Archive for the ‘Birth’ Category

Pushing an OP baby

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

I was recently at a birth where the mama pushed out her OP baby.  OP means posterior! Her will power to have a birth with no interventions, (other than a bit of Gas) was achieved.  I don’t consider Gas to be an intervention or medication

This Mama was given a choice of an episiotomy and a big push – which she said NO!! or  a c-section.  I leaned into her and repeated what the Dr had said, then told her she could have the c-section or she could push this baby out.  She only took a fraction of second to tell us, she “only needed a couple more pushes” – and she was right

3 pushes later we had a beautiful boy – with no episiotomy and better still NO c-section

You could be the next strong woman I meet

Kim …  Loving my Job, Birth and Strong Women

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Women are so Strong

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

I am sure I have written about this before – but I am still so amazed at the resilience and strength women show during labor and delivery.  Women of all backgrounds, sizes and age fascinate me.  When put to the challenge of birthing their baby, the places they draw what is needed and the satisfaction for them when the baby is put into their arms is not only rewarding for me, but the reason I can still get out of bed in the middle of the night and drive to help.

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Thank you

Friday, May 30th, 2014

I was at a very lovely birth.  I had gone to the prenatal visit and meet with two very lovely people just before Halloween.  We talked more about the birth than their back ground. I did not know that Dad had never known his parents.

I had casually been talking to one of the nurses at this birth, and she informed me that Dad never meet his birth parents.  Upon meeting his newly born son, he said “I have been waiting all my life to meet you”

A comment that is said in the moment of truth, and heightened emotion, with such depth; I am humbled by what I see and hear as I help labouring parents to the birth of their baby.  Comments made from the centre core of their heart; and the strength of women, as they scrap together the last bit of energy to push a baby into this glorious world.   It is always my pleasure to assist with my skills and services.

Thank you to everyone that has allowed me to be a part of your birth 🙂

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website crash

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Wondering about why  there is is a large gap in my posts?  After a big crash with my server, I lost all of what I had written and published since Spring of 2012, I will try and repair some of the damage.

I have found this year 2013 a fascinating year !  I am telling all my clients about a few techniques that are making a difference in them having shorter, easier labors.  I continue to be blessed with amazing clients and having fun helping them with their birth preparations.

This month, September, I have attended 6 births – and only been at hospital 3 times.  I have had double births each day.  This has happened once in a while but this month 3 times.

This fall I look forward to spending more time promoting my Book (What Does a Doula Do?) – and Teaching some classes at The Birch Tree in Ladner with the South Delta Midwifery group.  My focus is more information to everyone birthing so they can have a easier and more loving birth experience.

 

 

 

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What Does a Doula Do? my book

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Once again I remind everyone that my book can be purchased on line at www.whatdoesadoulado.com    I will sign and gift wrap it for you also.  I have noticed that there are lots of births happening in 2012 and particularly more births this summer than in the past.  So if you are looking for the perfect gift for a Shower Present, or just interested yourself in reading about Good and Positive Birth Stories, or attaining some important preparational information before you have your baby, please go to either the site – or down load from Kindle – or purchase through Amazon.

 

A client of mine just emailed me this:  “I have enjoyed reading your doula book. It has given me a lot of insight into the birthing process and I enjoyed reading about some of your experiences!”

 

Thanks, enjoy our summer, I am looking forward to a busy BABY Summer 2012!

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Placenta – which I love (not to eat :)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

watched a dad ‘taste’ the placenta – what flavour??

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Spring is almost here and the Babies are being Born!!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Spring – an amazing time to enjoy.  We get so excited that the weather is changing and warming up, getting rid of the boots and heavy jackets.  Well for me along with Spring is the start of a wonderful season of New Babies!!  I so love being immersed in Birth 🙂

Yesterday an adorable little girl arrived ‘early’, perfect in all ways.  This had been a long awaited event for her parents, and the whole labor and birth was surprisingly quick, especially (and thankfully) for her mother!  What was the best part for me?  For ten minutes, I had stood beside  Dad, as he helped catch his daughter and place her on Mum’s chest.  He was so excited about catching his baby he didn’t look to see what sex the baby was.  Maybe the tears of joy peaking from the corner of his eyes,  made it hard to see 🙂   Mum was asking what they had, with no response from a stunned Dad, she lifted the baby’s leg and screamed, It’s A Girl!  and then the tears ran down Mum’s cheeks.  They both believed it might be a boy, then the discovery of their daughter, brought enormous serge of excitement for both parents.

It is no wonder that a Doula loves what she does, the excitement of Birth in all ways – shapes – forms – is addicting.

I am looking forward to a full new season of Beautiful Babies and Over the Moon Excited Parents!!

 

Call me soon if you are looking for my services – this is going to be a very busy year!

My book is a perfect gift for a baby shower or to yourself – lots of tips on how to prepare for labor and birth – and some awesome Birth Stories from some of my past clients

www.whatdoesadoulado.com (for an autographed copy);   from Kindle  or  Amazon  – enjoy the read

 

 

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Post Partum and Birth Doulas

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I am enjoying the post partum Doula work that has come to me lately.  I love that I get to hold and ‘play’ with new borns.  Rocking them back to sleep, or changing a diaper.  The change of pace is something I didn’t expect, and has given me lots of ideas on how to better service women and families.   I am putting together a Collective of Doulas and Service Providers in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland very soon.  I am putting together a long list of what we will offer to the public, but if you can think of something that would make your pregnancy,  labor and first few months easier, please reply to this blog.  I will try and accommodate by finding and having that Service Provider listed on our Website.

Looking forward to this very soon……..

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This testimonial really explains why you should have a Doula

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

When we became pregnant of Daniel we didn’t think twice to choose midwifery care. We had the feeling that the midwifes would give us the most personal approach and would do everything to support  a natural birth. Now that our son is four weeks old and we look back.  At one of the birth nights at the midwifery centre a doula, Katie spoke about how she could support couples both during the delivery, but also post-partum. As first time parents she really got our attention, because we were both feeling a bit anxious about the whole labour process, but also if we would be up to speed right away to start taking care of our baby.

We felt a really good connection with Katie, so we asked a couple of weeks later if she wanted to be our birthing doula and luckily she said yes! As the delivery date was pretty close to her holidays, she also arranged for Kim, our second doula, in case she couldn’t be there. In the end we were lucky and could have both, because Katie helped us during the start of labour and Kim did the second part. They were both wonderful in supporting us through the whole process. The start of labour did not progress really fast, but Katie got us through it. She supported Cécile with pain relief methods, like the TEN’s device, massage and different positions, but also supported Edwin in helping him to help. It helped Cecile a lot just to be able to hold Katie’s hand during every contraction, knowing somebody was there to help her deal with them. Kim got us through the second part of labour and helped really well with Cécile to push. We think that without them it would not have ended in a natural birth, so you could say that their help is really invaluable!

The day after we got out of the hospital we had our post-partum doula helping us at home. She added a whole different dimension of help. As our family and nearest friends are all in Europe, we were looking for some support and also help in the household. The doula helped us with that, but what was much more important, she managed to get us into our new rhythm very fast and made us feel much more comfortable taking care of our son. The first time she came, the first priority was breastfeeding. With her help we got that going from the first day, which was amazing as we thought it wasn’t going really well when we left the hospital. With all of her experience and calm approach she taught us all the small details (and let us learn by ourselves). Thinks like how to latch, what’s a good latch, which positions work, burping, etc. They teach you these things during prenatal class and in the hospital, but you only really really get it when you take the time at home with an experienced person to support. Also, the first day at home we realized we were clueless about what was going on. Why is Daniel crying right now, when should we feed him, why doesn’t he like to sleep in the bassinet, so where are we going to put him to sleep, what’s the right diaper size for him, how and when do we bath him……well….the list goes on and on :-).    After 4 weeks it feels like Daniel has been with us forever. We’ve established a routine and feel very comfortable taking care of him.

Hiring our doulas has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Cecile and Edwin

 

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Post Partum now Available

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

I just took the CAPPA Post Partum training, and am so excited to offer this along with my Birthing services.    I am happy to offer a whole package, attending your birth and afterwards helping you as you adjust to baby at home.

At this time my services are:  private prenatal birth preparation visits; continuous assistance during labor and birth; breast feeding help both after birth and into the post partum period; placenta encapsulation; post partum assistance; a birth story; Reiki treatments.

I look forward to hearing from you about your birth requirements.

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