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.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Today I went to my 12 week appointment. I got to meet with another midwive today who was also very nice.  She is also very natural-minded and I loved to talk with her.  She had some interesting things to say. Surprisingly, it made me feel pretty comfortable that labor would go the way that I wanted it to, even in a hospital setting.
She went over my lab results and everything looked great. That's always a nice reassurance. I also only gained one pound. Hooray. (Actually I must have been wearing lighter clothes, because I believe I've gained 3 pounds. Which isn't surprising since it makes me sick to move, and it helps me to not feel sick when I eat. It's pretty much a lose-lose situation.)
Then we listened to my baby's heartbeat. I love that part!  It makes you feel like everything is worth it! She let me listen to it for a long time. It's funny though, because since dopplers and monitors aren't my favorite thing, I almost told her that it was enough. I know she was trying to be nice and sensitive to the fact that this was the first time I was hearing it. It was pretty fast - in the 160's to 170's. I don't ever remember my boys being that high.  I remember 150's. So that got my hopes up a little bit. But I'm still planning on a boy and keep telling myself it would be the cheapest option since I already have everything for a boy. Plus, the third boy is supposed to be an angel child. :) Someday I would like a girl though. And if this is a girl, I wouldn't mind it. :)

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