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Pushing and Beyond | Tips for the 2nd Stage of Labor

11 Jun


The other day, a question was presented in one of the doula groups I am a part of that asked how we can best help a mom while she pushes.  I couldn’t help myself, my answer came tumbling out of me.  You see, pushing is actually one of my favorite stages of birth to serve in and witness as a doula and a midwife’s assistant.

Perhaps it’s connected to the excitement a mom feels when she knows that she’s complete, and that the work of dilating is over with, and soon she’ll have her baby in her arms (Although, we know that pushing is lots of work, too!).

Or maybe it’s how you can sense the absolute pure strength of a woman as she pushes her baby out of her body – it fills up the space around you and requires you to stand back and give praise.

And then of course, there’s that long-awaited and anticipated arrival, when life inside the womb finally meets life outside the womb, that moment is simply overwhelming and beautiful, every single time; there’s never a time in life that is so perfectly filled with equal amounts of relief and joy.

Question (completely paraphrased):

During pushing phases at hospital births, I feel a little lost. What should a doula do to help a mom? It seems everyone in the room is yelling at the mother to push, and how to push – I don’t want to add to that confusion. What can I do to best help mom and how can I prevent others from yelling at her while she’s pushing?

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Art Exhibit: The Birth Project, Amanda Greavette

6 Nov

Please note this is not my work.  This is the stunning work of Amanda Greavette.

I found this artist courtesy of a blog I follow called Dr. Momma.  The painter is Amanda Greavette.  Greavette perfectly captures the emotions of a woman during and after labor.  Each life size portrait is a provocative and beautifully intimate rendering of the awe inspiring work of birth – the journey of maiden to mother.  I hope her work speaks to you like it does to me. Continue reading

I Massage Uteruses For a Living

13 Oct

 

Pictured from the birth of my daughter, the CNM does a newborn exam on Zoe, while the Birth Assistant stands by and charts.

I’m a doula, I assist with childbirth education classes and I’m also a birth assistant (BA).  I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what the difference is between a doula and a birth assistant.  So here’s an explanation of what I do as a BA, next time I’ll tell you what I do as a doula. Continue reading

Birth With Photos

21 Jul

I had the pleasure of assisting a fabulous couple with their fist birth back in June. They sent me a few pictures to share with you. This strong mother labored like a pro.  Not only did she give birth early, but her entire labor and birth was about three hours. Lucky girl!  (This was also the day that I had two mommas give birth, so I was grateful for a short labor.) Continue reading

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