We continue on with our "Ask the Doula" series. Today my friend Darcy shares her thoughts on how a doula might handle family members in the birthing space:
Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula". This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders. I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch. She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley!
A question that came up in our Friday night class was, "How do we know if our doctor supports natural birth?"
Here are some questions to ask to find out:
Did you know that there are six birth centers to choose from if you are a birthing family in the metro-Phoenix area in Arizona? Several of them offer Bradley Method classes on their calendar. We will be offering a series at Willow Midwife Center for Birth and Midwifery that starts in October. Pleasecontact usif you would like to enroll.
Here is a quick run-down of the options, listed in alphabetical order.
202 E. Morris Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Please join us to celebrate the
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness
Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
2045 S. Vineyard
Mesa, AZ 85210
Here is a preview of the silent auction:
Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid: $50
- $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
- Placenta Encapsulation
from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
- Nursing Necklace from
Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
- Hat+Sock Set
- Bandana Bib
Meet this month's doula, Michelle Ludwig. She and I have met at doula meet and greets and at birth events - she was one of the fabulous doulas at Bradley Day 2014. Enjoy her "interview" and if you like what you read, her contact information is at the end of today's post.
When was the first time
you heard the word, “doula”?
When my husband and I
were trying to get pregnant with our first baby, I did what most first time
mamas do. I googled...and googled...and googled. I knew having a doula was a
We are so excited to be offering Sibling Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this season. I want to spend a little time explaining our Visual Birth Plan class to give you a better idea what to expect.
We will share a children's book about what happens during pregnancy, labor and birth. The main thing we want to get across to the siblings is that they can be part of the process, too.
What are some things they can do now?
RIght now, they can help Mother and Father/Other Partner to get ready for labor by helping the mom practice breath awareness and relaxation ideas every day.
We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.
When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.
We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation. This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.
To eat or not to eat…Thatwasthe question for families planning a hospital birth. When you are laboring at home or a birth center, you have the freedom to eat as your appetite dictates. If you choose to have a hospital birth, you are at the mercy of your doctor’s orders and the nurse’s interpretation of the hospital protocol.
We love it when science catches up to Dr. Bradley. Anecdotally, we could tell students that it was safer to eat before/during labor since anesthesia has changed from the days of "knock'em out, drag 'em out" birth, as Dr.
I am going to direct you to THISarticle about how oxytocin helps to reduce stress and
promote peace. It's no surprise that oxytocin is
the same hormone that is released when we make love, arguably a great stress
reliever and a promoter of peace for couples. A lovely consequence of making love when the timing is right: welcome, baby, some 36+ weeks later!
In addition to being the “love” hormome, oxytocin is also produced in great
quantity when a woman is in labor. The
hard contractions can only happen if the woman’s body is producing ample