Testimonial

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    A Doula Helps Change Law about Mandatory Erythromycin Ointment

A Doula Helps Change Law about Mandatory Erythromycin Ointment

Recently, I wrote about the evidence for erythromycin ointment in newborns. In my review of the evidence, I found that erythromycin is used to prevent eye infections that are caused by sexually transmitted diseases– chlamydia and gonorrhea. There are several evidence-based alternatives to erythromycin– including prenatal screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. However, both Canada and many states in the U.S. mandate the use of erythromycin, and some health care providers will threaten to call Child Protective Services if parents refuse to have the ointment administered.

Jodilyn Owen is a doula (now midwife) who was involved involved in changing the mandatory erythromycin rule in Washington State. I was intrigued by how she did this—how does a doula become involved […]

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    Finding a Care Provider who will Support Upright Pushing Positions

Finding a Care Provider who will Support Upright Pushing Positions

Last month, I published an article about the evidence for various pushing positions. The best quality medical evidence shows that women should push in whatever position is comfortable for them. Some moms find that upright pushing positions are more comfortable. However, only a small minority of women in the U.S. (4%) give birth in upright positions.

Erin, a first-time mom from Ohio, shares her testimonial about how she found a care provider who supported her desire to push in an upright position.  

What kinds of positions did you push in?

I was able to labor in […]

By |November 20th, 2012|Pushing, Testimonial|2 Comments|

Testimonial: Push in whatever Position feels most Comfortable

I recently published the evidence about pushing positions during birth (click here to read the article). The take-home point of the research evidence was that women should push in whatever position feels comfortable to them– there is no need to stay continuously upright or continuously lying down during the pushing phase. Today, Krista, one of my readers, shares her testimonial on how she followed this evidence-based practice with each of her three childbirth experiences. Her first-hand account helps bring evidence based birth to life!

My name is Krista and I currently live in Key West, Florida.

My daughter, Madeline, was my first baby and was born in a military hospital at Fort Lewis, Washington. I pushed in almost every position you can imagine. When the […]

By |October 8th, 2012|Mobility, Pushing, Testimonial|Comments Off|

A Doula Facilitates Skin-to-Skin in the Operating Room

Today’s interview is with Sharon Muza, a certified doula, lamaze certified childbirth educator, and birth doula trainer. This interview is a follow-up to my evidence-based article on skin-to-skin after a Cesarean, which you can read here. Sharon offered to share with us her thoughts on how doulas can advocate for and help facilitate skin-to-skin in the operating room/theatre after a Cesarean.  

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I am a DONA certified birth doula and  birth doula trainer, and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator teaching independent birth classes through my practice, New Moon Birth.  I also train childbirth educators through Passion for Birth and am a co-leader of the Seattle chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network.)  I […]