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 …
Microbirth Documentary – Watch the Trailer Free and Stream Online | Alto Films

Microbirth Documentary – Watch the Trailer Free and Stream Online | Alto Films

Microbirth is a 60 minute documentary exploring the latest scientific research into the microscopic events that happen during childbirth. These events could have life-long consequences for the health of our children and potentially impact the future of mankind. Winner of the Grand Prix award at the Life Sciences Film Festival in 2014, the film features world leading experts including Martin Blazer and Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello. Stream the movie online for $5.50. Watch on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Learn more. Duration:  59 minutes FOR PERSONAL AND HOME USE This rental and…Read more …
Heads Up – The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery | Informed Pregnancy

Heads Up – The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery | Informed Pregnancy

Why are most physicians no longer offering vaginal breech delivery? Is it a fear of liability? Peer pressure? Bullying by insurance companies? Or were they just never taught how to? The documentary film Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery (produced by Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC) answers these questions. As aging doctors skilled in vaginal breech delivery cease to practice, the vaginal option for breech birth is disappearing at a rapid rate. Will doctors who don’t have these skills explain the benefits and risks of both vaginal breech birth and cesarean…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 …
Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

by Andrea Barbosa & Angela Bailey SWFLBN Chapter Leaders The way that a woman experiences childbirth can profoundly affect her mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  Postpartum Support International states that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth is experienced by 1-6% of women, most often caused by real or perceived trauma in labor or postpartum. Reasons can include poor communication and lack of support and reassurance during the delivery and/or having an unplanned cesarean. Many women are choosing to become informed about all of their childbirth options, yet there are many more that are…Read more …