Monthly Archives: October 2008

Alternatives to Hospital Birth: Why We’re Scared

One of the most common rationalizations for the choice of couples wanting to give birth in the hospital is the number of emergency cesareans they hear about from all their friends who have recently had babies. Women will often say, … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Avoid an Episiotomy

An episiotomy is a surgical incision that is sometimes necessary to enlarge the vaginal opening to help deliver your baby. 1.  Hire a care provider who doesn’t do them. 2.  Use a doula. 3.  Give birth upright or in water. … Continue reading

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Is a Doula like a Midwife or Doctor?

No.  A doula is not a medical professional, although she works in a field that is usually associated with conventional medicine.  A doula is trained to be very knowledgeable about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postnatal period, and can provide … Continue reading

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Can’t my supportive partner act as my Doula?

This is what I thought.  I thought I could save money and not hire a doula.  After all, my husband, mom and best friend were all going to be present and my labor and birth.  Surely they could cover it. … Continue reading

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