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Nature’s Epidural – Water for Comfort in Birth

January 18, 2020

Did you know using the bath, shower or pool is like a natural pain-killer? Many birth-workers call it “nature’s epidural”. Being in water can help your labouring client feel a sense of privacy and bring great comfort for many, decreasing the sensation of pain. Even for clients who plan to use pain meds, spending time in the water can allow them to cope better if:

  1. They’re waiting for meds;
  2. It’s too soon to go to the hospital;
  3. They wish to put off using medications until later in their birth.  (Remember, it’s never too late to get an epidural.)

Hints:

  1. If your client enjoys the shower, have them pack a shower curtain and a few rings in their birth-bag. (I carry these in my doula-bag in case they forget.)
  2. If they enjoy the bath, have them pack a “drain overflow cover” so they can get a few more inches of water in those short baths that are in many hospitals.
  3. In many areas, clients with a midwife can likely have a water birth (or at least a water-labour) at home or hospital. The birth-pool can be used at home for labour, even if your client is not going to have a waterbirth.
  4. Smart doulas bring shoes that can get wet and extra clothes in case their client loves the pool.
  5. Those same smart doulas advise birth companions to bring a swim-suit and extra clothes, shoes that can get wet.

Of course, a nice deep birth-pool is the very best way to use the benefits of water in labour. We teach doulas how to set-up, maintain, put away the pool and care for their floating clients in our Birth Pool Class.

Props can be used wisely with water during labour too.

  • If the shower is big enough for a birth-ball, then go ahead and put one in there so your client can sit on it or lean on it.
  • It’s OK to put towels or padding down to keeps knees or feet happier.
  • Wireless monitors can be used in the shower or bath in case continuous monitoring is needed.
  • Any massage tools used by doulas can get wet.

BWI Postpartum Reading List

April 9, 2019

Postpartum Doula Books
Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings & Needs After Childbirth; a Support and Resource Guide (2nd Ed, 2000) - Placksin

Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas (2002) - Kelleher

Nurturing New Families: A Guide to Supporting Parents and Their Newborn Babies (2014) - Kemeny

After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (2004) - Lim

Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers (2014) - Pascali-Bonaro, Arnold, Ringel, Lathrop

The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: A Guide for Postpartum Doulas and Caregivers (2012) - Webber

Postpartum Mother Care

The Post-Pregnancy Handbook: The Only Book… (2003) – Brown & Struck

New Mom, New Woman: Creating Your Smart Motherhood Plan (2014) - Egan

Ourselves as Mothers: The Universal Experience of Motherhood (1994) – Kitzinger

The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself… (1996) - Kitzinger

After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (2004) - Lim

Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings & Needs After Childbirth; a Support and Resource Guide (2nd Ed, 2000) - Placksin

Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year (2009) – Vieten & Boorstein

The Mommy Plan: Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally, Using Women's Traditional Wisdom (2012) – Lynn

The New Mom’s Companion (2003) – Rosenberg

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (4th Ed, 2010) - Simkin & Bolding

25 Things Every New Mother Should Know (1995) – Sears

 

Newborn Care

The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself… (1996) - Kitzinger

Your Amazing Newborn (2000) – Klaus and Klaus

After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (2004) - Lim

The Baby Book, Revised Ed: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (2013) – Sears & Sears

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (4th Ed, 2010) - Simkin & Bolding

The Mother of All Baby Books (2002) - Douglas

Touchpoints: Birth to Three (2006) - Brazelton

The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development (2014) - Heller

 

Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (8th Ed, 2010) - La Leche League International, Wiessinger, West, Pitman

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2011) - Gaskin

The Nursing Mother’s Companion (6th Ed, 2007) - Huggins

Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers (2010) - Mohrbacher

Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges (2013) - Mohrbacher

Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (2010) - Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett

The Breastfeeding Answer Book: La Leche League (2003) - Mohrbacher & Stock

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding (Revised Ed, 2014) – Newman & Pitman

The Breastfeeding Café: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges, and Secrets of Nursing (2005) - Behrmann

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding (2006) - Newman & Pitman

Nursing Mother, Working Mother (2010) – Pryor

 

Infant Sleep and Soothing

Night-time Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep Paperback (1999) – Sears

Sweet Sleep: Night-time and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family (2014) - La Leche League International, Wiessinger, West, Smith, Pitman

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night (2002) – Pantley & Sears

 

Postpartum Mental Health

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression (2010) – Bennet & Indman

Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Alternatives (2005) - Kendall-Tackett

The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood (2nd Ed, 2005) – Kendall-Tackett

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression Paperback (2001) - Kleiman

The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book (2006) - Poulin

This isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (2nd Ed, 2013) – Kleiman & Rasking

The Smiling Mask: Truths About Postpartum Depression and Parenthood (2009) – Bird & Paterson

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A self-help guide for mothers (2014) – Pacific Post Partum Support Society

 

Parenthood / Family

The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (2004) - Brott

Fathering Right from the Start (2011) - Heinowitz

The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact with Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development (2014) - Heller

Bonding: Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment And Independence (1996) - Kennell & Klaus

After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (2004) - Lim

The Mommy Plan: Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally, Using Women's Traditional Wisdom (2012) - Lynn

The Baby Book, Revised Ed: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (2013) – Sears & Sears

Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family (2003) – Sears

The Attachment Parenting Book (2001) – Sears & Sears

Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting (2000) – O’Mara

Project Dad: The Complete, Do-It-Yourself Guide for Becoming a Great Father (2011) – Cartmell

The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart (2001) – Hunt & O’Mara

 

Special Situations:

When Hello Means Goodbye (2012) – Kirk & Schwiebert

Cut, Stapled, & Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean – Rosewood

Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse (2008) – Sperlich & Seng

 

Multiples

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! (La Leche League International Book) (2007) Kerkhoff-Gromada

Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice From Pregnancy Through the First Year (2011) - Lange

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads (2011) – Luke & Eberlein

Birth Doula Reading List

February 15, 2019

Doula Studies & History of Birth

Birth – The Surprising History of How We Are Born - Tina Cassidy

Birth as an American Rite of Passage - Robbie Davis-Floyd

Birth Matters – Ina May Gaskin

The Doula Advantage - Rachel Gurevich

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth - Klaus, Klaus, Kennell

Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth - Marshall H. Klaus

Special Women - Paulina Perez

 

Labor Support Skills

Active Birth, Revised Edition - Janet Balaskas

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions - Penny Simkin

Easing Labor Pain - Adrienne Lieberman

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

The Labor Progress Handbook - Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta

The Nurturing Touch at Birth - Paulina Perez

 

Pregnancy & Birth

Active Birth, Revised Edition - Janet Balaskas

A Good Birth, a Safe Birth - Diana Korte & Roberta Scaer

An Easier Childbirth: A Mother's Guide for Birthing Normally – Peterson

Easing Labor Pain - Adrienne Lieberman

Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Sarah J. Buckley, MD

The Greatest Pregnancy Ever – Laurel Wilson, Tracy Wilson Peters

Immaculate Deception - Suzanne Arms (Original or II)

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

Mind over Labour - Carl Jones

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between - Douglas

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds – Gabriel

The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges - Kitzinger

Optimal Care in Childbirth – Henci Goer & Amy Romano

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach – Goer & Romano

Pregnancy & Childbirth Secrets - Dahl

Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn: The Complete Guide - Simkin, Whalley, Kepler

Visualizations for an Easier Childbirth   Carl Jones

Your Best Birth – Ricki Lake 

 

Emotional / Spiritual Prep

Birthing from Within – Pam England

Hypnobirthing – Mongan

Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth - Jeannine Parvati Baker

Sacred Pregnancy: a Loving Guide and Journal for Expecting Moms – Anni Daulter

Spiritual Midwifery -  Ina May Gaskin

 

Birth Partners

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions - Penny Simkin

Fathers at Birth – Rose St. John

When Men are Pregnant - Shapiro

 

Breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Cafe - Behrmann

Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers - Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett

Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges - Nancy Mohrbacher

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding – Ina May Gaskin

The Nursing Mother’s Companion - Huggins

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers - Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - La Leche League International – West & Pitman

 

Caesarean / VBAC

Birthing Normally After a Cesarean or Two – Helene Vadeboncoeur

Cut, Stapled, & Mended – Rosewood

Immaculate Deception - Suzanne Arms

Silent Knife - Nancy Cohen

The VBAC Companion - Diana Korte 

 

Special Situations:

Survivor Moms – Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng

When Hello Means Goodbye - Kirk & Schweibert

When Survivors Give Birth – Penny Simkin

 

Postpartum Challenges

The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood – Kendall-Tackett

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety – Pacific Post Partum Support Society

The Smiling Mask: Truths About Postpartum Depression and Parenthood - O’Reilly, Paterson, Bird, Collins

Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Alternatives (2005) - Kendall-Tackett

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for living with Postpartum Depression Paperback (2001) - Kleiman

This isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (2nd Ed, 2013) – Kleiman & Rasking