What’s In The Doula Bag?!

What’s In The Doula Bag?!

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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. This list can be used for not only birth workers, but birthing peoples may want to gather these items for themselves! The items I have marked as a rental means…

Birthing Self Confidence – How your Birth Empowers Life Going Forward

Birthing Self Confidence – How your Birth Empowers Life Going Forward

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It is beautiful watching women evolve through pregnancy and child birth. It is no secret that birth is transformational, though most have no idea how significant this transformation is. Most have no idea that their birth choices, especially place of birth, can impact their entire life going forward. Some women leave their birth experience feeling…

When First Time Moms Choose Freebirth

When First Time Moms Choose Freebirth

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Freebirth – the process of intentionally giving birth without the assistance of a medical birth attendant – the only kind of birth where you will find me. Recently, a first time mother ask that I support her choice. Unlike most births, this woman came to me, she birthed in my home. Her environment wasn’t ideal…

How Your Struggles Can Make You A Better Birth Worker

How Your Struggles Can Make You A Better Birth Worker

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In your life, even after becoming a birth worker, there will be hills, speed bumps, pot holes, and road blocks along the way. While we’re going through it, and it feels like we will never come out of it, or understand why it is happening to us, we can envision what this will do for…

Pitocin Is The New Episiotomy

Pitocin Is The New Episiotomy

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If you were a fly on the wall on a Labor & Delivery floor, you would see a bag of Pitocin or Synthetic Oxytocin being hooked up to a majority of the IVs on the floor. For some, Pitocin is absolutely necessary to stop a serious hemorrhage, but why is it being used routinely for…

Questions To Ask A Potential Midwife

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Recently I have seen a rise in people claiming to be a home-birth midwife that are not trained or equipped to provide the services they offer – all across the US. This has resulted in multiple fetal deaths, maternal deaths/harm, and unnecessary birth trauma. These ‘midwives’ are something to shy away from – here is…

Why I will not Attend a Hospital Birth as a Birthkeeper

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One of my largest biases when it comes to birth is location. I am very biased on where a woman delivers her child – so much so, I refuse to attend births in a facility setting. I have no problem admitting this and speaking on why. I’m sure many of the main stream birth providers…

Supine Hypotensive Syndrome: An Epidural Blackout

Supine Hypotensive Syndrome: An Epidural Blackout

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Imagine the horror as you welcome an epidural, relief, into your body after a long stretch of contractions (and having to hold a specific position for several minutes while the anesthesiologist placed a needle the size of your face into your spine), only to instantly start blacking out while you hear rapid, loud beeping in…

Which is safer, Hospital or Home birth?

Which is safer, Hospital or Home birth?

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This morning, someone told me hospital birth was safer than birth at home. I thought that was an interesting, yet scientifically unsupported, claim! As I am fully aware of the safety of home birth, I personally only had information on unassisted birth, so I began to look for credible studies with certified midwife assisted birth!…

Mentality Manifested in Pregnancy & Birth: How your Thoughts Impact Outcome

Mentality Manifested in Pregnancy & Birth: How your Thoughts Impact Outcome

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Mindset prior to conception, during pregnancy, and during labor is paramount. Our thoughts, both affirmations and doubts, do play a role in outcome. This is a part of the spiritual aspect in conception, pregnancy, and birth that many pay no mind to, or simply have no clue about. All of this will be covered in…

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