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Thoughts from a first time parent after taking the Birth Journey:
Posted by Dianne at 3:36 PM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Posted by Dianne at 9:44 AM
Sunday, May 12, 2013
On a side note...Mama was 41 weeks and had a completely closed cervix at her appointment earlier in the day. Labor started that evening and less than six hours later, this was the scene! That is why I like to remind women...It doesn't matter what your cervix is doing until you're in labor!
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Posted by Dianne at 9:41 PM
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Labor can be a time when a women feels like she has no control over what is happening with her body. In some cases, they're told they may not eat or drink, no getting out of bed, even when and how they can push their baby out. All too often, a care provider has certain processes they follow when it comes to giving birth. This is most common with hospital births when standard procedures come into play. I've had clients ask their provider if they can be in whatever position is most comfortable for them when it comes for pushing. Most often, they're told they can labor in any position but when it comes time to push, they must be on their backs as that is the easiest position for the doctor to "deliver" the baby. Wouldn't it be better to let the woman be in whatever position she wants whether it is a squat, on her side, on all fours or in the water? How about lying beside her partner, using his body to rest her leg upon after each push? Like this...
When women are allowed to make the decisions during labor and birth, they have confidence in their body's ability to birth naturally as it was designed to do. She surrenders to the waves that ebb and flow knowing each one will bring her baby closer to her arms. In this case, each wave brought their baby closer to Daddy's hands. This photo was taken two minutes after he placed her on his wife's chest...And the two became three!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
You've got your birth plan all written out, the pregnancy has been free of any complications and you are about to experience the birth of your dreams. Suddenly at 38 weeks, your water breaks and there is a complication that necessitates the need to change your plans. This can be a very difficult adjustment if you've never talked about the possibilities of needing to go on to the next best thing. Whether you've planned on a birth at a birth center and ended up at the hospital, planned an unmedicated birth but ended up with an epidural after 36 hours of labor, or planned on a normal, vaginal birth but ended up with a cesarean birth...You made a decision out of love for your baby to go on to the next...best...thing! One of my goals as a doula is to help couples have the best experience possible, regardless of the circumstances. That was the case with this beautiful couple who had to make some adjustments to their birth plan. Even though the birth of their son didn't take place at the birth center, everyone in that room will remember it as one of the most amazing hospital births ever!
Born January 17th at 10:38pm
St. Joseph's Hospital
Weighed 7lbs 2.4oz and 19 inches long
Proud parents are Kelly and Torrey
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Placenta Previa is a condition where the placenta is either partially or completely covering the opening of the cervix and usually necessitates the baby being born by cesarean. That was the case with this little guy.
Last Friday, I attended my 66th birth as a doula and the first for a scheduled cesarean birth. I've had previous clients go through labor and for various reasons, end up having a cesarean. I have never been able to attend the surgery as they'll only let one support person in. This time, however, I was that support person. This young woman was very brave as she faced what was ahead in the operating room. I was prepared for what I'd see ( since I've watched numerous videos on cesarean birth), but I'd say I was less prepared to witness what women go through emotionally while undergoing a cesarean. I stayed close by her head whispering words of comfort...Letting her know she was doing an amazing job of staying calm even while facing this great fear! "You're SO strong! You're doing beautiful! He's almost here! You did it...There's your son!" And then the moment she first laid eyes on him...
Born January 13th, 2012 at 1pm
Weighed 7lb and was 20 inches long
Amazing Mama Shannon
Date: January 26th, 2012
Place: Offices of Babymoon Inn
Address:220 E. Lexington Ave.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Born January 4th, 2012 at 5:54pm
Scottsdale Shea Hospital
Weighed 7lbs 12oz and 21 inches long
Friday, December 23, 2011
Water has always been a big part of this family's life and water was where she wanted to labor. So much so that she wouldn't get out when it came time to push. This is how we came about having a beautiful, unplanned water birth at the hospital. The nurses and midwives were in complete awe as they witnessed this strong woman laboring. It had been so long since they had seen an unmedicated birth that they couldn't even remember when...Yes, there were some tears! They were SO compassionate and even allowed Dad to scoop up his baby girl and place her in mama's arms. This is what it looked like...
Born December 22nd, 2011 at 10:46am
Weighed 8lbs 5oz and 21.2 inches long
Proud parents are Rob and Rachel
Joins big brother Dean
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
The very next day I found myself in the same labor and delivery room as the day before. Mom laboring in the same tub, labor going in a similar manner...FAST! Let's just say this little guy came in such a way that will be quite memorable to everyone who had the privilege to witness his birth! Here's Wyatt...
Posted by Dianne at 10:29 PM
Friday, October 28, 2011
I snapped this photo just minutes after she pushed this big "little guy" out...It pays to be a personal trainer and have nice, strong quads for giving birth in a squatting position! Heather's humor was always present throughout her labor and her beautiful smile wasn't far away. Here is that smile as she looked up at her husband with pure joy and the ultimate accomplishment!
Life is full of second chances and Heather has taken advantage of every one that she's been given. You can read more of her story here and you'll see what I mean. She has stayed strong fighting for life and she stayed strong giving life...You are an amazing woman Heather!
October 25th, 2011 at 9:38pm
Babymoon Inn - A Birth Sanctuary
Weighed 9lbs 10oz and 21 1/2 inches long
Proud parents are Heather and Tom
Sunday, October 23, 2011
"Today was such a great day for me...I really cannot say enough!!! From sitting there listening to information you provided to hands on interaction to being reduced to tears...I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of today!" ~Annette
"I'm glad we went today. I had no idea what to expect but I really enjoyed it!" ~Jim
"I felt like it really prepared me and my spouse and brought out such a tender and caring side of our relationship. We are always that way but this is a very specific journey that requires something a little more." ~Krystal
"Thanks Dianne! This exercise totally shook me up...in such a positive way!" ~Grace
If you are interested in participating in The Birth Journey workshop, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-881-2729. The dates are listed below through June 2012, but are subject to change.
- November 19th, 2011
- December 17th, 2011
- January 21st, 2012
- February 25th, 2012
- March 24th, 2012
- April 28th, 2012
- May 26th, 2012
- June 23rd, 2012
Posted by Dianne at 7:35 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
(Photo below courtesy of one proud Dad!)
Proud parents are Grace and Jason