ACOG reiterates doulas can be safely used to reduce the number of primary c-sections in the U.S.

“Published data indicate that one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula. A Cochrane meta-analysis of 12 trials and more than 15,000 women demonstrated that the presence of continuous one-on-one support during labor and delivery was associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically...
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Taking classes and adding names!

I have returned from an adventurous trip to New Orleans, where I attended the Lamaze International 2013 Annual Conference Pre-Conference Childbirth Educator Seminar conducted by Duke University Area Health Education Program (AHEC) last week.  My right and left brains were stimulated immensely.  I could barely pause and breathe during the seminar, I was so busy madly typing notes into and taking...
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Tips for increasing your chances of having an un-medicated birth

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/dr-shannons-tips-for-a-natural-or-un-medicated-birth/
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Future Lamaze Instructor Coming to Auburn/Opelika….

….and that would be me! I have registered to attend a Childbirth Educator Seminar at the Lamaze, International Annual Conference in New Orleans in October!  The only Lamaze instructor in town has recently discontinued classes, so I thought I’d branch out into this area.  In my book, nothing is more important than understanding how a woman’s body works during pregnancy and...
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True words from Doulaing the Doula: “If The Doula Disappeared……”

Linking back to the wisdom and musings of Dr. Amy Gilliland: http://doulaingthedoula.com/if-the-doula-disappearedno-one-would/
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Consider donating your baby’s cord blood — it is compatible with delaying cord clamping

I have consulted three cord blood collection experts about this issue and have been told that if the collector is well versed in getting cord blood samples, he/she should be able to delay cord clamping by 2-5 minutes AND get a viable cord blood sample unit for donation.  This is good news considering all the research which has shown newborns benefit from delayed clamping.  Many mothers request...
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