Labor Doula

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."

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?

Every birth is normal and natural.

Every birth is normal and natural.

At Tulsa Family Doulas, we know every birth can be good. Your birth can be good. Every birth is normal and natural. If you tell us you want a natural birth or a normal birth, we will ask what that means to you, help you prepare for your vision of a "good birth," and support you every step of the way.

The Laboring Dad

The Laboring Dad

Good grief you’re exhausted.  So exhausted.  You haven’t seen your feet in a while now—why?  Because you’re too exhausted to keep going to the gym!  You ache.  Could be the exhaustion (yup, again) but it could also be from all the changes.  So many changes.  At least the crib got built…finally.  Most food doesn’t sound very appetizing right now.  Nerves.  Wow—so much is coming so soon.  I hope she’s ready.

(Cue the sound of a needle scratching across a record…)
 

Wait.  She?!?

Doulas: More Than A Hospital Accessory

Doulas: More Than A Hospital Accessory

The doulas that work with Tulsa Family Doulas are so much more than a hospital or homebirth accessory. These are professional women that have spent months and years learning their trade and honing their skills to empower you in your decisions regarding how you give birth.