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

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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

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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 …

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 …

Meet Catie Mehl, Co-Owner of CBP

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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 …

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

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Pregnancy 16 Comments

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

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 …