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Sara’s Birth: Client Tribute

Let me tell you a little story about this client. About how she navigated a difficult birth as a first time mom. About how you can utilize intervention judiciously *WITHOUT* losing freedom of movement and giving up your entire birth plan. Her water broke first, without immediate contractions — also known as PROM (or, premature…

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Client Review: First-time parents Christina & Michael

Diana was our doula for the birth of our daughter in 2019 and I can’t say enough how wonderful it was to have her there. She is warm, empathetic, and completely accepting and non-judgmental. Before the birth she very thoughtfully answered all our questions and helped us understand what to expect, and it was very…

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VBAC Birth: Client Review

Diana is a brilliant and intentional ally to have on your birth team. She is a wealth of knowledge, resources, and most importantly radical support. After an emergency C-section with my first child, I sought out a Doula to assist me through a TOLAC. It had been my goal the first pregnancy to deliver naturally,…

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Is “Matrescence” a gender-neutral term?

Birth and parenthood are gender-neutral. Just as not all people who give birth identify as women, not all people who parent identify as mothers. Trans and queer people exist, give birth and care for babies just as cisgender heterosexual people do. These are facts that I affirm as true in my doula work. Increasingly, doulas…

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Tips for Cesarean Recovery

Nobody expects to have a cesarean, let alone be dealing with cesarean recovery.  Even if you’ve had time to prepare (e.g., your cesarean was scheduled, as opposed to occurring on an unplanned basis in labor), many find the reality of major abdominal surgery hits them like a ton of bricks.   Pain, bloating,  trouble with bowel…

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Tips for Planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

In a prior post, I introduced the issues pregnant people need to know regarding vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).  That post concluded, “if you are pregnant after a cesarean, fear, politics, risk management and physician preference may filter the options and information available to you in navigating your care.” As a result, folks planning a…

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Supporting Sufferers of Birth Trauma: A Pitfall to Avoid

I recently saw a fellow doula share a post targeted toward folks suffering from birth trauma that said, “When you replace ‘Why is this happening to me?’ with ‘What is this trying to teach me?’ EVERYTHING SHIFTS.”   I would like to respectfully offer an alternate view on this. I am a doula, someone who experienced…

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VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean): An Intro

In this country, 9 in 10 women with a history of cesarean will go on to have a repeat cesarean delivery in any future pregnancy. Only 1 in 10 will have a vaginal birth after cesarean, known colloquially as “VBAC”.  When this statistic is reported, it is often without the necessary context; people may understandably…

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Tips for turning a breech baby: you have options!

Evidence indicates that around 4% of babies (about 1 in 20) are in the breech position at term.  “Breech” refers to a baby that is head-up, rather than head-down. Prior to 30 weeks gestation, it is normal for the baby to periodically be in a breech position.  In fact, pregnant people sometimes report being able…

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Doulas and homebirth: yes, they go together!

Folks planning out-of-hospital births commonly believe that they don’t need a doula.  This is a reasonable assumption; after all, cesareans and other interventions occur at very low rates in the homebirth population.  Further, the risks doulas combat in the hospital (overuse of interventions, lack of privacy and autonomy, interruptions and harsh or hurried care from…