Posts by Julie Brill

Continuing Education for Birth Professionals

Join us on Sunday September 17 for a day of learning, networking, and fun in Westford, MA. We will be talking about business and marketing, chiropractic care for better pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding outcomes, natural hospital birth, and preventing burnout with self-care. 6.5 CAPPA CEUS available for those who attend all sessions. 9-10:15 Chiropractic Care…

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The Why and What of Natural Childbirth

Anesthesia was first used for birth in 1847, 170 years, or roughly seven generations ago. In response to this, Grantly Dick Read coined the term natural childbirth in the 1940’s. Before that it was just called birth, like organic food was just called food before Lord Northbourne coined the term organic around the same time.…

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WellPregancy Continuing Ed. Day for Mother-Baby Professionals

Join us on Saturday April 22 for a day of learning, networking, and fun in Westford, MA. We will be talking about business and marketing, prenatal depression, natural hospital birth, and preventing burnout with self-care. 6.5 CAPPA CEUS available for those who attend all sessions. 9-10:00 Prenatal Mental Health: What All Perinatal Professionals Need to…

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Nitrous Oxide in Labor and the Precautionary Principle

An increasing number of hospitals in the United States have begun offering nitrous oxide to women in labor since the FDA approved new equipment for use in labor in 2011. In the Boston area where I am, Brigham and Women’s Hospital started offering it nearly two years ago, and then other hospitals, including South Shore,…

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Why You Can’t Spoil Your New Baby

Your newborn’s wants and needs are the same. Later she may want a smart phone or a pony, and you’ll have to decide if that’s reasonable, but for now, if you can figure out what she wants you always get to give it to her. Your baby’s behavior will make more sense if you think…

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10 Things I Wish All Pregnant Women Knew About Fetal Monitoring

In labor, continuous monitoring increases the risks of many interventions, including pitocin, epidurals, and cesarean birth, without improving birth outcomes for mother or baby. Asking a woman in labor to be still (and often in bed) so the monitor can do its job is not a benign request since it can result in a longer…

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Early Labor is a Time for Distractions

Have you thought about what you’re going to do in early labor? A friend of mine who is a midwife suggests baking cookies in early labor. I think this is excellent advice. First of all, then there will be cookies. But also, having a fun activity will help you pass the time in early labor.…

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Pregnant? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Now About Your Labor

What is my fantasy of the perfect birth experience? Do you want to squat to push out your baby in your bedroom? Labor in water? Get an epidural in the hospital parking lot? While no one can predict how your labor will go, thinking about your ideal will help you make decisions now and in…

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Top Tips for Birth Partners

Help her stay in the moment while you plan ahead. A laboring mom’s job is to take one contraction at a time. But the partner can help by thinking ahead. Maybe you’re slow dancing together, and all is well. It’s helpful for the partner to think about what to suggest when mom is ready to…

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