Choosing a Care Provider

Sometimes the hardest stories to tell are the most important to hear.

Sometimes the hardest stories to tell are the most important to hear.

I was approached some time ago about a story. A really dramatic, hard to hear story. I sat with it a while, honored to have been chosen to hold her story with her and thinking about the impact that her words had on me. 

Then I thought about the impact that it could have on you. How much strength do you have in your intuition, in knowing and understanding your body's needs and your baby's? 

Our whole purpose at Tulsa Family Doulas is to increase confidence in birth and in parenting for every family we serve, and we do that by providing tangible support and skills through every service we offer. 

And we tell stories like this, because they are important to read. She has given full permission, but requested anonymity. 

Growing a Baby: Part 1 Early Pregnancy

Growing a Baby: Part 1 Early Pregnancy

You've slipped away to the bathroom and nervously opened the box, read the directions, held that crazy stick and probably got a little splattered with your own urine while silently counting the 3 seconds you are supposed to hold it, pointed down, in the stream. You placed the lid on the test and set it down on a level surface. 

Maybe you couldn't bear watching the test and simply had to set a timer and walk away. Or maybe you stared, unblinkingly, while you were awaiting the result. Anxious, apprehensive, relieved, hopeful or frightened. There was no one right feeling.

But there were most definitely two lines.

Where is the best place to get information on pregnancy?

Where is the best place to get information on pregnancy?

Top 4 Pregnancy Information Resources

Thanks to the somewhat overwhelming and abundant information found in places like the beloved and dreaded GoogleBabyCenterpregnancy.com (seriously, those week by week images are addicting!) and WebMD,  you have the world at your fingertips. You can search for anything pregnancy and birth related and receive thousands of opinions, perspectives, rants and claims. But, it's the Internet, and no one can put anything on the Internet if it isn't true, right?

Who is going to catch my baby?

Who is going to catch my baby?

Being an experienced professional that has been fully immersed in the birth field since 2009, one of the most common questions I get when talking with new clients, strangers and even my bank teller (I'm there often enough, she even recommended a client to me!) is who should they choose to catch their baby?