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What It’s Like to be a Doula

Become a doula in Kansas

“That must be such a fun job!”…..”You’re so lucky to get to hold babies all day.”…..”A doula, is that like a midwife?” Even as doulas, sometimes it is hard to describe what we do. Actually being a doula has very little to do with holding babies and everything to do with supporting the parents of these babies. Here’s what its like to be a doula… Being a doula means being willing to drop everything and fully focus on someone else in their moment. It…

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Being Induced? How to Know and Understand Your Bishop Score

Bishop Score

Congratulations! You’re nearing the end of your pregnancy and birth is in sight. If an induced labor is on your birth plan, you’ll want to have an idea what your Bishop Score is before labor begins. Your doctor or midwife has likely been assessing your score over the last couple of weeks. He/she will be more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have surrounding anything mentioned here. What is it? The Bishop score, developed by Dr. Edward…

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The Best Place for Placenta Encapsulation in Kansas

Where is the absolute best place in the entire state of Kansas to have your placenta encapsulated? The answer may actually surprise you.  Where can you be undeniably sure about what is in your capsules? (No additives, fillers or parts of someone else’s placenta) A place that allows you absolute privacy while allowing you to rest and relax. After all, you did just have a baby. Somewhere that allows you to watch any parts of the process you’d like to watch,…

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Doula and Epidural – Can you have both?

There is a preconceived expectation of what Doulas are. Spend even a little bit of time on Google and mommy bloggers will try to convince you that doulas are ‘Crunchier than thou’, ‘Hippies‘, and ‘Natural Birth Advocates’ that hate Epidurals. Here’s the deal. We don’t. At Mid Kansas Doula Services, we don’t hate Epidurals at all. We actually appreciate the fact that many women are given the choice to have one. Whether you’ve already decided you want one, you’re…

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Who is the AAP and Why Should You Care What They Think?

AAP Mid Kansas Doula Services

You’ve most likely seen the newest studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here is this one released October 21, 2016: American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use And this one published October 24, 2016: American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations to Protect Against SIDS, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths You may be asking yourself, “Who are these people and why do they care how I parent my children?” According to the AAP website,…

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What are the Breastfeeding Laws in Kansas?

What rights do you have as a breastfeeding mom in Kansas? Congratulations on your new baby! Odds are you are one of the 77% of Kansas moms that has ever breastfed a baby. While breastfeeding your baby might feel like a natural thing to you, it is important to know your rights regarding breastfeeding and pumping for your baby. Here at Mid Kansas Doula Services we encourage families to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. If nursing your…

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What is a Traumatic Birth? *Trigger Warning*

Traumatic Birth

*I want to give a brief trigger warning here. Traumatic birth is real and raw. You can heal from it, but it needs to be on your own time. If this post is too much for you right now, don’t read it. <3 Katie * What does it mean when someone says they had a traumatic birth?  Does that mean she didn’t get the birth she hoped for, she had a cesarean section or an epidural? No. Birth is…

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Why Can’t I Trust My Doctor?

“Just do your homework about it.” “Make an educated decision.” “Do your research and decide for yourself.” “When you know better you do better.” It is so easy to get overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available on the internet. The internet is a wonderful resource, sometimes. Then there are times when you can get lost in the black hole of this vast web and all of the choices can start to feel overwhelming. From the moment a…

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5 Things I Know About Fear

Written by Ash Edwards of www.MountainStateMaternity.com It seems like the minute you announce your pregnancy, everyone has a story. You know, the story about that thing that happened to them during their pregnancy, birth, or postpartum period. A lot of the time, it’s pretty awful, and filled with anecdotes that inspire a deep seated fear of this newfound adventure you’re embarking on. These people mean well, of course. They only want to warn you of what to expect, but…

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How to Turn Your Hospital Room Into a Spa

Spa

When you dream about your birth does it start to take the shape of a relaxing spa? We love when we hear nurses say things like ‘oh it feels like a spa in here!’ when they walk into client’s rooms. Think about all of your senses when you’re planning the environment that you’ll be laboring in, sight, smell, sounds, taste and touch. How are you planning on making your birth environment calming, peaceful and welcoming? Here are a few…

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