The Other Birth Plan – Advanced Healthcare Directive

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As you prepare to give birth to your baby, it’s common to sit down and examine your options.  You may decide to put it in writing in what is known as a birth plan. But there is another type of … Read More

CenteringParenting Comes to El Rio Birth Center

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Comes to El Rio Birth and Women’s Health Center   “It makes us feel as if we’re not alone. A lot of times we think, ‘I’m the only one going through this’, but then you go to group and you’re … Read More

The Facebook Backup

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You might be wondering, what is “The Facebook Backup” I’ve sat on this post for almost a year. But a recent rise in posts in online doula communities searching for a Facebook backup has prompted me to open it back … Read More

What to Pack For Your Birth

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One of the most common topics we discuss with the families who hire us is what to pack for your birth. The decision about what to pack for your birth is a common focus as your due date approaches.  Not … Read More

Overcoming Stress in Labor

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For most women, birth is a powerful and intense experience. As a result, it is common for women to seek ways for overcoming stress in labor well before the big day arrives. As doulas, we believe that it is helpful … Read More

In Life and Birth: The only way out is through.

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I hear myself say this a lot to clients during labor and birth.  Especially during pushing. “The only way out is through.” Through the sensation, through the pressure, the fear and yes, through the pain.  There is almost always a … Read More

Debunking 5 Common Doula Myths

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If you know what a doula is, you’ve likely heard some of the common doula myths about what a doula is and what a doula does. Even though doulas may have different training and experience, there are a few doula … Read More

Birth Plan, Birth Preferences, Birth Options

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Birth plan.  Birth preferences. Birth wishes.  Preferred birth options. These are common phrases that we use to discuss the topic of options for birth with clients.  Exploring the many options available to you for birth can be an exciting process … Read More

Pregnancy and Birth Affirmations for You

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Affirmation – something declared to be true. Affirmations are often used to develop and enhance the mind/body connections.  Pregnancy and birth affirmations are used to help the individual connect their beliefs to the physical process. For some, affirmations may focus … Read More

What Clients Are Saying

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“When I met Mona, I was preparing to give birth to my first baby. I had my birth plan written out and I knew exactly how I wanted my baby’s birth to go.  Mona was so encouraging and supportive, but … Read More

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