Labour Support

How Painful is Labour?

Questions and fears about labour pain are what I hear most often from doula clients, coaching clients and couples in my childbirth classes.   I am not going to lie. Labour can be painful.   How painful?   Well, that depends. There is a wide variety of pain perceptions and stories about pain levels in …

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6 Steps to Overcome Your Birth Fears

Because birth is such a transformative experience, some trepidation is normal and to be expected. However, in our current media culture, birth is portrayed as a medical emergency and used as a way to increase TV show ratings. This turns normal trepidation into fear, which is further exasperated when people tell you birth horror stories …

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Affirmations for Birth

Affirmations can be a powerful and helpful tool to prepare for and during birth. They can keep you feeling positive, motivated, and resilient especially during moments of uncertainty. I use them often with both my doula and COACHING clients. If using affirmations feels like it could be useful for you, I have some helpful guidelines that …

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The Birth Box – Everything you need for a drug free labour in one box!

Are you planning a drug free birth? Or are you hoping to delay pain medications as long as possible during labour? Then check out our handy birth tool kit for rent: the ‘Birth Box”.     Included in the Birth Box are essential items for pain relief during labour such as a “Rebozo Scarf”, a …

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What the heck is a Doula?

There are a few questions about Doula work that we hear regularly: What is a Doula? Aren’t Doulas and midwives the same thing? Why would I need a Doula? The definition of a Doula according to the DONA (Doulas of North America) organization is: A Doula is a trained, non-medical, emotional and physical labour support …

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Should you take a prenatal class?

One thing I often hear from pregnant moms and couples is that they aren’t sure they should take a prenatal class. The other thing I’m also told regularly by postpartum moms and families is that they love the idea of the different classes that we offer and they wish they had been able to take some …

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The Truth about Epidurals in Labour

Its also a good idea to learn about epidurals even if you really don’t want one! Things can change rapidly in childbirth and there are sometimes reasons that your Dr. or Midwife even may suggest an epidural. The last thing anyone would ever want was to be forced to make a last minute decision without all the facts. So in true Balancing from Birth to Baby form, let us help empower you with knowledge.

Natural Pain Management in Labour #2

This week’s labour tip is all about preparation. Someone very wise once told me “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail”. Labour in all of its beauty takes a vast amount of mental, physical and emotional preparedness to be able to cope calmly and effectively throughout. So What can you do to prepare?