Daily Archives: April 29, 2011

Belly Dancing

“British anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger says belly dancing originated as a ritual of childbirth as well as seduction… the idea is that the pelvic gyrations help dispere the pain of contractions, orient the fetus, and propel the baby into the world. … Continue reading

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Questions for your Hospital

While you are discussing your birth plans/hopes with your care provider, it’s also a good idea to tour the hospital and ask about their policies. When you arrive at the hospital in labor your doctor will likely NOT be there. … Continue reading

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Doulas & Support Partners

“A 2007 analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health found that fathers who were more involved throughout pregnancy, including participating in prenatal care, childbirth classes, and being present at the birth, were more likely to participate in child-rearing and … Continue reading

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When Labor Plateaus

Sometimes you’ll hear about “failure to progress” or protracted or arrested labor. Having labor and dilation plateau for a bit is common, and even though there may not be obvious markers of progress that does NOT mean that your body … Continue reading

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