- Hi! My name is Julie and I've been a natural childbirth instructor since 1985. I'm also certified as a birth doula, a lactation counselor and a perinatal fitness instructor. Please click on About JuJu for more info. Thanks!
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To my readers:I write and educate about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding, but I am not a medical professional. I'm a professional childbirth instructor, doula and breastfeeding counselor who has worked with pregnant women and new families for almost 30 years. I constantly strive to stay on top of the latest research and information in these fields, but I urge you to make your pregnancy, labor and birth decisions based on your personal research and in partnership with your health care provider.
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I know it seems that when you are pregnant, expenses just keep mounting! You have to buy baby clothes, baby slings, baby swings, car seats, strollers, bassinets, cribs, high chairs and so much more. You borrow and buy maternity clothes, … Continue reading
It’s not unusual for an exhausted mom in labor (or an exhausted birth partner) to ask, “How much LONGER is it going to be?” Or sometimes the mom asks, “How far along am I?” This question is usually asked when … Continue reading
Often, I get phone calls asking if I can help figure out a confusing contraction pattern. Childbirth books and pamphlets sometimes indicate that “real labor contractions” will start a certain way, feel a certain way, be spaced a certain length … Continue reading
(What’s the Difference?) I’m often asked to explain the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and labor contractions. That’s a great question! These two types of contractions are often confused. Understanding the characteristics of Braxton Hicks and labor contractions will help … Continue reading
Before you begin an exercise program during pregnancy, it is really important to have an obstetrical medical evaluation to be sure you have no health risks that could compromise you or your baby during moderate exercise. When your health … Continue reading
Pregnant or not, warmer weather often inspires us to get outside and get active. For most of us, that is a very good thing! Moderate strength training and aerobic exercise can be very beneficial during pregnancy as it helps strengthen … Continue reading
Sometimes it seems as though the birth world is split between medicated and unmedicated (“natural”) birth. Emotions can run high on both sides and I’m not planning on getting into all that in my post today, so you can all … Continue reading
Take a look at this cute Cuban mama belly dancing at 40 weeks pregnant! Ya gotta love her moves! This young lady is one of my childbirth moms, and she gave me permission to post this on my site. I … Continue reading
Hi everyone! I’ve been making some short video clips with some quick tips for labor that I hope you will find helpful. I’ve also made a few explaining some common terms used in childbirth classes, and I hope to make … Continue reading