Not Your Mom’s Childbirth Class

Catie Mehl Columbus, Education, Labor & Birth, Newborns, Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy Leave a Comment

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 …

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 …