June 6, 2018

It is hard to find statistics on exactly what the induction rate is, but most of us working in the birth field agree that in this area it is around 50%. That is, approximately half of all women's labors in the Chattanooga area are induced. Yet, the research proves that...

January 10, 2018

Imagine you arrive at the hospital with your partner and your doula, and as you enter triage, the doula who has been supporting you at home is not allowed to enter. The doula you paid to support you during labor is sitting in the waiting room even though you said you p...

December 12, 2017

Expecting a baby around the holidays, can be especially tough.  Not only is this one of the busiest times of year, but it comes with a lot of stress and pressure.  A lot of women and their families are worried about the baby being born on Christmas day.  There are holi...

October 9, 2017

Doulas are known to be a great help for moms who want a unmedicated birth, but what if that is not what you are planning?  A lot of families feel that doulas are not necessary if they know they will have an epidural. The benefits of a doula's support go beyond those of...

September 20, 2017

Welcome to the first of a blog series, "Do I need a doula if...?" As a doula, I highly encourage you to take a childbirth class.  You will learn the normal process of birth, the choices and options you have, and some about interventions and birth support.  Doulas often...

August 1, 2017

Research shows that doulas have a huge impact on your birth experience, including lowering your chance of a Cesarean and other interventions, shorter labors, and a more satisfying experience.  What is different about the support a doula offers?  Will the care you recei...

June 17, 2017

You have done your research on the benefits and have decided to hire a doula, but how do you find the right doula for you?  Here are three tips to help in this process.

1)  Check out the doulas online.  Most of the Chattanooga area doulas have websites or Facebook pages...

April 19, 2017

While doulas are great at supporting moms who want to achieve a drug free birth, the fact is that most women still choose an epidural for pain relief.  In the Chattanooga area,I would estimate that over 90% of women choose an epidural (this number is much lower if you...

January 4, 2017

These are words I often hear after a birth when mom has achieved her birthing goals.  My initial response is YES, you could have because you are the one who did it.  You found the strength within yourself.  While this is very true, I often remind myself that I shouldn'...

September 3, 2016

There are some great pregnancy and birth related events happening around Chattanooga this month.  

On September 5th at 6pm, Amanda from Birth Chattanooga will be teaching the Comfort Measures class at Babies R Us.  It's free and you can register here.

The Rally to Improv...

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