Teodoro’s Birth Story | St Augustine – Jacksonville Birth Photographer

  A few  years ago I attended the very special home water birth with a dear friend. I was her birth  doula and photographer. It was such a peaceful calm water birth with the smell of her husband cooking the post delivery meal . I attended her needs.  It was so …

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Melatonin and labor

I heard about the study that reaffirms what other mammals have known instinctively for thousands of years… birth should happen in a dark, comfortable place. It also helps explain why most women go into labor in the middle of the night. And why so many labors slow down or stall in a …

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A Preemie Birth Story

  I am sharing this Premature Birth Story of my son. Whom will be 6 years old on May 5, So hard to believe it has been 6 years since this happened. I know now through sharing many moms have learned from my experience. I successfully breastfed him in the …

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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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Cervical Scar Tissue – A Cause of Preventable Cesareans

Cervical Scar Tissue – A Cause of Preventable Cesareans Dawn Thompson is  the founder of ImprovingBirth.org.  She has spent the past eight years on a mission to understand how scar tissue on the cervix affects women in labor, and to let the public know about it.  In her article below, …

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Checking dilation without being ‘checked’

One of the biggest repeat questions a doula/caregiver can hear during labor and birth is ‘how far along am I’. Some women would prefer not to know, some women could care less, and some women desire this knowledge almost habitually. As with any intervention in labor and birth, cervical checks …

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