Earlier this month, perinatal mental health researcher, advocate and writer Walker Karraa, PhD, created a White House petition entitled "Every Mother, Every Time: Universal Mental Health Screening for Every Pregnancy and Postpartum Woman."
This week marks World Doula Week, a celebration of the wonderful things that doulas do for families during pregnancy, birth, and in postpartum. Giving Birth with Confidence recognizes doulas with this list of 10 great things birth doulas do for women and their partners during labor.
When writing a birth plan, it's important to keep your list of preferences simple and succinct. Using bullet points and including the most critical information (ie: please don't offer pain medication; I'm allergic to latex; please keep mom and baby together after birth, skin to skin;
The flood of emotions that comes with a positive pregnancy test is quickly followed by pressing questions. How do I manage the symptoms I'm feeling? Should I change my diet and exercise, or the medications I take? When should I tell my family, friends and co-workers?
Are you getting the best prenatal care from your provider (midwife, OB, or family doctor)? Take this "red light, green light" quiz to find out. Red light indicates care that is not evidence based or respectful of your choices.