How often does a Uterine Rupture Occur?

I have been a doula for many successful VBAC’s and HBAC’s and one of the common concerns and questions are revolving around the common fear of uterine rupture. My friend Heather has some great birth stories as she has given birth several times with VBAC, HBAC and more check her …

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New Video options at Spinning Babies

Spinning babies now offers videos to buy or rent to help you have an easier child birth and have the optimal fetal positioning . You can increase pregnancy comfort,  labor ease and, perhaps, even avoid cesarean surgery. People across the globe are using these techniques….and they’re working! Go to this link to …

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Jacksonville is getting another Birth Option

  Jacksonville, North Florida and South Georgia will be getting yet another birth option in March 2015! For those that do not choose a homebirth or have reasons they can not,  you have another birth center option.   http://north.ufhealthjax.org/2014/12/12/natural-births-offered-in-a-home-like-setting-at-uf-health-birth-center/

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Labor Patterns

Is Assessing strength and patterns of contractions useful? In many  birth settings   people   often ask ‘how strong are her contractions?’ or ‘is she having effective contractions? While it may be possible to find out how often contractions are coming, and how long they are lasting – I dispute …

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What is Optimal Fetal Positioning?

What is Optimal Fetal Positioning? OFP is a phrase coined by Jean Sutton for the goal of her childbirth preparation through maternal positioning: the left occiput anterior fetal position. OFP directs pregnant women to spend most of their time with the abdomen lower than the spine (forward) and the knees lower than the …

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Birth Options in North East Florida

There are many birth options in our area, we have several wonderful CPM’s in North East Florida under my resource page www.gracefulbeginningsdoulaservices.com/resources/ I list all our amazing midwives if you should choose a homebirth or a birth center birth. The original local birth center, Fruitful Vine, Jacksonville and St. Augustine have expanded to …

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V-Steaming (Yoni baths) What is this forgotten ancient healing?

Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women’s Healing Also called Yoni steam or bath This is from the Birth Institute : Painful menses plague women of all ages, often causing withdrawal from daily activity or the use of toxic pain relievers, month after month. Yet women need not experience their …

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In honor of National Preemie Day, November 17

The Journey Of Sebastian Octavius : On April 7, 2009 during my home school meeting I had a gush of fluid…..I went to the midwife office and it was confirmed with a nitrizine strip that it was amniotic fluid. I was escorted to the hospital. The Ob did the same …

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Evidence on the Safety of Water Birth

I have personally been to many water births as a birth  Doula. The photo on my blog of the baby was a beautiful water birth, at home. In April there was report that went out In their opinion statement, ACOG and the AAP firmly admonished that water birth should be considered …

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