Stripping Membranes

This is something that can be done to help begin labor  It can be done in your care provider’s office at a regular check up near your due date.  In order for this to have a chance of starting labor, it is helpful if the cervix is favorable—dilated at least 2 cm and...

Spinning Babies

So much of what the body is trying to do during labor is get the baby into the best possible position.  When the baby is properly positioned, labor can be more comfortable and more effective. Visit Spinning Babies to know how to help your baby be in a good...

Partner Involvement

One of a doula’s jobs is to help the partner be as involved as he/she is comfortable being.  For some that comfort level is providing all the hands-on and verbal support with guidance from a doula on when and how to do and say the right things.  For some partners the...

Relaxation

Relaxation is extremely important during labor and childbirth.  The more relaxed you are, the more efficient each contraction can be and the less pain/discomfort you will feel.  When tension is held in the hands, shoulders, neck, forehead, or any other place, it takes...

Recording the Birth

Some couples are interested in recording the labor and delivery of their baby.  Here are a few tips:  have someone specifically assigned to this job.  It is difficult for a partner to be a support person and record the events of the day.  Realize that the process can...

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