Articles and Handouts
about pregnancy & doulas
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- What Women Aren’t Told About Birth
- Hints for Health
- Reading List
- The Lie of the Estimated Due Date
- Bed Rest in Pregnancy
- More Women Skip Some Prenatal Tests After Learning About Risks
- More Squats And Fewer Kegels: What Your Pelvic Floor Really Wants
- Human Studies Condemn Ultrasound
- Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover
- 50 CAUSAL Human Studies Identify High Risks of Prenatal Ultrasound
Choosing A Care Provider
- Pregnant Patient Bill of Rights
- What Does a Doula Cost?
- Questions for Your Doctor
- Your Birth Experience
- Outcomes of Home Versus Hospital Births
- What Does Good Maternity Care Look Like?
- A Doula’s Fees
- Choosing a Pediatrician
- Home birth with midwife just as safe as hospital, McMaster study finds
- Why I Had My Babies With a Midwife Instead of a Doctor
Birth Plans and Preferences
- Birth Preference/Plan Tips
- Birth Preference/Plan SAMPLE
- Birth Preparedness List
- Membrane Stripping, Membrane Sweeping–just say NO
- Childbirth: What to Reject When You’re Expecting
- Microbirth: Why ‘Seeding Baby’s Microbiome’ Needs to Be on Every Birth Plan
- Nurturing a Baby’s Microbiome, Before and After Birth
- What to Pack
- The Lie of the Estimated Due Date
- Induction Prevention (Natural Induction Methods)
- Is Cytotec Safe?
- Hospitals Cracking Down on Inductions
- What ACOG Says About Induction
- Non-Pharmaceutical Induction
- Foley Balloon and Saline Infusion
- Risk of Inductions
- Why Every Week Counts
- Low Amniotic Fluid
- Big Babies
- Induced Labor Linked to Raised Risk of Autism
- Optimal Dose of Oxytocin for Labor Induction
- Bishop’s Score
- Study Raises Concerns That Pitocin May Harm Babies
Twins and Multiples
- Majority of C-Sections Precede Labor
- Higher Insurance After C-Section
- Why the C-Section Rate Is So High
- Preventing Uterine Rupture
- Best Cesarean Ever
- California C-Section Rates by Hospital
- Early Cesarean Risks
- Elective Cesareans
- Elective Cesarean Consequences
- 5 Ways to Avoid C-Section
- C-Section Risk to Baby
- C-Section Risks
- Why Babies Benefit from Labor
- Chewing Gum May Be Handy for C-Section Patients
- New cesarean method could revolutionize birth
Other Pregnancy Topics
- Boy or Girl – Chinese Reckoning
- Perineal Massage
- Baby Pool
- Fetal Lungs Protein Release Triggers Labor to Begin
- Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk
- 5 Reasons Why Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting
- Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes
Pregnancy Services and Online Tools
- Meyers & O’Hara: Third party reproduction and family formation law, including: surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.
- A La Mode Photography: Pregnancy photos in natural settings
- AAFP: American Academy of Family Physicians
- Due Date Calculator: Calculate your estimated due date, conception date, and approximate fetal age.
- Shoots & Giggles Photography: Truly amazing birth photography — most of the labor photos on this site were taken by Briana at Shoots & Giggles (ALL of the really good photos!) I can’t say enough good things about this amazing group of birth photographers!
- Latisha O’Connor Therapy: Offering Pre-and Postpartum Mental Health Services
What Our Clients Say
Tracy is a very calming presence. Her experience in the birthing process is so reassuring.
She was essential. Sometimes she was more helpful than my husband, and I wanted to have her support more than his.
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