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Sometimes I’m so emotional after a birth that I feel like Dawson Leery inhabits my body. I’ve cried tears of frustration, tears of joy, tears of sadness, and tears of exhaustion. I once cried after a long birth because the hospital cafeteria was no longer serving breakfast. I’m not sure what kind of tears those would be…tears of delirium? Attending a birth is such an amazing, emotional and exhausting experience, that sometimes the tiniest things can set off the water works. But I never let my clients see me cry. Mostly I save up my tears for when I get home. They are a great prelude to sleep!

I've been a doula for 4 years now, and with time my doula bag has gotten smaller and smaller. As a new doula, I had every gadget and goody possible. It helped me to feel secure. But the more births witnessed the more my confidence as a doula grew. And I quickly realized that the stuff I had is not what made me a great doula. It was my experience, compassion, kindness and awesomeness that made me a great doula! There are some birth that I go to where I don't take a single thing out of my bag! Other times I am glad that I have some essentials with me. So I'll break it down for all you new doulas out there so you know what you really need!

Home Birth To-Do List

15-06-16 12:22 PM

Planning a home birth is simpler than you might think! This post takes a look at the list of preparations that you might need to consider in anticipation of giving birth at home. Trust me, if you’ve planned a small party than you can plan a home birth…in fact, the to-do lists for both are actually quite similar. You’ll have to gather supplies, prepare some refreshments, create the right atmosphere, choose an outfit and plan childcare. I hope that this list will help to make ‘birth’ day party planning even easier. Bonus, many home birth supplies can be bought directly from this boutique and delivered right to your door. How much easier can it get?!

1. The most tell tale sign of labour are regular and strong contractions. When you think you’re in labour, make sure you’ve noticed a pattern of contractions for AT LEAST an hour before heading to the hospital, or making a bold proclamation on Facebook about your labour status. Remember to look for 5-1-1. Contractions that are at least five minutes apart, contractions that are at least one minute long, and contractions that have been coming that frequently and at that length for at least one hour. It's all or nothing on this one. It's you're having contractions that are 5 minutes apart but lasting only 30 seconds, then you are probably not in active labour. 

2. The average first time mom doesn’t go into labour till she’s past 41 weeks. I know, none of us like those numbers…but it helps with some perspective.

How Far Along Am I?

14-10-30 10:46 AM

In case you didn't know, the cervix is super cool...almost a cool as the placenta! But maybe that's the birth nerd in me coming out. Before we get into the nitty gritty of understanding the assessment of your cervix during labour, let's revisit grade 8 sex ed!

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