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Birth Team

  • How to Choose Your Birth Team

    Support is a major component of a healthy and happy pregnancy, labor, and birth.  Choosing the right birth team for you will lay the foundation for a confident journey.

    It sounds so easy, choosing a birth team, but the truth is that it may take some shopping around.  What is right for one mother, may not be right for another.  The important thing to remember is that you are the one who needs to feel at peace with the choice. Continue reading

  • Interview Your Birth Team: Questions for Doctors and Midwives

    There are limitless ways to birth your baby, but in our society most women blindly follow their doctor’s orders.  You deserve more than standard care.  You deserve to understand that this is your birth, your baby, and your choice.  You have the option to decide where, when, and how your birth takes place.

    Of course there are exceptions.  This is when the high risk care comes into play.  However, even during these times, you have CHOICES.  You have OPTIONS.  Never blindly follow, but instead educate yourself on the care that you expect to receive for you and baby throughout the pregnancy and beyond.  Your birth team works for you, not the other way around.

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  • 10 Reasons to Choose a Midwife

    Pregnancy is not an illness.

    Let me repeat.

    Pregnancy is NOT an illness.

    Doctors treat problems; that is their profession.  They are taught to help when there is a problem, not when there is not one. This is a GOOD THING.  We need doctors.  We need doctors for women whose pregnancies are high risk, or for when there is something wrong.

    However, recent studies are showing that a midwife, and birthing outside of a hospital, lower the rates of unnecessary medical interventions, leading to healthier birth outcomes.

    Our society has done a bang up job of planting the seed that women need to give birth in a hospital.  We have been taught to fear labor, to expect things to go wrong, and to assume that being next door to a NICU is the best decision we can make.  When in all reality, this is completely backwards thinking. Continue reading

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