Six healthy birth practices

March 6th, 2010

I am so impressed by Lamaze International’s papers on their six healthy birth practices! They are based on research, and my observations from actual births would completely concur.
I recommend each of my clients read through these papers in the months leading up to birth:
1. Let labor begin on its own
2. Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor

3. Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support
4. Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
5. Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push
6. Keep mother and baby together; it’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding

Following these healthy birth practices often makes all the difference in birth!

Academic OB argues for delayed cord clamping

December 6th, 2009

The standard practice at hospital births I have attended has been to cut the umbilical cord as soon as possible after the baby is born. Even when parents express a desire for delayed cord clamping, it is cut probably 15 seconds after birth, at the longest. Finally, an OB comes out in favor of delayed cord clamping. Here’s his article, supported by many studies. Make your own decision.

New H1N1 policy at Mercy Regional Health Center

October 24th, 2009

As of Fri., 10/23, Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, KS, has a new policy due to H1N1: Laboring women are allowed only one labor-support person, preferably the mother’s partner. I know this will upset even many mothers who don’t want a doula supporting them. Mothers-to-be, please make your voices heard!

So, What Does a Doula Do?

October 5th, 2009

by Kat Hickey, CD(DONA)
published in the International Doula, Volume 17, Issue 3

I love. I listen.
I empower. I massage.
I believe. I whisper.
I rock. I touch.
I breathe. I thank.
I witness. I praise.
I soothe. I dance.
I encourage. I hope.
I laugh. I cry. I dream.
I love.


September 3rd, 2009

Whether you are an expectant mother, a new mother, looking forward to pregnancy, or just interested in the subjects of birth and motherhood, welcome to Gentle Birth Doula Services. Have fun exploring this site, and send me a comment if you want to know more.