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

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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 …

Five Things We Know About: Adding Child #3

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#1: You will suffer from overconfidence:  When sweet baby #3 arrives on the scene, you’re no longer wondering “will I love this baby as much as my first?” because you already know your love is not finite.  You aren’t stressing about things like leaving the hospital, car seats and nipple confusion.  You aren’t really stressing at all.   And that’s …

Meet Caroline Nagy: A Woman Full of Life

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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 …

Friday Favorites: Our Favorite Baby Nail Clippers

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Today’s Friday favorite took even us by surprise the first time we used them! If you are a veteran mom, I think we can agree on two things: #1 clipping tiny baby nails is NOT FUN And #2.  Baby nail clippers are baby nail clippers Except when you find baby nail clippers that completely change your life… For new parents …

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 …

Friday Favorites: Our Favorite Favorites

Leah Kayes Friday Favorites, Newborns, Parenting, Pregnancy 2 Comments

We work with parents who are bringing home a new addition every single day.  We’ve worked with every brand of bottle, every swaddle, every baby bath.  So with real life use of all the options, we’re certainly going to have our favorites. We’re starting a new weekly series that highlights our favorite baby products and stores that make the lives …

Does baby’s position matter in labor? (Part 1 of 2)

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We hear this question from pregnant women and doulas often. “My friend said her labor was horrific because her baby was posterior (OP)! How do I make sure this doesn’t happen to me?” “My client has been having start and stop labor for days. I wonder if baby is OP. How can we get baby into a more optimal position …

It’s Okay to Fear Birth

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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 …

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. …

Why Should I Hire a Birth Doula?

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Google “benefits of a doula” and the results are seemingly endless. Prenatally we help you suss out your preferences and goals for labor, birth, and your postpartum recovery, while helping you to understand how to work within any necessary medical constraints. During labor and birth we are a constant companion for you and your partner or support person, providing guidance …