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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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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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