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 …

5 Things Our New Favorite NBC Show “This Is Us” Got Right About Birth

Catie and Leah Friday Five Things, Labor & Birth, Pregnancy 0 Comments

I’m going to be honest. When I saw that the series premiere for This Is Us would include a birth, I thought to myself “I can’t wait to watch it and see all the things they got wrong!” Typically, that is exactly what happens. As someone who has been hired to support over 200 births, I have never been particularly …

Meet Caroline Nagy: A Woman Full of Life

Leah Kayes Labor & Birth, Meet Me Monday, Newborns, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Meet Caroline Nagy, affiliate doula of Columbus Birth & Parenting and So. Much. More. Caroline is a wife and mother to three beautiful kids.  Three words that describe her perfectly… Full Of Life.  Our clients can’t get enough of her fun-loving and positive energy, her ability to connect with older siblings as well as the newest addition and the fact that she …

Meet Catie Mehl, Co-Owner of CBP

Leah Kayes For Doulas, Labor & Birth, Meet Me Monday, Newborns, Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy 0 Comments

Catie Mehl is the other owner of Columbus Birth & Parenting.  She and her husband Jim have been married for almost 15 years and live in Dublin, Ohio.  Catie is a proud step parent to 2 beautiful young women and Jim and Catie have a son and a daughter together.  Catie moved A LOT as a child and the longest …

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 …

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 …

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 …

All Birth Is Natural

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth, Pregnancy 6 Comments

Dear new mom who had a c-section or epidural, We’ve watched you share your birth story in a group of moms.  We’ve seen the look of disappointment.  We’ve watched you try to explain to the other moms in the room (who had unmedicated births) just exactly what went “wrong”.  Your feeling of being judged could be felt a mile away. …