The Path

Julie Dubrouillet - childbirth educator, author and doula

At a birth recently, the doctor asked if I’d had unmedicated births myself. I was surprised that I hesitated in answering “yes,” even though I did.

Right after the births of my children, I would have wanted to shout my accomplishment from the rooftops. And then as a inexperienced doula, I felt like everyone could and should follow the same path I did.

But over these 17 years of watching women’s experiences vary in length, in intensity, and in levels of anxiety, I now feel like it is not the avoidance or acceptance of an epidural that defines her accomplishment but the way that an expectant mom experiences her path.

My job at the end of the day is not to check the box that says “unmedicated, vaginalbirth” but to help comfort and empower all women with whom I work to make on their own best journey.

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Praise for “Deliver!” from a Childbirth Educator

We just received this five star review for “Deliver!” on Amazon from childbirth educator .

“Just finished reading “Deliver!” in preparation for a childbirth class I’m teaching. As a parent educator and birth and postpartum doula, I am very impressed with the content and its concise nature. It was easy to read in one sitting and it provides a lot of information for the partner of the laboring mother, primarily, on how to ‘be with’ her during labor and birth. Well done, Julie!”

Thanks Sandra, we always appreciate feedback from prenatal professionals and our hope is that our book can be a useful addition to all those who work with expectant mothers.

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Birth Story from a (repeat!) “Deliver!” Mom

“Your book and previous advice still helped us so much this time around. Thank you! I am going to make a little “pregnancy pack”, including your book, and give it to every friend who gets pregnant. ” – Julie M.

We couldn’t be more excited to hear this in an email from Julie, who recently shared with us the story of her second V-Bac. Julie is a woman of amazing determination and faith and we are so glad to have been part of helping her welcome a new member to her family.

You can read all about her latest birth on her blog. Julie says Deliver! was “succinct and easy to review again before each birth. I want to buy it for every pregnant woman.”

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Great Study from a few years back on the benefits of labor support, both by partners and doulas.

Continuous support for women during childbirth | Cochrane

http://www.cochrane.org/CD003766/PREG_continuous-support-women-during-childbirth

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Reading “Deliver!” a first time dad “learned so much in a very short time.”

We just noticed this new five star Amazon review of “Deliver!” from earlier in the fall. Reader Nmat83 said:

“This book is simply great. As a first time father to be, I learned so much in a very short time. This book was a short, easy read with great information on every page. I felt much more at ease and knowledgeable after reading. I also got major kudos for dropping facts I learned from my wife! I definitely recommend this book to any father to be!”

 

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The Peanut Ball: A smart labor tool

I just supported a couple where the doctor was very doubtful that the mom would be able to deliver without a C-section. Based on my experience, I had to agree, but the mom really wanted to avoid surgery and so we did everything we could to help her to achieve that goal.

It was a long labor, but she did it (yeah!) and here’s what I think tipped the scales in her favor: The peanut ball.

More and more hospitals are providing these inflatable, peanut-shaped cushions for moms with epidurals and I have found them to be amazing tools for shortening labors and helping babies turn and descend when nothing else has seemed to help. They are especially good for moms who have to be in bed because of an epidural or other health concerns.

Here is an article with pictures and details if you are interested in seeing how peanut balls are used.

PeanutBallCollage

Image © Maternal Focus from www.maternalfocus.com via www.scienceandsensibility.org.

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New Amazon review calls “Deliver!” “the perfect quick read” and “great for first time dad.”

We have another five star review of “Deliver!” up on Amazon. Says author KB:

“This was the perfect quick read to get my husband prepared to support me during the birth of our first child. Concise info without all the fluff. Other books that tried to keep it humorous lost a lot of key info, but this kept it direct. Short, sweet, loaded with helpful info.”

KB pretty much nails what we were hoping to achieve in writing “Deliver!” – offering a concise survey of the most important information on labor support, empowering anyone to be a positive and helpful presence as someone they love gives birth.

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