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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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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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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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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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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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