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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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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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Avoiding the Cascade of Interventions

Is the Cascade of Interventions Real? Yes, it is a real thing. Is it something you should be scared about? No. Is it something you should be educated about? YES! Should you need to fight tooth and nail with your care provider to prevent it? No, and if you are I would like to suggest looking into changing providers. The cascade of  interventions is something you need to be able to talk openly about with your care provider. The…

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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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Preparing Your Mind and Body for an Unmedicated Birth

Unmedicated

You’ve decided that you want an unmedicated birth. You know it is how you want to bring your new baby into the world, but you are starting to feel a little lost and overwhelmed about how to prepare to labor unmedicated. There are many things that can happen during labor and delivery, and while there is no way to guarantee what yours will be like, we can give you a few suggestions on how to help you reach that…

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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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Natural Interventions, are they better?

You know they say an average month lasts thirty days, except the last month of pregnancy which lasts forever. While it isn’t true, it sure can feel like it. As those days keep ticking by and baby doesn’t make an appearance you may start looking into natural ways to speed things up. But are these natural interventions any better or safer for you and baby than medical interventions? Honestly, no. Natural interventions are still interventions. Besides anecdotal evidence, most of…

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