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Birth Options, with Betsy Schwartz

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #93

There’s an extremely famous quote in the birth world from Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer that says “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any”, but sometimes the amount of options, choices and nuances can be truly overwhelming. So where do you start? Betsy Schwartz tells us more. Check it out!

 

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12 Days of Birth: Day 12

If you could only have one of my 12 wishes, this is it. A doula is your own personal birth fairy! She may not be able to do the work for you, but she will do everything she can to make it a better experience.

“Asking your husband* to be your sole guide through labour is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!”
Pam England in Birthing From Within on hiring a doula

*or partner, significant other, best friend, family member, or anyone else that you consider your primary support person. Read more

12 Days of Birth: Day 11

If your care providers talk about what they will “let you” do or not do during labor, most likely they do not truly follow Woman-Centered Maternity Care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”*

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