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!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

14 Weeks!

14 Weeks! It sounds like a nice milestone. The sickness should be going away now, right? I hope so!  Tonight I went to a childbirth class that my midwives offer.  Before we start, they listen to baby's heartbeat.  150's to 160's. :) Not as fast as the last time.  Which really doesn't mean anything!  But fun to listen to.
The class was great. I love going to classes.  I was a little bit of the odd one there cause the rest of the moms were on their first time babies and expressed that they didn't know much about what to expect.  I'm on my third baby and am a doula. :)  It was fun though. It's fun to see people learn about childbirth. I also loved hearing about my midwife's philosophies.  She gave us a reading list and she had some of my favorite books on there. Very natural friendly, popular midwife/doula books. That was neat to see.
I also found out that my labs cost me $400 and the ultrasound coming up in 6 weeks will cost me $380.  Nice.  Oh well, it's all for a good cause = healthy baby!
I've gained 5 pounds now and it's all gone to my stomach. I feel I have a big chunk in front now. I'm feeling bigger and apparently looking bigger since some people have mentioned that I'm starting to show! So there you have it. It seems I'm feeling it too. There seems to be a little bump down  low, in front whenever I bend clear over. It's really happening!
Meanwhile, I'm going to start teaching ballet and jazz classes. Yes, while I'm pregnant. That should be a fun sight!  I'm actually pretty excited about it! Even though it will look funny....

1 comment:

Missy said...

How exciting for you to be teaching dance! What age group will you be teaching! I really hope you start feeling better soon. Hooray for babies (and good midwives, too)!