Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why IS The C-Section Rate So High?

“Those are not small lawsuits,” he said. “I personally have not been sued, but if I get sued for $10 million, I know I’m out of business, because my insurance willl be so high that I won’t be able to continue practicing.” -Obstetrician/gynocologyst Dr. John Neeld of the Willamette Valley Medical Center, "the combination of a doctor worried about possible lawsuits if his interpretation turns out wrong, and a patient afraid for her baby, and determined to take any action necessary to ensure its safety, often leads to a C-section that, in hindsight, was probably not necessary," he said.

Dear Mommas: This is why you and your partners must advocate for yourselves. Please understand that many of the decisions that your OBs are telling you you must have are stemming from this very place.

To read more of the article that Dr. John Neeld is quoted in please visit here.

If you are pregnant and planning to birth in NYC or Long Island our educated and experienced Doulas can guide you through the experience and help you bring your child into the world peacefully. Visit us at

Saturday, January 14, 2012

When Should I Sign Up For Childbirth Education?

Congratulations on your upcoming birth! Now what? Should you take a childbirth class? Well, it is true I am biased, so my answer is of course you should.

However, I am not the only one who believes this. Robin Elise Weiss from agrees with this NYC Doula too.

The biggest reason to take a childbirth class and take it early on in your pregnancy is so that you have the time to act upon the information given. I'll never be able to stress this enough. If I had $100 for every time I received a phone call from a crying mother-to-be asking for my help in finding a practitioner who will take late transfers because at week 35 the practitioner told her that she would not be allowed to do something she thought her practitioner would have no problem with, well I'd be standing in a whole lotta green cash right now.

In NYC it's nearly impossible to get an OB to take you onto their roster once you are past 20 weeks. Therefore I always suggest that pregnant couples start my childbirth education classes on their 15th week. My childbirth education classes stress how to cultivate strong communication skills between the parents and the practitioner. Starting at your 15th week allows the parents the freedom to transfer, with ease, should they discover that the OB they are with does not envision their birth as they do or wish.

Upcoming Childbirth Education classes in Queens, NY are starting soon. If you'd like to enroll in the next class series or book a private class in your home please visit

We're Back

This blog is up and running again. With so much that is happening since the last post I am not even sure where to begin. So send me your questions you'd like answered and I'll start posting writing about what you tell me you'd like to know more about.

If you are looking to hire a Doula please see the sidebar to the right for services to contact.