N is for Nourishment

The Two Main Types Of Nourishment For Labor

Nourishment In Labor: The Food, and The Support There are two main types of nourishment in labor. The nutrition, hydration, and calories that you physically consume. And the support team that surrounds you during your labor.   Nutrition…
M is For Massage

Massage For Pregnancy, Birth, And Postpartum Recovery

The Benefits Of Massage During Pregnancy During pregnancy, a woman's body is constantly changing. Her center of gravity changes, and she will experience some very common aches and pains that are associated with the position and weight of her…
L Is For Lighting

Lighting As A Comfort Measure In Labor

Lighting Is An Environmental Factor As I discussed in the blog Environment: Preparing Your Birth Space,  lighting is a strong environmental factor. Amazingly, the brightness of the room you birth your baby in can affect you mentally, emotionally,…
K is for Kneeling

Kneeling, And Other Positions For Labor: Can I Move Around In Labor?

  Kneeling, And Other Positions For Labor Based on what we've seen on television, laying flat on our backs seems like the only option for labor positioning. This is especially true in things that depict hospital births. Hospital births…
J is For Jokes

Jokes And Other Kinds Of Humor In Labor: Laughter Loosens The Vagina

Jokes And Other Humor In Labor “The state of relaxation of the mouth and jaw is directly correlated to the ability of the cervix, the vagina, and the anus to open to full capacity.” - Ina May Gaskin   So Maybe Laughter Doesn't…
I is For Ice

Ice, Ice, Baby

Ice, Ice, Baby Literally. Your experience is probably going to be, "I fed her ice, I gave her ice, and then we had a baby." Ice As Hydration In most labor settings, primarily the hospital, a woman in labor will be told not to eat or drink…
hypnosis

Hypnosis For Birth

Hypnosis For Birth Many families use hypnosis for labor and birth. There are many forms of hypnosis for birth. The most common methods are Hypnobabies and Hypnobirth. Both Hypnobabies and Hypnobirthing are complete childbirth education programs…
social media vs. authentic motherhood

Celebrate Your Inner 'Tully'

  The Doula Finally Watched  Tully While on social media, or when I go to do consults for postpartum doula support with potential clients, I often hear, “Have you seen the movie ‘Tully”?”   It took me a long time to…
Gather

Gather The People, Items, Tricks, And Tools for Birth & Baby

Gather Together: An Art Form The nesting urge that hits late in the third trimester is natural, and we all experience it. But, if you'll notice, the urge to prepare for baby kicks in the second that you find out you're going to be a parent.…