Things to Do After A Positive Pregnancy Test: Part Two

In Things to Do After A Positive Pregnancy Test: Part One, I discussed what I think are the first, most important steps to take after you find out you’re pregnant- find a care provider who practices evidence-based medicine in an environment in which you are comfortable, giving you the best opportunity for the birth experience you want. As I broke it down, I realized that for many moms, especially first-time moms, defining “the birth experience you want” is actually a pretty c

The Benefits of Childbirth Preparation Classes

Every time I meet with a new client, I ask if she’s taken or plans to take a childbirth preparation course.  Usually she says she’s thinking about but voices her concerns that the classes are too much of a time commitment, she hasn’t found something she likes, or the cost of the classes was prohibitive.  And usually she gives me a sly smile and says something like, “That’s why I’m hiring you!” I am flattered!  Really I am!  But I think that having a doula is not a substitute

Happy (Belated) Father’s Day

I already have a hero, his name is Dad! For all Fathers and Expectant Fathers, happy (belated) day to you! One of the many books I’m reading right now is called Boys Should Be Boys, by Dr. Meg Meeker.  I’m only to chapter 7, but I highly recommend it to mothers and fathers of little boys!  (She also has a book called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, which to my understanding is a similar book about girls.  My husband always recommends this book to fathers of girls! ) The aut

The Doula Book- My Thoughts

As part of my training for DONA, I’m required to read several books on their lists.  One book is called The Doula Book, and the title says it all! The Doula Book is incredibly informational, packed with everything a woman and man should know about the importance of trained labor support.  Written by three of the five founders of DONA International, it’s a must-read for anyone questioning the importance of having a doula present during labor and delivery. One of the most inter