Violence, abuse & coercion in the birthplace As a mother who has given birth four times and a doula who has attended dozens of births, I have seen and experienced my fair share of violence, abuse and coercion in the birth room. This is not a blog to make you fear your care providers or […]

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August 30, 2018

Abuse, coercion & violence. 3 Things that have no place in the labor room.

Sarah is preparing to go to nursing school and some of her pre-requisites required that she write certain types of essays. As you can imagine, most of the essays were birth related if it fit the criteria for the essay. This last essay due is a persuasive essay. So of course Sarah had to write […]

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May 4, 2017

Why every woman should have a doula.

Having a cesarean birth is too common in this country, about 1 in 3 births are surgical. I’ve blogged about my births before, mainly my vbacs. I want to talk about what it’s like to be the one on the operating table and what it’s like to be supporting the mother going through the operation. […]

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October 24, 2016

My experiences in the O.R. – as a mother & as a doula

So you go to your 37 week prenatal appointment and the doctor feels your abdomen like usual, only is taking a lot longer this time. Then the words are said “I think baby is breech now”. So you have an ultrasound and it confirms that baby is now head up and butt down. Now what? […]

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July 15, 2016

My baby is breech, now what?

You have a lot to think about while you are pregnant. I mean A LOT! You’re going through a lot of changes and if this is your first baby then it’s all new, scary and exciting at the same time. Someone mentions hiring a doula for your birth. You may have a few questions or […]

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June 29, 2016

Common concerns about hiring a doula.

Lots of women go into the hospital to have their baby without thinking that they will end up needing a cesarean section to birth their baby. In America, this happen a whopping 1/3 of the time. ┬áThe World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 10-15% rate for c-sections. So why is the USA doing more than […]

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June 10, 2016

Reasons for a C-section, and what you can do about them.

I had my first (and luckily only) cesarean in March of 2009. My daughter is now 7. Time sure has flown since then. I always told myself she was born the way she was supposed to have been, that obviously I cannot change the past. But, it didn’t help me feel any better about her […]

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April 3, 2016

It’s Cesarean Awareness Month and I want to talk about my cesarean.

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! But you’ve had a cesarean previously and are nervous about if you can have a vaginal delivery this time or not. Good news! The odds are ever in your favor that you can VBAC! Here are some tips from a 2 time VBAC mom. Find a truly supportive provider. You may need […]

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January 29, 2016

Tips for achieving a VBAC.

These are my own personal VBAC birth stories. By Sarah Fogle 1st VBAC.Born July 2011 Growing up vbac was a normal thing to me. I was a vbac baby. So I never thought anything was scary about it. If my mom could do it, so could I! I never had a care provider tell me […]

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January 23, 2016

A tale of two VBACs