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February 9, 2017

Congratulations on the birth of your precious baby!  Right now you may be feeling a mixture of elation, exhaustion, excessive and fluctuating emotions, and new-found love and awe.  If things didn't go as expected, you may be feeling discouragement, sadness, or are blaming yourself for what you feel are failures on your part.  The raging hormones in your body make everything you feel an extreme.  Everyone experiences these extreme feelings, so don't be alarmed.  Ensure to surround yourself w...

February 8, 2017

Congratulations on the birth of your precious bundle of joy!  If you think Labor is over, you are mistaken, but the worst is behind you, so relax and enjoy that precious baby scent and the feel of your baby in your arms!

Many people don't realize there is a Stage 3 in Labor.  Did you know there is even a Stage 4?

Stage 3 Labor: Delivery of the Placenta

What is happening - You will experience a few more contractions as your body expels the placenta.  You may feel a warm gush of fluid/tissue as...

February 7, 2017

If you have been following my blog series on Labor and Delivery, you have already read about the 3 different phases of Stage 1 Labor: Latent, Active, Transition).  Now I will discuss the happiest stage of Labor - Stage 2 - Delivery!!!!!

What is happening - your contractions have brought you to 10 cm dilation - hooray, it's finally time to push!  You may have already been experiencing the urge to push before reaching 10 cm.  Some doctors allow you to gently bear down when you feel this to hel...

February 6, 2017

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition.  I have broken each phase down in its own blog post.  Click on the links to learn about Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 3 - Transition

What is happening - Strong to very strong contractions 2-3 minutes apart are dilating you to 8-10 cm.  This often lasts only 20-40 minutes.  You are almost there - Labor won't last too much longer!

What you can do - Utilize breathing and relaxation techniques between contract...

February 5, 2017

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active Stage, and Transition.  I will break each phase down in its own blog post.  Read here to learn about Phase 1.

Phase 2 - Active Stage

What is happening - Moderate to strong contractions coming 3-5 minutes apart are helping you to dilate to 4-7 cm.  This stage may last around 3-6 hours.

What you can do - Make sure you have a support person with you to cheer you on and encourage you and ensure your birth plan is carried out.  Rest mo...

February 4, 2017

So you know you are in labor!  Now what?  Some women have a sudden sense of panic.  Others might be overjoyed that their pregnancy is just about over.  Many have increased feelings of anxiety and fear wondering if they can really do this.  No matter your reaction, you can be prepared mentally for the task at hand and also use great natural solutions to support you through this exciting but anxiety-provoking time.

Stage 1 Labor has 3 different phases: Latent Stage, Active...

February 3, 2017

Having worked in a maternity unit for 3 years as a volunteer and Certified Nursing Assistant, and doing doula work on the side for the last 4 years while being a pediatric nurse, I am very passionate about the topic of labor and delivery.  I have always loved anything related to obstetrics and have desire to work in that field ever since deciding to go into the medical field as a teenager.  After I got my Registered Nurse license, and after having an extra rotation in High Risk Obstetrics b...

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