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Dear Family and Friends of Expectant Mom,

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     We know that you are anxious to hear news about your loved one going into labor and giving birth. And we know that you really do care.     

     If you really want what is best for this woman-in-waiting, you might consider leaving her alone for now. We promise, someone will let you know when anything important occurs.       

     We also know that you have a wealth of knowledge and experience. But sharing that right now is not going to make the baby come any sooner. And it just may cause your loved one some fear and stress. Now, we all know, those two emotions are not good for momma or baby.     

     We know that you are acting out of love and concern. It is for that reason we ask that you give her the most important gifts…faith, trust, love, patience, and plenty of space.       

     We know she is dealing with her own thoughts, discomforts, impatience. Please do not give her yours, too.      

     Thank you so much for understanding and not having hurt feelings. Do not worry, your new, wee baby will be here exactly when the time is right.      

Respectfully,  

Triad Birth Doula, 

Doula of a 40+ week momma-in-waiting

 

Baby Belly Bazaar March 2015

bbb 4x6 card front (2)It is almost time for the Baby Belly Bazaar and the excitement is growing!!!

Fifty vendors are expected and several talented artists are prepared to decorate your baby belly!

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Our sponsors alone indicate what a wide range of information, education and fun that will be available to you!

And there are many more vendors!

Don’t miss this exciting event that is just for you and your baby!!!

Saturday; March 21st; 11am-3pm;  Greensboro Cultural Center

When a woman is first administered an epidural…she needs her doula.

indexWhen a woman is first administered an epidural…she needs her doula. In fact, she and her partner need, and want, their doula* very, very, much!

 
In most cases when a doula is present, this woman has just given up her dream to have a natural birth. This is difficult for her. And that is not even mentioning the pain she is dealing with at the time. She hurts; she is upset; she is scared. She may even feel that imaagesshe has just been forced down a path she did not want. She knows that this is a turning point in her labor and takes her closer to the possibility to major surgery. And all of this has a huge impact on her partner.

 
It is obvious…they both need the woman they have come to know and trust over the past several months. They jwant the woman they have handpicked to be with them throughout this journey of childbirth. They want that one consistent and ever present woman. They want their doula.

 
And why shouldn’t their doula remain with them? Around these parts, the anesthesiologist do not mind. There is plenty of space in the room. And the doula knows to stay out of the way. She is beneficial because imageksshe knows how to calm the woman so that she is not moving about during this precise procedure. She knows how to keep a watchful eye on the partner. She offers a sense of peace and calm for this couple with whom she has spent so many hours, as no one else in the room can offer.

 
imagesThen there are those first delicate moments immediately following the administration of the drugs. The woman’s blood pressure may drop; the baby may not react well; etc. Again…this is the time to have the soothing presence of the doula. This is the very important time for both mother and partner to be assured by this woman they trust so much.

 


The doula knows that the medical team must do what they need to do at such an intense time and is prepared to remind this couple of what is occurring, as she has already reviewed the possibilities weeks ago. She is also prepared to remind the mother of her options, her choices, with all the pros and cons. She is able to explain to the couple what might be occurring, even while the mother and baby are being cared for by the medical team.

 
kWhen an epidural is administered, which is a turning point in a woman’s labor, the woman and her partner need and want their doula.

 
It is very simple…the doula gives them what no one else can.

 

*For the purpose of this article, when I refer to a doula I am referring to a certified doula, or one in the process of certification, who abides by a set Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice.

Happy Holidays!

May you and your family

have a most wonderful

holiday season!!!

Hugs!!!  Kenny

100 and Counting!!!

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It gives me a great deal of pleasure to introduce you to my 100th Baby and Family!!!

Congratulations to all!!!

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Birth of a Family

Beautiful!!!
Congratulations Mom & Dad!!! And thank you for sharing!!!

Waterbirth…So Gentle

In honor of my waterbirth teacher and mentor’s birthday, Barbara Harper, I share a recent waterbirth at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro,NC.

Whenever…However

“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”  ~ Ina May Gaskin

                                              

Baby Belly Bazaar March 29, 2014

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  WHO WILL BE AT THE

          BABY BELLY BAZAAR?

   March 29, 2014; 11 am – 3 pm;

        Greensboro Cultural Center

          FREE ADMISSION

                 

                                        

            

 November, 2013

 

To Epidural or Not…

Are you planning on having an epidural? iStock_000008463436XSmallIf so, that is certainly your choice…but have you considered all of the effects, and not just for yourself, but for your baby, too? I mean really considered???

If you tell me yes to these questions, then I say go for it!

But what are you going to do until the anesthesiologist administers it? How are you going to handle your labor until that point? An epidural is usually not given until you are well into active labor, about 5 centimeters. Heck, these days you are often not even admitted to the hospital until you are about 5 centimeters.

And what if, as happens so often, you have “break through” pain? Do you know what you will do then?

And don’t forget about the 2nd stage…pushing.

My point…….an epidural does not take away the need for education, coping tools, and the need for a birth doula!