5 Questions To Ask Your Doula
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
8M ago
When considering hiring a labor doula, it’s common to interview one or more doulas. You might come up with a long list of questions or have only a few to ask. Or maybe, you don’t know what to ask. Here are the five questions prospective clients ask and information to consider while interviewing doulas. Question #1: Certification The first question is usually about certification. We are often asked, “Are you certified?” Here at Tucson Doulas, the answer is always going to be YES! Earning, holding, and maintaining certification is the foundation of who we are. Our doulas are trained and certifie ..read more
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Informed Decisions in Labor – Using B.R.A.I.N.
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
10M ago
One of a doula’s favorite tools in supporting someone who wants to make informed decisions in labor is to use the B.R.A.I.N. acronym. Before we discuss how it can be beneficial, let me explain what it stands for: B: BENEFITS R: RISKS A: ALTERNATIVES I: INSTINCTS N: NOTHING Using the B.R.A.I.N. acronym allows you to slow down the decision-making process. It allows an opportunity for you to explore how you feel about accepting, denying, or delaying whatever option is being presented. It can be used as often as needed and even to clarify a previously discussed option. Let’s explore this ..read more
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Doula Support for Cesarean Birth
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
10M ago
There is a general misconception that doula support for cesarean birth is unnecessary. This is unequivocally untrue. Doula support for cesarean birth begins during our pre-birth appointments with your chosen doula team. We have learned that giving you and your partner the room to discuss all the potential options for how birth may play out, including cesarean birth, helps you feel more prepared for what is to come. It also gives you time to process your feelings about the options and develop a list of questions you may want to ask your provider before labor begins. Whether a cesarean birth is ..read more
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VBAC Support in Tucson: Certified VBAC Specialists
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
11M ago
Choosing to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) presents a unique set of challenges and emotions. We pride ourselves on our ability to fully support our clients no matter how they give birth or where they choose to deliver their babies. However, a doula must have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the challenges surrounding VBAC. This is why Mona White-Ortega & Eva Owen became Certified VBAC Specialists.  As with every client, we aim to provide nonjudgmental emotional, educational, and physical support. Additionally, our Certified VBAC Specialists are trained to tailor ..read more
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Choosing a Prenatal Care Provider
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
11M ago
The first choice you make when you find out you are pregnant is choosing your prenatal care provider. There are a few factors to consider to help you find the best prenatal care provider for you and your family. A great start is to decide where you’d like to deliver. Then explore the types of providers available to you based on that location. In Tucson, a hospital, birth center, or homebirth are options for where to give birth to your baby. Hospitals are staffed with obstetricians (OBs), labor and delivery nurses, anesthesiologists, and a full baby care team, including NICU personnel. Some h ..read more
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When Parents and Grandparents Collide
Tucson Doulas
by Angela Horn
1y ago
  Having a baby is a major life event. But so is becoming a grandparent. This experience is often filled with joy and excitement for many families. But things start to get rough when the grandparents feel overbearing to new parents. Advice and feedback from most grandparents are typically well-intentioned.  Yet the discussions and opinions surrounding infant care often create the biggest points of tension between new parents and grandparents. To some degree, it’s understandable. Our parents are proud of the children they’ve raised. They see the bright, intelligent, and passionate peo ..read more
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Paced Bottle Feeding – Ready. Set. Slow!
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
1y ago
When it comes to infant feeding choices there is a lot of information and opinions. Most of the conversation lies with what you are feeding your baby; here’s looking at you Breastmilk VS. Formula debate rather than how you feed your baby. Today, let’s talk about the Paced Bottle Feeding method and why this is such a great option for bottle-fed babies. This method allows babies to control the feeding session just as they would if they were fed at the breast. Practicing paced bottle feeding allows you and your baby to understand their hunger cues more accurately. In addition, it allows more time ..read more
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What to Read: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
1y ago
There are many ways to gather the information you seek about your pregnancy and upcoming delivery. You can take childbirth education classes, or search the internet for your specific questions. You may talk to friends and family, or read one of the million pregnancy books available online or in stores. Our clients often ask about which books we would recommend that provide the knowledge they are seeking. Part of our role as doulas is to stay current on best practices and information. As a result, we have created this reading list. *Disclaimer, the following links are not affiliated links and T ..read more
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Creating A VBAC Birth Plan
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
2y ago
As our clients begin to prepare for birth, the desire to explore their options is a common theme as they set out on their journey into parenthood. As doulas, we help clients navigate their options around their birth preferences, infant feeding choices, and postpartum desires. No matter if this is your first or fifth baby. April is VBAC Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to highlight how to navigate a VBAC birth plan. A VBAC birth plan is similar to a traditional birth plan but there are some key points to keep in mind for a VBAC-specific client. As a client who desires a VBAC or vagina ..read more
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Words of Affirmation
Tucson Doulas
by Eva Owen
2y ago
We’ve heard the old phrase that talk is cheap but what if, talk is actually worth its weight in gold. Everyone seems to have a different relationship with using affirmations, as well as the belief in their power to work. No matter how frequently someone uses affirmations, we know the use of affirmations can be extremely helpful when someone needs a reminder of any kind. Besides, what better time to need a reminder that when someone is in labor. Using Affirmations help to verbally support, motivate, or encourage someone mentally, emotionally, or even physically. As doulas, we witness labor tak ..read more
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