Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sushi at a Mexican Restaurant?

You just found out that you're going to have a baby! Now it's time to figure out what kind of birth you'd like. What do you want the environment to be...quiet? conservative? respectful? natural? medical? Do your research and find the provider, facility and support people that will give you the best chances of helping you achieve your desired birth experience. If your desire is to have an unmedicated, intervention-free birth, then choosing to birth in a hospital that has a 99% epidural rate might not be the best environment to achieve those results. You want your body to be free of all electronic equipment? Labor in a nice, warm tub? You'd like to eat and drink whatever you want during labor? You want to walk around outside? Can it happen in a hospital? Yes, it can and I have been privileged to be part of several such births.

If you've had a cesarean birth and are now planning to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), going to a care provider that has a policy of only allowing you to gestate to 40 weeks most likely will not get you a VBAC. Do your research and find a care provider that is excited about your desire to have a vaginal birth and will do anything within their ability to help make that happen!

Do you want your care provider to really get to know you and you them? That is going to be a difficult task if you go to an obstetrics office that rotates you through all six OB's in the practice. Not only that, it's hard to get to know someone by spending 10 minutes with them once or twice per month. If that's the kind of care you want and expect during your pregnancy, you probably should check into receiving care from a midwife. A midwife will spend close to an hour with you at each appointment which allows her to get to know you, your body and your baby!

Can you have the outcome you desire even if all the circumstances aren't in your favor? Yes, it is possible...but it would be like craving Sushi and expecting to get exactly what you want at a Mexican restaurant. You better hope they have the right ingredients to make your favorite Sushi. If they do happen to have the ingredients (and they're fresh!), you also better hope the cook who's working that shift knows how to make your Kamakazi Roll and Tobiko! Edamame?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A fun, informative day with two great couples!

One couple is planning a birth center birth; the other a hospital birth. After a full day of discussing what to expect, ways of laboring and learning to trust the birth process, these two couples feel more prepared for the upcoming birth of their little ones!

Surrendering is a powerful force!

These are the dates for the workshop through the rest of the year. To register, email me at

September 17th
October 22nd
November 19th
December 17th

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Epidural Anesthesia

You will need to mute the Playlist on the right side before beginning the video.

This is a great video to watch if you have no idea what is involved in getting an epidural. Where you see the anesthesiologist moving the needle in different directions, he's trying to find the exact space in your spine to place the catheter for the epidural. Since no two spines are alike, he has to go by feel.

There are a few things that are left out from the video that are important for you to be aware of. You will also need to be catheterized to empty your bladder since you can't get up to go to the bathroom. You will have an oxymeter placed on your finger to tell them what your oxygen level is. Often times, your blood pressure will drop too low so you'll be given something to bring it back up. You may itch, shake or run a fever. An epidural will often slow a woman's labor and she is three times more likely to be given pitocin to speed things up. All of these are normal responses and are monitored closely by the medical staff.

The pushing stage of labor is particularly slowed due to the relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are very important in this stage of labor as they're used to guide the baby's head so that it enters the birth canal in the most optimal position. This can lead to an increase in the use of forceps or vacuum extraction to help get your baby out.

Don't get me wrong...epidurals have their time and place. Many women have been saved from a cesarean section by receiving an epidural. The following are just a couple instances of when an epidural is beneficial. If a woman has been in labor for an extended period of time with no sleep, her body can become extremely exhausted and begin working against her. If a woman is struggling with high blood pressure during labor, often times she may benefit from an epidural due to its affect on blood pressure.

As a doula, I support a woman's decision of whether or not she wants an epidural. If I can help her have a labor and birth experience that allows her to get through without one...That's icing on the cake!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Date Change for September Workshop

The date for The Birth Journey workshop has been changed to September 17th. There's room for three more couples...Don't miss this unique one day childbirth class!

To register, email me at

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It was a beautiful journey!

On July 24th, two couples participated in the first ever Birth Journey Workshop held at Babymoon Inn. This is what one of the couples had to say:

"The things I liked best about the workshop were learning different labor positions and going through the Birth Journey. It was definitely worth our time and it brought a new sense of closeness between us. The different labor and pushing positions that Dianne suggested specific to Carmen's body type were great, as well as different ways to use the equipment and tools at Babymoon. We have already recommended the class to other couples!

Thank you so much Dianne! We're so glad we got the opportunity to participate in this workshop!! Thanks again, it was quite a journey! With love, Carmen and Tony"

Join us for the next Birth Journey Workshop on August 20th...There's room for three more couples! To register, email or call Dianne at 602-881-2729