Sunday, October 12, 2014

Preparing (Children) for Childbirth

My favorite birth videos are linked here. 

In no way should these take the place of a childbirth class for adults and expectant mamas, but I found these resources helpful when preparing my children for the birth of their sibling.

Be aware that they show what reality in detail, and most mamas I know don't have babies fully clothed or even in a hospital gown. These are a lot like my own births or those of others' I've attended without a lot of interventions. I cannot imagine posting a video of myself having a baby on youtube but it is certainly helpful for the rest of us, to prepare either ourselves or others for the miraculous reality of natural childbirth! 

The music masks most of her vocalizations but the video is great of baby's head being born, etc. 

I like that the midwife is calmly in control, giving instructions as necessary (typical in my experience, hands-off until necessary), kids are roaming around and "helping", Dad catching baby, doula (her mom?) comforting mom. Baby starts out pretty purple but pinks up quickly. 

Real noise, typical of my experience. Doula & Dad encouraging, midwife giving instructions and working on baby to get her to cry/breathe, mom groaning and then oblivious in the "oh! baby" moments. Not a great shot (can't see much) of the baby coming out but not everyone can see it when mom is in this position usually. Midwife is the important one with the visual!

A ton of other videos with comments on contents. I think the comments are the best because youtube is full of gross crap, and this list picks the best, organizes and makes note of all the different things that could affect people (graphics, language, noise, stupidity, etc).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Location/Coverage Area: New Hampshire

Kimberly can now serve Wonderfully Made Mamas in the Southern New Hampshire vicinity.

Since now I am also pregnant with my fourth child, I have already found a cool birthing spot!

Birth Cottage of Milford

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Essential to Birth: Doulas

This is a great DONA video, describing the evidence and need for a doula in the birthing room. Like they say, connection with your doula is the most important. Any woman that you trust, whether they have any official training at all, will be a blessing to your birth experience.

If you are hoping for an unmedicated delivery I would recommend that your friend or doula inform themselves about how to be the most help in the birthing room, but studies show that even a quiet woman sitting in the room during the whole process has a dramatic impact on maternal feelings and birth outcomes (Klaus).

Having womanly emotional support for birth clearly makes a difference.

Recommended Reading: 
Birth Partner
The Doula Book (Klaus)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

We've Moved!

Many thanks to my sweet clients, and to The Midwife's Place for all the referrals, but I have moved to the Washington D.C. area and can no longer accept Nebraska clientele. I would definitely not make it to your birth within an hour. DC traffic being what it is, I might not even make it to the airport in an hour.

Stay tuned for updated pricing for the Northern Virginia Area - once I find some local doulas and figure out what is fair around here! All I know so far is that our house has exactly half the square footage at twice the price - so things are going up!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Certified Birth Doula CD(DONA)

As of September 28, 2012, I am officially a certified Birth Doula through DONA International. While I have been attending births already, this just means that in addition to going through a certain amount of training, DONA has reviewed my philosophy, birth data, and evaluations of clients and care providers I have worked with, to ensure that I am a competent and professional doula.

Here is how DONA International answers the question, "What is a Doula?"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DONA Certification Paperwork Completed!

It's in the mail! WOOT!

In a few months, I hope, I will have my DONA Certification as a Birth Doula!

It has taken me two and a half years since I decided to do it, and just over 2 years since I took my first class, with baby Noelle in tow!

If you are interested in more details on the DONA International standards for doulas, check it out!