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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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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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Believe What You Say

What do you say when your little one trips and falls? You tell them it’s okay. You tell them to try again. You say, I’m right here and I believe in you. Believe what you say.  What about when they think they can’t? You tell them they can do anything they want. You tell them they are capable and strong and smart. You take their hand and you lead them through. You show them that they can so that…

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Dads and Doulas

Did you know that the doula isn’t just for the mom? We are there for the whole family! So why would you, as the father, care about hiring a doula? You won’t be the one in labor, but you will still need support! What are some ways that a doula can support you, the dad, through the birth of your child? We can give you a break. Yes of course you don’t want to leave your partner’s side, but…

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Why Do I Need a Childbirth Class?

Around four decades ago there was a push to rethink childbirth. Instead of looking at childbirth as an illness that needed treatment, more and more mothers wanted an active role in their own labors. Their partners did too. Childbirth education participation soared in the 1980s and 1990s, but has recently seen a downturn in attendance. Many cite the overabundance of information available on the internet as a catalyst for the change. But is that good? Heidi Murkoff, the author…

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Pitocin: What You May Not Know

Today, we are going to talk about Pitocin. Pitocin is the most popular drug used to stimulate contractions of the uterus to induce or quicken labor. Many providers also use it to reduce bleeding after delivery. In order to understand Pitocin, we need examine the history of the hormone oxytocin. The word oxytocin comes from the Greek term oxytocic, meaning “quick birth”.  In 1906 by Sir Henry Hallett Dale discovered that oxytocin was vital to uterine contractions.1 but was not sequenced or…

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MKDS 2015 Statistics

Statistics

Mid Kansas Doula Services is celebrating a birthday! We have officially been serving the Central Kansas area for one year. (Where has the time gone?!) After compiling all of the documents and gathering the data, we are excited to present to you our 2015 Mid Kansas Doula Services Statistics: +++++ Wait, wait, wait. Aren’t we going to talk about how many clients birthed their babies vaginally, via cesarean or by stork delivery? Aren’t we going to disclose how many clients…

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I’m Glad I Had a Doula When…..I Risked out of Homebirth

I’m glad a I had a doula when I risked out of homebirth. Last summer when I was preparing for the birth of my third baby (read the story on my personal blog here), I had envisioned a homebirth where my husband and I would be surrounded with our sons, doula, midwife and photographer.  Things were going smoothly during the pregnancy…… Until they weren’t Due to situations out of my control, I risked out of the homebirth we were planning.  I…

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