AROM

Stands for “artificial rupture of membranes.”  This means that the bag of waters is released on purpose by your doctor or midwife.  It is done with an amniohook and does not hurt at all as the amniotic sac does not contain nerves.  Reasons for doing this may be to...

Touch and Massage

Touch and massage can be powerful, effective tools as comfort techniques.  During labor the uterus is sending substantial messages to the brain that it is doing this incredible thing called contracting and that it is certainly not a “walk in the park.”  As a woman...

Elements of a Birth Plan

Keep your birth plan simple.   Nurses do not want to read birthing philosophy essays.  Simply create a list of things that are important to you.  Use bullet points instead of full sentences.  Phrase your requests or desires in a positive way; state what you want...

How to Choose a Care Provider

Your care provider is your doctor or midwife.  First of all, decided if you’d like to use a doctor, OBGYN, or a midwife, CNM or DEM.  Educate yourself on the difference.  Many women choose their care provider based on the recommendation of a family member or friend. ...

When to call your Doula

Your doula spends her entire life being on call, ready to drop everything at any time to assist you during labor.  Let her know when labor first begins, or seems to begin and when things change for you.  She can offer you suggestions on the phone and help you know...

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