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Dos And Don’ts Of Packing Your Hospital Bag

  Packing your hospital bag for the upcoming arrival of your child can be a bit overwhelming, so we have decided to help with a few quick tips to get you started! DO pack your favorite lip balm/chap stick. Chances are your lips are going to get dry and chapped during delivery. Also consider bringing facial cleansing wipes and lotion. DON’T worry about bringing pads to the hospital unless you just don’t want to use the ones they have…

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Why Are Two Doulas Better than One?

  I am sure you are thinking I am crazy. Two doulas? Why in the world would anyone need more than one doula? However, as crazy as you think I am, the decision to only hire one doula is even crazier. Why is that? Here is one quick question that I think will put it all into perspective: what happens when you go into labor and your doula is sick? Or, what if her kids are sick? What if…

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Six Reasons to add a Doula to Your Birth Team

  1 – Better outcomes for mother A study done in 20121 found that women who had uninterrupted support during labor were less likely to use pain medications. The need for vacuum or forceps to assist birth was also reduced. In addition, mother’s labor was an average of 40 minutes shorter. Negative feels about labor and delivery were reduced. The study also noted that when the individual providing the continuous support was neither part of the hospital or one…

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Common Surprises during Labor and Delivery

  Childbirth is one of those times in your life that you can feel the most prepared and the most unprepared all at the same time. If you are anything like me, leading up to labor and delivery you switch back and forth between the two, feverishly writing and checking off lists. Still, no matter how prepared you are there can be a few surprises that come up when the time actually comes to bring your new baby into…

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What is a Doula?

The term doula comes from an ancient Greek term meaning “a woman who serves”.   Women have been supporting other women in labor and during postpartum for centuries. Ok, that is nice, but what is a doula? Doulas are like having your own private cheerleader, best friend, wedding planner, and maid of honor for your birth. With Mid Kansas Doula Services, your doula team will spend valuable time with you before the birth helping you plan and prepare.  Only you know how you…

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Is Your Doula Really a Stranger?

Not many people like the idea of a stranger standing by their bed and watching their intimate moments pass by. What if those intimate moments were the birth of your child and that stranger was actually no stranger at all? A Doula Is she a stranger? Before this pregnancy you had little knowledge of doulas. It wasn’t until you took that class and learned the benefits of a doula that you were even interested in having coffee with this…

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Your Doula is Not a Superhero

Do you want to know a secret? Your doula is not a Superhero. She cannot protect you from birth, from your care provider, or from the system. The doulas at Mid Kansas Doula Services do provide complete and nonjudgmental support to you during your pregnancy, birth and even after birth. Our doulas do not have personal agendas.  We don’t keep statistics such as how many cesarean births we’ve attended, how many of our clients elect to have pain medication, or who has…

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Mind Your Own Cervix

Is everyone a little too concerned about the condition of your cervix these days? When a woman goes into labor, it is important that her birthing space is respected.  How can you trust that your own space isn’t invaded? First of all, what in the world is ‘Birth Space’? This is both the physical and non-physical atmosphere around your birth. It is easiest to describe the physical atmosphere around your birth.  This would include the place you labor and then eventually…

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