Shower Power for Labor!

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There is not a much better way to help relax a mama than the power of  a hot shower for labor. As a doula,  I have found that the shower relieves low back discomfort and helps mother’s really relax during the early to active phase of labor.  Many labors progress quite rapidly when mother can feel relief, relax and just breathe! Here are some suggestions when in a hospital & wanting to shower. If there is an IV port, ask the nurse to please cover in plastic. This is one way to protect it from the water. If  there is a shower stool or bench, cover with a clean towel in case mama wants to sit a minute.  Also, bring a birth ball in the…

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What is a Doula?

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Studies have shown that having the support and care of another woman present during labor, the laboring woman is more likely to have a shorter, safer more satisfying birth experience. With doula support, allowing women to labor in the comfort of home through early labor, avoiding potential interventions that may take place when arriving too soon to the hospital setting. Fathers-to-be relax more with this caring doula support in knowing there is a professional advocate present to assist mother, physically, emotionally & spiritually. Some benefits of Doula Care: Achieving a more relaxed comfortable birth using all of the above-mentioned techniques therefore avoiding drugs and potential major abdominal surgery 60% reduction in cesarean rate Reduced duration of labor 40% reduced use of pitocin Reduced use of…

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