Tag: birth support

Taking Off the Rose-Colored Glasses, Breastfeeding in Appalachia

On Friday I attended the second annual Appalachian Breastfeeding Network Conference. The theme was “Taking off the Rose-Colored Glasses”, and the presentations focused on the barriers to breastfeeding in our region. The conference was held at the surprisingly lovely Burr Oak Lodge, in Glouster… Continue Reading “Taking Off the Rose-Colored Glasses, Breastfeeding in Appalachia”

West Virginia Doula

I thought I’d write a post about what it’s like to be a Doula in West Virginia, rural WV.  Including my work as a student midwife attending homebirths as well, since the experience isn’t all that different. Today, for example, I’m sitting at my… Continue Reading “West Virginia Doula”

When Should I Hire A Doula?

When is the right time to hire a Doula? Ideally you will know fairly early in your pregnancy that you would like the support of a Doula for your birth. The earlier you decide the more choices you’ll have. Not only do you want… Continue Reading “When Should I Hire A Doula?”

A New Path

“The Midwives Model of Care includes: monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle. providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support.” (from the Midwives Alliance… Continue Reading “A New Path”

Why do I doula?

Someone asked me why I did this. Did I love babies? Did I just love people? The honest answer is neither. What I love is birth. When I gave birth to my son, I felt like I was let in on the best kept… Continue Reading “Why do I doula?”