Birth Story of Joe H: Unmedicated Birth at Special Delivery Birth Center

Birth Story of Joe H: Unmedicated Birth at Special Delivery Birth Center

I was 38 weeks and 6 days. I went to work that day then left early for my scheduled midwife appointment. Elizabeth said I was 3 cm and that it would be a while- this was at 2pm. I went shopping then went home and took a nap. I ate a snack at about 6, then went to prenatal yoga. My water broke when I sat up at the end of yoga! It was at about 8 pm.

I drove home and told my husband and texted my doula. Contractions started within an hour. I then sat on a birth ball and we watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Also, my husband had to install the car seat!

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The Secret Life of an On Call Tulsa Birth Doula

The Secret Life of an On Call Tulsa Birth Doula

One of the weirdest things about being a doula is living the on call lifestyle. Because we have to be ready to step out of our lives and be present for you in labor at short notice, we can be a little flakey with our other commitments. (My friends and family and massage clients are well-used to me hedging any commitment with the phrase, “But I’ll be on call, so I’ll be there if I’m not at a birth!”) Living life while on call is more involved than you might think. I’d love to share some information with you about what it means for me to be on call for your baby’s birth.

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Birth Video: Hospital Birth Options for Comfort, Movement, and Pushing

This video, Everyday Miracles: A Celebration of Birth, shows several families giving birth at the hospital and remaining active throughout. They use movement for comfort and to help labor progress. You also see a few different positions for giving birth.

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Breathing for Labor & Birth

Breathing for Labor & Birth

Lamaze used to have a reputation as the childbirth education method that was all about the weird breathing. Some students come to class expecting to learn all kinds of breathing exercises, and others come hoping against hope that they won't have to hee-hee-hoo their way through classes each week!

Lamaze International has moved away from patterned breathing as a primary technique for childbirth, but focusing on breathing or using breath as one tool among many for labor is still very helpful for many laboring people.

The following are some simple breathing exercises that may be helpful for focusing and coping during labor.

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But...What does a doula DO during a birth?

But...What does a doula DO during a birth?

Doulas are here to help you have a safer, easier, faster birth by providing continuous emotional, physical, and information support in pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period.

Okaaaay, cool. What does that actually mean?

Based on experiences I've had supporting clients, this is a list of what doulas actually do. 

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It's not too late to give the gift of peace and relaxation this winter!

If you're anything like me, you will likely find yourself scrambling for presents the evening before your office holiday party or family get-together. And who wants to battle the lines at shops this week?!

I've got you covered with gift certificates for massage therapy for your loved one or friend who is pregnant or postpartum!

You can customize the design and message, and choose from varying amounts:

$40 for a 30 minute massage
$70 for a 60 minute massage
$105 for a 90 minute massage

You can print the gift certificate off at home, or have it sent to the recipient's email address. Best of all, your recipient can book their massage online whenever they want!

If you're really wanting to go all out, we can arrange for you to purchase a pre-paid series of massages! Be in touch if you'd like to make special arrangements.

Click the gift card below to get started. Happy Holidays!

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Prodromal Labor: A Survival Guide

Prodromal Labor: A Survival Guide

Does this story sound familiar? 

You go to your childbirth education classes, and hear that labor usually lasts 12-24 hours for a first birth. "Ok," you think. "I can handle that."

A few weeks later, you begin to feel steady contractions, and having never been in labor before, you think they feel fairly strong. Over the course of the day, they keep going, but don't ever get much stronger, longer, or closer together. Sometimes you feel a little tired and start to get relaxed and try to rest, and your contractions ease up a little. So you resolve not to rest, not to relax; you are going to stay active and upright and get this baby out! After 18 hours of walking around your neighborhood, rocking on your birth ball, and having your partner press on your sacrum, you figure you must be getting close to having your baby. So you go to the hospital and have your cervix checked, only to find that you are only 1-2 cm dilated and they want to put you on some pitocin or send you home.

So what's going on here? 

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Six Easy Ways to be Kind to New Parents

Six Easy Ways to be Kind to New Parents

August 25-31 is Be Kind to Humankind Week, an idea I can really get behind! 

With lots of new babies born to doula clients and friends this summer, I've been doing my best to help support and nurture new parents. I was inspired to come up with ways to be kind to humankind by being kind to new parents. 

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What I've learned from 30+ births

What I've learned from 30+ births

Some doulas gain experience very quickly, routinely booking 2-4 (or more!) clients each month. I've attended births as a doula much more slowly than that. In the past 4 years of doula-ing, I've averaged about 8 births a year, slowly but surely learning more and more about pregnancy, birth and labor support techniques. 

Since attending births here in Tulsa since February, I've realized that I've integrated some really important lessons that I couldn't have learned from reading about labor support - I had to really learn them by watching over 30 clients labor and give birth to their babies.

I hope that some of this information can be useful to other doulas, families preparing for the birth of their baby, and anyone providing labor support.

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How often should I get a massage?

How often should I get a massage?

My advice is to get a massage as often as your schedule and finances allow. Many people will feel good and see lasting benefits to their stress levels, tension, or pain with a regular massage every two weeks to once a month.

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