Supporting Women Without Epidurals

By | September 21, 2012

Presentation at the Virtua Voorhees Hospitalby Cathy Daub,  PTI recently gave two presentations on “Supporting Women Without Epidurals” at Virtua Voorhees, the local hospital in Marlton, NJ. The hospital has approximately 5,500 births per year and  a 43% cesarean rate.  New Jerseyand Floridahave the highest cesarean rates in the country.  My audience consisted of doctors, […]

Birth Panel

By | September 14, 2012

by Anna Holder CCE(BWI) Truth, like surgery, may hurt, but it cures.– Han Suyin The fourth annual Hudson Valley Birth Options panel took an especially hard look at the truth this year. As in previous years a number of childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and mothers form a panel for local families to explore their birth […]

The Power of a Birth Circle

By | September 7, 2012

By Molly S. Wales CCE(BWI) Our small town of Athens, Ohio is home to a consumer birth group called The Birth Circle.  Over the ten years since it began, The Birth Circle has grown from a handful of mothers who got together to share their birth stories, to a powerful community organization that has made […]

Value of a Doula

By | August 29, 2012

by Tiffany Hare When people ask me what I do, I always respond by saying, “I’m a doula and a childbirth educator.” And then I wait. I wait for the look of uncertainty to fill the face of the person who asked me the question, or for them to say, “What’s a doula?” The word […]

BirthWorks 5K Fun Run!

By | August 17, 2012

BirthWorks International will be hosting its first fundraiser, the BirthWorks International 5K Fun Run at Freedom Park in Medford, NJ.   The walk will be preceded by a free yoga class and registration.  After the walk, the rest of the day will include fun activities for the family, a mini pelvic bodywork class, vendors and much […]

Silence In Labor

By | August 3, 2012

by MaliSchwartz   Why is it so important to create a quiet, peaceful atmosphere during labor?   And how can women take charge of creating a peaceful environment no matter where they choose to give birth?  The Leboyer Method, established by Dr. Frederic Leboyer in the 1970s was proven to minimize the trauma and stress experienced by […]

Women Face the Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse after Childbirth

By | July 27, 2012

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for  One of the main reasons pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs is due to childbirth. The stress of birth can, in some cases, shift the organs in the pelvis from their normal positions. The most common organs affected during childbirth are the bladder and […]

Exploring The Home Birth Option

By | July 20, 2012

“I really want a home birth but…” How doulas and childbirth educators can help expectant parents explore the home birth option. By Monica Basile, CPM  How many times as a doula or childbirth educator have you heard someone say, “I really want a home birth, but…?” Usually this is followed by a list of perceived […]

Fear In Birth

By | July 13, 2012

Fear in Birth by Katie Immel  “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” –Eleanor RooseveltThe light switch for our main bathroom is housed outside the door. This bathroom has no window. Clearly, this setup was designed by an evil prankster (or maybe […]

The EPI-NO Childbirth and Pelvic Floor Trainer

By | July 6, 2012

Written By: Cathy Daub, PT (BWI President)  When I first read about one of the latest new innovations in technology called the EPI-NO, my thought was, “What will they think of next?” This is a device whose purpose is to increase pelvic floor musculature during pregnancy, and after 36 weeks to stretch out the perineum […]