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YOU must make it happen!

When you give birth, you can have a quiet, peaceful, private environment…even in the hospital but YOU must make this happen.

It will be YOUR responsibility to share your wishes with your care provider.
It will be YOUR responsibility to share with the hospital staff that this is what you want.
YOU will need to tell them that you want dim lights, soft voices, minimum interruptions, no spectators (students/trainees).

You can accomplish this by discussing this with your care provider, by including it in your Birth Plan/Wishes, by telling the staff when you first arrive, by reminding your care provider, and by having your partner remind everyone as needed as labor progresses.

The environment you establish can be very important to your, and your baby’s, experience.
But YOU must make it happen.

Waterbirth…so natural, so gentle, so safe!

Yes…a waterbirth is natural birth. It is so much more gentle for momma and baby. And it is safe…baby is not going to drown; there are no infections.

It can even be safe for VBACs, as is shown here.

Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, NC has the statistics that show the wonderful outcomes.

However, you must be a qualified candidate for a waterbirth and only your care provider can determine this for you. You must also have a midwife attend your birth.

For more information about waterbirths at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, please feel free to contact me:

THE Card

Thank you Momma, Dad and wee one!

Thank you, also, Tanya Bailey, CNM, Wendover OB/GYN!

 

RESPECT…IS IT REALLY THAT DIFFICULT?

ImprovingBirth.org has stated…

We believe that women should be treated with kindness and respect in childbirth !
We believe that bullying and coercion have no place in healthcare!
We believe that dignity and compassion are not too much to ask for pregnant women!

 

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When I’m having a contraction…please do not ask me a question!

 

 

                                                              Dr. Michael Odent has said…..

“Silence is a basic need for a woman in labor. Privacy is another basic need.”

When I’m having a contraction…please do not tell me what I’m doing wrong!

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When I’m having a contraction…please do not fuss at me!

                                                                                            ” The support a woman receives in labor and birth makes the difference between empowerment and trauma.” ~Mrs. BWF     http://birthwithoutfearblog.com<                                                                                             

When I’m in labor…please respect my choices!

It is just respect, something that every human being should extend to others. And imagine what if we all did respect each other. Imagine the possibilities, beginning with birth.

It really is not that difficult. The Midwives and Nurses in these pictures gave these women and men respect…right here at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro, NC.<

Why can’t this happen everywhere??? It just is not that difficult!!! Respect!!!

 

 

When I’m in labor…please enter quietly, peacefully, lovingly…and respectfully!

The Look of a Goddess

“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor,

then someone isn’t treating her right.”

               ~ ina may gaskin

BIRTH POOL POSITIONS

I am often asked

What kind of positions can I use, should I use, when I am in the birth pool?

My response

Listen to what your body tells you.

Then I say

If your midwife or I see that your progress has slowed or if you have been in one position too long, a new position will be suggested.

But then I am asked

But what kind of positions? What do they look like?

So here you are

With the assistance of my beautiful model, Amelya, we are suggesting some positions you might want to try in the birth pool. Most important…stay opened and relaxed!

(This is a slideshow. If you wish it to go faster, click on picture.)

 

 

Undisturbed Birth

“One cannot actively help a woman give birth. The goal is to avoid disturbing her unnecessarily.”

– Michel Odent

My Thankfulness for Midwives

I am so thankful for the opportunity of being with some amazing midwives this year!

Adieu Aquaborn, I…..

                              To all the women,

and there are about 20 of you, if not more,          


                                        who have so gracefully used my green Aquaborn pool……..                             

 bide a fond farewell!

 

 

          These last two births in the past single week have

                                                       finally taken that last toll upon her.

                  She is ready to retire,

                                                               in loving memory of Noah!                  

 

 

                 BUT……………..                                    

 

                  to those women with great expectations…fret not!

 

                                                                Thanks to Amber,

                                                    Aquaborn II is ready for service!!!

 

And in my typical style, Aquaborn III is on her way to North Carolina!!!

 

 

 

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HAVING A WATERBIRTH?

PERHAPS YOU ASK YOURSELF…
“WHY HAVE A WATERBIRTH?
WHY SHOULD I EVEN CONSIDER LABORING IN A POOL OF WATER?”

 

BECAUSE IT OFFERS……………….
  • Greater comfort and mobility
  • Decreased pressure on the abdomen
  • Conservation of mother’s energy
  • Deeper relaxation
  • Decreased pain
  • More equal pressure on the perineum at delivery
  • More gentle birth process for baby
YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF …
“CAN I AFFORD THE EXPENSE OF A WATERBIRTH?”

MY RESPONSE TO YOU IS YES…AND I CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN.

  • I have an AquaBorn pool available for my clients to rent.
  • I also have a discount available with a major supplier of pools and supplies.

 

IF YOU LIVE IN THE NORTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT,

AND IF YOUR CAREPROVIDER AGREES,

YOU CAN HAVE A WATERBIRTH

AT THE WOMEN’S HOSPITAL OF GREENSBORO!

 

INTERESTED IN HAVING A WATERBIRTH?

OR LABORING IN A POOL OF WATER?

CONTACT ME

KENNY SHULMAN@AOL.COM

Back To Work

Hi Everyone!

I’m back from a wonderful summer vacation and am ready to get back to work. Except being a birth doula doesn’t feel like work to me. But, obviously, someone is laboring.

My next birth is going to be another waterbirth, which I am really enjoying! The Mother-to-Be still has a green light from the midwife and my birth pool is all checked out and ready to load in my car at a drop of a hat…or quickening of the  baby. (A little doula humor?)

As you may have seen on my website, I actually have an Aquaborn Birth Pool available for rent by my clients…first come, first serve.

If you have any thoughts about waterbirth…please jump in…the water is fine!

Kenny