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ON THE BLOG

August 5, 2019

What is a TENS unit?

A TENS is another tool we offer to help distract laboring women from labor pain without the use of pain meds. The TENS unit consists of two sets of lead wires that connect to four electrode pads. When turned on, the TENS emits mild bursts of electri...

July 9, 2019

7 HELPFUL TOOLS TO “BE WHERE YOU ARE” IN LABOR... AND IN LIFE

1. BREATH


Support your parasympathetic system by bringing attention and/or direction to your breath. Do this any time you are aware of stress or tension in your mind or body. Here are a few examples:

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"When babies are born, so is the mother" is a common phrase among birth workers. While that's true, it's also a somewhat incomplete and limited reflection. Here our client, author, Sarah Showalter-Fuillette, expands on that idea as she shares her birth story and beauti...

May 12, 2019

Our client, Emily Elert, shares her unique insights about the experience of birthing. Emily is a recent transplant to the Bay Area and Wendy supported her beautiful, physiological birth at Kaiser San Jose. Emily is a video producer and, as you will see, an adventurer.

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May 10, 2019

Working in Silicon Valley we have the opportunity to support many engineers and science-minded clients. In this post our client, Lindsay, shares the story of both of her birthing experiences, which she aptly describes as “similar yet different.”  Like Lindsay, we too v...

May 9, 2019

The anticipation, the uncertainty, that moment you first lock eyes with your first baby. It's all here as our client, Sarah McPeak, shares her story of her son's birth.

I grew up playing sports. During pregnancy I realized that I was training for a game I’ve never playe...

May 8, 2019

As doulas, we know that birth is transformative. Here musician, Linzy Westman shares the story of how her second birth redeemed her vision of birthing and transformed her view of herself. 

Mother’s Day always brings with it a slew of emotions. If you’re a mom, you know...

May 7, 2019

We are honored to share this post and introduce our client, Emily Lamarche. Emily’s first birth was a planned home birth that resulted in a Stage 2 hospital transfer. Her second, was also a planned homebirth where she chose to transfer. Written shortly after her second...

May 7, 2019

With Mother's Day approaching, and with the deep desire to honor mothers, we invited some of our past clients to share their stories of birthing. This week on the blog, we are excited to offer a beautiful series of birth stories and reflections.

As we introduce this ser...

April 19, 2019

We are so thankful to our friend and client, Jenny, for sharing with us a few reasons why, after having their first child  in the hospital, she has decided to birth her second baby in the comfort of her own home. Enjoy her thoughts and reflections below!

I spent my...

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