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Creative Ways to Pay for Non Conventional Birth Care

Posted 2/17/2015

We'd like to thank Stacey Davis of Your Birth Time for sharing this blog post with us. Stacey is a doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and postpartum wellness coach. 

There are many non conventional options regarding pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. These often are not related to physician or hospital care. These options may or may not be covered by your insurance. Things such as prenatal and postpartum massage, chiropractic care, birth doula support, placenta encapsulation, acupuncturist care the list can go on. The first step in determining what care you would like to receive would be to research the many options. Using research and your own self history can help you decide what non conventional care you would like during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Once you have decided what you want to implement in the care you receive then decide how you are going to pay for it. Here are five creative ways to pay for those services:

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Tips For An Easier Pregnancy and Birth

Posted 2/9/2015

Whether a woman is expecting her first or ninth baby, pregnancy and birth are important events in her life. Women who take time to prepare prenatally can have easier, more comfortable pregnancies and births. Here is a list of things that can help you as you prepare to give birth.

Hire a care provider

Many women today are looking for more natural birthing options, like un-medicated birth, water birth, delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin with baby after the birth. Read some books on childbirth to find out what is important to you and then talk to your care provider and ask how he or she plans to support you in achieving the birth you desire. Remember, your doctor or midwife works for you, and it is in your best interest to hire one that is supportive of your desires.

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A Childbirth Without Meds, Absent Pain?

Posted 1/22/2015

Lisa Larson from The Spectrum interviewed me about Hypnobabies back in November. What a fun experience! Hypnosis for birth is gaining interest as more women and their birth care providers see how well it works. You can see the entire interview HERE.

 

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How To Prepare For A Natural Childbirth

Posted 12/18/2014

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This blog post is from Karen's doula client Elizabeth. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and author of the blog, Enjoy Every Bite . Thank you Elizabeth for sharing how you prepared for the birth of your beautiful baby boy! 

This topic has been on my mind for several different reasons. I recently had a conversation with a pregnant friend who called her OBGYN’s office explaining that she wanted a natural birth. The receptionist’s response was, “We don’t do that procedure here.” Wait, what? You don’t let a woman deliver her baby without medication?

 

I know that having a natural birth seems absolutely crazy to many people. I always pictured myself getting an epidural. I mean, why go through incredible pain when you can choose to not feel a thing? When I was pregnant with Johnny I did a lot of research on natural vs. epidural births. Learning that one third of women in t

he United States have c-sections and that epidurals and Pitocin contribute to this high rate was frightening to me. My aunt, mom, and a close friend had amazing experiences with their natural deliveries and helped convince me that I could do it too. My husband fully supported me and together we started preparing for the big day.

 

I like to compare natural labor to running a marathon. Both are nearly impossible without training physically, mentally, and emotionally. Both require support from loved ones. Both require more than a few days of preparation. It’s a lot easier to drive 26.2 miles than it is to run it. And labor is a little (okay, a lot) less painful when you get an epidural. Now let’s be honest, labor and recovery from childbirth is difficult and amazingly rewarding no matter how you do it.

 

Here are some ways that I prepared for a natural delivery. I hope you will find them helpful too!

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7 Reasons Why You Need a Doula

Posted 12/4/2014

We'd like to thank Amy from Pink Stork Solutions for allowing us to share her article on our blog. 

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Doulas are awesome. Plain and simple. These incredible women provide invaluable service to mothers around the world. A more natural birth experience is on the rise and for good reason. Check out these seven reasons why you need a doula!

  1. Women with doulas are less likely to have C-Sections

Who wants a C-section? C-sections are expensive, intensive, and result in a long recovery time. This major surgery is on the rise throughout the US, despite the advances in technology and medical knowledge regarding birthing. In a review of studies published from 1968 to 2012, researchers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found significant data supporting the reduction of cesarean sections in women who used doulas during labor. In three studies, doula support in labor was associated between a 5%-22% reduction in C-sections. Another study found a reduction of 20.6%, and yet another found a reduction of 34.2%! Any way you slice it, having a doula improves your chances of delivering your baby naturally.

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Looking for Breastfeeding Help?

Posted 11/4/2014

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Look no further. Hear what local moms have to say about Free2Feed.

Mission: Support for moms

 

Kelly Colvin & Aditi Aromi: Free2Feed FoundersThanks Dixie Deals for this great post about our breastfeeding support group!

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Chiropractic Care

Posted 8/24/2014

Did you know that getting adjusted regularly during your pregnancy can help you have an easier labor? It also helps to boost your immune system. Yep, that's right, getting a chiropractic adjustment boosts your white blood cell count. And it helps your feel better too, especially as your belly is growing and expanding. Now that's good news.

Dr. John Sorensen is a fantastic chiropractor. He specializes in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care. Give him a call and tell him we sent you. 

Read more about the benefits of chiropractic care in the St. George Spectrum's article.

NoBaby too young:Parents tout the benefits of infant chiropractics

Advanced Care Chiropractic with Dr. John Sorensen

Elizabeth's Story

Jax's Birth Story

Posted 7/5/2014

A healthy baby boy born at home with the help of a midwife and doula. Mother took a Hypnobabies childbirth class and hired a doula to support her during birth. A healthy baby boy born at home with the help of a midwife and doula. Mother took a Hypnobabies childbirth class and hired a doula to support her during birth. I pretty much thought that I would go over my "guess date" because I've never gone into labor with any of my other babies early. My guess date was June 18th. Secretly I wanted him to be born on a even number (or even better the 28th) since all of our birthdays are even numbers.  I guess I'm just weird like that! When my due date came and went we were trying everything under the sun to get him to come. We ate at Pepper's Cantina a few times, always ordering their spicy salsa and sauce over my enchiladas.  That night I would feel more pressure waves start, but they always stopped when I got up to go to the bathroom.  I really felt like I might be pregnant forever!  

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Elizabeth's Story

Posted 7/4/2014

Woman delivers her baby un-medicated in the hospital with the support of a doula.Growing up I had always planned on getting an epidural during labor, but I found myself reevaluating that decision when I was actually pregnant for the first time.  I did a lot of reading and talked to several friends who had experienced an unmedicated birth.  This appealed to me and I decided I would also try to have a natural childbirth. 

My husband was also supportive of this.  We felt strongly that we would need extra support to help get us through labor.  A family member had suggested we hire a doula.  Luckily we listened to this advice and found ourselves meeting with Karen a couple months before I was due.

 

 

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The Birth of Greatness....A.K.A. Atticus

Posted 7/2/2014

I have always wanted to give birth naturally (and by naturally, I mean un-medicated, and with the absolute least medical intervention humanly possible).


Miles's birth was pretty much the opposite of that, and to be honest, it left me a little traumatized. I absolutely hate the feeling of being out-of-control (hence my major control issues) and there was maybe an hour during Miles's birth when I felt like me and my body was in control of what was happening. The rest of the time, I was hooked up to every stinking thing I possibly could be and felt very angry and out of control of the whole experience.

Needless to say, I wanted this time to be different. My cousin, Erin, had a little boy several months after Miles was born and had blogged about her use of "hypnobirthing" during his delivery. I didn't know much about hypnobirthing, but when we found out we were pregnant again *surprise!* I decided to do a little more digging to see if it was something I wanted to pursue.

After some research late in the pregnancy game, I settled on HypnoBabies (one specific form of hypnobirthing) and signed up for a class with an instructor who I also decided to use as my doula for the birth. The class was a six week course, once a week, for 3 hours. Wednesday quickly became my favorite day of the week: I got off work a little early, I got to spend a little extra time with Brett and Miles at my doctor's appointment, then I got to enjoy an evening of relaxation and learning things that would help me have the birth I'd always dreamed of.

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Rose's Hypnobabies Hospital Birth

Posted 6/26/2014

Hypnobirth St George UtahBryce and I both wrote out our memories of the birthing time and of Rose's arrival. I've just meshed them together to make one long narrative - so you can read as is, or you can read each separately (as it might flow better), just follow the color-coded paragraphs :)  Enjoy!

Bryce's version of events is in green and Chanae's version of events is in purple.

 
Thursday night on the 20th of December.  Chanae and I were thinking about getting to bed.  This had already been a productive week.  The Monday marked Chanae’s due date to have the baby, Tuesday was the day I was taking the Praxis located in Cedar City.  The roads were paved with snow for the return trip home.  Our midwife Katie’s husband had some surgeries that we had to try to avoid so she could be there for baby to be born.  
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Jane's Beautiful Birth

Posted 9/2/2013

I have to start this birth story by writing a little about my first three birth experiences. I didn't choose to educate myself about birth when I was pregnant with my first two children and I had very challenging births as a result.  My first son, Jack was born via cesarean and even though it was difficult I felt that the cesarean was truly necessary. My second son, Sam was a VBAC in the hospital with an epidural--his birth was full of unnecessary interventions and was quite traumatic. After his birth, I felt like my body was broken and I couldn't even fathom the idea of ever wanting to have another baby. After 3 years I did want another baby. 

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