Using Your BRAIN In A Hospital Birth

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When planning a hospital birth, it is super important that you are informed and confident in your decisions, or your birth plan may quickly change, in an unnecessary fashion. To avoid this, use the BRAIN method of educating yourself, and making decisions. BRAIN is a simple acronym that stands for Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, and…

Choosing Your Battles in Governed Birth

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During one of our recent trainings, Taylor was covering hospital birth support. She stated something along the lines of “Sometimes women may need to pick their battles in an assisted birth setting”. As in, conform to please your provider. Settle for less than you planned, so there is no fight or animosity. Knowing, that animosity…

The Fetal Stethoscope Experience

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One of my favorite sounds is the fetal tone relayed through a fetal stethoscope. If you’ve never heard it, you should put it on your bucket list! ✨✨✨✨✨ When many are pregnant, they look forward to hearing their baby’s heartbeat with a fetal doppler – That’s the thing nowadays. Although the doppler has a place,…

⚡️💥Electronic Fetal Monitoring⚡️💥

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Did you have those two straps put on your belly when you were in labor? One monitoring contractions and the other monitoring fetal tone? Or, maybe you had an NST (Non Stress Test) done to “make sure everything was okay”? Maybe they told you that internal monitoring was necessary? Then screwed something into your baby’s…

Healing A Prolapse – Unassisted

Healing A Prolapse – Unassisted

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How I healed my uterine and bladder prolapse – all by myself! After my most recent miscarriage, at 18 weeks gestation, I did not rest or take time for self-care. I was in the car less than 12 hours later for my toddler, and on a plane the next day traveling for business. Not to…

Abandoning Birthing Women Due to Licensing Confliction

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I mean, I could tell you. I know how many of them feel. I am the one they come to when they are told they “risked out” or had a traumatic birth due to an incompetent provider. They tell me they felt broken and incompetent. That their body was inadequate; that they were “unable to…

Mind Your Eyeballs at a Birth

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Birthing women are always a remarkable sight to see. Every. Single. Time. What an honor to witness a woman in her most powerful form, bringing a spirit earth side! Although there is much beauty to be observed, it is important to mind your eyes. Women are not theater acts. They are not ones who should…

Preventable Diseases

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HERBAL is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. A common misperception of the reason that immunizations must be administered at certain ages, is that preventable diseases are not treatable and are fatal to your child. It may be…

Birthkeeper or Doula; What’s the Difference?

Birthkeeper or Doula; What’s the Difference?

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What is the difference between a Doula and a Birthkeeper? Really, there should be no difference but it seems society has made it a huge difference. By definition, a Doula is a woman, typically without formal obstetric training, who is employed to provide guidance and support to a pregnant woman during labor. This is also…

Autonomy; When it Conflicts with the Birth Worker

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I am 100% for autonomy. Mama should have choice in outcome. All of her choices should be educated and be – HERS. Recently, I had a client that decided to drop me and chose an elective cesarean. Huge gap, ain’t? Unassisted birth to elective cesarean. This taught me a great deal and God, am I…

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