When to go to the Hospital

Check out Julie’s new blog post on her doula site about when first time moms should think about going to the hospital – and when they can wait a bit longer.

Julie Dubrouillet - childbirth educator, author and doula

Deciding when to go to the hospital can cause laboring couples a lot of stress. If you get there too early, you may get sent home or you run the risk of labor slowing down or stopping. If you go in too late, you run the risk of not making it. So when is the best time?

Well, for most first time couples the chances of not making it to the hospital in time and delivering in the car or at home are pretty slim. That’s a much more likely scenario with subsequent births, but for most first timers labor is long enough and the signs are pretty clear when it is time to go. Here are the signs to look for:

  1.  Contractions are strong. What does that look like? Mom has to stop during a contraction and pay attention to it. She can’t walk or talk through her…

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When to go to the Hospital

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People need people – Find your laboring tribe

Julie Dubrouillet - childbirth educator, author and doula

We all need a community; friends, family, the guy who makes our coffee. But when you are pregnant and preparing for the big life change that comes with labor and birth, human connections are especially important.

Pregnancy, labor, and becoming a parent all have steep learning curves associated with them and one of the best ways to not be overwhelmed is to surround yourself with those who are on the same journey. Being around others who are in your same boat will help decrease anxiety and increase your enjoyment as you sail through this time.

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Where can you begin to look for this tribe? Prenatal yoga classes are a good way to prepare physically for birth and connect with other moms in a relaxed, consistent way.  Pregnancy support groups are also becoming more common in hospitals and birth centers. If your physician group offers prenatal appointments in a group centering…

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New “Deliver!” Review: “Quick read and covers everything you need to know”

Thanks to new dad Matthew Young for his five star review of “Deliver!” on Amazon.

Says Matthew:

My wife and I enjoyed reading this book and found it very useful. We brought it to the hospital too. It’s a perfect guide for busy parents that want to be well informed about the labor/delivery process, but find your baby prep reading list is already quite full. Love the sample hospital bag packing list, sample birthing plan, and tips for how to support your spouse during labor/delivery, including what to say and not to say! It’s definitely one of the best books we read and would highly recommend checking it out.

 

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A VBAC Story

Julie Dubrouillet - childbirth educator, author and doula

I recently had the experience of helping a wonderful couple achieve their goal of a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). When they hired me, they explained that for their first birth they had not taken any classes and had not prepared for the birth, trusting that the hospital staff would tell them what to do.

The thing is, that isn’t really the staff’s job. They are supposed to keep mom and baby healthy, which of course is extremely important. But they won’t necessarily suggest positions to help baby move down, offer ideas for staying comfortable or strategies for making make labor efficient, although some do all that and more.

So when this first-time laboring mother told the nurse she was feeling uncomfortable and anxious, the nurse advised her to get an epidural, even though it was very early in the labor and the mom wasn’t then able to be up and changing positions…

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Deliver! Free Download Ends Tomorrow

If you’d like to read the Kindle edition of “Deliver! A Concise Guide To Helping The Woman You Love Through Labor” for free, you don’t have long. The offer ends Saturday April 27th.

Check it out for yourself. Tell a friend who might be interested. And if you like it, do share your review on our Amazon page.

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The Deliver! Kindle Download is Free This Week!

It’s here! For the rest of this week, you can download the Kindle edition of Deliver! absolutely free.

Check it out for yourself. Tell a friend who might be interested. And if you like it, share your review on our Amazon page.

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