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 …

All I want for Christmas is Diapers

Catie Mehl Parenting 0 Comments

  I look around at the world today and there are times I feel helpless. That’s not an easy thing for me, given that I consider myself a helper in general. In addition to feeling like I can’t make an impact, there’s this overwhelming feeling that there are just so many people who need help…where do I start? But I’m a doer and doing …

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes!

Catie Mehl Uncategorized 1 Comment

We’re one week away from my favorite yearly tradition: Thanksgiving Dinner!  Not only do I get to cook for two days straight but almost everything on our table is homemade (thank you Costco for supplying an amazing pumpkin pie!).   In case you’re needing some inspiration this year, or maybe you’re looking for something new, here are a few of our …

Hospitals Credentialing Doulas? Yes, please!

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Medical Professionals 2 Comments

Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA is working on putting a doula credentialing policy into place.  This policy would require doulas who are hired by families planning on giving birth at Lakeview to: Sign a Scope of Service agreement (which is very similar to ProDoula’s Standards of Professionalism) Sign a Job Description agreement (also very similar to ProDoula’s description …

Can You Prevent a Bad Birth Experience?

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth 1 Comment

Forward by Cofounder of Columbus Birth and Parenting, Leah Kayes: I remember going back to work 3 months after my first daughter was born.  I remember exactly how it felt to see friends and colleagues for the first time, many of whom were already parents.  They knew the transition I was going through.  They’d been there.  Most memorable to me, …

We’re Not Birth Activists

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth, Medical Professionals 2 Comments

We’re not birth activists.  Birth activists have an angle.  Sometimes their angle is specific to a certain type of birth.  I know this because I used to be one.  My personal activist philosophy looked like this: when asked, I absolutely supported how a person wanted their birth to be.  That support included me giving information that was biased toward unmedicated …

The Best Pregnancy & Parenting Guide Isn’t a Book

Catie Mehl Newborns, Parenting 1 Comment

You’re pregnant!  Congratulations!  This is an exciting and sometimes nerve wracking time in your life.  Not only are you dealing with your own thoughts, emotions and ideals about pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting, but also everyone else’s…. From the moment you announce your pregnancy, you are bombarded with advice from books, articles, online groups, and well-meaning family and friends.  Much of …