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A Doula In Your Pocket – Is Better Than No Doula | Story 2

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula, Doulas April 2, 2020

This story of virtual doula service comes from Monet Combs of Mama Magic Birth Services. Having a VBAC(Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) can be a lot of work to set up depending on what type of hospital and provider you have. VBAC families need to be very educated and determined to flow with any last minute changes, both with their body …


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A Home Birth

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Labor November 14, 2019

On Saturday evening before our estimated due date, I had a little bloody show that we took as a sign that we’d be starting labor soon. Although “Dr. Google“ suggested that it could still be as much as 2 weeks away… Regardless, I decided to treat myself to a relaxing Epson salt bath while listening to my birth playlist and HypnoBirthing …


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Our Birth Story

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula October 14, 2019

Hi Ashley, Care & The San Diego HypnoBirthing Team! My husband and I took your class at the Birth Education Center this past April/May. We wanted to send you a little update regarding the birth of our daughter this June. And also thank you! Your class was absolutely essential to our pregnancy and birth experience. We had an overwhelmingly positive …


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A Letter to Grandparents About Birth | How You Can Be More Supportive

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy March 18, 2019

I am writing this blog post in response to the countless parents that contact me needing help with this subject. The subject is, “How do I explain the kind of support that my partner and I need for our labor, birth and postpartum time without offending the grandparents and family? This is such a loaded question and a hot topic …


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You Are Just As Fierce In The Birth Room As You Are In the Boardroom

By: Care Messer Birth, Doulas, Education February 6, 2019

I read an article in pathways magazine that sparked this whole post. I will include the link at the end of the blog. It called to me in a deep way. I want to shout this from the rooftops(and actually do quite often). We are witnessing our political climate change with more women in office than ever before. We heard …


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Morning Routine For Success – Doula Series Ep. 2

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula, Doulas January 19, 2019

A good morning routine starts your day off right and that is so important for a creating a successful business. As a new doula, you may not recognize that YOU ARE NOW A BUSINESS OWNER! Looking professional is a habit and feeling professional comes from working on YOU before you work on your business. All successful women in business have …


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How To Attract The Right Teachers – Doula Series Ep. 3

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula, Doulas, Uncategorized January 17, 2019

One of the reasons we come to birth work is for personal growth whether we are aware of it or not. I have also found that we come into birth work with preconceived notions about working with women. These stories or beliefs about women may be lived experiences from our lives or just things that we have heard. Working together …


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How To Prevent An Unnecessary Cesarean

By: Care Messer Birth, Community, Pregnancy November 30, 2018

  SIGN UP NOW for our FREE Mini Course on “How To Prevent An Unnecessary Cesarean.” Release Date: May 2019 Course link will be emailed out to you this month upon release! Sign Up       Why did we create this course? Women are scared to give birth. We are so scared and overwhelmed that we: Don’t make time …


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FUN Before The Baby Comes | Things To Do Before You Deliver

By: Care Messer Birth, Pregnancy, Sex & Intimacy October 26, 2018

Are you making the most of your time before this baby gets here? I hear so many parents express regret for not relaxing more during their pregnancy and enjoying each other as a couple. It seems kind of counter intuitive because you’re preparing for a baby and there’s so much to do ahead of time. But don’t get so caught …


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This Is Not How The Story Is Going To End…

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy October 16, 2018

At any given moment you have the power to say, “This is not how the story is going to end.” When it comes to a pregnancy, you won’t find many friends or strangers that don’t have a story to share or advice to offer you. I wish I could say it was mostly positive, with only a few snide comments …


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Why Should You Add A Doula?

By: Care Messer Birth, Birth Doula, Doulas October 11, 2018

We’ve already established in previous posts, that the road to a calm intimate birth is helped by eliminating all the excess people and/or distractions that can get in the way of you and your partner building a beautiful experience together. Then why would I now suggest that you add a perfect stranger to the mix? Why not just add a …


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Getting Over Your “What If’s”…

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor, Pregnancy September 27, 2018

What if? I think I’ve pretty much heard all the negative “what if’s” when it comes to birth. As an educator – I hear how “I am going to fail at birth, or ”I am not planning anything because nothing ever works for me if I do that,” and “why would things go my way? – they never have,” etc. …


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Use Your BRAIN!

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Pregnancy August 30, 2018

The B.R.A.I.N. acronym is something that birth educators, doulas and midwives have been using for a long time to help parents become more educated and engaged with their care providers. The world of birth medicine and obstetrics seems very overwhelming to a lay person. And in this age of “Dr. Google” information, so many articles, so many Facebook posts, so …


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I Had a Natural Birth After Having a C-Section

By: Care Messer Birth, VBAC August 24, 2018

What is a VBAC? It’s the acronym for “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.” One of our HypnoBirthing, VBAC moms shares her story, along with her husband. The tips and tools they used and how they made it to the hospital in time for 4 pushes and a baby on her chest!  


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Sexy Birth – Oh, It’s a THING!

By: Care Messer Birth, Sex & Intimacy August 16, 2018

Sexy birth – You down? Believe it or not, there is a sexy side to labor and birth that does not get addressed in normal conversation. I don’t know if it’s because of our countries foundational Puritan values or if people just have so much shame around sex that it’s too embarrassing to talk about. You know that 99. 9% …


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Birth Plan or Bust!

By: Care Messer Birth, Education, Pregnancy August 3, 2018

I have seen birth plans that list every ingredient in every vaccinations and the toxicity level of products that should not be used on their baby. I have seen birth plans with more exclamation points at the end of every sentence then curse words on a ship’s deck. I have seen birth plans that are as detailed as a thesis, …


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Keep It Simple | Birth is NOT a Spectator Sport…

By: Care Messer Birth, Labor July 26, 2018

Why does everyone feel they should be invited to your birth? It’s commonplace now with all the 3 minute, rushed, family and friend saturated, emergency looking Hollywood births we’ve watched on TV for years, that you already have family making airline arrangements two weeks earlier than necessary to make sure that they don’t miss your vagina opening in full glory. …


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Picture This | Make it Happen…

By: Care Messer Birth, Education July 19, 2018

A clear picture or ”vision” of what you’d like your baby’s birth to be, is the best way to set yourself up for success in achieving those results.  I think we all start off with the idea that we “just want a healthy baby at the end of the day” and “if I can avoid a c section that would …


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Fairy Tale vs Real Life

By: Care Messer Birth, Education July 11, 2018

So with all of these books, websites, birth plans, options in where to birth, how to birth -medicated, not medicated, scheduled belly birth – are you overwhelmed yet? Or have you just decided or resolved yourself to –“The hospital knows best. I’m just gonna show up and have a baby.”  That’s an option. As a matter of fact, it was …


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Freedom From Fear

By: Care Messer Birth, Fear Release, Pregnancy July 4, 2018

Emotionally dealing with ALL the ideas and feelings that come up around pregnancy, labor and birth is part of our natural transition into this new phase as a woman – becoming a mother in the physical. My adoption of a sweet, little 5 year old girl(8 yrs old by the time it was final) was my introduction into motherhood day …


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