Birth

October 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you thought about what you'll use to keep you hydrated and energized during labor and birth? There are lots of ready-made products you can buy that work great in labor, like granola/protein/energy bars, electrolyte drinks, coconut water, and endurance sport snacks. There are also things you can... Read More
October 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a child dies, fathers grieve. Culturally, men grieve in different ways, often because of how they are taught -- or not taught -- to show grief and sadness. Because of the perceived need to "stay strong" and hide emotions, it's imperative that dads actively seek ways to process and deal with... Read More
October 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is ICAN Accreta Awareness Month, an event created by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) to bring attention to the condition of "placenta accreta," which is when the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of your uterus. In a normally developing pregnancy, your baby's pla... Read More
October 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The loss of a child has profound and long-lasting effects on a parent and within the family. Whether a parent experiences loss through miscarriage at anytime during pregnancy, stillbirth, infant death, or older child death, the impacts, grief, and difficulties people experience are similar in intens... Read More
October 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As someone who works for Lamaze and teaches Lamaze childbirth classes, I hear a lot of misguided and outdated information from parents who think they know what a Lamaze childbirth class is all about. I want to set the record straight and tell you that a Lamaze childbirth class isn't all that -- it's... Read More
September 27, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Taking a pregnancy yoga or fitness class is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. A pregnancy-specific class focuses on preparing both your body and mind for birth. Lamaze teaches that birth is normal and healthy event in a person's life... Read More
September 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth plans catch a lot of flack. And sometimes, it's for good reason. Like, when a parent hands over a two-pager (front and back) to the hospital nurse, or when a birth plan is intended as an impossible play-by-play script for the big day. Birth plans also can be immensely helpful when they are use... Read More
September 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Over the last eight months, Serena Williams has been in the spotlight more often than normal, and it has very little to do with her tennis career. From her surprise pregnancy announcement and growing baby bump photos, to her most recent birth announcement of baby girl Alexis (congrats!), we've... Read More
September 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida just weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, TX, people everywhere are in various states of intense preparation and recovery. For those who are pregnant, especially late in pregnancy, and those who have just given birth living in affected areas, it's... Read More
August 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mothers are dying before, during, and after giving birth at significantly increasing rates in the United States. In fact, more than half of all mothers' deaths happen after giving birth, after baby goes home from the hospital. For many, this is surprising and shocking news. In fact, one of the main... Read More
July 31, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Laura Ward, PT, DPT, MTC

As a physical therapist (also known as a physiotherapist) who specializes in women’s health physical therapy and treating the pelvic floor, I was particularly interested in the blog post from The Subtle Mummy about her "broken vagina." First, I really enjoyed Zoe’s blog... Read More
July 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A former "Great Expectations" writer, Julie, shares thoughts on preparing for her upcoming birth by reviewing her first birth.  

As a soon to be second time mom, and hard on the heels of my last baby (the two girls will be 18 months apart), I was asked to give some advice on what helped and... Read More
July 26, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram, LCCE

Serena William’s pregnancy has raised many questions about what level and types of fitness are safe to do during pregnancy.  Exercise during pregnancy is no longer taboo, in fact it is now promoted for its overall health benefits and in the prevention and management of gesta... Read More
July 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As you prepare for your upcoming birth, have you given thought to what, if any, music you'll play during labor? Whether you're a music aficionado or not, you might be surprised at how adding music to the environment of your labor and birth can help change your mood, reduce your pain, and increase... Read More
July 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza
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It's well known that the rate of c-section in the United States is higher than it should be at 32 percent. It's also clear that the United States' high rate of death for moms and babies is not being helped by the amount of c-sections performed and that current maternal medical practices are not yiel... Read More
July 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of the book's content. This month, we're talking labor pain management and finding... Read More
July 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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How would you feel if I told you that today, you would stub your toe over and over for a span of a few hours? (Panic? Fear? Dread?) On the other hand, what if I told you that, today, you would experience a period of discomfort -- perhaps even a long period -- that would start off slow and mild, offe... Read More
July 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's late in your third trimester and you're gathering things you'll want for the big day. You've packed a change of clothes and your travel toiletries, of course, but what are you taking with you to the hospital that will help bring you comfort -- and relieve pain -- in labor?... Read More
July 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard about a baby show or "expo" before. But do you know what it is? We can't speak for all the baby tradeshows around, but we can tell you that the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is like no other event -- it provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from... Read More
July 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Rounding out our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth, we're talking today about number 10: episiotomy. As with each of the fears we've addressed, this too is a hot topic that's always addressed in a good childbirth class. (You can view the whole list and links to the first 9 articles here.)... Read More
July 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I was recently contacted and asked if I would review a new memoir book called Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean by Thais Nye Derich. I'm not able to review all the books that come through my inbox, but I was glad I answered "yes" to this one. Following is my review a... Read More
July 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you're planning on getting an epidural or not, planning on an induction or not, have a scheduled cesarean or not, chances are likely that you will have to experience some of the contractions and process of labor. As a childbirth teacher, I tell families that no matter what you think your pla... Read More
June 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For this last day in June, we thought we'd share some of the best posts and articles that came out this month (there were many!). From humorous to tender, and light-hearted to serious, we combed the 'net for the most recent dad-related content. Enjoy the good reads!... Read More
June 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study out of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder shows that the pain of labor and birth can be reduced simply by a partner holding hands with the laboring person. Researchers studied 22 heterosexual, long-term couples using simulated labor pain scenarios and found that w... Read More
June 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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ACOG - The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - is the guiding professional organization for obgyns in the United States and is responsible for producing guidelines and recommendations for care of families in labor and birth. Earlier this year, the organization released new recommend... Read More
June 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study from the Netherlands reveals that even if a person experiences an unexpected intervention or complication during labor and birth, they are less likely to suffer trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they experienced good communication and support from care providers. Dutch... Read More
June 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In honor of the upcoming Father's Day, this week at Giving Birth with Confidence, we're celebrating dads by providing a few quick reference guides for all things birth and beyond. It's common for dads to get lost -- and feel lost -- in the shuffle of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. As the non... Read More
June 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Welcome back to our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth that are addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first articles, click here. Today, we're talking about the dreaded fear -- and very rare occurrence -- of making it to the hospital (or birth center) in... Read More
June 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For some, finding out the sex* of their baby is one of the most exciting moments of pregnancy. With the availability of blood tests and high-tech ultrasound imagining, people are able to find out if they're carrying a boy or girl much earlier in pregnancy, though some still wait until the standard 2... Read More
June 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many who are in labor and giving birth in a hospital, an IV with hydrating fluids is part of the routine package. If your pregnancy and birth is low risk and you are not receiving other interventions like an epidural or pitocin, however, IV fluids may be unnecessary and in fact, cause more harm... Read More
May 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many things a doula will help with during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. A doula will provide excellent resources for you (like local childbirth classes, mental health services, where to go if you have difficulty breastfeeding, and the best websites and books for information),... Read More
May 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preeclampsia is one of the most common pregnancy, birth, and postpartum complications, occurring in 5-8% of all pregnancies and behind the leading cause of maternal and infant deaths each year. May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and we're doing our part in spreading the word to our readers about pr... Read More
May 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this spring, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out International Doula Month, we would like to share with you excerpts from the book about the importance and benefits of... Read More
May 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is International Doula Month, and if you're a parent who's had a positive experience with a doula (and there are many!), you'll understand why we celebrate doulas! If you're hoping to be a parent soon or expecting a baby currently and haven't made up your mind about hiring a doula, you'll want t... Read More
May 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nurses are often the unsung heroes of health care; during birth, they are typically the ones supporting and tending to families the most! This week, in honor of National Nurses Week, we wanted to let birthing families know just how awesome your nurse can be during labor and birth, as well as provide... Read More
May 8, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Eight years ago I almost lost my life giving birth to my daughter. Preeclampsia could’ve destroyed a family. I kissed my newborn as they whisked her out of my arms and into the NICU. It felt like a dream, or maybe more like a nightmare. My husband... Read More
May 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are trying to get pregnant, just found out you are pregnant, planning for a pregnancy in the future, or seeking a new provider, it's important for you to know that -- like most things in life -- you have options. In honor of the International Day of the Midwife, we are presenting key facts an... Read More
April 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out the month on cesarean awareness, we would like to share with you an excerpt of information in the book about cesarean births, sp... Read More
April 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Your birth is an event you will remember forever. Need proof? Call up your mother or grandmothers and ask them to recount their birth stories (if you haven’t already) – you’ll be amazed at the details they can recall! In addition to those memories, recording and preserving your birth story in writte... Read More
April 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

You may find yourself headed for a cesarean birth, even when that was not what you planned. A cesarean might have been in the cards all along for a variety of reasons; or this change in plans might occur before labor begins or during labor, when you,... Read More
April 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Congratulations at long last to April the Giraffe and baby [yet-to-be-named] giraffe! We are thankful for her sake (and ours) that the wait is over and mother and baby are doing well. As healthy birth advocates, we're also thankful and thrilled for this awesome example of how, by sticking to using t... Read More
April 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth

In a cosmic instant
New life bursts forth.
One journey folds, giving way
To the next one.
Unfolding,
Moment by unstoppable moment.... Read More
April 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Any experience of birth involves a mental processing and reflection on the event afterward. For those who experience trauma during birth, usually due to unexpected events, extreme emotions, or unresolved past experiences, it is important to formally process the experience in order to heal from the t... Read More
April 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lots of links to share and we're only one week into Cesarean Awareness Month! Clearly, there are lots of voices to be heard and shared about this very important topic. Enjoy your Friday and your weekend with some reading around the 'net!

16 Points to Consider for Your Cesarean Birth Plan (Attach... Read More
April 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have shared with you before the work that Consumer Reports has done on behalf of expectant families, including publishing hospital c-section rates, ways to avoid a c-section, and examining routine tests and treatment for children. Consumer Reports' investigation and advocacy for childbearing fami... Read More
April 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month. On the blog, we talk throughout the year about healthy birth practices, which also include the best, research-based ways to avoid cesarean. This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on specific things you can do to increase your chance of avoiding a c... Read More
March 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After a sneaking suspicion or a hopeful wish, you peed on a stick and saw two lines! (Or you saw "pregnant" if you had the fancy test.) Now what? After the excitement and early announcement activity dies down, it's time to start thinking about your birth. Wait-- what? You just found out you're pregn... Read More
March 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Do a quick search on Amazon and you'll find thousands of books about pregnancy and childbirth (21,701 to be exact, according to my most recent search). You'll even find a ton rated at four stars and up! So how do you choose? You can read some of the reviews to see what others liked about the book.... Read More
March 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality (mothers dying within 42 days after the end of pregnancy) among all industrialized countries. The highest. More than 50% of those maternal deaths are preventable. The state of maternal and infant care in the United States is a national cri... Read More
March 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The following post comes from our previous Great Expectations blogger, Pamela. She writes the following letter to her doula (for all 3 births!) in honor of World Doula Week. 

"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to supp... Read More
March 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins World Doula Week -- a time to recognize, celebrate, and spread the word about the critical role doulas play with families across the world. Lamaze recognizes the role of doulas as vital toward our own mission of advancing safe and healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.

Oft... Read More
March 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is International Women's Day -- a celebration of the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. This day hits close to home for Lamaze, as we have been a champion for change -- and improvement in -- the treatment of and care for women during labor and bir... Read More
March 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit group striving to improve health care quality and safety, released its 2017 Maternity Care Report yesterday. While there were some promising improvements found in the report, like a significant reduction in the hospital rate of early elective bir... Read More
February 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Research shows that moving freely in labor improves your perception of control and satisfaction, decreases your need for pain medication, and may reduce the length of labor. These reasons are precisely why the second Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice is entitled, "Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions... Read More
February 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your goal is to "get things moving along" in labor, there are certain helpful positions you should know about to use in labor that are known to do just that. Now, there's no guarantee, of course -- much of the time, labor takes the time it needs to take. Gravity and movement play key roles in the... Read More
February 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new review of studies ("systematic review") released last week and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that it is not only safe for women to eat during labor, but it is associated with shorter labor times! Though the study can't prove if eating during labor was the specific ca... Read More
February 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we're sharing a lot about labor positions. The good news is that there are many different labor positions to use throughout labor, in nearly any birth scenario. Today, we're covering labor positions that help during back pain or "back labor." Often, back labor pain occurs when baby is fa... Read More
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
February 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you 6 of the most important and my personal recent favorite posts from the net. Enjoy!

New fish consumption guidelines during pregnancy - The FDA has released new guidelines for which fish to eat and how much during pregnancy, according to mercury lev... Read More
February 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's true that you could give birth in a bare room if needed, but it certainly wouldn't be ideal! There are a number of props (that can be both purchased and made) that can be very useful when getting into more comfortable or ideal positions for laboring as well as for giving birth. Some of the prop... Read More
February 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to retailers, February is the month of love. Instead of bucking this seasonal trend, we're going to run with it at Giving Birth with Confidence -- but with a twist. We're going to focus less on chocolates and jewelry and more what's at the heart of love. Today we're talking "love languages... Read More
February 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum, the hospital bed can be a very useful and versatile tool in helping you cope with contractions and find optimal comfort. Throughout this month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on labor positions (there are so many!) that can be used duri... Read More
February 1, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Marian Alice Elmer, aka Mae, born Tuesday, January 17 at 2 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces and measured 18 inches long, and is in every way perfect. Here's our birth story. At my 40 week appointment, my midwives were concerned that Mae's position felt different... Read More
January 30, 2017 by Lamaze International
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This is the third in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue until we reach the end of the 20th century. The last post looked at birth in the 1920s. Today we hear from... Read More
January 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Wednesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the non-profit organization responsible for researching, reviewing, and releasing current and new practice guidelines for OBs, released new recommendations (called a "Committee Opinion") called "Approach... Read More
January 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your new to this blog or Lamaze, you may not know that we have a sister blog written for researchers and maternal-child health professionals called Science & Sensibility. From time to time, we'll review their posts and write up summaries that are more accessible to parents. Today, we're sharing t... Read More
January 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're following our new, short little series, we're sharing the ins and outs of different birth settings. Last week, we shared about hospital birth and today we talk about home birth -- what to expect and what's important to know. 

Giving Birth at Home 
Like the name implies, a home birth offer... Read More
January 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Before I get into the juicy details about the awesome new birth plan template from Lamaze, let me say this: there is no such thing as "planning" your birth, anymore than you can plan a snowstorm. "Birth plans," as they are identified by most people, refer to a set of preferences and desires for one'... Read More
January 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this new, short series, we will describe the different kinds of places where you can give birth -- what to expect, what's common, and tips for communicating and navigating. First up, we will review the hospital birth, which is where the majority of families in the United States go to give birth. ... Read More
January 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Immediately after a baby is born, the umbilical cord -- the lifeline that connects baby to your placenta and allows for vital oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood flow -- is still filled with blood. The remaining blood, as it turns out, isn't just insignificant leftovers, but very beneficial for baby to... Read More
December 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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2016 is coming to an end, but before it does, let's take a look at what happened here on the Giving Birth with Confidence blog from Lamaze. I'll share with you the most popular posts according to the number of views, my personal favorite posts, and the top 10 search terms. 

 

Most Popular Posts fr... Read More
December 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you ever considered how a birth plan might differ according to where you give birth? Whether it's a home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth, a birth plan serves a similar purpose across the board -- to help you better research and understand your choices, prepare you for different sce... Read More
December 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Virtual instruction can be a great place to start on your journey toward childbirth education. Webinars are usually about an hour long and include a recorded presentation from a professional in the field. I've provided a list of a handful of free recorded webinars available from Lamaze and other res... Read More
December 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's that time of year again! The time when we offer up important information on induction -- why and when it's medically necessary and how "the holidays" is not a complication of pregnancy requiring induction.

Around the holidays, many pregnant people experience pressure from family or healthcare... Read More
December 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If a planned cesarean is necessary for your birth, it is helpful to write a birth plan just as parents do for vaginal/unplanned births. Of course, both the process for writing a cesarean plan as well as its contents, is notably different. First let's look at how to go about crafting a cesarean birth... Read More
December 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My only major pregnancy update from the last two weeks is that Mae is now responding to outside stimulus - when I press on her foot, she generally kicks back. It's also very easy to see when she's moving around in there, and it has been fun to share that experience with Carson and others. I play and... Read More
December 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So you've decided to write a birth plan, which is great because a birth plan can be a helpful tool and resource in the process of preparing for your birth. But now what? What do you do with a birth plan once you print it? How do you use it and when? Writing a birth plan is a great first step, but th... Read More
December 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on the oft-talked-about, much loved and sometimes loathed birth plan. We'll address what a birth plan is -- and what it isn't, resources on different kinds of birth plans, and critical tips for communicating your birth plan (perhaps the most im... Read More
November 30, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you talked with your care provider about induction? Do you know others who have had an induction? Do you know the risks, benefits, and when it's medically necessary? Lamaze has several resources on induction to help inform, educate, and equip you with evidence based information to make decision... Read More
November 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adorable Preemie Clothes Made & Donated to Babies in NICU

 

Look But Don't Touch - Life After Neonatal Care

 

Tips for getting through the days in the NICU from a dad who’s done it

 

Prematurity in 2016: Concern, Hope, and the Landscape of Unknowns

 

5 Things That May Help Your Process Your... Read More
November 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 is World Prematurity Awareness Day, a recognition day promoted by several organizations in the World Prematurity Awareness Network to raise awareness of the fact that premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. It is a global health cr... Read More
November 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According the the March of Dimes' most recent report card, the United States scored a "C" on premature birth rates. For the first time in eight years, the percentage of premature births in the United States increased, and what's most alarming is the widening difference in prematurity rates for diffe... Read More
October 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We all know what pain feels like, in varying degrees. But what does pain look like? What do we do with our bodies when we experience something painful? Some of the instinctive responses we use to respond to everyday pain (think stubbing your toe, papercuts, bumping into a piece of furniture, going t... Read More
September 23, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Take a look at the following top 5 reads for your Friday. We think our own resources are great, of course, but love sharing other worthy, evidence-based tips and articles, too!... Read More
September 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're reviving this series to bring you the last three of the fears listed in our top 10 fears about birth addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first seven articles, click here. Today, we discuss the fear nearly everyone has but no one likes to discuss: illness an... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Hump Day! Why not celebrate with some fun and informative internet reading on pregnancy and birth? I love combing the net for new resources and posts to share, spending time carefully choosing just the right content (because there is a plethora of bad content, let me tell you!). 

 

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August 17, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Well, he came early after all! My entire labor and birth experience was so different than what I thought it would be….

I was up late with insomnia on Sunday, July 17 while my husband was out hanging out with friends and having a guy’s night.  When he came home, we chatted a bit and didn’t turn out... Read More
August 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today, August 3 is #BumpDay 2016, a day designated to raise awareness of maternal health care issues across the world. The cause urges women to share pictures of their "bump" (or pregnant belly -- current or previous) to help raise awareness of the maternity crisis that exists worldwide. More import... Read More
July 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There have been some helpful and interesting bits of information in the news this week on pregnancy and birth. Below is a round-up of current stories, research, and events. 

 

Induced Labor Not Linked to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) - Medscape

While there was once believed to be a link, a new... Read More
July 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's likely a day you have imagined -- and reimagined -- a hundred times over. The day you discover you are in labor and decide to head to the hospital (or birth center). It can feel exciting, nerve-wracking, or like hard work if you are far along in labor. When you arrive, there are specific routin... Read More
July 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, hilariously awesome comedian and author Jessi Klein published an opinion piece in New York Times called, "Get the Epidural." In an unexpected and off-putting exchange with a stranger, Klein is asked whether she will get an epidural during birth, to which she replies, "At the very least."... Read More
July 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Moving your body throughout labor and birth has so many benefits. It can reduce your time in labor, reduce your pain, and reduce your risk of unwanted interventions. We've talked at length about how you can maintain freedom of movement during labor and birth. But how will you know what to do when it... Read More
June 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Deena Blumenfeld

This is the second in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.


Birth Stories of the Past: Josephine Ann, Born Dece... Read More
June 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The health and safety of you and your baby depends on you getting the best and right care at the right time. This is the basis behind the new "Choosing Wisely" initiative, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in conjuction with the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).... Read More
June 10, 2016 by Lamaze International
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On May 27th, my daughter came two weeks early at 38w2d. I had the intent of working until June 3rd, with an EDD of June 8th. That was not to be. Nor would I attend my friend's wedding or see my boss retire after 40 years of service. My feet were so swollen that work day that I left around 2pm and ju... Read More
June 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for so... Read More
June 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Inspired by a similar article written this week by Kim James, ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA), on our sister blog, Science & Sensibility, today I present to you the critical differences between taking a childbirth class and hiring a doula. It's important to know that choosing one over the other does not fulfi... Read More
May 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's no secret that moms experience anxiety and nervousness over their upcoming birth. Less talked about -- but just as common -- is the experience that partners go through leading up to the big day. Concerns like passing out, not knowing what to do or how to help, having a baby on the side of the h... Read More
May 23, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This is the first in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.



Birth Stories of the Past: Albert Jr., Born May 12,... Read More
May 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and the Preeclampsia Foundation has proclaimed this year's theme "The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy." As the name of the theme implies, any woman can develop preeclampsia, and any woman can develop preeclampsia during any pregnancy (whether or n... Read More
May 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy National Nurses Week 2016! Whether you are a nurse, know a nurse, have been cared for by a nurse, or plan to be cared by one soon for your upcoming birth, we know that the work and dedication from nurses impact the lives of many. Today, in tribute to nurses who serve in the Labor and Delivery... Read More
May 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze wishes all of the new moms, expectant moms, seasoned moms, and grandmas out there a Happy Mother's Day. As our treat to you, we created a little video that celebrates the very beginnings of the journey into motherhood. "Life Lessons Begin Before Birth" also shows how Lamaze can help expectant... Read More
May 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is a month designated for many "awareness" themes, one of which is International Doula Month, a time in which we celebrate, honor, and spread the word on the benefits of having doula support. 



International Doula Month Celebrations & Activities in May



Hire the Best Doula for You: 6 Questio... Read More
April 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Sherri Wilkerson, LCCE, CD(DONA)

Statistically speaking, most expectant couples will go through labor before the birth of their child, and a rising number of those couples will hire a doula for labor support. And the reality is that some of the births will, due to various reasons, result in a ce... Read More
April 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, I went out to my various networks on Facebook and posted this question: "For those who have had cesarean births, what surprised you or "shook" you the most?" The volume, depth, and breadth of responses from women in all walks of life surprised me. Those who responded agreed to share their... Read More
April 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Childbirth classes prepare expecting families for the challenges, joys, and questions that will inevitably occur during labor, birth, and postpartum. As part of a quality, comprehensive childbirth class, you will also gain an understanding of c-section. Your childbirth class should include the follo... Read More
April 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month and around this time of year I always reflect upon the birth of my oldest son. He will turn eight in May; almost eight years since the birth that changed my life and my life's mission forever.



Obviously, the birth of your first child is a moment that you've plann... Read More
April 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Just in time for Cesarean Awareness month, Consumer Reports is releasing an investigation into C-section rates of more than 1,200 hospitals across the country. And the results are sobering.

Six in ten hospitals had C-section rates above the national target for low-risk deliveries of 23.9 percent.... Read More
April 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that you have options during a c-section? Much like when parents research and prepare for important choices for vaginal birth, like those included in a birth plan, c-sections also have inherent options that also may be up to your preference, depending on your situation, provider, and pl... Read More
April 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you've just had a cesarean, had one years (or months) ago, are scheduled to have one, might have to have one, or just want to better inform yourself in case you have one, it's important to have the most credible, helpful resources. We're sharing our favorite, most trusted links and informati... Read More
April 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April 1 is, of course, April Fools' Day. It is also the beginning of Cesarean Awareness Month -- a campaign to make women, families, providers, and the general public aware of the current state of maternity care as it relates to cesarean birth, including the current evidence, prevalence, and the add... Read More
March 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March 22-28 is World Doula Week, a worldwide celebration and recognition of doulas all over the globe. In honor of this week, I thought I'd share a little about my role as a doula (I wear many birthy hats!), as suggested by the World Doula Week 2016 Photo Challenge on Facebook. The Facebook challeng... Read More
February 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Leap Day! If you're one of the only 5 million people around the world who are lucky enough to call this day your birthday, then happy birthday! The leap year and extra day (leap day) was instituted officially in 1582 with the Gregorian calendar (though it dates back to ancient Egyptian times)... Read More
February 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In today's times, we are (generally) a culture that spends a lot of time doing activities that don't do many favors for the health and well being of our bodies. What am I talking about, specifically? Sitting. We sit to drive, we sit to work, we sit to rest. And for many of us (raises hand over here)... Read More
February 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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An article released this week in the Boston Globe discusses a phenomenon that's been taking place for a little while now -- many maternity wards in hospitals across the United States are doing away with the traditional nursery where babies go to be watched while mom gets rest alone in her room.... Read More
January 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and as one of the leading resources for healthy pregnancy and birth, we want to share with you important resources for cervical health. That National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a division of the American Sexual Health Association, seeks to highlight... Read More
January 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy is the perfect time to be selective when choosing who will provide your prenatal care and attend your birth. Once you have decided on either a hospital, home, or birth center birth, you then must choose a care provider. It's not always the case that your existing obs... Read More
January 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I often say to expectant parents that how labor and birth unfolds is based on the rule of 25% -- 25% preparation, 25% labor support, 25% choice of care provider and place of birth, and 25% good ole' fashioned luck. The good news is that, most of the time, 75%* of how your birth unfolds is within you... Read More
January 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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An issue brief released yesterday by leading advocacy groups National Partnership for Women and Families and Choices in Childbirth calls on government agencies and private insurance organizations to provide coverage for doula service, citing the proven health benefits, lowered maternity care costs,... Read More
December 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most pregnant people, and especially in most first-time pregnancies, labor is like a marathon, not a sprint. And of course, this is just a comparison in terminology not in actual length of time, considering that even the slowest of marathoners can finish in under seven hours. But as in a maratho... Read More
December 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you early on or in the middle of your pregnancy and wishing you had a way to record your experience, or perhaps, share it with others? Well then, we need to talk. In the past, Giving Birth with Confidence has followed along with women throughout pregnancy (every other week) through birth and ear... Read More
December 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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US Cesarean Rate Still Too High -- Know Steps You Can Take to Avoid a Cesarean

Last week, the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) released new research showing the correlation between the global rate of cesarean and maternal and infant mortality (that is, mother and infant death). W... Read More
December 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After 41 long weeks, you're finally having regular contractions and you have come to the conclusion that you are, in fact, in labor! Yippee! Now what? It's likely too early to head to the hospital or birth center. And it's likely that you have several hours of this ahead (especially if it's your fir... Read More
December 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this continued series, we're addressing the top 10 fears many pregnant people have of childbirth. Continuous labor support is vital in a person's birth experience. Partners, dads, doulas, family members, and friends all can serve wonderfully valuable roles as a labor support person. But what if y... Read More
November 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If I had a dollar for every pregnant person who has said, "You know, I have this feeling I'm going to go into labor before my due date" and then went on to have a baby after the due date, I would be rich! Or at least I'd have a nice little rainy day fund. As a doula, I encourage clients to listen to... Read More
November 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This 3-part series has reviewed the in-depth details of vaginal birth, including what it feels like physically and the emotions that go along. In today's post, we describe helpful tips for partners and labor support persons. Each stage and phase of labor brings different sensations and therefore, ch... Read More
November 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month, as designated by the March of Dimes, and November 17 was World Prematurity Day. Families and organizations around the world are celebrating life and life saving measures for babies born too early. More than 15 million babies around the world are born prematur... Read More
November 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, Lamaze International responded to the release of a new report from the United Nations Population Division, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank Group, that shows a lower rate of worldwide matern... Read More
November 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a family prepares for and attempts to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), there is a considerable amount of thought, planning, and cautious optimism that goes into the process. While the percentage of successful VBACs is high (60%-80% of women who attempt will be successful), there are... Read More
November 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In Part 1 of this series, we talked all about the physical aspects of vaginal birth, from contractions to coping and pushing to perineums. But in describing the physical experience of vaginal birth, we left out a huge component: emotions. Emotions are so important in the process of birth that they d... Read More
November 6, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Coming in at number six on our list in the Top 10 Childbirth Fears series is "Will I really poop when I give birth?" This fear, though it has nothing to do with the health or safety of mom or baby, is HUGE in the minds of many expectant mothers. The idea that an act that is considered very private w... Read More
November 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As we inch closer to two of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, we're also creeping into what could also be called the season for induction. While induction can happen any time of the year, statistically speaking, there is an increase in the number of scheduled inductions aroun... Read More
November 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're pregnant and haven't been on Pinterest lately, it's time to take a second look. Pinterest is a picture perfect curated collection to assist you in your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. Just take a look:



Search "document pregnancy" for creative ways to memorialize your pregna... Read More
October 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've been presented with the option of having labor induced instead of waiting for your baby and body to start labor on its own, and if the induction is for reasons other than a medical emergency (learn more about true medical reasons for induction), you may want to reconsider and wait. Though... Read More
October 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We talk a lot about birth at Giving Birth with Confidence. We've discussed choices, fears, providers, healthy birth tips, interventions, and lots more. With this new series, we want to take a step back and help describe to expectant families what birth is like. Of course, as many people say, "you'll... Read More
October 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This past weekend at the Anesthesiology 2015 annual meeting, researchers presented information to show that in fact, it is beneficial and safe for women to eat during labor (see the press release here). For many years, people laboring and giving birth in hospitals have routinely been told not to eat... Read More
October 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In our ongoing "Top 10 Childbirth Fears" series, we continue to talk about the most talked about fears families have about labor and birth, all of which are covered in a quality childbirth class. Today's topic is a big fear for most women -- the fear of having cesarean, whether it's unexpected or pl... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has released another great infographic! This time, the topic is "Who Should Be My Pregnancy Care Provider?" also known as "The first and most important decision in pregnancy." This couldn't be more true! Who you choose to care for you in pregnancy and birth will dictate how you and your baby... Read More
October 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many women giving birth, the hospital environment is foreign territory. Add to that the "laboring brain," in which a person is wholly consumed with the physical aspects of labor and birth, and has difficulty accessing the thinking and decision making part of the brain. These aspects combined can... Read More
October 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The all-time most popular post on Giving Birth with Confidence is an article written four years ago by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Jessica English, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, and owner of the thriving doula and childbirth education business Birth Kalamazoo in Michigan. The piece is c... Read More
October 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last Week, October 4-10, the world celebrated National Midwifery Week with a formal recognition and awareness campaign to share information about the difference of midwife-led care. Hiring a midwife to care for you during pregnancy and birth can be an exellent choice for safe and healthy birth. Midw... Read More
October 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this continued series, we're rounding up and breaking down the top 10 fears of childbirth, all of which are addressed in a good childbirth class. Today, we're talking about fear number four (in no particular order), which is the fear of labor stalling or "petering out." Let's address this first b... Read More
October 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, along with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) awareness, and Pregnancy After a Loss Awareness. Losing a child -- no matter what the cause -- is devastating. Families whose babies are stillborn, who miscarry, or who lose an infant face unique cha... Read More
September 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this series, we are reviewing the top 10 childbirth fears often discussed in childbirth classes. In last week's post, we talked about the fear of "losing control" in labor and birth, which can mean different things to different people. A pregnant person's fear of not having the birth plan followe... Read More
September 25, 2015 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE 

Last week, Lamaze International, in conjunction with ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), held their annual (joint) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the conference, Lamaze awarded Giving Birth with Confidence community ma... Read More
September 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this series, we are discussing the top 10 childbirth fears that are discussed in childbirth classes. for women and families. In our last post, we talked about the fear of pain in labor and how to cope. You can view the complete list here -- stay tuned for a discussion on each of these fears. Toda... Read More
September 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most birthing moms use some kind of noise -- or lots of noises -- as a way to cope with contractions during labor and birth. It may seem odd or even a little concerning that you could make loud noises in labor, in front of your partner and "strangers" like nursing staff and your care provider. But a... Read More
September 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you were out and about in your town yesterday, you may have encountered a group of women and families carrying signs with messages relating to birth and maternity care. The 2015 Rally to Improve Birth took place in several cities around the world yesterday, and will also take place this coming Sa... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Everyone loves something for free, right? How about something incredibly useful and high quality for free? Lamaze International offers a large variety of helpful, evidence-based materials and resources for families during pregnancy and in preparation for labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and... Read More
August 31, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Some say that the only thing predictable about birth is that it's unpredictable. Of course, we spend time and effort writing a birth plan (for good reason!), taking a childbirth class (so important!), and hiring the right care providers (critical!), but in the end, there are so many aspects of birth... Read More
August 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Like many women desiring a birth without the use of narcotic or analgesic pain relief, a recent doula client of mine planned to use water immersion (ie, a "waterbirth") during labor and anticipated remaining in the tub for her baby’s birth. She chose a provider who assured her the that giving birth... Read More
August 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Lamaze is creating helpful videos from president Dr. Robin Elise Weiss with tips for pregnant and nursing families. In the first video, learn about how to get breastfeeding off to a great first start, beginning in the first few minutes and hours after birt... Read More
July 31, 2015 by Lamaze International
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As a birth doula, I work with some pretty fantastic parents, both newbies and veterans. I like to devote a large portion of time before labor to help mom and dad/partner decide on their birth preferences and how to communicate them in a concise manner. From time to time, one or both parents will ask... Read More
July 27, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're new to this blog or to Lamaze and if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon, listen up. I'm going to share with you vital -- and SIMPLE -- information on how to have are more satisfying, safe and healthy birth. This information not only helps you achieve a healthy mom and baby, b... Read More
July 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has designed and released a new mobile app just for expecting and new parents! The "Pregnancy to Parenting" free mobile app from Lamaze brings you the same quality of evidence-based information you can always expect from us, now available as an app you can access any time and customize to you... Read More
July 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Current medical guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that low-risk pregnant women may receive one to two ultrasounds during their pregnancy (generally one before 13 weeks to date the pregnancy and one between 16-20 weeks). There is growing inconsisten... Read More
July 15, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
July 13, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The following information -- and much more -- can also be found in the free weekly email "Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week." Sign up now to receive helpful information for your stage of pregnancy. Subscribers will be given the opportunity to complete a Lamaze Parent Satisfaction Survey and receive a La... Read More
July 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A couple of weeks ago, we posted the "Top 10 Fears Addressed in a Childbirth Class," and reassured you that it's normal to have fears about giving birth and becoming a parent. It's when those fears feel overwhelming, insurmountable, or begin to control your thoughts, actions, and prevent you from mo... Read More
July 8, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"Seeding" a newborn's gut recently appeared in mainstream media with an article in the Daily Mail. The topic and practice has been studied and reported on significantly in the last few years. The following guest post from Toni Harman, professional documentary filmmaker and co-creator of Microbirth,... Read More
July 6, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The thought of caring for your newborn may intimidate you. Perhaps you wonder if you’ll know how to nurture such a little child. Be assured, you already know.... Read More
July 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Nothing can describe the moments when you first gaze at your newborn’s face and the following hours when you marvel at everything your baby is and does. This time is more than a sequel to birth—it’s another part of the beautiful, unique dance between mother and child.... Read More
June 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most first-time moms I encounter have one thing in common: they have fears about childbirth. Of course, it's normal to fear the unknown. You may have experienced the same kinds of feelings the first time you rode a bike, drove a car, went off to college, tried sushi, started a new job, or swam in th... Read More
June 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
June 22, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“When the apple is ripe, it will fall.”
– Margaret Charles Smith, midwife... Read More
June 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the lead-up to Father's Day this weekend, it's all about dads this week at Giving Birth with Confidence. Dads are an important part of the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum equation. But because so many resources, media, and information tend to be geared toward moms, dads often get overlooked and... Read More
June 16, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process.”
– Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife’s Story... Read More
June 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
June 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Do not force nature, do not insult it, for it is as if you were to open the ears of corn to make the stalks grow.”
– Chinese Medical Review (1852)... Read More
May 27, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Can you see a little arm or leg moving about when baby stretches?... Read More
May 20, 2015 by Lamaze International
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In the moments right after birth, babies go through an amazing and challenging transition. Inside the womb, they are kept at the perfect temperature and get everything they need through their umbilical cords.... Read More
May 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Saturday, the world lost a wise and beautiful woman who initiated great change and progress for families giving birth. Elisabeth Bing, co-founder of Lamaze, died on Saturday at the age of 100. She lived a rich life rich passionate about her belief that women could trust their bodies in birth, and... Read More
May 15, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and like this year's theme and the title above, we want to help make sure women everywhere know the symptoms and spread the word. Even if you aren't pregnant, helping another woman spot a potential symptom could save her and her baby's life. In fact, new research... Read More
May 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a family gives birth, life changes in an instant. New joy, new challenges, new responsibilities -- it's a beautifully exhausting whirlwind. When a family gives birth to a premature baby, life also changes instantly. But the challenges are infused with confusion and uncertainty, and the joy is f... Read More
May 12, 2015 by Lamaze International
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How do you see yourself giving birth? If you look at most books and TV shows, you’d assume every woman gives birth on her back, with her knees bent and legs held back, holding her breath to the count of 10.... Read More
May 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Tuesday, May 5 marks International Day of the Midwife. This day, which was officially designated in 1992 by the International Confederation of Midwives, recognizes the invaluable work of midwives around the world. This year, the theme is "The World Needs Midwives Today More than Ever," which highlig... Read More
May 4, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Although the big day is still several weeks away, your baby is preparing for her grand entrance into the world.... Read More
May 1, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are many observances and celebrations during the month of May, and on this first day, we honor International Doula Month! The evidence is clear that having a doula at your birth can improve your experience and outcomes. Even more exciting is seeing the growing abundance of traditional media co... Read More
April 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When creating a birth plan, it's important for expectant moms to know the many choices available during labor, birth, and postpartum. Part of this is understanding how, when, and how often (unique to each care provider and place of birth) different medical interventions are used. (Taking a quality c... Read More
April 28, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.”
– Ani DiFranco... Read More
April 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has given birth to another fantastic infographic! This time, the topic is VBAC -- vaginal birth after cesarean. In the simple but informative graphic, you can quickly learn the myths vs. facts surrounding VBAC. Some might surprise you! For example, did you know that 70-80% of women are succes... Read More
April 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In an amazing new research compilation and review, Evidence Based Birth has done it again. Author and site owner Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, has combed through existing research and studies and gives us an in-depth look at what it all says -- and what it means -- regarding due dates. She answers... Read More
April 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Making the decision to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) often does not come easily. It's a very personal decision that families will make after much consideration and deliberation. If your previous (or first) birth was a cesarean, how will you make the decision about your current (or next)... Read More
April 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, the world lost a beautiful, bold, and trailblazing expert in and champion for women's choices and freedom in childbirth. Renowned author and women's rights advocate, Sheila Kitzinger, died in her home in England yesterday after a short illness. She was attended by her husband of 63 years,... Read More
April 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In a new short and simple video from Lamaze, president Robin Weiss, PhDc, MPH, CPH, LCCE, (who is also the face behind About.com "Pregnancy & Childbirth") shares with viewers perhaps the most important question all parents should ask of their provider -- OB or midwife -- early on in their prenatal c... Read More
April 8, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A birth plan isn't really a plan, but an helpful tool for preparing in advance of your birth, and to open discussions with your care provider and birth support team during a prenatal appointment. Think of your birth plan as "preferences" with the understanding that it's impossible to plan a physiolo... Read More
April 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Because...

1 in 3 is too many

Recovery is hard 

My birth was still a birth... Read More
March 25, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In celebration of #WorldDoulaWeek, families and birth professionals everywhere are singing the praises of doulas. There are many benefits of having a doula with you throughout pregnancy (doulas help prenatally, too), and during labor, birth, and postpartum -- some of which have been proven in studie... Read More
March 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza
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By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

 A birth doula is a trained professional who supports birthing parents and their families during their labor and birth. There is a lot of research about the benefits of having a doula at a birth – including greater overall satisfaction with the bi... Read More
March 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After a short break, we are back with our Hormones and Healthy Birth series! This week we're talking all about "second stage," more commonly known as "pushing." In the Lamaze "Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back and Follow Your Body's Urges to Push," we learn that giving birth ... Read More
March 6, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last year, Lamaze created and released its first-ever online childbirth education courses. The courses allow you to learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. They are broken into different topics and cover a range of issues that help families prepare for birth and breastfeeding. In... Read More
March 4, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Friday AM: Braxton Hicks...?

I had a feeling. That malaise the day before, the quiet sense to withdraw into the stillness of home, Braxton Hicks that seemed a little less practice and a little more warm up. 

First-... Read More
February 27, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Healthy labor, healthy birth, healthy mom, and healthy baby is three parts preparation to one part luck, generally speaking.* Taking a good childbirth class, hiring a supportive and evidence-based provider, reading recommended books, and hiring a doula all go a long way toward getting the birth that... Read More
February 25, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Saturday, February 21, Jack Daniel Joyner (named in part after his great-grandfather, Dan) was born into the loving arms of mother Cara and father Benjamin. He weighed 7lbs 8oz. Baby, Mama, Papa and two older brothers are all doing wonderfully and enjoying the presence of a new little soul. Until... Read More
February 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During labor and birth in a hospital, many women experience what is known as "continuous electronic fetal monitoring" (EFM). During this medical practice, two elastic belts are placed around the laboring woman's belly. One belt holds in place a monitor that measures the frequency and duration of mom... Read More
February 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this week's edition of our Hormones and Healthy Birth series, we address "Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid Interventions that Are Not Medically Necessary" and the implications the practice has with how hormones are affected by interventions during labor, birth, and postpartum. The Hormonal Physiol... Read More
February 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Marching forward with our Hormones and Healthy Birth series, today we look at "Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support" and how it relates to the findings in the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report from Childbirth Connection. This Healthy Birth Pra... Read More
January 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In continuation of our Hormones and Healthy Birth series, in connection with the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report from Childbirth Connection, today we share how being active during labor can allow your body's hormones to do their important work during labor and birth. The Lamaze "Healthy B... Read More
January 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, we introduced the new report from Childbirth Connection on the important roles that hormones play during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. If you haven't had a chance yet, I encourage you to check out the accompanying parents' guide, "Pathway to a Healthy Birth." As promised, we're going ... Read More
January 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When seeking to maximize your comfort and minimize interventions during your hospital or birth center birth, there are some simple things you can do to be your own best advocate. Be sure to also share these tips with your partner and/or birth support team, as they will be able to help speak up on yo... Read More
January 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most of us have come to learn that the "squeaky wheel gets the grease," the tallest person in the room often gets noticed first, and bright colors attract more attention. But when you boil it down, it's typically the things we can't see or hear that matter most. So is the case with pregnancy and bir... Read More
January 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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New Year's resolutions may take on new meaning if you're preparing for the birth of a child in 2015. This year, perhaps for the first time, "join the gym and lose 10 pounds" isn't on the list. At the same time, many of the resolutions you make for a healthy pregnancy look a lot like those you would ... Read More
December 29, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As the year winds down this week, many will take stock of the best and worst of happenings throughout the year. In the world of maternity care, there are several notable and promising advances, discoveries, and recommendations in care practices. ICYMI (in case you missed it), we'd like to share the ... Read More
December 22, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Friday, we shared with you the newest Lamaze infographic, which demonstrates the many proven benefits of having continuous labor support. For more in-depth information on labor support, we also encourage you to take a look at our Healthy Birth Practice entitled, "Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Dou... Read More
December 19, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thinking about "winging it" for your labor and birth-day? You may want to think again and instead, prepare for your labor support. While it's true that you'll have a dedicated nurse, and nurses are awesome, it's also true that nurses aren't usually available for continuous one-on-one care and suppor... Read More
December 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you due this month and worried about having a holiday baby? Fear not! Read below to find out some of the good reasons for your baby to be born on a major holiday. And if you're still worried about your baby's birth date, take a deep breath and keep in mind what's most important: the health of yo... Read More
November 26, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the professional organization for certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives, launched the Healthy Birth Initiative™ aims to maximize women’s opportunity to have a healthy birth using their own natural physiology while avoiding u... Read More
November 24, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the United States, this week kicks off the madness fun of the holiday season. Friends and family visits, favorite dishes and desserts, time-honored traditions, along with a little chaos in between -- it's all part of the season. But if you're pregnant and due near the end of November or December,... Read More
November 21, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Giving birth to a premature baby, experiencing a stay in the NICU, and bringing home a preemie all come with unique and often stressful challenges, on top of becoming a new parent or expanding your family, which are already challenging! Support and reliable information can be two of your best allies... Read More
November 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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My son was born early, at just 33 weeks and 6 days in my womb, a whopping five pounds, thirteen ounces. Most first time mothers carry their babies past 40 weeks; I was expecting to give birth in the already-high temperatures that creep into Georgia in late Ap... Read More
October 31, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know? Lamaze now offers online classes for parents! Earlier this year, we launched "Safe and Healthy Birth: Six Simple Steps," a class designed to help you prepare for birth by presenting six simple practices shown to greatly improve birth outcomes for both mothers and babies. Now, we have t... Read More
October 24, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this week, we brought to you news of a new study review that discusses the timing of getting an epidural. One of the many things the study doesn't discuss is alternatives to epidural for pain relief in labor -- many of which are very effective and carry little or no risks! You can learn more... Read More
October 20, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this month, the Cochrane Collaboration, an impartial and independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates, and other related professionals, published a systematic review (a summary of best available research) on the effectiveness and safety of women receiving an ep... Read More
October 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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Trigger Warning: The following post describes infant loss, which may be triggering for some parents and families.

By Heather Moore

Pregnancy loss is real and it happens more often than people realize or talk about. This is something I’ve had to learn the hard way. You see, I lost a baby. Not just ... Read More
October 14, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you haven't yet seen the video "Birth by the Numbers" by Gene Declercq, Ph.D, LCCE, and the Boston University School of Public Health, I encourage you to take 20 minutes and watch it now. Whether you have been pregnant, are pregnant, trying to conceive, or will be pregnant some day in the future,... Read More
October 1, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Deena Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE

 

Recently, in one of my prenatal yoga classes, when I mentioned the words "pelvic floor," one of the women said she'd never heard of it nor knew where it was. This wasn’t the first time someone had mentioned a lack of knowledge about her body. Luckily, I hav... Read More
September 17, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Jill Christianson

In my career as a birth doula and midwife's assistant, I have attended approximately 70 homebirths. Of those births, not one mother transferred to the hospital because she wanted pain medication. Contrast that with the conversation I had with a labor and delivery nurse at one o... Read More
September 15, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are the foundation of what Lamaze believes and teaches. These Birth Practices are designed to simplify your birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate your fears and manage pain. Regardless of your baby’s size, your labor’s length and complexity, or... Read More
September 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It might sound like your worst labor prep nightmare: you're [finally] in labor and you arrive at the hospital only to realize that you've forgotten your precious labor and birth hospital bag! You know, the bag you spent countless hours thinking about and prepping for, the same bag that you added two... Read More
September 5, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that there was a list of "no-nos" for birth? Well, it's true. Along with all the other things you need to learn and remember for your big day, add these four to your list.

 

When you give birth, DON'T:

 

Apologize... for being too loud, for being messy, for asking for reassurance or... Read More
September 3, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Kelsey Irvin, MsC, CBD

"High risk" are two words no one wants to hear from their healthcare provider when pregnant. A diagnosis of high risk can change everything, sometimes very rapidly, requiring a considerable amount of bravery and focus to weather through. Three years into my doula practice ... Read More
August 29, 2014 by Judith Lothian
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Think of this as your childbirth manual, a step-by-step guide to prepare you for what lies ahead. We've divided the process into stages to describe the typical changes that occur as labor progresses... Read More
August 22, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In learning about and preparing for the birth of your baby, you'll undoubtedly read and hear lots about going into labor and giving birth -- probably too much! It's unlikely, however, that you'll see much on what it's like during your hospital stay after baby is born. What happens after you give bir... Read More
July 28, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today's post is from Jennifer Slater, author of En Route Baby: What To Do When Baby Arrives Before Help Does. While the vast majorities of babies are birthed in the presence of trained professionals, it can help ease your mind to know what to do in the event of a "highway baby."... Read More
July 25, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze is thrilled to share with parents everywhere the launch of our new online learning center with interactive, virtual classes you can take at your own pace. Engage with childbirth professionals and other parents virtually through all stages of your pregnancy and beyond. Online classes can suppl... Read More
July 23, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It has been a long-held policy in hospitals to forbid women in labor from eating and drinking. The fear is that if there is food in a woman's stomach, and if she goes in for emergency surgery under general anesthesia (most cesareans are performed with epidural anesthesia), that she could possibly vo... Read More
July 16, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Mindy Cockeram, LCCE

When couples in my childbirth classes are learning techniques for coping in labor that involve their labor partner massaging mom's hips or sacrum, I always talk about the great position the partner is in for spotting the red, purple or dark line (depending on skin color) tha... Read More
July 14, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As leaders in childbirth education, Lamaze International developed a set of birth practices to help women learn what they can do, along with the help of a good care provider, to give birth in the safest and most healthy way possible. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are the foundation of Lamaze, a... Read More
July 9, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today's article is a reblogged with permission from the incredible resource that is Plus Size Birth, created by Jen McLellan, mother, childbirth educator, and passionate advocate for women of size during pregnancy and beyond. Whether you are just starting your journey and trying to conceive or if yo... Read More
July 7, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Some days it seems as though pregnancy and birth is all over the media. Even more true for pregnant people who have a super-heightened radar for picking up anything that mentions bump, birth, or baby. But with pregnancy, birth, and parenting information, there can be too much of a good thing.

When ... Read More
July 3, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnant? Not your first baby? Maybe it's your fourth. Have you considered taking a childbirth class? I know what you're thinking -- "I've had a baby(ies) before; why would I take a childbirth class?" And while it's true that the process of giving birth has not likely changed since the last time you... Read More
June 25, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With all the recent talk about moving in labor and why it helps, we wanted to share 9 of the most common and beneficial movements for labor and birth.

Standing – Standing helps your body work best with gravity during labor, allowing baby to rotate and move down your birth canal, readying for birth.... Read More
June 20, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a follow up to Wednesday's post on the benefits of staying mobile during labor, we've rounded up a few of the best links for tips and information on active labor. Enjoy, and please feel free to add your favorite resource in the comments!... Read More
June 18, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Despite what we see on TV, with images of women laboring and giving birth lying in bed, birth is an active event! And in fact, purposely moving in labor can help shorten the time it takes to give birth as well as reduce your likelihood of having a cesarean. Learn more about moving and grooving.... Read More
June 17, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you’re pregnant (or planning to be) for the second time, you may be approaching your birth with a sense of excitement and nerves. Your previous birth experience(s) influence the way you feel about future births.... Read More
June 9, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're pregnant for the second, third (or more) time around, you may be considering inviting older siblings to attend the birth of your new baby.... Read More
June 6, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Be sure to join Lamaze next week on Tuesday, June 10 at 8pm EST for a Twitter chat on pregnancy partners, where moderator Maria Brooks, BSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE, will cover topics important to partners as it pertains to pregnancy and birth.... Read More
June 4, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Bringing baby home for the first time is exciting -- and challenging, for both moms and dads. As much as new moms go through an experience with the birth of a baby, so too do new dads. And often, there is more focus on and support for moms than there is for dads.... Read More
June 2, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Many expectant parents pack a bag for their stay in the hospital or birth center in the days and weeks before their due date time, but often, too much focus is on items needed after birth and for the baby. The following checklist outlines items you may want with you during labor and birth.... Read More
June 2, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Your body might start shaking uncontrollably. At some point during labor, often during transition or after birth, your body may shake or shiver for a few minutes.... Read More
May 23, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's at the end of your pregnancy, and you're convinced you're [finally] in labor. After calling your care provider, laboring at home, and making the trek into your hospital, you're ready to check in and birth your baby!... Read More
May 21, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Want Better Maternity Care? Learn How to Push for You & Your Baby. Watch the video now!... Read More
May 16, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is International Doula Month, and because continuous support is included as one of the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, Lamaze encourages women to learn about how a doula can help you have a safe and healthy birth.... Read More
May 2, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's time again to take a Giving Birth with Confidence quiz! This time, you'll be tested on all things birth -- how much do you know? Remember, if you want to learn all that you can about birth and feel confident and prepared, it's important to take a quality childbirth class.... Read More
April 28, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Want to quickly learn the basic, hard-hitting facts about cesarean and VBAC? Lamaze introduces this simple 3-minute video to help women start the conversation with care providers and push for better care.... Read More
April 23, 2014 by Brianna Padilla
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By Briana Padilla, El Paso, TX

I'm stationed in Texas and don't have my family close by to give me all the support I needed. So from the time I shared the news of my pregnancy with my mom, she had encouraged me to buy a Lamaze book and take a Lamaze class to obtain the confidence I needed.... Read More
April 14, 2014 by Jacqueline Levine
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By Jacqueline Levine

The cesarean rate in the United States has leveled off, as reported last year by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The information came from the National Center for Health Statistics... Read More
April 10, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month -- a time to learn about and share important information about how to avoid a first-time cesarean, discover your options for VBAC, and find resources for support in healing from a cesarean.... Read More
March 26, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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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.... Read More
March 24, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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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;... Read More