All tagged Birth Planning
When I first started out as a Doula, I packed everything but the kitchen sink in my birth bag. I had books, massage tools, and a bunch of other things I can’t even remember now. Along with all the stuff I had, I also picked up wish list items whenever I could. Things like specialized acupressure tools sworn to save my hands, and little trinkets with goo in them that were meant to help distract a mom from contractions. (Yes, you can laugh at that last one!)
When we begin to talk about birth planning, there are are a lot of common fears that come up. One of the most prevalent is the fear of tearing during childbirth. It's only natural to be apprehensive and wonder how in the world baby will actually come out!
There are many things to consider working as a Doula, from the time you are hired well into postpartum support. It's easy to get caught in your own headspace, or feel unsure of the right thing to say in any given situation. I have collected several key phrases or things to remember through my years working as a Doula, and I wanted to share these little bits of wisdom with you! I frequently read them before writing an article, interviewing with a client, or attending a birth.
If you've been recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, you were probably given a pamphlet on healthy diet and exercise, had an appointment set with an endocrinologist, and were sent on your way. But what does this diagnosis really mean for your health, your pregnancy, and your baby?
Some people feel that their family members are very supportive, will encourage them when things get hard, and be a source of calm throughout the experience. Other couples adamantly insist...