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How do I know if I want a doula at my birth?

Posted: 6/14/2018

Author: SCV Birth Center

In recent years, there’s been a growing wave of women discovering the amazing impact a birth doula can have on labor and delivery. But if you don’t know what a doula is or does, let’s start with the basics. A doula is a trained professional, hired to support and assist a woman’s birth in a variety of ways. She is knowledgeable about birth, can help with comfort measures and labor positions, calming techniques like visualization, and even help your partner know how to best support you during delivery. There’s a lot of evidence to support to positive impacts of having a doula at your birth, like quality pain management, lower rates of interventions and better birth outcomes overall. But how do you know if one is right for you?

"I'm afraid to give birth": Gentle reminders to calm your nerves

Posted: 4/27/2018

Author: SCV Birth Center

Some women go into their child’s birth feeling calm, cool and collected. They simply trust in their body's innate ability to grow and deliver a baby. But others, no matter how hard they try, have a harder time calming their nerves. It's understandable because birth can be unpredictable. It can also be especially anxiety-inducing if you've never been through it or have had a difficult experience in the past.

 

Often times, women feel at a loss for what to expect. And it’s true that there are a lot of unknowns which can leave women scared and overwhelmed. What will it feel like? Will I be able to handle the pain? What if something goes wrong? These are all normal questions that most women who are about to become mothers have asked themselves.

 

3 Ways to (really) prepare for your birth

Posted: 1/15/2018

Author: SCV Birth Center

Flip open any book on giving birth and you might instantly feel bombarded with all of the things you should be doing to prepare. Eat healthy and never cheat, exercise daily, take this class, and that one. While none are bad ideas, the truth is, preparing for birth is mostly a state of mind. You have to harness your inner power. You have to believe in yourself. And you have to trust your body to do its most important work.

 

How to handle questions about your birth/parenting at the holidays

Posted: 12/14/2017

Author: SCV Birth Center

How to handle questions about your birth/parenting at the holidays

What do we mean when we talk about "evidence based birth"?

Posted: 8/31/2017

Author: SCV Birth Center

When you’re expecting and find yourself instantly inducted into the world of all things pregnancy and birth, you start to hear the the term “evidence-based birth” getting thrown around a lot. As birth workers, we understand what this kind of care looks like, what it doesn’t look like, and most importantly why it’s so beneficial to moms and babies. But what are we really talking about when we use this phrase? Is it just birth-people lingo for the ultimate birthing experience? Well, kind of.

 

But let’s break it down a little, shall we?