Birth & labor
Getting officially trained and certified gives a doula significant credibility and knowledge, while helping them make more money doing what they love. Doulas play a key supporting role in bringing new life into the world. Birth doulas coach women through the ups and downs of labor and birth, while postpartum... more
Doulas can charge by the hour or by birth, and more certifications always mean a higher salary. Being a doula comes with beautiful ups and downs. You help women through labor pains and birthing struggles, which often requires working nights and weekends because babies operate on their own timetable. But... more
Find out why it can be helpful to have both a doula and a midwife at your side before, during, and after your child's birth. Doulas and midwives are experts who play intimate, supporting roles in the pregnancy and birthing process -- but their training and individual roles are very... more
My two sisters and I are very close. I'd really like them to be in the delivery room with me and my boyfriend. Is there a maximum number of people I can bring with me when I give birth?
Plan your birth experience by making your wishes known! Here are 16 great examples to help you create a customized birth plan that's right for you. A birth plan is a great way for you to visualize what you want your baby's birth to look like and... more
What does it mean to be "born with a veil"? I overhead someone saying that a friend's baby was born with a veil, and that it means that the baby has special powers. I highly doubt that's true (the person who said this is into New Age stuff... more
I just feel like delivering a baby on your back is against the normal urges you would have as a woman. If I deliver my baby in the hospital do I have to be on my back the whole time?
I know I shouldn't worry about labor and delivery. After all, it's several months away! But I am really afraid of the pain! I also hate needles. And that means I don't want a c-section because it's basically major surgery. The doctor said there's no... more