Real Talk from Penny

Real Talk from Penny

Dear Julie, I’d like to address your Jan. 4, 2017 blog post directed to me. Thanks for taking the time to express your disappointment in me and in DONA. There is no need to apologize to me for anything. You have made choices that were best for you and have found a...
The 3 Rs in Childbirth Preparation: Relaxation, Rhythm and Ritual

The 3 Rs in Childbirth Preparation: Relaxation, Rhythm and Ritual

The 3 R’s approach to childbirth preparation is a simplified approach based on observations of laboring women and how they actually cope with pain and stress in labor. Some cope well; others are overwhelmed in labor. There are three characteristics common to women who...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of the Epidural

The epidural block has been used increasingly over the past 50 years. Childbirth educators across the country are finding that more and more women plan–even demand–an epidural in order to avoid labor pain. Why the popularity? Are there any significant...

How the Doula Helps During a Breech Version

Between 3 and 4% of babies are breech (buttocks and/or feet down, head up) late in pregnancy. Today there are very few physicians who will attempt a vaginal breech birth. Therefore, the woman has these possible options: wait and hope the baby will turn spontaneously;...