Category: Birth

Vernix: Magical Baby Goop & Delayed Newborn Baths

Vernix, formally known as vernix caseosa is the white, creamy, looking substance that newborns are born with. Most of us are inclined to look at it as gross, and when people hear that parents want to delay newborn baths because of it, its easy…

Top 5 Reasons to Delay Cord Clamping

Since the 1950s, it has been standard protocol after delivery, for doctors to clamp the umbilical cord, immediately after birth. In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) began recommending that doctors leave the umbilical cord alone for AT LEAST one full minute, in order to…

Doulas Are For Cesareans, Too.

Our society views cesarean birth a lot differently than it does vaginal birth. If you’ve had a cesarean yourself, you probably know EXACTLY what I mean. Without even meaning to, good-intentioned people can make comments that imply that belly birth is the “easy way…

Six Different Kinds of Birth Stories To Get You Inspired

When you’re pregnant, its common to hear birth horror stories, as well as everything that can possibly go wrong during labor. I think its incredibly important to surround yourself with POSITIVE stories about birth as you prepare to go through it yourself. I found…

Birth Plans- A Doula’s Perspective

If you’re pregnant, or have ever been pregnant, you’ll know firsthand that the advice you receive from those around you is often confusing and conflicting. It can be hard to tell, as you swim through the sea of unsolicited comments who is right and…

Dads & Doulas

Did you know that doulas AREN’T just there for the birthing person? Doulas are there to help the entire family transition from pregnancy to birth, and from birth to life with a newborn. While dads don’t experience the physical toll mothers do during birth,…

What To Do While Waiting For Baby To Come

If you’re reading this, congratulations! You have most likely already braved morning sickness, round ligament pain, and that yucky sugary drink, which probably wasn’t as bad as everyone said it would be. Now you’re probably stuck with lower back pain, constant (or should I…