That is the question this to-the-point guide is here to help you answer. We’ll give you the facts and demystify the process, so you can decide what’s right for you and baby.
There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and … Continue reading →
Postdelivery considerations to flesh out before the big day.
While expecting, you spend a lot of time thinking about how you want your labor and delivery to go. Do you want an epidural? A water birth? A mirror to watch your progress? These considerations often take precedence over thoughts … Continue reading →
Just because you find yourself delivering in an operating room doesn’t mean you can’t have the family-centered birth you want.
Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I … Continue reading →
There are benefits for both mom and baby when labor happens all on its own.
Although “natural” can mean different things to different people, for the sake of this article, we’re using it to define a birth that doesn’t involve medical intervention of any kind. It’s a fact that medical interventions are sometimes necessary for … Continue reading →
Obstetricians aren’t the only ones who can help bring your babe from womb to world.
By and large, moms-to-be rely on the expertise of an OB for prenatal care, but in recent years, a growing number of expectant women are asking midwives to take the lead. As a doula, I intrinsically respect a woman’s choice … Continue reading →
It's common for moms-to-be to worry about childbirth, but take heart—labor isn't an all-out fright fest. Learn what your worst fears really look like, and why they're not so bad.
Your D-day is coming, and no matter how much you’re looking forward to meeting your baby, you can’t help but come a little unhinged thinking about labor. But don’t let stress get the best of you! Here’s the lowdown on … Continue reading →
Worried all that pushing might lead to some added pain down below? The truth sometimes hurts, but the more you know, the better prepared you'll be to keep fears in check.
Does everyone tear? This is the first question my girlfriends ask when I offer them honest answers to their most secret labor and delivery worries. There are a lot of differences of opinion when it comes to how you want … Continue reading →
If you’re new to the baby-making show, there’s a lot to learn. Fortunately, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions (along with a few you didn’t even know to ask) right here.
This is really embarrassing to admit, but before I actually had my first baby, I didn’t fully understand what went on down there during delivery. I mean, I felt like I grasped the gist of it, but I didn’t know … Continue reading →
Is it wise to outline your ideal birth experience beforehand—even if baby’s debut might take an unexpected turn?
In 2012, I waddled around the halls of a sterile-but-friendly hospital on my highly anticipated birthplace tour. My husband and I proudly toted our birth plan and a list of questions, eager to gather information and piece together the puzzle of our … Continue reading →
Wait, don’t head to the hospital just yet! Read up on early labor, so you’re prepared to push through the initial pains from the comfort of home.
As excited as you are to feel that first contraction finally hit, you’ll spend much—if not all—of the first phase of labor in your own home. Learn how to keep tabs on your progress and cope with those first pains … Continue reading →