Author: ACCESS (Vanessa Lewis)

Why Not Home? Home Birth vs Hospital Birth
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Why Not Home? Home Birth vs Hospital Birth

Home Birth vs Hospital Birth Please note: This post is not meant to sway clients one way or the other in terms of their childbirth choices. As a doula, I support women no matter what they choose. I simply wish to shine some light on some observations I’ve noted about the various options that women have for their...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
Positively Pregnant
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Positively Pregnant

You just haven’t felt yourself lately. Your breasts are tender, you feel tired, bloated and your heart seems to be working over time.  You may even be feeling that you are coming down with something. Wait. When was my last period?? You grab a pregnancy test at the nearest pharmacy and head home in anticipation....

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
Mind / Body Connection in Labor
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Mind / Body Connection in Labor

As birth doulas, we see women do amazing things. They struggle, they wonder, they bond, they nourish, they comfort, they love fiercely. The birth with all the power of humanity and in these moments they are vulnerable. They are scared, they are excited, tired, and raw. Birth reveals much about us to ourselves and to...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
The Placenta Encapsulation Disagreement
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The Placenta Encapsulation Disagreement

Placenta Encapsulation has been a topic of great discussion for the last decade or so. More and more moms are choosing to have it done and many are experiencing the tremendous health benefits. Recently, however, the birth community at large has created an uproar surrounding placenta encapsulation. This is because many insist that their way of doing it...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
Stress and Pregnancy
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Stress and Pregnancy

Stress and Pregnancy Stress seems to be a normal and somewhat expected part of our lives in modern America. Pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are typically times where the stress only tends to increase. We all know the effects of stress and anxiety in the body of a non-pregnant body. During pregnancy, many of those effects are amplified and pregnancy poses...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
A doula says what? Breaking Down the Investment of a Doula’s Fee
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A doula says what? Breaking Down the Investment of a Doula’s Fee

Let’s break down doula fees and take a closer look at the compensation for invaluable doula service during one of the most important moments of your life! The following is a funny rendition of discussing what entrepreneurs such as birth and postpartum doulas and home birth midwives must cover in expenses. Just as you may...

by July 15, 2017July 26, 2017
A Closer Look at How Women Birth in the US – Intervention Statistics
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A Closer Look at How Women Birth in the US – Intervention Statistics

With ACOG’s recent “Debate” which concluded EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE INDUCED AT 39 WEEKS GESTATION OF PREGNANCY, reviewing the statistics of birth in the United States are more important than ever.  The statistics I review in the following video are from 2013 Listening to Mothers Survey Statistics on childbirth interventions in the United States.; inductions,...

by July 15, 2017July 26, 2017
Babywearing Part 2: Carriers
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Babywearing Part 2: Carriers

You may recall hearing a report on the news several years ago claiming that wearing babies in carriers was “unsafe.” Parents were being told by the media, their doctors, friends, and well-meaning strangers that they were putting their babies at risk by wearing them in carriers. All of the hype over babywearing came after a few...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
Preterm Labor
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Preterm Labor

There is not a single parent that, during a pregnancy, plans on having to deal with preterm labor. While it’s true that pregnant women should not obsess about it to the point of worry, all pregnant women should be aware of the signs to watch for. So for the sake of gathering information, we are...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017
More than Baby Blues
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More than Baby Blues

Postpartum Depression In all the fun and joy of preparing for birth, very few give postpartum depression anything more than an obligatory nod. Most people are inclined to skip over it when preparing for a baby, because of they, naturally, think it will never happen to them. Some may just resolve to deal with it...

by July 15, 2017July 15, 2017