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I Want Relief But I Don’t Want an Epidural

We have this great option for pain management in childbirth here in Nashville that is coming back in popularity: nitrous oxide. This isn’t your dentist’s nitrous oxide, but a combination of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen. It won’t completely numb you like an epidural will, but is often described as “taking the edge off.”

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Cascade of Interventions

“If you have to be induced, you will end up with an epidural, which will stop your labor. Then they will need to increase the Pitocin and you will end up with a c-section.”
“Don’t let them break your water because you will end up with a c-section.”
“If you get Pitocin, your baby will be in distress and you will end up with a c-section.”

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The Music City Doulas Difference: Confidentiality

Many of us love seeing happy pictures of parents meeting their baby for the first time. When you are pregnant, it can be comforting and encouraging to read other people’s stories and see documentation of their experiences.  Many of us also prefer agency when it comes to our internet presence, including photo sharing and important life announcements.

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Getting a Breech Baby to Turn

“Your baby is breech” is a phrase often feared by many women. A breech baby is a common reason for a cesarean birth, since it is no longer a very common practice to vaginally deliver a breech baby due to the additional risk. After hearing that phrase, women take to the Internet to ask Google and their moms groups on Facebook, “how can I turn a breech baby?” She will get all kinds of answers ranging from telling her to play with a flashlight, flipping around in a pool, and spending her days upside down.

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Epidural Is Not A Dirty Word

When a woman makes up her mind that she wants an epidural, she does not want it with a side of judgment or shame. She just wants relief and she wants it now. So many women are afraid to ask for the epidural, but why? Partially because the scare-culture surrounding much of the birth world. Are there risks surrounding epidurals? Of course. There are risks for everything. What is important is to weigh the risks and make a decision that you feel comfortable with.

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When You’re Scared of Tearing

A common factor among clients I work with is a fear of tearing during childbirth. I often get the question, “Is there anything I can do to keep my vagina from tearing?” as well as “How bad does it hurt?” and “Is there really a ring of fire?”

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How to Pick Your Care Provider in Nashville

In Middle Tennessee, we are lucky to have many options for a care provider that will help us on one of the most special days of our lives. We have hundreds of obstetricians in dozens of hospitals, a few dozen midwives in hospitals, a handful of midwives at free standing birth centers, and a couple dozen home birth midwives. If you were to ask in any of the moms groups on Facebook who the best doctor or midwife in Middle Tennessee is, you’re likely going to get about 100 different answers.

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Non-Judgmental Childbirth Education in Nashville

As doulas, we often stress the importance of non-judgmental, unbiased support, but when it comes to childbirth education options, they are often sprinkled with judgmental undertones about birth and parenting, particularly when someone is wanting to have a birth or parenting experience that isn’t considered ‘natural.’ Many classes are notorious for inciting fear in tools commonly used in birth, provoking distrust in medical providers, and pushing personal agendas about parenting decisions such as epidurals, vaccinations, and circumcision.

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Ask the Expert: Nitrous Oxide with Michelle Collins

Is nitrous oxide an option for you to use in labor? We are happy to say that in Nashville, it is!

We were recently invited to an event with the Vanderbilt Midwives in which we were given a presentation on nitrous oxide from Michelle Collins PhD, CNM, FACNM, and Vanderbilt’s nitrous expert. She presents nationally on nitrous, has published widely on the topic, and is also the Director of Vanderbilt’s Nurse-Midwifery education program. We were so lucky to hear her speak, and are very pleased to be able to share some of what we learned with you.

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