Prenatal Visits

Birth Clients

What’s covered in our 1st prenatal visit?

1. QUICK ANSWERS
  • When to Call Doula
  • Signs of Labor and Reasons for Changes
  • Signs of Labor Cheat Sheet
  • Tips For Partner
  • Tips For Partner Cheat Sheet
  • When It’s Time To Go In
  • Timing Your Contractions
  • When Should I Worry
  • Tips & Remedies
  • Baby’s Debut Date vs. the Old EDD Method
  • Evidence on Due Dates
  • Birth Preparedness Checklist
  • What To Pack
2. BABY’S GROWTH
  • How Big Is Baby
  • Nine Months That Made You
  • Week 1 Menstruation
  • Week 2 Ovulation
  • Week 3 Conception and Implantation
  • Baby’s Growth at 4 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 5 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 6 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 7 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 8 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 9 Weeks Pregnant
  • Baby’s Growth at 10 Weeks Pregnant
  • … all the way to 42 Weeks Pregnant
3. MINDFULNESS
  • Birth Empowerment
  • Self-Hypnosis For Birth
  • Switch Off Your Brain
  • Hypnosis Relaxation For Birth
  • Fear Release Script
  • Positive Reframing Your Mind
  • Pregnancy and Birth Affirmations
  • Pregnancy Comments & Responses
4. NUTRITION
  • Weight Gain in Pregnancy
  • Microbiome for Baby
  • Pregnancy Nutrition
  • Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Beyond
  • Probiotics and Pregnancy
  • Benefits of Probiotics, Immunity, and Constipation
  • Probiotics for Lowering Preeclampsia
  • Probiotics and Glucose Metabolism
  • Breastmilk Composition and Decreasing Painful Lactation with Probiotics
  • Probiotics and Reducing Pediatric Asthma and Eczema
  • Fish Oil and Probiotics for Reducing Allergies
  • Probiotics Restoring Normal Microbiota Composition and Function in Cesarean-Born Babies
5. BREATHING
  • Labor Breathing – The Next Generation
  • Breathing Techniques for Labor
  • Heart and Lung Exercises
6. PREPARING FOR BIRTH
  • Amazing Birth Checklist
  • Oxytocin
  • Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Labor
  • Bed Rest Can Harm Instead of Help
  • Birthing the Easy Way in the Hospital
  • Surfing Through Labor
  • Spontaneous Release of Membranes
  • Your Guide to Labour & Birth
  • Laboring Through the Five Senses
  • Avoid Purple-Directed Pushing
  • Prolapsed Umbilical Cord
  • What Women Aren’t Told About Childbirth
  • Home Birth & Hospital Birth
  • Perineal Massage
  • 5 Ways For a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth
  • 6 Simple Steps for a Healthy & Safe Birth
  • How to Help Your Hormones Do Their Wonderful Work
  • Maintaining Freedom of Movement
  • Pathway to A Healthy Birth
  • Evidence on Failure to Progress
7. OPTIMAL POSITIONING
  • Belly Mapping
  • External Cephalic Version
  • Guide to Breech Chart
  • Guide to Breech
  • Occiput Posterior Babies
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • How to Prevent Malposition
  • Research on Vaginal Breech Birth
  • The Miles Circuit
  • Vinaver Method to Turn Breech Baby
  • Ways to Turn a Breech Baby
8. PAIN
  • Acupressure Points
  • Comfort in Labor
  • Decreasing Pain by Decreasing Fear
  • Drug-Free Pain Relief
  • Evidence on Labor Pain Relief
  • Labor Pain Management
  • Natural Pain Relief Techniques for Childbirth Using Acupressure
  • Pain in Childbirth
9. PLACENTA
  • All About The Placenta
  • Marginal Insertion Placenta
  • Normal Insertion Placenta
  • Partial Placenta Previa
  • Placenta Accreta
  • Placenta Increta
  • Placenta Percreta
  • Placenta Previa
10. DILATION, EFFACEMENT, STATION
  • Better Birth Dilation Guide
  • Fetal Station 3
  • Fetal Station 4
  • Vaginal Exams
11. LABOR DAY
  • Doulas for Parents & Providers
  • Signs of Labor
  • Help a Woman in Labor
  • Hormones of Labor & Birth
  • Hormones Coloring Book
  • Stages of Labor
  • What to Expect in All Labor Stages
  • Coping With Prodromol Labor
  • What To Do In Early Labor
  • Adequate Support
  • Continuous Labor Support
  • Low-Stress Birthing Environments
  • Let Labor Begin On Its Own
  • Moving Throughout Labor
  • Mobility in Labor
  • Healthy Birth Practices
  • Food in Labor
  • Finding Your Labor Rhythm
11. LABOR DAY
  • Saline Hep Lock During Labor
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Evidence on Fetal Monitoring
  • Internal Fetal Monitoring
  • Research on Fetal Monitoring
  • Easy Comfort Measures
  • Labor Positions Quick Guide
  • Labor Positions for Various Birth Styles
  • Positions for Laboring
  • Active Labor Positions
  • Avoid Birth on Back & Follow Urge to Push
  • Will You Push For Your Baby
  • Second Stage of Labor – Pushing
  • Perineal Support
  • Precipitous Birth
  • Labor Door Signs
  • Cheeky Labor Door Signs
12. GROUP B STREP
  • All About GBS
  • Cochrane Review: Intrapartum Antibiotics for Known Maternal GBS
  • Evidence Based Birth Takes on Group B Strep
  • Evidence on Group B Strep in Pregnancy
  • Group B Strep in Pregnancy
  • Group B Streptococcus During Pregnancy, Labor, & Birth
  • Real Life Stories on Group B Strep – Evidence Based Birth®
  • Understanding Group B Streptococcus
  • Universal Antenatal Screening for GBS
13. GESTATIONAL DIABETES
  • Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes & the Glucola Test
  • Advising Women With Diabetes in Pregnancy to Express Breastmilk in Late Pregnancy
  • Expressing Colostrum Antenatally
  • Expressing Milk Before Birth: A Tool for Use in Special Circumstances
  • Is it Safe to Express Milk Before Giving Birth?
  • Study Finds Breast Milk Expressing in Pregnancy Safe
14. PREECLAMPSIA
  • Cause of Preeclampsia
  • Preeclampsia: The Cure is Birth, or Is It?
  • Just Diagnosed With Preeclampsia: Now What?
  • Making Sense of Preeclampsia Tests
  • Why Do I Need to Know if I Have Preeclampsia?
  • Preeclampsia & High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
  • What is HELLP Syndrome?
  • Preeclampsia: Beyond the Basics
  • Time from Preeclampsia Diagnosis to Delivery Affects
  • Preeclampsia and Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Aspirin and Preeclampsia
  • Low-Dose Aspirin Use During Pregnancy
  • After 34 Weeks, is it Safer to Deliver Immediately or Wait if High Blood Pressure is Not Persistently Severe?
  • Breastfeeding in Women with Severe Preeclampsia
  • Postpartum Nutrition after Preeclampsia

15. PREPARING FOR POSTPARTUM
  • Local Resource List
  • Postpartum Plan
  • Postpartum Self-Care Plan

Birth Clients

What’s covered in our 2nd prenatal visit?

1. INTERVENTIONS 101
  • Informed Consent & Informed Decisions
  • Labor Interventions – How to Avoid Them and Why You’d Want to
  • Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary
  • Professional Recommendations to Limit Labor and Birth Interventions
  • Risks & Benefits
2. INDUCTION OPTIONS
  • Labor Induction Guide
  • The Straight Scoop on Inductions
  • If You Have Been Induced
  • Inductions and Importance of Bishop Score
  • Induction Methods Risks & Benefits
  • Membrane Sweeps – What You Need to Know
  • Pros & Cons of Membrane Sweeping
  • Stripping Membranes
  • AROM – Artificial Rupture of Membranes
3. EPIDURAL OPTIONS
  • Cascading Interventions From an Epidural
  • Epidural Anesthesia for Birth
  • About Epidurals
  • Is Epidural My Only Option
  • Breastfeeding Concerns After Epidurals
  • Non-Pharmacologic Pain Management vs. Epidural Analgesia
  • Intrauterine Pressure Catheter
4. CESAREAN OPTIONS
  • What’s The Deal With Cesareans
  • Cesarean Sections – What Every Woman Needs to Know
  • Physiologic Birth vs. Cesarean Section
  • Evidence on Skin-To-Skin After Cesarean
  • Making Your Cesarean Mother-Baby Friendly
  • Cesarean Prevention Recommendations from Obstetric Leaders
  • Vaginal or Cesarean Birth – What is at Stake for Women and Babies
  • Better Cesarean
  • VBAC Is An Option
5. EPISIOTOMY OPTIONS
  • Visual of Episiotomy
  • Women Who Don’t Push Are 85% Less Likely to Tear
  • Avoiding an Episiotomy
  • Avoiding the Unkind Cut
  • The Husband Stitch Is Not Just a Horrifying Childbirth Myth
  • Doctors Who Ignore Episiotomy Consent
6. INSTRUMENTAL DELIVERY OPTIONS
  • Forceps and Instrument Risks
  • Forceps Delivery
  • Risk of Forceps
  • Vacuum Assisted Delivery
  • Vacuum Assisted Birth Risks and Benefits
7. PLACENTA DELIVERY OPTIONS
  • The Third Stage of Labour
  • Natural vs. Managed Third Stage of Labor
  • Should I Have a Managed or Physiological Third Stage
  • Placenta Delivery: Human & Infant Rights
  • Placenta Delivery in Third Stage of Labor
  • Natural Approach to Labor’s Third Stage
  • Different Routes in Third Stage of Labour
8. PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION OPTIONS
  • Lactation Consultant Perspective on Placenta Encapsulation
  • Placenta Encapsulation Risks and Benefits
  • Health Implications with Placenta Consumption
9. NEWBORN PROCEDURE OPTIONS
  • Bond With Baby Before Newborn Procedures
  • Keeping Your Baby With You
  • Early Skin-to-Skin Contact
  • Common Newborn Procedures
  • Vitamin K Shot Risks and Benefits
  • Vitamin K Myths and Facts
  • Evidence on Erythromycin Eye Ointment
  • Why You Must Demand Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Delayed Cord Clamping: Why Cord Blood Banking Hurts Your Baby
  • Ask The Midwife: Delayed Cord Clamping and Blood Banking
  • Delayed Cord Clamping Could Save As Many As 100,000 Premature Babies
  • Delayed Cord Clamping Risks & Benefits
  • Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping
  • Why No Baby Bath After Birth
  • Delaying Baby Bath Benefits
  • Evidence and Ethics on Circumcision
10. BIRTH PREFERENCES
  • Priorities for Childbirth
  • Understanding Your Biases and Orientation in Medical Decision Making
  • Strategies for Specific Triggers of Anxiety during Childbirth
  • Getting What You Want For Your Birth Experience
  • Determining Risks And Benefits
  • Making Decisions for Pregnancy
  • Decision-Making Worksheet
  • Sample Birth Plan – Birth Center
  • Sample Birth Plan – Hospital A
  • Sample Birth Plan – Hospital B
  • Birth Planning Worksheet
  • Birth Plan Images
  • What To Ask Your Care Provider – Quicklist
  • What to Ask a Birth Center
  • What to Ask a Hospital
  • What to Ask a Midwife
  • What to Ask an OB-GYN_Physician
  • Assess Your Doctor’s Answers
  • Choosing a Care Provider
  • Changing Your Care Provider
  • When and How to Break Up With Your OB
  • Who Should Be My Care Provider
  • 20 Reasons to Hire a Midwife
  • You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me
  • Being Admitted to the Hospital or Signing Consent Forms is Not Implied Consent

Postpartum Clients

What’s covered in our prenatal visit?

1. NEWBORN & POSTPARTUM ESSENTIALS

Ayurveda Postpartum Support

Dosha Constitution and Postpartum Recovery

Baby Night Lights for Better Sleep

Humidity & Temperature for Nursery

View Recommended Products

  • Best lactation supplements and breastfeeding aids
  • Top products to heal from episiotomy/perineum tears
  • Favorite products for cesarean scar care
  • Safest products for nipple care
  • Best digestive and helpful natural elimination aids
  • Favorite effective white noise sound machines
  • Top picks for humidifiers, diffusers, air circulators, fans
  • Best grooming devices for newborn fingernails and baby’s earwax
  • Favorite cradle cap preventers and remedies
  • Safest natural baby soap, newborn shampoo, and conditioner for babies
  • Safest sunscreens for newborns and babies
  • Best natural diaper creams
  • Top strollers
  • Favorite car seat and stroller cover
  • Safest natural baby laundry detergent
  • Best blackout solutions for nursery
2. EMOTIONAL HEALTH
  • A Little Self-Care Goes A Long Way
  • Back to Normal in Six Weeks
  • Bonding and Attachment
  • Bonding Naturally with Your Baby
  • Bonding – What it Means
  • Easing into Parenthood – The First Six Weeks Postpartum
  • Factors That Influence Postpartum Recovery
  • Mood Disorders – Quick Reference
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment in Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Mental Health Checklist
  • Symptoms of Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Classifications
  • The Baby Blues
  • The Fourth Trimester – Postpartum Healing
  • Tips to Deal with Frustration and Anger
  • Unhappiness After Childbirth – Self Assessment
  • Unwanted Advice
3. FAMILY SUPPORT
  • 10 Tips for Dads
  • Are Mothers and Fathers Interchangeable
  • Becoming A Dad
  • Becoming Attached to Your New Baby
  • Dads Play an Important Role
  • Fatherhood Challenges & Rewards of Caring for Infants
  • Fatherhood – When Worries Settle In
  • Fathers and Deciding on Breastfeeding
  • Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding
  • Getting Dads More Involved
  • Grandparents & Breastfeeding
  • Help From Family & Friends
  • How Family Members Can Support Mother
  • How to Have A Happy Marriage
  • Information for Dads
  • Myths About Good Parenting
  • New Dads
  • Parenting Well When Emotions Run High
  • Postpartum Plan
  • Postpartum Self-Care Plan
  • Postpartum Visitors Sign
  • Supporting a Breastfeeding Mother
  • Support Your Daughter
  • Support Your Partner
4. WARNING SIGNS
  • Essential Oils for New Moms & Infants
  • Warning Signs in the Newborn
  • Warning Signs in the Postpartum Mother
5. NEWBORN TRAITS
  • Newborn Senses
  • Newborn Stomach Sizes
  • Normal Newborn Appearance
  • Your Newborn’s Appearance
6. GROOMING
  • Bathing Your Baby
  • How Often Should I Bathe My Baby
  • Stop The Diaper Changing Battles
  • Umbilical Cord
7. INFANT MASSAGE
  • The Right Touch – Art of Infant Massage
8. NEWBORN IMMUNITY
  • Probiotics for Baby’s Best Health
  • How to Prevent Deadly Infection in Babies
  • Research Study on Persistence of Supplemented Probiotics in Breastfed Infants
  • The Bacteria Babies Need
  • The Importance of Infant Exposure to Micro-Organisms
9. SIBLING ASSIMILATION
  • How to Handle Demands of a Toddler & Newborn
  • First Born Jealousy
10. PET ASSIMILATION
  • Ways to Include Your Dog
11. TRAVELING
12. PLAY TIME
  • Toys for Babies
14. SLEEP
  • Eight Sleep Tips
  • How to Get Enough Sleep in the Few Weeks After Birth
  • Moving From Crib To Bed
  • Newborn Babies Sleep
  • Preventing and Managing Infant Sleep Problems
  • Safe Sleep for You and Baby
  • Sleep-Activity States
  • Sleep For New Parents
  • Sleeping – PURPLE Crying
  • Sleeping With a Pacifier
  • Solving Naptime Problems
  • Tips for New Parents to Get More Sleep
  • Treating Sleep Problems Once They Arise
  • What Is Preventing Sleep
  • What is Sleep Training
  • Where Should My Baby Sleep
  • Why Short Cat-Naps Are Not Good Enough
  • Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown
  • Wonderful Sounds For Sleep
15. SOOTHING
  • Baby Tantrums
  • Calming A Crying Baby
  • Calming A Crying Newborn
  • Common Features & Principles of Soothing
  • Commonly Asked Questions About Fussy Baby
  • Common Sense & Well Tried Soothing Methods
  • Does Your Baby Have Colic
  • Overstimulating A Newborn
  • Protecting Your Infant
  • Real Life Challenges of Infant Crying
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Shaken Baby Syndrom (SBS)
  • The Calming Reflex And Colic
  • The Relation of Crying to SBS
  • Time-Tested Baby Calmers Checklist
  • What is the Period of PURPLE Crying
  • When Baby Cries – Why?
16. BABYWEARING/CARRYING
  • Babywearing Benefits
  • Babywearing
  • Choosing a Baby Carrier
17. Suggested Readings

View Book List

  • Books for Expecting Mothers
  • Books for Expecting Fathers
  • Books for Children and Expecting Siblings
18. BREASTFEEDING
  • Best Breastfeeding Position
  • Breastfeeding Babies With Special Needs
  • Bottle-Feeding Tips
  • Breastfeeding the Sleepy Baby
  • Breast Milk vs. Formula
  • Breastfeeding Benefits That Last A Lifetime
  • Breastfeeding in the First Hour of Life
  • The Golden Hour
  • Staying Together in The Golden Hour
  • A Newborn’s Best Start in The Golden Hour
  • The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact
  • Breastfeeding Positions
  • Care Plan – Getting Started With Breastfeeding
  • Care Plan – Managing Engorgement
  • Care Plan – Baby Won’t Latch
  • Care Plan – Sore Nipple Management
  • Care Plan – Supplementation
  • Breastfeeding Starting Out Right
  • Sore Nipples & Proper Positioning
  • 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  • When Baby Does Not Yet Latch
  • A Good Start to Breastfeeding
  • Nipple Shields
  • A Strong Start with Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding the Premature Baby
  • Breastfeeding and Jaundice
  • Baby’s Weight Gain Guide
  • Feeding Patterns
  • The Magical Bond of Love
  • Latching and Feeding Management
  • Late Onset & Decreased Milk Supply or Flow
  • Domperidone
  • Engorgement
  • What a Breastfeeding Mother Needs
  • Breastfeeding As a Busy Mom
  • Protocol to Increase Breastmilk Intake
  • Breastfeeding and Traveling
  • Sore Nipples & Engorgement
  • Breastfeeding and Drugs
  • Hand Expressing Breastmilk Guide
  • Breastfeeding and Other Foods
  • Expressing By Hand
  • Expressing Your Breastmilk
  • Hand Expressing Breastmilk Visuals
  • Breastfeeding and Compression
  • Breastfeeding and Working
  • Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk
  • What to Feed Baby When Mother is Working
  • Breastfeeding Your Adopted or Surrogate Born Baby
  • Finger and Cup Feeding
  • Candida Protocol
  • Bottle Feeding Your Breastfed Baby
  • Domperidone and the FDA
  • Lactation Aid
  • Medela Human Milk Insights
  • What’s In Breastmilk & Formula
  • Milk Storage
  • Starting Solid Foods
  • Herbal Remedies for Milk Supply
  • Extreme Fullness
  • Fluconazole
  • Hypoglycæmia of Newborn Low blood Sugar
  • Illness in the Breastfeeding Parent or Baby
  • How To Know A Health Professional Is Not Supportive
  • Toxins and Infant Feeding
  • Vasospasm
  • Tongue-tie Lip-Tie and Release