What About Love? The Physiological Effects of Feeling Safe in Birth 

by Christine Wood, BWI Childbirth Educator student “… all physical functions are affected by what is going on in our minds. Breathing, digestion, elimination of waste, heart rate and blood pressure, and in labour uterine function, are profoundly affected by emotions, beliefs and relationships. It has been known for a long time that stress can …

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Do I Need to Take Childbirth Preparation Classes?

Birth: a journey in life On this, one of the most important journeys of your life, don’t you want to be sure you’ve made careful preparations? Just imagine yourself going into any journey, not knowing what to expect, having no education on what to anticipate, and relying only on the information you learn along the …

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10 Steps To An Empowering Birth

Believe in the truth that you were born with the knowledge about how to give birth. Birth is instinctive and doesn’t need to be taught. Trust with faith your body’s ability to give birth. Learn and practice the primary human values — truth, right action, peace, love, and nonviolence. This provides an emotional preparation for …

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Value of a Birth Doula and Purpose of Labor Support

How is labor support (having a birth doula) valuable? Labor support is valuable to a new mother because there is someone with the woman, during the process, who assures that she is empowered, self-expressed and supported. Having a “birth assistant” makes the whole process better. Ideal birth doula support begins during pregnancy and continues through …

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Risks and Benefits of Fetal Monitoring During Births

 by Horatio Daub MD, MPH In a recent article in the August 1, 2020 edition of American Family Physician which is a peer reviewed and editorially independent journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, there is an interesting study discussing “Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring.” It explains that continuous electronic fetal monitoring (CEFM) was developed to …

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Birthing Language

by Tara Thompson, BWI Birth Doula Student Words are powerful, so it is important to consider what words to use around a laboring mom. Her senses are already elevated and she is on high alert, and she is perhaps now in her “primal brain”. What is said to her or in her presence is sure …

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