As a doula, and now as a midwife, I get asked a lot of questions about pregnancy, labor and birth. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is,…
The placenta is a fascinating organ that does so much for the baby. It provides nourishment, oxygen, and removes toxins from their system. Who knew that it could also be eaten
Natural birth has many benefits for the mother and child. Pain medications can slow down contractions and lead to longer labors, which can also have a domino-effect, causing further medical interventions.
While many women hear stories of posterior labors, they often don’t realize that a lot of the little aches and pains of late pregnancy can also be a sign of a posterior-positioned baby. Now, this doesn’t mean anything is wrong with your baby or you, but in this lovely dance called pregnancy, one partner is sort of stepping on the other partner’s toes. They don’t mean to hurt you. It’s getting tight in there, and they are looking for the position with the most room.
A birth plan is a document that tells your medical team your preferences for such things as how to manage labor pain. Of course, you can’t control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you’ll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan.