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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.

Bed Rest Survival Tips

Have you been placed on bed rest for a medical reason?

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We all know those reality TV shows about pregnancy/birth/babies are a waste of time. Friends and family are not always available to entertain you. Just how many times can you write your birth wishes???

Grace has been on bed rest for the past nine, yes, that’s NINE, weeks with a couple more to go!!!

She wrote to me the other day about how she has been able to maintain her sanity and we both thought it might be helpful to other pregnant women who are on bed rest, for whatever reason.

Hi Kenny!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 Just want to let you know things that helped me during the whole bed rest season! (I am doing my 9th week!!)

 Journaling, putting your thoughts, hopes and feelings in words definitely helps expressing them in pen and paper

 Books on Bed Rest survival:

*Amy Sprenger- Baby bumps (This is a true story and written in a very comical way of her bed rest journey)

*Kelly Whitehead- High Risk Pregnancy- Why me (I enjoyed this book because there are so many amazing success real life stories, tips on what to do while on bed rest, and statistic on some condition on why pregnancy becomes high risk, and the best part is natural birth is possible with High Risk- the arthur herself had a natural birth after being on Bed Rest since 20 weeks)

 *Wanda Hale- Pregnancy Bedrest – A journey of Love ( I really love this book covers the emotional health and it is really about a journey of love, it encourages positive visualization, relaxation technique, practical breathing exercises, and practical physical exercises on bed rest, very spiritual, and covers post partum following bed rest with a newborn too)

 Of course, Josh mentioned the amazing forums online! I am on Bed Rest club in www.BabyCenter.com and there are groups on Facebook too, and the ladies( and some men) are amazing cheering you on, and knowing you are not alone in what feels like a lonely journey definitely is a boost!

 It’s all about keeping up with the positive!

 We don’t really have much physical help since I’ve been on bed rest, so we’ve learned to set our expectation low, since life doesn’t stop for everyone when you are put on bed rest. We learn to do without, and live simply to the fullest.

 Good Luck and I am cheering on for her!

 

If you would like to chat with Grace about this adventure of hers, her email joshxgrace@gmail.com

If you wish to share some of your tips, please send to KennyShulman@aol.com

Thank you, Grace!!!

Labor and Birth in Animation

One of the best animations I have seen! Notice the position of the baby in relation to Mom’s body.

Well done Baby Center! Thank you!

And check out their other video’s, too!

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-labor-and-birth_3658872.bc


NINE CENTIMETERS!!!

                That’s right!!!

       This beautiful woman is at 9 centimeters and could still give us that great smile!!

 

                Nine centimeters!!!

Never underestimate the impact of warm water to the laboring woman!

 

 

 

                       And this occurred right here at  Women’s Hospital, Greensboro, NC!

 

 

 

Can’t get much more beautiful than this!!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Stations of Presentation

My clients often hear me asking about the baby’s station.

This is a very well done video that demonstrates the stations and the movement of the baby through mommy’s body.

Click on the above title, turn on your speakers, and enjoy!!!!


[youtube]http://youtu.be/ze53Ep-gwBQ[/youtube]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!

To all of the families who give me the opportunity to share in their wonderful birth journey…a heart felt thank you!!!

The Look of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

No love could ever be stronger!

 

 

No love could ever be purer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

No love could ever last longer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am in love!   Kenny

Triad Birth Doula

 



What Fears Are You Holding On To?

“Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it”.

~ Anthony Robbins

 

What kind of fears are you holding onto today? What are your concerns about your pregnancy and impending birth?

As you stress about these concerns, your body produces adrenaline. Instead of adding this chemical to all of the hormones soaring through your body…let’s just put these concerns into the daylight. Let’s talk about them.Let’s share them.

And then..let them go…the same as releasing a balloon.