What’s the Fuss About Peanut Balls?

If you’ve taken any childbirth classes, toured your local hospitals and birth centers…or talked to any doulas for any length of time, you’ve probably at least heard mention of the so-called magical properties of the peanut ball. This unassuming, smallish, peanut-shaped physical therapy ball couldn’t really be super useful during labor…or could it? So What is a Peanut Ball Anyway? …

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5 Tips for Moving During Pregnancy

New year, new…house? Moving is already stressful enough as it is, with closing deadlines, packing, cleaning, and all the associated costs. But throw in a new baby arriving soon, and your move can become a whole new level of tense. Here are five tips to help make moving during pregnancy a little easier. Plan Ahead of Time While moving with …

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Don’t Forget the Most Important Part of Your Birth Plan

  Don’t Forget the Most Important Part of Your Birth Plan! Planning for the birth of your baby feels like kind of a big deal. (It is. It’s your child.) Where you’ll give birth, who will be in attendance, what music will be playing – it’s your right and privilege to research and plan and dream and craft the details …

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I’m Going to Be in Labor Until I’m 80: A Guide to Prodromal Labor

  Your belly tightens, your breath catches. You’re having contractions…baby day is here! Or is it? For some moms, contractions continue to occur, and even grow longer and stronger, but seemingly without bringing the delivery any closer – even for a few days or more. This often-frustrating scenario is called prodromal labor. What is Prodromal Labor? Prodromal labor, or sometimes …

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Getting an Epidural? Here’s Why You Still Want a Doula

  “I’m having an epidural, so a doula won’t be necessary for me.” Oh, how often we’ve heard this sentiment – and it couldn’t be further from the truth! There are a ton of misconceptions out there about doula support, but one of the biggest and most insidious is the idea that doulas only support unmedicated. “natural” labors. In truth, …

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