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Why do partners feel so helpless during birth?

When I teach childbirth classes and meet with my doula clients, the number one thing that most partners want to know is how they can help. The good news: You can help. The bad news: Help in labor doesn’t always look how you think it looks. For labor support, it’s less...

Mindfulness and Birth

By Keely C Helmick, LPC, Doula Mindfulness has been incorporated into most aspects of life, including birth preparation. But what is mindfulness as it relates to birth? In this blog I will be giving an overview of mindfulness and how it relates to birth preparation...

Labor Pushing Positions that keep you Upright

I came across this video today while looking for a good visual for how to use a squat bar while pushing during labor.  The video provides a number of upright pushing positions to keep women off their backs and reminds us of the benefits of spontaneous pushing. Explore...

Why Have a Doula?

  You may be wondering what a doula can do to make a difference in your labor. Doulas provide continuous care and support throughout labor and delivery.  They are available prenatally to help the mother (and partner) prepare for the type of birth desired.  After...

Insights from Penny Simkin

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum' conference "Childbirth Education-more important than ever" hosted by renowned childbirth educator, doula and author Penny Simkin.  The day was centered on bringing...

Mindfulness in Pregnancy and Birth

Today, NPR's Talk of the Nation interviewed Harvard professor and psychologist  Ellen Langer about her mindfulness studies.  In an engaging interview, Ellen Langer describes mindfulness as letting go of our preconceived notions and acting on new observations. In this...