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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

It’s World Doula Week!

March 22 – 28 is World Doula Week. What does that mean?

According to it’s organizers at WorldDoulaWeek.com, the purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.

So if you’re glad you had a doula, tell it to the world! Only about 3% of current births in the US are assisted by a doula(1). Don’t you agree there should be more?

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(1) Listening to Mothers II: Report of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences. Conducted for Childbirth Connection by Harris Interactive® in partnership with Lamaze International October 2006