This part 2 of a 2 part Series. See the Previous Post: The Delicate Balance of Early Labor:  How Early Labor Can Set the Tone for a Satisfying, Successful Birth. It’s the big day. You have finally started your labor. You are so excited and can’t wait to meet your baby. You call your midwife or the hospital. They tell you it’s early and not time yet to go in or have the midwife come yet. What to do now?… Read more »

The Delicate Balance of Early Labor: How Early Labor Can Set the Tone for a Satisfying, Successful Birth. This is part 1 of a 2 part Series. See Part 2: Tips for Coping With Early Labor coming soon. I have been feeling called to collate the following information. Many of the points discussed below are common wisdom amongst home birth midwives. They have been validated from my years of experience practicing as a Licensed Midwife in Sonoma County, CA.  I… Read more »

Four years ago, when I walked into The Dhyana Center for Health Sciences, an Ayurvedic clinic in Sebastopol, CA, I had no idea that I was about to begin studying a whole new medical system. I had been mildly interested Ayurveda, and had set up a consult with the center’s founder, DeAnna Batdorff. I was a new CPM and wanted to learn how to best take care of my body with the demands of being a homebirth midwife. I felt… Read more »

Babies Remember The Birth and They are Working Hard Too! This is an amazing recollection by a three year old of her birth. Something that frequently gets overlooked by birth professionals, mothers and families, is that the baby is working hard in there and has their own unique role to play in the birth. There is a growing body of work that studies the cognitive capacities of babies in utereo, showing they are learning,  collecting imprints, listening, feeling, and aware… Read more »

The Last Days of Pregnancy: A Place of In-Between by Jana Studelska  She’s curled up on the couch, waiting, a ball of baby and emotions. A scrambled pile of books on pregnancy, labor, baby names, breastfeeding…not one more word can be absorbed. The birth supplies are loaded in a laundry basket, ready for action. The freezer is filled with meals, the car seat installed, the camera charged. It’s time to hurry up and wait. Not a comfortable place to be,… Read more »

Navigating a miscarriage can be tricky and complicated. There are a whole matrix of emotional, societal and biological questions that come up when a woman is faced with losing a pregnancy. In times prior, whispers spread throughout the community about what might be wrong with a woman that she can’t carry a pregnancy. Currently, many receive mixed messages from friends, family and care providers. Numerous woman I have worked with have expressed deep emotions over losing a pregnancy, but felt… Read more »

Appropriately so, there is tons of focus on what a mother needs in order to dig deep and move through the enormous, joyful task of birthing a baby. But what do fathers need to hold the space, witness deeply and support this experience? It is overwhelmingly my experience that most women in labor want to be supported primarily by their partners. Of course there are exceptions to this, but when a father feels empowered to help his sweetie during her… Read more »

I always wish I could tell what babies are thinking, sensing, seeing and smelling, especially when they make distinct expressions like these. Health care providers and society in general used to think that babies had no memory, emotions, or capacity to process their surroundings. Thanks to the work of pre and para natal psychologists, we now know that babies have incredible capacities. Now we know that babies are take in every experience in like they a sponge. This is why… Read more »