” But I wasn’t serious, and even in those moments of intense discomfort I knew I wasn’t serious. I…
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We’ve all heard about the “birth high” women get after an unmedicated birth, right? The rush of oxytocin, the leftover endorphins, the surge of adrenaline - I’ve heard it’s a thrilling experience comparable to feeling "high". But I want to talk about what happens after that initial glorious rush. I…
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By the time most women hit the 38th week of pregnancy, they are about ready to be done being pregnant. They are huge, clumsy, exhausted, peeing every 5 minutes and anxious to meet the angel they have been carrying for nine months. I certainly was. Your due date comes and…
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Let me start by saying that I love midwifery care.  I love doulas.  I appreciate the life saving care ob/gyns can provide.  These healthcare providers are all skilled, compassionate and hard working.  They deserve respect and appreciation.  However, they are also human, and being human, they have bad days. Make…
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I often hear stories of women being turned away from hospitals in “false” labour, are told that they labour has stalled, stopped or that they are not progressing.  Its a mysterious thing this false labour. What is it exactly? What message is someone trying to give a women when they…
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The Four Different Types of Breech Frank- bottom first with legs extended towards baby's trunk Complete- legs folded so that feet are very close to the buttocks Footling- one or more feet coming into the pelvis first-the bottom is above the brim and the feet are below, at 37 weeks…
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Active labor is often when it really hits home that the arrival of your baby is just around the corner. There are a number of physical, emotional, and mental changes that occur during active labor. If you know what to expect in terms of the physical aspects, you may find it easier…
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Many new moms don’t know that there are more than one or two different stages of labor, especially if they haven’t been around many pregnant women in their lives. Admittedly this was the case with me and I was in for a surprise as I approached my estimated due date and…
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The Cascade of Interventions aka the Snowball Effect In a hospital setting where your care providers are actively managing your labour, once you have one intervention it makes more interventions more likely to be needed in order to remedy the effects of the previous ones. In our Western society culture,…
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Remember that everything may not go as "planned," so be open to the possibility of anything happening, and listen to your body's (and your baby's) cues.  One advantage to having a natural, unhindered birth is that it is much easier to go deep inside yourself, and you can feel everything…
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