Obstetricians

The Mystery of the Magical Doula Fairy Dust

The Mystery of the Magical Doula Fairy Dust

Every single doula out there wants to make sure you know about ACOG's (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recent recommendation "Approaches for Ob-gyns and Maternity Care Providers to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth in Low-Risk Pregnancies."

The beginning of the fifth paragraph of the article states that, "The recommendations also suggest that women benefit from continuous emotional support and the use of non-pharmacologic methods to manage pain. Support offered by trained labor coaches such as doulas has been associated with improved birth outcomes, including shortened labor and fewer operative deliveries."

Yes! Job security! Validation! The epitome of true collaborative care for our clients! Let's do a little shoulder shimmy, booty shake and high five on proving our effectiveness for our clients AND their care providers! Alright, keep your smile and work with me on what all this actually means. Because I don't know if it is just me, but after my grin sits there slapped silly on my face, it fades a little and my first reaction is to take a deep breath and whisper under my breath, "No pressure, Sarah."

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?