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!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Sick, Sick, Sick - 11 weeks.

Yuck. This time around is pretty miserable. I must say. I'm still trying to count my blessings that I'm not so sick that I'm hooked up to IV's and such.  I'm still able to go to church, so that is good. That's about the only place I go, besides Dr appointments. I have sent the husband grocery shopping, etc.
The ginger pills seemed to work okay, but I wasn't feeling too much relief.  I talked to a midwife who gave me instructions on a process called "Emotional Freedom Technique" which I actually really like.  It has to do with affirmations and acupressure points. If anything, it's a good distraction and helps me focus. Hypnosis worked a little bit. I'm also trying to eat the "right" foods to help settle down my stomach.
Then I just went to my Iridologist. I should have gone to him in the first place. Because of all the acid in my stomach, he put me on catnip. Who knew they sold catnip as an herb? It helps with stomach acid. He also looked at my Vitamin B6 pills and showed me that they were in combination with B12 and that sometimes that doesn't work so great when they are in a combination. So I got a plain B6 vitamin.
I've started these supplements and my stomach has calmed down a ton. I'm amazed. I still feel a little nauseous and I still have that motion sickness fuzzy feeling all day, but I'm grateful for any help. Plus, I don't know how you can get rid of the sensitive gag reflex. Not fun. My poor kids sometimes dry-heave with me cause they come in checking on me to see if I'm okay and it sets them off.  My lucky husband has missed all of the great throw up episodes. Too bad.  He just better believe me. :)
Here's to hoping that 14 weeks comes soon!

1 comment:

Brey Hillary and Baby Leila said...

I feel your pain. Leila watched me get sick for the first time and she got sick on the bathroom floor. I felt so bad, i thought she was just immitating me and I kept trying to tell her to leave. By the time I looked over at her (in a break of heeving) she looked so puzzled because she's never gotten sick before.