Perineal Tears, To Stitch Or Not To Stitch?

Perineal Tears, To Stitch Or Not To Stitch?

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When it comes to discussing perineal tears, there seems to be so much misinformation, so let’s chat. First of all, we must touch on the fact that there a several different degrees of tears. An intact layout of the exterior genitalia, as a baby crowns. First degree Second degree Third degree Fourth degree WHY do…

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…

IATROGENIC CARE; Your Body did not Fail – The Medical Establishment Did

IATROGENIC CARE; Your Body did not Fail – The Medical Establishment Did

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IATROGENIC : “induced inadvertently by a physician, surgeon, medical treatment, or diagnostic procedure. ” When a mother tells me about her previous complication during labor/delivery, I like to keep in mind that sometimes complications naturally arise. It’s an undeniable fact. More often than not though, these complications are induced by the provider; also an undeniable…

The Surrogacy Experience

The Surrogacy Experience

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Surrogacy has really taken off recently. In the most popular surrogacy group on Facebook, there are over 13,000 members eagerly asking questions, commenting and either completing or beginning their surrogacy journey as an intended parent or as a surrogate, gestational or traditional. It seems more and more I see my timeline popping up with friends…

How To Have A Gentle C-Section

How To Have A Gentle C-Section

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When you picture a cesarean, what words come to mind first? Cold. Quiet. Bright. Scary. Scrubs. Scalpel. Shaky. Drugged Up. Curtain. No Skin to Skin. Sore. Inactive.  But wait! Ending up with a C-Section, whether by emergency or by choice, does not mean that you have to miss out on being an active participant in…

Are Doulas Only for Home Births?

Are Doulas Only for Home Births?

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The simple answer is NO! Doulas are great for everyone, regardless of your birth plan! Regardless of where you deliver, a Doula is a great person to have on your team. Doulas are proven to play a large roll in birth outcome; just by having her knowledge and voice present to advocate and protect you….

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