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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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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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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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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