“First comes the stretching In order to squeeze something the size of a watermelon through something the size of a lemon, a woman’s body must stretch from the inside out—which, like a comic-book hero, it manages to do thanks to a hurricane of hormones....
A birth doula can provide much needed emotional support as someone the woman has come to know over the course of several weeks or months, as well as guidance to help her get through the challenging parts of labor and birth. The doctor, typically the woman’s obstetrician, plays more of a clinical role, but can also be very encouraging and supportive emotionally.
Although there have been cases of Zika reported in the United States, these cases were acquired abroad. Transmission of Zika in the United States is likely to occur, however, there is no clear estimate of the amount of cases expected.
Among the countless number of things a woman must consider before, during and after her pregnancy, vaccination is currently one the most controversial. Unfortunately, because of the efforts of the anti-vaccination movement, vaccination has become a dirty word and even dirtier when contemplated during pregnancy.
As wonderful as this sounds, many times CNMs, doulas, and MD’s feel as though they are on different teams. Why is that? Aren’t we all just looking out for both mom and baby? Of course! We all want what is best for both parties, however our good intentions are oftentimes misguided.