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10 Things to Know about Cervical Exams

10 Things to Know about Cervical Exams

In my experience as a doula and childbirth educator, I have found that there are many incorrect beliefs in regard to exams of the cervix in late pregnancy and labor. For this reason, I have put together this list of the 10 things that all pregnant people should know...

Postpartum bleeding explained

Postpartum bleeding explained

No matter what type of birth experience, vaginal or cesarean, there will be postpartum bleeding. When the placenta detaches from the wall of the uterus there exists an open wound.  The majority of the bleeding that happens after birth come from this wound site. In...

How to Support Your Partner During Vaginal Exams

How to Support Your Partner During Vaginal Exams

Vaginal Exams are a common procedure during labor and birth, but I have found that they aren't always understood.  We have some great suggestions on how to support your partner while they are having an exam, but first it's important to get some background information...

What is membrane stripping and why would I want it?

What is membrane stripping and why would I want it?

Waiting to go into labor can be challenging.  When the estimated due date comes and goes on the calendar and you are still pregnant, you and/or your care provider might consider induction of labor. However, other providers and families decide to wait for labor to...

Contraction Timing Made Easy

Contraction Timing Made Easy

As a doula and childbirth educator, I have heard from many people that the process of timing contractions is confusing. However, it’s a skill that is quite useful in labor. Many OB/GYNs and midwives recommend timing contractions and leaving for the hospital or birth...