New Brookside Location for Massage Appointments

New Brookside Location for Massage Appointments

Tulsa area massage seekers now have two options for booking a massage with Mama Massage Doula! I am seeing clients at an office on Brookside in the Crow Creek office building, and still accepting appointments for outcall prenatal and postpartum massage within Tulsa city limits.

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Burning Questions #6: What is a Doula's Role in High Risk Birth?

Burning Questions #6: What is a Doula's Role in High Risk Birth?

Last week, I asked people on my Facebook page to choose which of three post topics I should write about next. Other than a vote for all three, the resounding winner was this question from Katherine Ferranti, LMT of Be Free Massage Therapy. And with good reason, because her question is just so good.

“Do doulas experience resistance from doctors when the patient is “high risk” (whether because of age or medically related). Or maybe [...] does a doula have different responsibilities or a different approach when a patient is high risk vs not high risk?”

— Katherine Ferranti

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Burning Questions 5: Do I have to get undressed to get a massage?

Before I became a massage therapist, I was very uncomfortable with the idea of getting undressed to receive a massage, especially when I was getting medical massage at a doctor's office, where you were only given a bath towel for draping!

I think more people than many massage therapists realize avoid getting a massage strictly because they don't understand whether they have to get undressed or how much. So I'd like to clear this up, for my own practice at least!

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So you're looking for an advocate

Lots of people tell me they want to hire a doula to be their advocate in labor. I totally get it that people wanting to have an unmedicated birth in the hospital might feel that they need someone to help keep things on track.

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Burning Questions 4: What Can I Do to Help During Labor?

Burning Questions 4: What Can I Do to Help During Labor?
Hey Emily, I have a question for you! My friend is having a baby soon and has asked me to be there when she gives birth. I have only witnessed one other birth (years ago) and I wondered if there was any thing you could suggest that I do to make my friend more comfortable during her delivery? Any tips are appreciated.

— Anonymous

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Resources for aspiring doulas

Resources for aspiring doulas

Every few months, I make a new friend or get reacquainted with someone and I see that twinkle in their eyes when I tell them that I'm a doula. And I know that before long, I'm going to get an email asking me for suggestions of books and blogs they can read to carry on their excitement about maaaybe becoming a doula. I wish I could go out for coffee with everyone who emails me with their maybe-doula excitement, but since I can't, here are my best recommendations to get you thinking about childbirth in America, doula support, and living the life of a doula.

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Four great podcasts about birth & parenting

Four great podcasts about birth & parenting

I love podcasts. I use podcasts to help me get through tedious tasks (washing dishes, collating paperwork, cleaning out closets); to provide entertainment on long drives; and to stay informed on a wide variety of topics that are important to me. I'm currently subscribed to 12 different podcasts that I listen to pretty regularly, and there are at least six more that I rotate in and out of my listening schedule. I favor comedy podcasts, stories, and anything about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

This last category is what I want to share with you today. There are popular podcasts on these topics that I'm not including here, mostly because I don't find myself choosing to listen to them very often. These five podcasts are so good that I rarely miss an episode. They all cover childbearing and raising kids, but they are each so different! There is something for everyone in this list!

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How to Hire a Doula

How to Hire a Doula

If you are pregnant and reading this right now, you've probably heard about a doula before, and have some understanding of what doulas do. You may have the sense that having a doula at your birth will be beneficial, but you aren't exactly sure how to go about hiring a doula. That's what I'm here to help you with today.

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Burning Questions 3: What is Back Labor?

Burning Questions 3: What is Back Labor?

In my experience, back labor adds an extra layer of intensity to the experience of labor. I've also talked to lots of mamas who chose to have an epidural (despite their plans for a natural or unmedicated birth) because they experienced a long period of back labor. So let's talk about:

1) the difference between a more usual contraction pattern and back labor,
2) why the Fear, Tension, Pain cycle is especially important, and
3) the most effective tools for getting pain relief

Along the way, I'll also talk about how your birth setting and team can affect your ability to manage back labor.

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What to Expect from a Prenatal Massage

What to Expect from a Prenatal Massage

But ok, let's say you are pregnant, you haven't had any complications so far, and you are thinking about booking a prenatal massage. What can you expect from your session?

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