Lindsay Wolff supporting client

The support of a continuous labor support person. As human beings, we fare better, especially in new or stressful situations, when we are surrounded by those we have a trusted and loving relationship with. Historically, labor and birth support persons were friends and family members who had gone through childbirth themselves, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters.…

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Brigitte Arle of Rooted Boston showing yoga position

This is a very special blog post. First, it is my first (of many) guest blog posts; but, certainly more importantly, it is written by someone that I respect, appreciate, and love more than I would think possible of someone who I really just met. Brigitte’s background in dance, pilates, yoga work, midwifery studies, lactation,…

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Baby skin-to-skin Erica Kirby

YOU are the boss of your birth! Not your friend, not your cousin, not your parents, and not even your care provider. Am I arguing that you shouldn’t listen to their input? No. Am I arguing not to listen to your provider, especially in an urgent situation? Absolutely not! What I am saying is you know…

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Button to send to IFED site

I am so excited to announce that Birthing Matters Doula Services will be sponsoring the Somerville International Family Equality Day celebration in 2017 (and hopefully many years to come)! “On May 7th, 2017, LGBTQ families and their supporters in Somerville, Massachusetts and around the world will be participating in the 6th annual International Family Equality…

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Source: Amorim MMR and Katz L. Continuous support for women during childbirth: RHL commentary (last revised: 1 May 2012). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization. Compared with usual care, the provision of continuous support to women during labour increases the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, reduces the duration of labour and use of…

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