Birth

December 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
IV stands for "intravenous," and though many of use it as a noun ("Did you have an IV?"), it's technically an adjective and often paired with a noun like fluid, drip, medication, or injection. I promise this post is not about grammar, but it's important to understand the language and usage of... Read More
November 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
It's not easy being pregnant, in your third trimester, near your due date... and approaching a major holiday like Thanksgiving. Of course, there's the typical discomfort most everyone experiences in late pregnancy. Then on top of that, you have your holiday plans to consider. What if you have your... Read More
November 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
If you're due in December or January and you haven't created a plan for tackling the holiday season to-dos, a) you're not alone and b) it's time to get started. Nobody wants to be scrambling around, going store to store, making last-minute decisions on gifts and food and plans days before a holiday... Read More
November 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
November is Prematurity Awareness Month, hosted by March of Dimes, the organization long known for raising funds for premature babies and campaigns for preventing prematurity. While you can't always do things to prevent preterm labor and premature birth, one of the simplest things you can do is... Read More
October 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
1 Comment
Picture this: you're in active labor (after six centimeters dilation) and working hard, but managing fine. Your water has not yet broken. You've been in labor for fairly long time... Read More
October 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
My daughter lived for 33 days. After a healthy pregnancy and no indication to think otherwise, her death was unexpected. The grief I felt was inexplicable and I didn’t know how I would ever live life again. But, the immense love I had for her was deeper than the grief I felt. My husband and I had so... Read More
October 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
My daughter was just over two when I got pregnant for a second time. Supported by a great prenatal practice with Barefoot Yoga in Oakland and a local doula group, I had a healthy and smooth pregnancy with her.
 

My labor started about a week past term. After a full labor and four... Read More
October 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
This week is National Midwifery week, and so OF COURSE we are celebrating! Lamaze believes that midwives play a critical role in the health and well being of women during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond. If you are pregnant and have never considered a midwife for your care, or have unclear... Read More
September 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Currently, 15.5 percent of the United States population -- more than 50 million people -- are uninsured. No matter the reason why, being pregnant and uninsured can feel scary and overwhelming. Getting prenatal care throughout pregnancy, and especially early pregnancy (by 8 weeks or once your... Read More
September 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month -- a time to raise awareness and educate parents and caregivers on practices that help all children reach their first birthday. It's not always possible to prevent or correct the reasons why some babies die in their first year, but there are many proven... Read More
September 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Last week, parts of the internet were aflame with new research suggesting that social media -- in particular expectant parent forums -- is partly responsible for increasing women's fear of childbirth. Senior research fellow Catriona Jones of University of Hull, United Kingdom, came up with this find... Read More
September 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Preterm labor, or premature labor, is when labor begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Before 38 weeks it's referred to as late preterm labor. While it is generally true that babies "know when to be born," sometimes labor and birth happen before a safe time, for a variety of reasons.... Read More
September 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
As news of Hurricane Florence threatens the coastal Southeast this week, many people are preparing for potential power outages, stocking up on supplies, and planning for the possibility of evacuation. If you are pregnant and live in an area along the projected hurricane path, you may have extra... Read More
September 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Can you believe it?? Third trimester. Home stretch (a long one, but STILL). In weeks 28-42 of your pregnancy, you're really feeling all the feelings -- excitement, exhaustion, aches and pains, nervousness... it's all wrapped up in your day-to-day in this last phase of pregnancy. More than likely,... Read More
August 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
By now you may have heard that not only is it nice to bring someone with you for support in labor and birth, but it's actually beneficial for your birth. Continuous labor support has been shown to increase your chance of having a "spontaneous" (without intervention) vaginal birth, and decrease the... Read More
August 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
It wasn't until my third and final birth that I was able to successfully use natural coping techniques to deal with the discomfort and intensity of contractions. The difference, thanks to hindsight, was better preparation during pregnancy and a strong motivation to do things differently after two... Read More
August 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Results from a large study -- the ARRIVE Trial -- released this week and showed that people in the study who were induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting until labor begins on its own had a lower chance of having a c-section. Results of this study are significant because it has been long believed... Read More
July 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Did you read last week about the woman in San Antonio, TX, who gave birth in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom on her way to the hospital? Mom, dad, and baby (who will get free food for life) are all doing great after their thrilling adventure, and of course, their story went viral. 

After reading through the... Read More
July 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
If you haven't yet come across this term, let me first start by defining it. "Obstetric violence" is the physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse, bullying, coercion, humiliation, and/or assault that occurs to laboring and birthing people by medical staff, including nurses, doctors, and midwives. In... Read More
July 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
People who are in labor, from early labor up to the point of pushing, often instinctively find ways to cope with contractions as a way to reduce pain. This is true for those who do not use pain medication as well as for those who do. In labor, a person's natural coping techniques may start to... Read More
July 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Group B strep is a term and point of discussion that everyone comes across during pregnancy, and often, there is confusion over what it means and its significance. Group B strep -- otherwise known as GBS or group B streptococcus -- is a common bacterial infection in the vagina or rectum that is... Read More
June 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
From now until this Thursday, you can have free access to 27 different interviews from leading experts and professionals talking about the most important topics in childbirth preparation, safety, satisfaction, healing, and more. Better Birth 360 World Summit is the free online interview series from... Read More
June 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
There are a few resources we share on this site that, while tremendously helpful, I hope you'll never have a need to use them. Stillbirthday is one of them.

If you are pregnant and expecting a child who will not survive, or if you are the survivor of a recent or long ago stillbirth, first let me... Read More
June 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
June is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) awareness month. PTSD is often thought of as a condition that affects members of the military after experiencing traumatic events in war and combat. The reality is that PTSD can occur in any individual after any traumatic event. This includes birth. ... Read More
June 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
The Black Mamas Matter Alliance, in collaboration with the Healthy Families Project, is conducting a national online survey to learn about Black women’s maternal care experiences, and access to health services. The results of this online survey will be shared in a report format with the Healthy... Read More
June 8, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Yesterday, the Google Doodle honored Dr. Virginia Apgar, the American anesthesiologist and first female full-time professor at Columbia University who is most remembered for her invention of the Apgar Score, a simple first assessment test performed on babies all over the world to determine if they a... Read More
June 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
This month, we're going to spend some time focusing on dads. Not just because Father's Day is coming up, or because it's Men's Health Month, but because dads often report feeling left out and lost in the mix of their partner's pregnancy and birth. 

Many couples will learn about and hire a doula for... Read More
June 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Does your attitude about food ingredients influence what you buy on your weekly grocery shopping trip (organic or standard, carbs, vegetarian or meat, natural, low fat, etc.)? Of course it does! Well, what if you could get an inside look into your doctor/midwife/practitioner's attitude and views on... Read More
May 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
For the longest time, we have been told that the cure for preeclampsia, a condition that happens during pregnancy and postpartum and is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is birth. In other words, once baby is born, both parent and baby are free from the risks of... Read More
May 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
It's National Women's Health Week, an awareness event created by the United States government to promote practices that support a woman's health and well being throughout her lifetime. As part of this effort, the Womenshealth.gov website has created checklists, fact sheets, and helpful resources to... Read More
May 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
1 Comment
In celebration and recognition of National Nurses Week, we're sharing with you a peak into the life and thoughts of labor and delivery (L&D) nurse Haley Personna. I met Haley during a birth where I served as a doula when I lived in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was so impressed and grateful for her skill and... Read More
May 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
May 5 is International Day of the Midwife, a day to recognize, celebrate, and call for more access to midwives across the world. The 2018 theme is "Midwives leading the way with quality care," and that's exactly what I want to share with you about my three pregnancy and birth experiences in the care... Read More
April 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Stillbirth and infant death are devastating experiences for a family. Grieving the loss of a child, while painful, is a required part of the healing process. There is never any "getting over" the death of a child, but there is moving through different stages and ways of feeling.... Read More
April 27, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Learn everything you can about VBAC - This is a good starting point for nearly anything new and important you take on in life. The more informed you are about VBAC -- from reputable sources -- the better off your chances of success and your experience will be. One of the easiest first ways to become... Read More
April 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
1 Comment
In a helpful move in the right direction for women, mothers, parents, and birthing people's health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the guiding organization for OBs, has released a new "Committee Opinion" paper providing updated recommendations for improved... Read More
April 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Lamaze International and the New York Baby show are pleased to be giving away 150 FREE TICKETS to the largest baby show ever -- the New York Baby Show! The event takes place May 19-20 at Pier 94 in New York City, and is a must-attend if you are planning to have a child, pregnant, or recently had a... Read More
April 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
2 Comments
No, you don't. 

You don't need to take a childbirth class, just like you don't need to hire a doula, and you don't need to have someone you love with you when you give birth, and you don't need to pack a hospital bag, and you don't even need to let your mother-in-law know you're in labor (maybe). ... Read More
April 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
1 Comment
Today begins the first day of Black Maternal Health Week #BMHW18, a week created to bring the issues that Black parents face during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood in significantly greater numbers to the forefront of our attention.... Read More
April 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
The second annual March for Moms event takes place in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 6. Lamaze is proud to be an official partner for the event, which brings attention and change to the critical and dangerous issues people face in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, including rising maternal mortality... Read More
April 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Giving birth by cesarean brings with it a unique set of experiences and challenges that are specific to c-section. If you are pregnant, whether you expect to have a cesarean or not, it's critical to know what to expect during a cesarean birth, including short and long-term recovery, and postpartum... Read More
April 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
During my second pregnancy, my mom loved to tell me that I was born in the emergency room without time for an epidural; she hoped (that for my sake) I would deliver my baby just as quickly. Neighbors shared their concern that I designated a friend who lived 45 minutes away to watch my toddler during... Read More
March 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
We've shared before the alarming statistics of high maternal mortality (mothers and birthing persons dying) in the United States. The United States has the highest (worst) rate of maternal mortality in the developed/industrialized world, and while other countries' maternal death rates are going down... Read More
March 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
This week is World Doula Week, an annual time to recognize and celebrate the work that doulas do for families during pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This year's theme is "Doulas Help Make It Happen," which means that doulas are there to support, inform, encourage, and facilitate the... Read More
March 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Sunday, May 6 1-4pm

Join the March for Moms at the DC Mall for fun and family-friendly experiences as we peacefully demonstrate the critical need to address the maternal health of families in our country. We are a multi-diverse group of professional organizations and consumer groups who are passion... Read More
February 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Birth and the time after birth is a safe and healthy event most of the time for most people. For a small percentage of people, severe complications happen in the hours, days, and weeks after giving birth. With quick, proper medical attention, many of these complications can be treated and corrected... Read More
February 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
For some things in life, it makes sense to go fast, like when you're in a race and the ultimate goal is how quickly you make it to the finish line. 

The same theory is not best applied to having a baby. And yet, in hospitals across the United States, and increasingly in countries worldwide, there... Read More
February 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
2 Comments
It's no longer being kept quiet  -- the risk of Black mothers dying during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum is four times higher than it is for white mothers. In the last six months, news articles keep popping up to share the statistics and the reality of maternity care and outcomes for Black... Read More
February 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Today begins Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, a time to spread information and support further research and advocacy for the most common birth defect. Congenital heart defects (CHD) affect... Read More
February 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Early labor, which is also known as the first phase of stage 1 of labor, is the time from the very beginning of labor (when contractions begin to follow a pattern) up until 6cm of dilation, or "active labor." How do you know it's early labor? Typical signs of early labor include:... Read More
January 22, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
What if I told you there as a special kind of milkshake (yes, a milkshake) that could help you have a shorter and easier labor? There is. It's called the "date shake." And it's amazing. Before you go raising an eyebrow over the idea that 1) there's a milkshake that can help your in birth and 2) date... Read More
January 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Oh Google -- you plethora of information overload, you. This morning, in preparing to write today's post, I found by accident the top questions people search for when it comes to childbirth. This is what appeared:... Read More
January 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
With the start of the new year, there's lots of talk about planners. Seriously, you could scroll through Facebook comments about day planners for, well, days. Rest assured -- this post is not about the typical planner.... Read More
December 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
As 2017 comes to a close, it's the ideal time to take stock of the events, accomplishments, challenges, and missteps from the year. Doing so helps give perspective on the past and input for the future. Here at Giving Birth with Confidence, we like to review and share the top viewed posts on the blog... Read More
December 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Sometimes it feels overwhelming to consider how you can help bring about change with some of our biggest problems in the United States. "But I'm just one person," you think. "How will something I do make a real difference?" But consider this: What if everyone on your block did "just one thing"?... Read More
November 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Looking for a Cyber Monday deal on Black Friday? Lamaze has got you covered. Don't wait for Cyber Monday -- start preparing for your baby now! Save 20% off ALL Lamaze online classes with the code SAVINGS20 through Monday, November 27.


Lamaze offers convenient, online classes from pregnancy plannin... Read More
November 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
Every year in November, the March of Dimes recognizes Prematurity Awareness Month by sharing vital information with families in an effort to share information and reduce the rate of prematurity in the United States. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen. ... Read More
November 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
1 Comment
As Thanksgiving approaches this week, we want to give our own kind of "thanks" to the many organizations that work with and support women, men, persons, parents, babies, and families through pregnancy and birth. Through work, advocacy, information, and resources, these organizations improve the heal... Read More
November 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
According to a new study, fear of childbirth may be a driving cause in wanting or choosing an unnecessary c-section. The study surveyed women with healthy pregnancies from eight countries, and looked at responses that indicated the level of fear toward birth. Respondents' fears included fear of pain... Read More
November 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
For most of us in the US, the beginning of November marks the entry into a fun -- albeit sometimes stressful -- season. We have friend and family gatherings to look forward to, traditions to enjoy, and good food to overeat. If you're pregnant and due on or near Thanksgiving, however, the beginning o... Read More
November 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
The 3rd edition of the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, has everything you need to help support and inform you throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum (check out our full review here!). Since the book's re-release earlier this year, we've been sharing little snapshots of... Read More
October 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
On Tuesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the organization responsible for producing practice guidelines for obstetricians and gynecologists, released new guidance that aims to make VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) available to anyone who wants... Read More
October 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
2 Comments
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
3 Comments
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)
2 Comments
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
2 Comments
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
2 Comments
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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!). 

 

How to Su... Read More
August 17, 2016 by Lamaze International
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
3 Comments
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)
1 Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
"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
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
“When the apple is ripe, it will fall.”
– Margaret Charles Smith, midwife... Read More
June 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
“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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
“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
Leave a Comment
Can you see a little arm or leg moving about when baby stretches?... Read More
May 20, 2015 by Lamaze International
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
1 Comment
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)
1 Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
“Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.”
– Ani DiFranco... Read More
April 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
Leave a Comment
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)
3 Comments
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)
Leave a Comment
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
Leave a Comment
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