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Birth Boot Camp Announces …. Birth Boot Camp DOULA

Birth Boot Camp has been growing and maturing and we couldn’t be happier with our journey so far. Today we have a special guest post and announcement by our very own founder, Donna Ryan. Keep reading to find out the next project we are embarking on in our mission to help prepare couples for natural birth! Read more

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Choosing To Support Natural Birth- One Doula’s Story

Today we are pleased to share a guest post from one of our amazing instructors, Tashina Benning-Witter, who both teaches and works as a doula in the Sacramento, CA area. Tashina does something a little different- she has started to take clients who are only planning a natural birth and are willing to take a comprehensive birth class in order to achieve this. This is something that she has shared with us and which has had an incredible positive impact not just for her, but mostly for her clients. Her story is beautiful and her deep belief that women need somebody to truly support their desire for a natural birth is something that sets her apart. We are so glad to have her be part of our Birth Boot Camp team, and excited to share her words. Enjoy! Read more

Where to Find a Doula for Your Birth

Doulas have proven to be a great way for the entire family to have a more wonderful birth experience.  A doula assists the mother and father to get the birth that they desire.  An experienced doula will feel comfortable doing everything from navigaing the procedures in the hospital to showing dad how to comfort mom. 

But how do you find the right doula for you?

A good first step is to ask your natural childbirth teacher.  She should be familiar with the local doulas in your area and can help you find someone who can best meet your needs.

Talking to other women in your community who have used a doula is another great way.  When it comes to your birth, the experience of another mother who has been where you are can be very helpful.

If you prefer or need to use the Internet to help in your doula search, Doulas.com is a great resource which has listings for doulas certified by various organizations.  You can also simply do an Internet search for doulas serving your area.

Taking the time to find a great doula is certainly worth it.  Both moms and dads report increased satisfaction with their birth and are more likely to achieve the natural birth they desire.

Five Ways to Avoid a C-section

The C-section rate is currently just over 30% in the US and many women wonder how they can avoid this surgery for their birth.  Below are five simple but effective things that any mother can do to help prevent her birth from being a C-section.

1.  Education- A woman who understands the process of labor and birth and knows what is normal and what isn’t can really reduce her chance of having a C-section.  How do you educate yourself when it comes to birth?  Taking a natural childbirth class from a trained and experienced instructor is one way.  Focus on one that prepares the partner and the mother and helps them learn to work together.  Reading books and doing your own at-home study is also very helpful.  Books can teach you about positions, health, nutrition, and relaxation to name just a few.

2.  Carefully choose your care provider- One of the biggest factors in how a woman births is simply how her doctor or midwife practices.  Check their C-section rates and also talk to local birth educators, doulas, and friends to find what other people think about your provider.

3.  Stay mobile in labor- One simple and surprisingly obvious but often ignored thing a woman can do in labor is to MOVE.  This can help the baby move down in the birth canal and keep mom more comfortable as she uses gravity to help her labor progress.

4.  Avoid induction-  A first time mom who is induced significantly increases her chance of C-section, in some studies by as much as DOUBLE.  Be sure that if you choose induction it is for a valid reason. Get your Bishop score prior to the induction to find out what your odds of a vaginal birth are.

5.  Hire a doula- A hands on and knowledgeable friend who is trained in assisting laboring woman can really make the birth experience more positive for both mom and dad and can decrease the C-section chance for that mother.

These are five simple things that every mother can do to help lower her chances of a C-section.  Remember, your birth is worth the time and preparation that you put into it.

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