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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.
Category Archives: Common Labor Questions
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
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