Welcome to my Doula Blog! I hope you find it interesting and informative.

My name is Natalie. I am a wife, a mother of almost five boys, a doula, and a Hypnobabies Instructor! I'm passionate about childbirth and hope to help women realize the power that is in them to birth more normally and naturally. It's my goal to help women feel confident and comfortable during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Yes, it is possible! It's also amazing, incredible, wonderful, empowering, and life changing.

As a doula, I am a trained professional who understands and trusts the process of birth. I provide continuous care for the laboring mother and her partner. Studies have shown that when doulas attend births, labors are shorter with fewer complications. I attend to women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience in both home and hospital settings. I draw on my knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the other members of your birth team to make sure that you have the information that you need to make informed decisions in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to the laboring mother and her partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort.

Feel free to contact me at doulanataliesue@gmail.com.
Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Healthy Birth Practices

If you don't have time to read a book about childbirth, here is a GREAT place to start. It's also a great resource to give to your husband to read, since some husbands are not likely to read a childbirth book along with you. :) Hopefully there are some husbands out there who do.

THESE are the topics put out by Lamaze to give you a quick overview of a Healthy Birth. Check it out!

Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own
Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push
Healthy Birth Practice 6: Keep your baby with you to enable the best relationship and to promote breastfeeding

Hey, and just so everyone knows, the new version of Lamaze does not teach "patterned breathing" anymore. So no more hee hee hoo's...unless your doula is coaching you to breath that way for only a moment during pushing if your baby is coming too fast and the doctor needs to untangle the cord or something. :)

The agreement amongst all childbirth educators is that the best way to breath during a contraction is slow and deep. So there you go, easy right?

1 comment:

Cristi said...

Nat, you should have a "contact me" section or something like that for people who would like to use you as a doula!!