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12 Days of Birth: my wishes for your fabulous labor

By Adriana Lozada
I know, I know: birth does it’s own thing.

Books, childbirth classes, labor support, a rocking care-provider: they help immensely in setting the stage for a good outcome. Ultimately though, if your baby happens to be breech and tangled in the umbilical cord, that will be the biggest determinant of the course of your labor (or lack-there-of).

But, in the spirit of the season, I’ve compiled a list of things that I believe can set any mom up for a better birth. I’m calling it: Read more

What did you eat during labor?

by Adriana Lozada

During a recent birth, the birthing mom was feeling peckish. This is a common state for her, as she usually goes about her day nibbling here and tasting there.

As we walked up and down labor floor corridors, she nibbled on power bars. After getting out of the tub, she gobbled up a cup of chocolate ice cream. But the best part was when – after finding out that the hospital cafe was having a special cheese tasting event (cheese tasting!), she sent her husband down to get some for her, and some for himself as well. She nibbled on aged gouda, and remarked that the chèvre was delish as she approached transition. She didn’t want any coconut water, but preferred ginger ale and a cranberry-grape juice combo while she pushed. Read more

Why a Doula is Worth Every Penny

I am a doula, so you may think this post is biased. I assure you, it is not. Matter of fact, the reason I became a doula is because I myself didn’t have one for the birth of my daughter. It’s a decision that both my husband and I regret. My birth was as close as can be to what I’d laid out on my birthplan. Hire a midwife – check. No induction – check. No pain meds – check. Move all I want, no artificial rupture of membranes, labor in the tub, vaginal birth, wait for cord clamping, immediate skin to skin, delay baby procedures… check, check, check!

But it was still hard, lonely, painful and miserable. We had taken independent childbirth classes, read all the books, and thought we were prepared. We weren’t.

A doula would have come over to our house and help me realize that I was having incredible back pain, instead of thinking it was just part of labor. She wouldn’t have let me sit at the top of the stairs for hours, but would have encouraged and helped me to move around and get into positions that would help get my baby’s head off my back. Read more