Thank god it’s birth story friday! This has got to be the cutest little family.  Mom has got a serious Jackie O thing happening, dad is so in love and baby Simon, well, need I say more?

julie parker photography……delight in the little things!: Baby Simon~birth story.

stillbirthday | a pregnancy loss is still a birthday

The loss or impending loss of a pregnancy is a terrible experience to be faced with.   I have partnered with Stillbirthday to ensure you aren’t alone.  ***Caution to my pregnant mamas, Stillbirthday contains sensitive material about pregnancy and infant loss.  Please avoid reading further if this may upset you.

stillbirthday | a pregnancy loss is still a birthday.

What are the benefits of hiring a Doula?

Doulas reduce the labor time, reduce the need for medication, and reduce the need for Cesarean. Plus, there is the added bonus of a women there to support you.

The benefits of a trained doula are:

  • Continuous emotional and physical support for the birthing family.
  • Support for the father, which increases his confidence in his role.
  • Knowledge and experience in the birthing process.

Studies have also shown:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean birth
  • 30% reduction in requests for pain medication
  • 60% fewer requests for epidural anesthesia
  • 25% decrease in the length of labor
  • 30% decrease in use of Pitocin
  • Reduction of medical cost
  • Increased breastfeeding success
  • Greater overall satisfaction

Source: Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus, Mothering the Mother, New York, Addison-Wesley, 1993.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
  • reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
  • reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
  • reduces the mother’s request for pain medication and/or epidurals

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • Partner’s have more confidence in their ability to assist in the birth.