"What is your doula style?" I get asked this a lot during my initial consultations. It's kind of hard to answer. Every doula has a technique that they love to use and that works for their clients. For some, it's their voice--helping clients visualize calming imagery, their cervix opening and baby coming down, etc. For others, it's rebozo--sifting to help baby be in a good position for birth, providing counter-pressure with it, using it to aid in squatting, etc. For me, I'd say it's following my intuition.
At March's Positive Birth Group, we talked about how affirmation banners are helpful, how to make affirmations work for you, and then we made some great banners. Here is a recap of what we covered.
Waiting for labor to start can be a mind game. Studies suggest only 5% of women go into labor on their due dates and that due dates can range from 2.5 weeks before to 2.5 weeks after your "due date". In addition, ACOG recommends AGAINST inductions before 39 weeks gestation unless there is a medical indication (a suspected large baby is not a medically indication).
Diabetes is the most common complication during pregnancy. Find out what you can do to reduce your risks during pregnancy.
Having Type 1 Diabetes doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't get pregnant. It does, however, mean that you need to have your blood sugars well-controlled before you get pregnant. If your pregnancy is unplanned, don't stress, just start working with your endocrinologist to get your blood sugars under control. Since Type 1 Diabetes during pregnancy does categorize you as high-risk, you will need to have additional testing and procedures done to ensure the health of you and your baby.
Pregnancy Health Coach, Sierra Roberts, with The Pregnant Lotus talked with us about nutrition for pregnancy and postpartum. She told us some myths vs facts about pregnancy nutrition, what you need to eat during pregnancy and postpartum and what to avoid.
Placenta encapsulation is very popular right now. Because of this, there are many people who are offering the service. How can you know who has taken the specialized training and follows the proper protocols to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens? How can you know that you are getting your placenta and that it wasn't confused with another placenta?
There are a lot of myths about doulas. Many people who aren't familiar with midwives and doulas mistakenly think they are interchangeable terms. Some think that doulas are just for home births, or even that a doula would not be helpful if you are having a home birth. Other people think that doulas are only for people wanting an un-medicated or natural birth. Let us define these roles and address each myth one by one.
Happy World Doula Week! The purpose of World Doula Week is to help empower doulas to improve the health of women and their families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. For this year's World Doula Week, I will tell you a little bit about my life and career as a birth doula in Utah.
See what was covered at March's Positive Birth Group: Mother Blessing Ceremonies.