Talking about...water breaking

Talking about...water breaking

Did you know that your water can break at any point in labor? It can happen before labor starts, during labor itself, or your baby can be born with the waters intact (called being born “en caul”). 

If we look at births on TV or in the movies, virtually 100% start with the water breaking. But that does not mirror reality! Research tells us that only about 8-10% of people (about 1 in 10) will have their waters break before labor starts. 

Many people report that they notice a difference in the strength of their contractions after the water breaks. In many cases, the water has been acting as a cushion for baby’s head, and with it gone, now the baby’s head is directly on your cervix. This is a good thing and helps your labor progress!

Did you notice a difference in your contractions before & after your water broke? Were you in the 10% of people whose labor started with waters breaking? Was your baby born “en caul?” Let me know in the comments!

"Are doulas the same as midwives?"

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"Are doulas the same as midwives?"

Probably the #1 comment I get when I say what I do: “oh, you’re a doula! Like a midwife?”

Nope! Well, we are “like midwives” in that we are both present at births. But midwives are direct care providers. More like OBs, but with a different model of care. 

Doulas are labor support professionals who are focused on providing physical, emotional, and informational support to families before, during, and after their births.

Sometimes I say: “Doulas are waist up, and midwives are waist down!” Though I’ve been known to hold a leg or massage a foot in labor :-)

Bottom line: doulas and midwives work together as valuable members of your birth team! Each has an important role to play. Contact me today if you are interested in adding a doula to your birth team!

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Talking about...early labor!

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Talking about...early labor!

My number one suggestion for my clients in early labor? R • E • S • T & IGNORE!

It’s the opposite of what you want to do, I know! “OMG, I’ve been waiting for labor to start FOREVER! Let’s start doing All The Things!” I get it. Really, I do!

Seriously, here are the facts to support this advice:

  1. Early labor is the most variable part of labor, and can last hours or days. Yes, days. So, saving up your energy is KEY to getting through this part of labor. 
  2. Like preparing for an endurance event, going out too hard & fast will trip you up later on when you need that energy for the super physical stages like pushing. Pace yourself well and it will pay off in the end!
  3. Distraction with an easy labor project like making a freezer meal for your postpartum time, or watching your favorite show on Netflix can help you to ignore your early labor until it becomes active. When you can no longer rest & ignore, THAT’S when it’s time to start your labor coping & comfort measures!

What did your early labor look like? Did you rest & ignore, or did you do something different? Let us know in the comments!

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Why you don't need a doula (but you should want one!)

Why you don't need a doula (but you should want one!)

You may be asking, "Why is a doula telling me that I don't need her services??" 

Well, the operative word there is "need." Women have been having babies since the dawn of time, and for 99% of that time, they've been giving birth with no medical help. Even if they had a midwife or other birth helper in the past, the real work of birthing a baby was done by the mama herself, in most cases.

No one "needs" a doula to have a baby. But here are 6 results from a 2012 study drawn from over 15,000 births that illustrate why you should definitely want one:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin
  • 28% decrease in the risk of C-section
  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth
  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief
  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

Did those numbers catch your eye? They definitely caught mine! In today's hospital birth setting especially, the doula plays an important role of holding space and empowering families to create the births they want.

Doulas provide the support, experience, and non-judgmental compassion that birthing families need.


Your birth story is something you will remember for the rest of your life! If you want to increase the likelihood of being satisfied with your birth experience, then you want to hire a doula. And this doula will look forward to hearing from you soon.