Childbirth Education Articles and Resources – Tagged "childbirth" – Plumtree Baby
Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

In Part I of Planning Your VBAC, we introduced the background information for a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). Now, we’re ready to share some concrete steps you can take to prepare your body, mind and support system for a trial of labor after a c-section (TOLAC) and VBAC.
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Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

Some expectant parents are eager to know everything about pregnancy, birth and beyond and actively seek information from all sorts of sources. Other parents having a baby may not realize how much there is to learn, or they may simply be uninterested. Sometimes parents are busy with other areas of life, and/or believe they will learn what they need to know as they go. Regardless of where they are starting their journey of learning, all parents benefit from being prepared for the changes pregnancy can bring and becoming informed about the process they will go through during labor and birth. 

As an educator, doula or health care provider, you can...

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How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

Every mother wants the best for herself and her child, so of course she wants to make sure they both receive the best care during pregnancy, labor and birth. How can she make sure this happens? First, it’s important to understand what evidence-based care is and how it compares to routine care; then, we’ll outline three steps to ensure the most appropriate and safest care for you and your baby.
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Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Gone are the days of mothers crunching on ice chips during labor. Evidence-based practice supports (and even encourages!) mothers to eat during labor. Why? Because your car won’t run well on an empty tank, and neither will you!

Even the American Society of Anesthesiologists, just last year, said that

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What to Wear for Birth

What to Wear for Birth

As with every step of planning for and going through your birthing journey, you want to be true to yourself when choosing what to wear. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some tried-and-true pieces of advice to help make you comfortable from early labor until the moment you’re cradling your newborn in your arms. Here are our suggestions:
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Six Tips for a Better PowerPoint

Six Tips for a Better PowerPoint

PowerPoint has been used for several decades to enhance presentations and courses. Educators often rely on this tool to help them create a logical flow for the course, stay on track and provide visuals that support the course topics.
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Quote - Midwives Hands

Quote - Midwives Hands

They watch, encourage and wait. Midwives know that most of the time birth doesn’t need them to do something. The mother’s body does the work.
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Seven Steps for Packing the Perfect Labor Bag

Seven Steps for Packing the Perfect Labor Bag

Packing your bag in anticipation of your baby's birth is an important step. We offer some tips that can help you figure out how to get started and what to bring.
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What is a “Gentle Cesarean”?

What is a “Gentle Cesarean”?

Although a cesarean is often not part of a mother’s ideal birth plan, she may have a Cesarean birth for a variety of reasons. If you decide with your care provider that Cesarean birth is unavoidable and the most appropriate choice for your health and/or your baby’s health, a “gentle” or  “family-centered Cesarean” can actively include the mother and best suit the needs of the newborn. These are 5 elements you can incorporate to make your Cesarean birth as gentle as possible:
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Quote - Birth Matters

Quote - Birth Matters

The day a your child is born is one that will stay carved into your memory for the rest of your life. Whether it is joyful, scary or somewhere in between, many parents can describe the birth of their child in detail even decades later. The event matters. The people matter. The experience matters.
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Models for Childbirth Educators: Private Educator {Part 4 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Private Educator {Part 4 of 4}

An educator provides private, one-on-one classes typically in her home or her clients’ homes.

Certification and Requirements: While it is a good idea to go through training and become certified through a reputable organization, this is not technically required for a private childbirth educator.

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Models for Childbirth Educators: Independent {Part 3 of 4}

Models for Childbirth Educators: Independent {Part 3 of 4}

An educator is self-employed and teaches classes in her home or in a rental location.

Certification and Requirements: You build your expertise and reputation when you go through training and become certified through a reputable organization. It is not technically required for an independent childbirth educator, but often parents ask about your credentials.

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