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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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Boston area breastfeeding resources

In previous posts, I shared my favorite resources for childbirth education and complimentary health practitioners in Boston.  In this post, you can find all my favorite lactation consultants and breastfeeding support groups (both online and in-person) around Boston, MetroWest and the South and North Shores! For reference, please note that the credential “IBCLC” used throughout…

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Boston area complimentary practitioners & resources

Last week, I wrote about some favorite Boston-area childbirth education options.  This week, I aim to assemble a more comprehensive list of complimentary practitioners and options to support a healthy mom, baby and birth. Maybe you are longing for a relaxing prenatal massage, or some chiropractic care for lower back pain.  Maybe you are interested…

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Boston area childbirth education classes

Are you an expecting parent in the Greater Boston area?  There are so many amazing classes, professionals and organizations you can take advantage of.  From prenatal yoga to chiropractors to new parent groups, Beantown has much to offer growing families. One of the many roles of the doula is to be a great source of…

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Doulas and home birth: yes, they go together!

[Photo by Birth Becomes Her] Doulas are most well known for their intervention-reduction potential.  Since cesareans and other interventions occur at very low rates in the homebirthing population, folks planning out-of-hospital births commonly believe that they don’t need a doula.  This is a reasonable assumption; after all, the risks doulas combat in the hospital (overuse…

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Why those planning for an epidural still need a doula

Doulas are most commonly associated with those planning unmedicated deliveries, sometimes referred to as “natural births” (a term I don’t really love, but that’s another story).  This has led to a curious belief that doulas and epidurals are an “either/or” proposition: if you want one, you don’t plan on getting the other.   Or, if you’re…

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How I Got Started & Where I’m Going

My journey in the birth world began in 2012 when a friend working in obstetrics asked my opinion on unnecessary and non-consented care she routinely observed in her job. As an attorney whose law school thesis focused on conflicts between provider preference and women’s bodily autonomy, the legal and ethical issues immediately resonated with me.…