3 Steps to Address Common Fears of The Birth Partner

3 Steps to Address Common Fears of The Birth Partner

Contributed by Birthways Doulas As the partner to an expectant person, you are having your own experiences of pregnancy, preparation, birth and early parenting. While the focus during this time of growing your family is typically on the expectant person, it is very...
Understanding Why Childbirth Classes Can Be Stressful

Understanding Why Childbirth Classes Can Be Stressful

Registering and then attending your first childbirth preparation class is often a significant, “this is really happening” moment. You’re reminded that the fetus that is kicking you and pushing against your ribs and bladder will actually want to come out of your body...
4 reality checks when creating a birth plan

4 reality checks when creating a birth plan

Preparing for Birth It’s been over 25 years since I began working in maternity care advocacy and I’ve seen significant change including an increased awareness of choices, growth within health care systems, resistance within health care systems, and meaningful...
Childbirth as Meditation:  Experiencing Full Attention

Childbirth as Meditation: Experiencing Full Attention

Updated 2/18/20 Keep walking, though there is no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings. Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you move.—Rumi When you begin mindfulness meditation, spending 2 minutes of...