Giving Formula May Improve Breastfeeding Rates??

Yesterday the Huffington Post published an article entitled “The Case for Rethinking Breastfeeding Goals: Six Months of exclusive nursing is out of reach for many moms.  Is it time for a change?”  This headline alone suggests one thing: there is a case for rethinking the goal of exclusive nursing for the first six months.  Interestingly enough, nothing in the article itself actually suggests this..  

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You’re like a Midwife … You help with Natural Birth, Right?

This is the statement I most often hear when introducing myself.  My response is: Well … not really, no.  So what exactly is a birth doula?  I recently conducted an interview with Dreaming of Baby in which I answered this question.  In this blog post I wish to go over some more aspects of being a doula than those that I mentioned in the interview.

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Myths of TV shows and Movie Births

It is a rare occurrence to see a birth in person here in the United States and when we do see a birth it is most often in a TV show or a movie.  Unsurprisingly, Hollywood’s interpretation of birth is not accurate to real life.  So this leaves the question what is different between a typical Hollywood birth and a typical “real life” birth?  What are the signs of labor in a Hollywood birth? 

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Support while in the NICU

This is a continuation of the previous blog post summarizing two podcast episodes that stood out to me over the past month leading up to World Prematurity Day (November 17th): Navigating the NICU with Sue Hall (The Birthful Podcast, episode 85 and 72 Days in the NICU with Ingrid (Motherbirth, episode 33.  In this post I discuss what you can do as a parent of a baby in the NICU and what others can do to support you.

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World Prematurity Day 2017

As every year, the days leading up to World Prematurity Day, November 17th, showed an increase in the number of articles on prematurity.  In this and the following blog post, I will summarize some of these wonderful articles from this year.  In this first post I will discuss prematurity from a statistical or academic standpoint before getting into what different types of NICUs are like here in the US and the emotions you may feel as a parent while your child is in the NICU.

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On That Balloon Technique Video

During the Lamaze course we learned a wonderful technique that was originally created by Teri Shilling, another facilitator for the group that taught the Lamaze course: Passion for Birth.  In this technique a balloon and a ping pong ball are used to show what happens in the body during labor: all of the changes that the cervix goes through, and the difference between Braxton Hicks and regular contractions.

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Volunteer Doula

There’s a lot of controversy over volunteer doulas.  We have a very important job to do that often takes a lot of our time and energy, shouldn’t we be paid for it?  The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding yes.  In some states, like Minnesota, insurance companies cover doulas.  In those states doulas can work for low income families and still get paid by the insurance companies.  Unfortunately this isn’t the case in all 50 states.

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