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How To: Sleep When Pregnant

[caption id="attachment_1862" align="aligncenter" width="431"] woman sleeping, sleep, relaxing[/caption] There is nothing more elusive than sleep when you are pregnant. Especailly once your belly starts to grow. It can be hard to find a comfortable position, your muscles hurt in weird places, baby is kicking, and lets not get started on your bladder. So what can you do? At Lancaster Doulas we have years of helping pregnant people get a better nights rest, let us share our top suggestions on how...Read More

10 Tips To Reduce Anxiety

[caption id="attachment_3301" align="aligncenter" width="665"]              Closeup photo of unsure girl looking empty space bit lip anxiety[/caption] What causes anxiety during pregnancy? A lot of changes happen in pregnancy. Some of them of these new changes are welcomed, while others can be uncomfortable and downright scary.  Your body is growing a new human after all. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the chemical balance in your brain. This can lead to an increase of existing anxiety...Read More
Fear of Childbirth

Fear of Giving Birth….. Again

Childbirth can be a really scary thing. Most of that fear comes from the lack of control and fear of the unknown; how will it feel? What if I don't know I am in labor? What if we don't get to the hospital in time? These are very real and very valid fears. But what if you HAVE given birth before and it was not the experiance you were looking for? As your pregnancy progresses and you get closer to...Read More

Cut The Cord Already!

Do I cut the cord now? (waits 30 seconds) How about now? (1 min later) Soooooo now??? Wondering when to cut your baby’s umbilical cord? Did you know you can have a say in when your baby's umbilical cord is cut? If you are part of the birth world (and yes, it is a world all its own), then you have probably had a conversation about this trendy topic. However, maybe you are new to this world and are just...Read More

10 Ways To Naturally Encourage Labor

10 Ways To Naturally Encourage Labor   Disclaimer: DO NOT try any of these methods without first clearing it with your primary care provider.  1. Sex: "The best way to get baby out is the way he got in there in the first place" I love saying that to first time parents and watching their faces react as my words sink in. Yes, it is not only okay to have sex at the end of pregnancy it can be good...Read More

You’re Going To Eat Your WHAT ?!?

There has been a lot of buzz lately about placenta encapsulation. With big name stars like January Jones, Alicia Silverstone, and even Kim Kardashian speaking out about consuming their placentas, it's no wonder. Placentophagy, the act of eating your placenta, can be dated back to the 1500's when the Chinese would mix dried placenta with breast milk and then drink it to cure "Ch’i exhaustion." (Interesting side note: Ch'i exhaustion is considered a symptom of anaemia.) Eating your placenta has...Read More