Dou-What? Dou-How? Dou-Why?

In honor of International Doula Month, Tulsa County BirthNetwork hosted an informational event called Dou-What? Dou-How? Dou-Why? where local Birth and Postpartum Doulas shared about the benefits of professional, continuous support during labor and postpartum.

As always, we had lots of free information available to attendees.

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We even had lots of copies of the TulsaKids Magazine’s Baby Guide and copies of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative!

10338850_257049354501127_6406369414205943780_nDoulas are professional labor companions who accompany women before, during and just after childbirth, offering physical, emotional and informational support. Studies show doulas reduce the length of labor and medical interventions and increase women’s satisfaction in childbirth! You can learn more about the benefits of doula support at DONA International.

Chris Maricle, Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator from New Joy Christian Childbirth shared with the group about what doulas do. Next, Brooke White, Certified Doula and Childbirth Educator from Better Birth Now shared about how to hire a doula. Sarah Coffin, Certified Doula with Compassionate Doula Care explained to the group about why it’s so important to hire doulas, then Calista Firor, Certified Labor and Postpartum Doula with Epiphany Doula talked more in depth about postpartum doula services.

After the speakers, attendees had the opportunity to move about the room and visit various comfort measure stations where the volunteer doulas demonstrated the many ways they assist women during the birth process and in the postpartum period.

Side-lying can be a very comforting resting position.

10329323_257048954501167_655042364792847890_nRebozos can assist with squatting and relieving back pressure.

10264930_257049017834494_2858097117061548001_nPostpartum support helps reduce the incidence of postpartum depression and can increase breastfeeding success.10155265_257049174501145_2853825726623055686_nLunging and other standing positions are helpful when moving around for comfort during labor.

10303371_257049191167810_5287955792150634617_nCounter pressure can relieve the stress of back labor and other discomfort that occurs as labor progresses.10268722_257049231167806_7498412285567642568_nThe girls at the Resting Positions station seemed to be having more fun than the other stations!

1554358_257049251167804_2896626017512952890_nThe Peanut Ball helps to open the pelvis and make way for the baby to descend.

10157235_257049281167801_1178856155017443581_nMany women find sitting and rocking on the Birth Ball a very comfortable way to labor.

10314536_257049307834465_734920748547096062_nDoulas often come equipped with a variety of massage tools to offer relief and comfort to laboring women.

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If you’re interested in hiring a doula for your birth, take a look at the following websites to find a doula in the Tulsa area:

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Cesarean Awareness Family Picnic

April is Cesarean Awareness Month, so Tulsa County BirthNetwork teamed up with International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN of Tulsa) to host a family picnic to raise awareness for the 1 in 3 women in our country who give birth by c-section.

We had some great t-shirts designed incorporating the Cesarean Awareness Ribbon with the slogan, “Making Birth Better,” as a fundraiser for the two organiztions. In addition to selling t-shirts, we also had a fundraising event at Top That! Pizza.

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There was even an appearance from Chris Middlebrook from BAM Entertainment who made balloon creations for the kids!

10155946_249232065282856_4089068304734073272_nHe was a big hit!10003224_249232098616186_8743513054818407166_nEveryone visited and enjoyed the beautiful weather.10013919_249232275282835_3050463660419465955_nSeveral professional members of the two groups donated some amazing raffle prizes, including gift certificates for midwifery services, childbirth classes and chiropractic care!10264951_249232295282833_417227280476340700_n

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All in all, we had a great time and look forward to another co-sponsored event next year!

Childbirth Education in Tulsa

At our March meeting, we explored the various Childbirth Education options available to Tulsa families.

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Several Tulsa area families came out to hear about their out of hospital options for learning about the stages of labor and birth, and various methods for relaxation and pain relief.

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Joey Minick with Alight Births, shared about Birth Boot Camp‘s up-to-date, natural childbirth philosophy helps families achieve their goals in childbirth.

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Missy David with Honeybee Mama, shared about The Birth Experience, her original childbirth curriculum that prepares and empowers families to make informed decisions about their birth experiences.

1925199_240718712800858_125911740_nBrooke White AAHCC with Better Birth Now, a local Birth Doula and childbirth educator through the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth shared about many of the options in Tulsa for out of hospital childbirth education.1794582_240718759467520_1890925539_nKathy Taylor CD(DONA), also a local Birth Doula, shared more about how the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth has been helping families birth peacefully since 1947.

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A doula and representative for Celestial Yoga and Birth Services, Aischia Kuykendall shared about the many classes they offer, including Fertility Awareness and and Sacred Birth Empowerment.

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Childbirth Education Classes in Tulsa include:

The Truth About Inductions

At our January Tulsa County BirthNetwork gathering, we had a panel of experts share with the public some very helpful information about inducing labor. We had a great turnout! 1609717_210634365809293_1127195146_n Local Certified Nurse Midwife, Linda Roberts shared about natural ways to encourage the onset of labor and how it is best to wait for labor to begin on its own if there is no medical need to induce. 1557554_210634649142598_1857533712_n Local Birth Doula, Sarah Coffin CD(DONA), shared about options during induction. Many women don’t know about their options in childbirth, including procedures they can refuse. She shared about all the comfort measures still available to moms even when they require medical induction, including freedom of movement and utilizing birth balls. 1609642_210634869142576_1547643547_n Regina Kizer RN is a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital and shared about how we can support moms in labor when they are induced and also about women’s options in labor. 1526243_210634545809275_454735077_n Dr. Corey Babb, a local OBGYN shared very important reasons about the medical reasons women may need to induce labor, and how to know whether or not induction is necessary. He also talked about all the other ways labor can be induced besides artificial oxytocin (Pitocin). 1609783_210634522475944_579369564_n If you missed the meeting, be sure to CONTACT US if you would like any information or would like to contact any of our speakers!