Birth Education Center blog

What Happens If You Don’t Dilate After An Induction?

By: Jennifer Cole Induction August 15, 2021

If your care provider has recommended that your labor be induced—which technically means that your cervix and uterus will be artificially stimulated to kickstart labor—you probably have a lot of questions. Aside from whether or not your doctor can force you to be induced, you…

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The Partner’s Role AFTER Baby Is Here

By: Jennifer Cole Newborn Procedures August 8, 2021

Your childbirth education classes probably prepared you for supporting your partner during labor and childbirth, but once your baby arrives your job in the birth room is not over. In fact, as you may have already guessed, it’s just beginning. But perhaps you don’t yet…

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Can a Doctor Force You to be Induced?

By: Jennifer Cole Induction August 1, 2021

If you are like most expectant parents, you’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of your baby ever since you became pregnant. As you’ve counted down the weeks, you have grown increasingly excited to meet your baby and experience what it feels like to go into…

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Understanding the Importance of the Golden Hour After Birth

By: Jennifer Cole Newborn Procedures July 25, 2021

If you’re like most expectant parents, you’ve planned for the birth of your child by taking childbirth education classes, reading books, and perhaps hiring a doula to help support you through labor and childbirth. If this describes you so far then congratulations! You’re doing what…

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Preserving the Golden Hour With A Cesarean

By: Jennifer Cole Newborn Procedures July 11, 2021

When you find out you’re going to have a cesarean birth, it’s common to feel like you’ve lost something. The vision you had for your birth may have been vastly different. Perhaps you were planning an unmedicated birth with the bare minimum of interventions or…

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The Correlation Between Early Skin-to-Skin Contact & Breast/Chestfeeding

By: Jennifer Cole Newborn Procedures June 27, 2021

The evidence is clear: the physiological condition that promotes successful breastfeeding is early skin-to skin-contact between baby and birthing parent. What happens during the first hour of life is critical for a baby’s future growth and development. In fact, “The benefits of skin-to-skin contact immediately…

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A Birth Plan for Your Baby

By: Jennifer Cole Newborn Procedures June 13, 2021

When you are preparing to give birth, it’s easy to forget a basic fact that is at once obvious yet often overlooked: This is your baby’s birth. They will only get to experience their first moments out of the womb ONCE.  How do you want…

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Get a Therapist Early

By: Jennifer Cole Pregnancy May 31, 2021

If you’re currently pregnant, you’ve probably already heard about postpartum depression. It’s a widely talked about mood disorder that affects birthing people in the days and weeks following giving birth to their baby. After you have your baby, your care provider will normally ask you…

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Early Labor: Please Listen to Your Midwife!

By: Jennifer Cole Pregnancy May 17, 2021

You have probably read about the way labor normally starts, at least most of the time. Normally you notice that the painless Braxton-Hicks contractions you’ve been experiencing in the last few weeks of pregnancy have begun to be accompanied by a sensation similar to menstrual…

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Creating a Postpartum “No Judgment Zone”

By: Jennifer Cole Postpartum May 3, 2021

The first days and weeks of postpartum can be a rollercoaster. From the moment you give birth, your body begins to gradually transition back to its pre-pregnancy version of itself, albeit with some significant changes like lactating breasts and perhaps a stretch mark or two. …

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