Is Labor a Marathon?

Labor is often compared to a marathon. And it’s a comparison that goes a long way (see what I did there?). But it doesn’t go all the way. I’ll tell you what I mean. The analogy works when we think about the fact that labor is quite a journey and often takes a long...

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...

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...