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Birth Prep

Group Childbirth Classes

Group Childbirth Class

We are excited to announce that we will now be offering group Childbirth Classes! Our classes prepare you to have a smooth pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. You will learn about the process of labor, birth and routine medical procedures. Our goal is to answer all of your questions and help you feel confident and…

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Birth Plans Can Change

Birth Plans Change

“When our birth plan changed and I needed a surgical birth, my doula held my hand in the operating room and helped us to stay calm.” – Haley, St. Pete Beach Birth plans can change, like Haley describes. Many people (mistakenly) think birth doula support is only for a “natural” birth or vaginal birth. What…

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What Should I Be Doing Now to Get Ready to Give Birth?

Getting ready for birth

This is a very common question that we hear as birth doulas in our prenatal sessions with clients. In this session, we meet with the pregnant woman and her partner, in their home, to discuss their birth plan, if she has written one, her birth preferences, the routine procedures and protocols at her birth facility…

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Ugh, Why Am I Not in Labor Yet?

Labor Progress

As I got to the end of my first pregnancy, I was so ready to meet my baby. I’m not quite sure that I was ready to be in labor – that sounded hard – but I really, really wanted to find out what he or she looked like. Technically we didn’t know the sex,…

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Woof! Don’t Forget About Me!

dog care

Who is going to take care of your dog while you are in labor? I wish I had thought more about this. I was planning a homebirth with a licensed midwife. Our dog, Nikita, would just hang out at home with us. Planning for something else never even crossed my mind. She was really sweet,…

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Not-so Private Parts: Should You Shave or Wax Before Birth?

shaving or waxing for childbirth

If you’re currently pregnant, have been pregnant previously or thinking about getting pregnant in the future, chances are you have wondered about this. Given the incredibly personal nature of this topic, though, you most likely didn’t talk about it with anyone. Maybe your sister or a very, very close girlfriend who has given birth. Most…

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I Trust My Doctor. Why Do I Need Childbirth Classes?

Why Do I Need Childbirth Classes?

At a childbirth education class recently, a father-to-be asked a very thought-provoking question: If you have a great care provider (OB/midwife), why do we need to know any of this stuff? Why not just trust them to make the decisions for you? While not comprehensive, here are a few ideas why birth education matters. Not Every Choice…

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Your Unpredictable Birth

unpredictable birth

We all have plans, wishes, hopes and dreams. One of the hardest things we deal with as laboring and birthing people is accepting and coping with changes when things don’t go the way we hoped they would. Birth is unpredictable. The best-laid plans can come undone and often do. Birth outcomes and experiences are widely…

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Hospital Bag Checklist

hospital bag maternity

“What should I bring to the hospital?”  Here are some ideas. A few items on the list will also be provided by your hospital (blankets, pillow, shampoo, soap, etc) but if you prefer your own toiletries and want to feel more at home we suggest you bring these items with you. Download a copy of this checklist here. Labor…

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Interview With A HypnoBirthing® Educator

HypnoBirthing Buddha Belly Birth Services

Candice Enriquez, certified HypnoBirthing Educator, gives us the lowdown on HypnoBirthing: 1. What will parents learn in a HypnoBirthing class series? Parents will learn the highly effective method of deep relaxation for birth and how to assist, instead of resist, their birthing body. The classes include hands on practice with the powerful tools of: hypnosis, breathing…

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