Labor offers one of life’s most difficult challenges but in that challenge exists the very real opportunity for beauty, intimacy and a positive experience. Labor is appropriately named, it is work, but it does not have to be scary, cold or intimidating work. Here are a few tips to aid in a positive birthing experience: Continue reading
Years ago I was a first time expectant mom and while I was excited, I did not realize just how big birth is. Birth is not just a moment, it is the beginning of a new chapter and a new life.
Every pregnancy and every birth shape us in some way. I chose a care provider and thought that was the only big pregnancy decision I needed to make.
Fortunately, I made a good choice in providers and she recommended I take a Maternal Wellness Center (MWC) childbirth preparation class. During that class I learned more than just the stages of labor.
This is what I learned: Continue reading
The Philadelphia area is wonderful for many reasons and one of those reasons is the number of birth options available to growing families. Here are a few reasons why giving birth in the Philadelphia area is awesome: Continue reading
I think it is safe to say we have all been asked, “What do you do?” My answer is almost always met with confusion. Many have never even heard of the word doula or they think it is synonymous with a midwife. Add in the “postpartum” and even more confusion is added to the mix. Continue reading
Birth is an instinctual process, but there are still many benefits to childbirth education. It is not uncommon for many women to never witness childbirth until it is time for their own labor and the unknown can create fear and anxiety for some. For others the unknown can create unrealistic expectations which can lead to disappointment about their birth experience. Here are ten advantages to childbirth education: Continue reading