It’s Okay to Fear Birth

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth, Pregnancy 1 Comment

It’s okay to fear birth. Really, it is. More than it being ok, it’s normal. First time parents often learn about the “dangers” of fear in labor and birth in their childbirth education class and the dreaded “fear-tension-pain” cycle. There is even an organization called Birth Without Fear and another group that promotes the idea that we need to simply …

What’s better than a Baby Nurse?

Catie Mehl Newborns, Parenting 1 Comment

Many new parents have found tremendous benefit in hiring a newborn care specialist. Sometimes referred to as a baby nurse, night nurse, or night nanny, they do exactly what their title suggests: care for newborns. Newborn care specialists focus on all things baby: feeding, diapering, sleep, and baby laundry. For decades, exhausted parents have especially benefitted from overnight newborn care …

I Am Not a Magic Wand

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth 4 Comments

I am not a magic wand. It’s true. I’m not. When you hire me or any of the CBP doulas, you need to know we cannot guarantee: A shorter labor A vaginal birth An unmedicated birth A baby who is not posterior (aka “sunny side up”) A perfect birth A trauma free birth A positive experience Immediate bonding Breastfeeding success …