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Childbirth

How Safe Is The Hospital During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

Safety is a relative term. If you feel safe, you are safe. This COVID 19 pandemic has changed how we do so many things. Where some hospitals are requiring COVID tests, and are preventing doulas and partners from being with laboring women, the real question might be, “Where can I give birth safely, and freely, …

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Preparing for Childbirth: What’s the Best Time?

I have spoken and written about this topic before. When I see or hear questions about what practitioners do, or what happens in various hospitals in birth, I ask myself about the best timing for childbirth preparation classes. It often seems like women are asking questions about practice and protocol late in the game. For …

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TOP TEN LIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT CHILDBIRTH

Here are the top ten lies you’ve been told about childbirth. 1) Pregnancy is an illness.  Most women (in the U.S.) give birth in the hospital. Hospitals are for sick people. People with disease and illness, emergencies, and tests, and procedures. Because this is what hospitals were designed for, pregnant women will be treated as …

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ELIMINATING FEAR OF PAIN IN CHILDBIRTH: POSSIBLE OR IMPOSSIBLE?

Can I eliminate the fear of pain in childbirth for someone? How would I support a woman whose biggest fear is she won’t be able to have a normal, physiological birth, and won’t be able to deal with the pain of labor and will want an epidural?  First off, fear is a made-up thought or sequence …

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