Calling All Helpers!

Catie Mehl Columbus, For Doulas 0 Comments

Ever since I was a child my favorite Mr. Rogers story has been about helpers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words …

Not Your Mom’s Childbirth Class

Catie Mehl Columbus, Education, Labor & Birth, Newborns, Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy 0 Comments

I’ve been teaching childbirth education classes in Columbus, Ohio for over a decade and while I’ve seen many changes to how labor and birth are done here, one change is beginning to stand out to me more and more: a growing distrust or questioning of doctors and hospitals. Some healthy skepticism is understandable and warranted, for sure. And I’ve also …

Look Who’s Helping to #ChangeColumbus

Catie Mehl Columbus, Newborns, No Child Wet Behind, Parenting, Postpartum 0 Comments

As we prepare for our 2nd Anual No Child Wet Behind 5k, 1-mile Family Fun Run, and Diaper Drive on May 13th at Wolfe Park in Columbus, Ohio, we want to take a moment to recognize the fabulous companies who help make this event a fun filled morning and get diapers to the families who need them most. Thank you, sponsors. …

Why Kids Don’t Listen

Dawn Friedman Parenting 0 Comments

“Pick it up.” “Put it back.” “Stop that!” “Come here!” And of course, “Are you listening to me?” Communication with kids doesn’t always feel like a two way street. You talk and talk and talk and feel like you’re shouting into the void even when the small person whose attention you’re trying to get (and keep) is standing right there in …

CBP’s Holiday Instagram Challenge

Leah Kayes Life, Newborns, Parenting, Postpartum, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Here at Columbus Birth and Parenting, we absolutely love the holidays. The family traditions, the food and the overall feeling of comfort are undeniably enticing.  It’s also a time of generosity, kindness and faith.  That feels like magic to us. This time of year feels magical for your little one too! From their big, excited eyes to their heart-melting giggles… We know how much JOY your …

4 Things We Know About: What Life is REALLY Like After Having a Baby

Leah Kayes Friday Five Things, Labor & Birth, Newborns, Postpartum 1 Comment

1. You will be SORE.  Whether your baby/babies arrives via vaginal birth or cesarean birth, it will feel as though someone has taken a sledgehammer to your lower abdomen, pelvis and lady garden. It’s. Going. To. Hurt.  It’s going to hurt when you walk.  It’s going to hurt when you go to the bathroom (TAKE the stool softeners they give …

The Use of Research to Discuss the Benefits of Doula Support

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Labor & Birth, Medical Professionals 3 Comments

I often see doulas citing statistics about the benefits of doula support. And why not? There’s a fantastic 118 page Cochrane Review on the benefits of continuous labor support and a terrific summary of the review can be found on Evidence Based Birth’s blog about doulas. It seems pretty clear from the research that doulas are awesome, so why not …