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Tips for Sleeping Through the Night During Pregnancy

  After announcing your pregnancy, one of the first pieces of advice veteran-parents will likely give you is to “get as much sleep as you can now because once the baby comes, you’ll be missing it”. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. According to an study published in Sleep Medicine, women experience “short sleep duration, poor […]

A Look at Pregnancy and Birth Trauma and Polyvagal Theory from the Perspective of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

by Sally Dear-Healey, CCE(BWI), CD(BWI) Prenatal and perinatal psychology (PPP) provides a unique and critical awareness of the process of conception, pregnancy, and birth that is lacking from most childbirth education programs, doula trainings, and provider’s educations. One of the main benefits of pre- and perinatal psychology is that it recognizes the need to consider […]

The Sounds of Silence During Labor

Written by Sarah Baker CCE(BWI) I recently listened to an On Being podcast entitled “Silence and The Present of Everything.” The guest, Gordon Teppitt, was an audio ecologist, a career which I’d never heard of and found utterly fascinating. His gentle and calm voice spoke in a poetic way about his experiences and the insights […]

Birth Story – Hospital VBAC

by Krista Haggerty My first birth was a cesarean after a long labor.  It was hugely disappointing, and I struggled with feelings of failure.  When I became pregnant again, I knew I wanted to have a vaginal birth with no interventions.  I switched providers two times and met the OB who delivered my son at […]

The Nocebo Effect

By Cathy Daub, PT, CCE and CD(BWI) I remember once talking with a pregnant woman in the hospital who had just been tested for gestational diabetes. She looked up at me confused saying, “I eat healthfully and there is no history of diabetes in my family.” She had a look of despair in her eyes and I […]

The Truth About Lips

          elliptical When you see these diagrams of an opening cervix, you can see how a posterior lip would be unlikely        because in actuality, the cervix opens in an elliptical fashion and not concentrically.  The baby’s head dilates the cervix more with each contraction pulling the anterior part of the cervix […]

Labor Pain – Part II

by Haley Macklin Pain in labour and childbirth is not a ‘bad’ thing requiring fixing or flat out avoidance. On the contrary, it is the pain of labour that helps contract the uterus and open a mother ready to bring her child into the world. This collection of sensations should be encouraged because it is […]

Over Night Oats

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight , lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. The nutrient composition of oats is […]

Viagra Given To Pregnant Women

Viagra Given To Pregnant Women By Cathy Daub PT, CCE and CD(BWI) I am saddened as I read the new headline in today’s news. “Eleven babies die after Dutch women given Viagra in drug trial.  Research halted as 10 to 15 other participants wait to see if their children affected,” My mind immediately goes back […]

Labor Pains

by Haley Macklin Culturally, pain in labour appears to vary subjectively between different groups of people. Ina May noted a significant difference between the expectations of Dutch and American women, where the Dutch women believed, “the woman’s body knows best and that, given enough time, nature knows best and that, given enough time, nature will […]