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Home Birth and Birth Center Transfer Guidelines

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Doula helping mom push

Home births and birth center births are rising in popularity in the United States as medical groups differ on opinions about it, rising by 59% from 2004-2012. While 90% of mothers who choose home birth and birth center births will be able to have a safe birth in those locations, not everyone can stay at home or in a birth center safely. This is when a transfer to a hospital is needed.

Currently these transfers happen, but there are varying provisions in place for this possibility. There is not a system in place to help guide providers because everything is currently individually defined by the providers. This means that each provider has to make their own arrangements for hospital support, which can sometimes leave huge gaps in the quality of care or in patient satisfaction.

So the Home Birth Consensus Summitt's Collaboration Task Force gathered together to design a set of guidelines for the care of the families who require a transfer of care either prior to labor, during labor or afterwards.

Just as you should know about the call schedule, you should also ask about the transfer plans. Do you know the transfer plans in your practice?

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Common Ways People React to Pregnancy Announcements

Monday April 21, 2014

Three Women Sharing Pregnancy News

Pregnancy announcements. When we make them, we generally expect a positive response. This isn't always the case. But have you ever stopped to really wonder about the types of responses we get?

Having had eight babies, I've made my share of pregnancy announcements. I'd like to introduce you to the 9 Types of Responses to Pregnancy Announcements

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Happy Easter Baby!

Saturday April 19, 2014
Baby with Easter Eggs

Happy Easter! If you had a baby, or are about to have a baby during this time of year, you might be considering an Easter or holy inspired baby name.

There are certainly traditional baby names, like Mary or Paul. But have you considered some other alternatives like Lily or Matthias? What are your favorite Easter inspired names?

Here are mine.

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Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

Friday April 18, 2014

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, is expecting her first baby in the fall. She announced her pregnancy this week via her Facebook page. She married Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, in 2010. This is a first child for both. Bill Clinton said that he is excited to add grandfather-to-be to his Twitter bio.

Apparently, Hillary Clinton had been asking when she would be having a baby. (Many of us have to deal with this in our own families.) Last year Chelsea had told Glamour Magazine that this would be the year of the baby.

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Missing Classes?

Friday April 18, 2014

Missing lessons

If you are signed up for one of the dozen or more free online classes or newsletters, you may not know about this neat little trick. If you're missing a newsletter or class or simply want to work ahead, simply click the "Missing a lesson?" link at the bottom of any of the other course newsletters or classes and you can select which classes you need. They will be immediately emailed to you.

Which classes have you signed up for so far? Sign up today!

Easter is Around the Corner

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Baby with Easter Eggs

Easter is this weekend. This means that there are a lot of families that will begetting together for family functions. This is often a time when families decide to go ahead and throw a baby shower, because so many people are already gathered. If you're having a shower this weekend, here are some fun Easter inspired games:

What are you planning?

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Practice Contractions

Monday April 14, 2014
Mom holding Birth Ball to Belly

No one really wants to think about contractions as being for "practice." I mean, we talk about contractions, like they are really horrible and painful, so why would you want to play around with them? The truth is contraction, as a word, and as a thing to experience, has gotten a bad reputation. While typically we think about the contractions of labor, all of our muscles contract and extend all day and night long. These contractions don't get as much press, so why are uterine contractions so much more fun to talk about?

Well, the contractions of labor signal a huge change - the coming of a baby. The truth is, your uterus contracts all through your pregnancy, you just typically don't pay it much notice until it has gotten itself a rhythm (also known as labor). Sometimes you notice these contractions as cramps or Braxton Hicks contractions. The word practice comes into play, when it's not really labor but seems like it might be labor.

Do you know how to time contractions? This can show you whether you are practicing or expecting the real thing.

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Ode to a Tennis Ball in Labor

Thursday April 10, 2014

Tennis Balls for Labor Support

As a doula, I've had my fair share of tools that I can use in labor to help make a mom more comfortable.  The truth is, there is one labor support tool that has stood the test of time  - the tennis ball. I know, it's simple. It's iconic with it's yellow, fuzzy skin. It's amazingly helpful. It's easy to use and feels good to those in pain. So, do you want to know the secrets to using this inexpensive wonder tool? Here you go: 7 Ways to Use a Tennis Ball in Labor

Need some more ideas for ways to relieve pain in labor?

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8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Baby Shower Group Photo

I was talking to a friend who is pregnant with her first baby the other day. She said something that really surprised me. She told me that she was really worried about her baby shower. I was a bit confused, why would anyone worry about a baby shower?

So she started rattling off a list of things that could go wrong. I felt like maybe she was being a bit of a worrier. (She has a tendency to do that...)  And then I read a story where one of her fears really happened (to Jenna Bush Hager).

Do your baby shower fears make the list: 8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

If your fears aren't on the list, put them in the comments.

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Healthy From the Start

Monday April 7, 2014

Pregnant Mom in Maternity Clothes

April 7-14, 2014 is National Public Health Week. Each day they have a theme and today's theme is: Healthy From the Start. This is such an important topic when you think of pregnancy. There is so much influence that we can have over the health of our pregnancies and the future health of our children.

Here are some of the best tips:

It's not only about preconception and prenatal care, but also about setting a great example as parents. Thinking about how we show our kids about nutrition, exercise and more. This is something that many parents-to-be start to think about as they become pregnant and have children.

What are you working on as a family?

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