tests, prenatal tests, prenatal assessments

Tests Throughout Pregnancy

What kind of tests are recommended? ACOG’s recommendations on prenatal testing are to receive routine laboratory/diagnostic tests during the first prenatal visit such as: blood type and screen, CBC for H&H.MCV, platelet count, Hepatitis B surface antigen, syphilis screening, screening for gestational diabetes, HIV testing, cervical cancer screening, urine C&S and urine drip for protein and glucose. Cystic fibrosis screening, hemoglobinopathy …

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Pros and Cons of Baby Friendly Hospitals

What is “baby friendly?” In order for a hospital to be considered baby friendly, it must maintain a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff, train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy, inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of …

yoga, yogi, exercise during pregnancy

5 Things I Know About Yoga and Health

What do you know about Yoga? Are you an experienced Yogi or did you just attend your first class? Have you been practicing for years or are you just starting to think about it? No matter your experience level, it is good to know a thing or two (or five!) about it.   1. A Brief History The first writings …

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Building Professional Relationships

It is extremely important for doulas to work on building professional relationships with doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals. Equally important is maintaining those relationships. It does no good to establish a good relationship only to ruin it later down the line. There are a couple of ways that doulas come into contact with medical professionals. One way, is …

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Traumatic Birth, PTSD, and Healing

During the birth, certain complications and events may occur causing birth trauma and making the experience seem traumatic and negative. This can easily lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Birthing individuals are more likely to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder if they have an emergency caesarean or assisted delivery using forceps. However, individuals who have a vaginal birth are still …

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Professional Labor Support vs Friends

There are many ways in which professional labor support impacts birth positively. Studies have shown that labor support has many benefits to both the mother and the baby. One study that demonstrates this was published in June 2008 in Birth. According to Susan K. McGrath, PhD, and John H. Kennell, MD, birthing individuals who received professional doula support had a …

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When Labor Doesn’t Progress “Normally”

When it comes to labor there is no such thing as a “normal” progression. The best way to approach labor is to be flexible and have confidence that the mother and her support team can and will handle whatever comes their way. Childbirth is totally unpredictable, each human being and each birth is unique. There is a wide range of “normal” …