Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

by Christine Ghali, Certified Doula Mindful Birth Services and Doula Care Meet Kristin, Jenn and Sarah*. All three are first time mothers. Here's what they have to say about choosing their birth attendants: "I love my OB! He delivered me, and my mom loved him, so he's delivering my baby, too!" -Kristin "I'm just looking for someone covered by my insurance. I'd like to have a midwife, but my insurance won't cover that." -Jenn "I've had the easiest pregnancy and I feel great. When I ask my doctor about the birth she's really laid…Read more …
What’s in Your Birth Bag?

What’s in Your Birth Bag?

by Christine Ghali A simple google search for “Birth Bag” brings up a slew of seemingly must-read articles on wildly popular maternity sites. Three pairs of warm, non-skid socks, pen and paper, and sugar-free candy are actually on more than one “must bring” list. Really? What makes these things essential to birthing our babies or providing the laboring mother the comfort measures she needs? It’s lists like this that serve to confuse birthing mothers, cause us to second guess ourselves and ultimately, bring us further from our birthing instincts and our internal locus of…Read more …
Protecting the Intimacy of the Birthing Environment

Protecting the Intimacy of the Birthing Environment

by Nancy F. Prevatt, RN, CCE, CD (Charis) joyfulbirthing.net Resting at the foot of the bed lay a birthing kit, soft echoes of praise and worship can be heard throughout.  Candlelight dances around the room and bounces off the mother’s glistening body.   Gently embracing, they sway to the rhythm of the mother.  No matter what ensues she feels safe, supported, relaxed, and comfortable.  These elements of the birthing environment are essential in the release of the hormones needed for labor to progress effectively. Creating a similar environment as you would for an intimate evening with…Read more …