Breath of Life Blog

For women at all stages of motherhood

International Doula Month

Happy International Doula Month! What a perfect time to showcase the wonderful Breath of Life Certified Doulas, a group of nationally-certified birth doulas who also completed a customized, day-long, hands-on training right here at the birth center so they can better...

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Cesarean Facts

Time for some straight facts about cesareans: Cesarean operations are the most common surgeries performed in the United States More than a third (32%) of the nearly four million babies born every year in the United States are brought into the world by cesarean....

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Prevention for Cervical Cancer

Has it been a while since you had your last Pap test? If it's been less than three years, then you're not late at all! Experts now recommend that women over the age of 21 have a Pap test to check for precancerous cells on the cervix only once every three years....

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A Holiday K.I.S.S.: Keep It Simple and Sane!

Becoming a new mom or dad at any time of the year is stressful, but add in the obligations and stress of the holidays, and new parents have a double-recipe for losing it! Don’t let that happen! Follow these simple tips for keeping stress levels to a minimum and stay...

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Nitrous Oxide for Labor

Nitrous oxide has been an option for pain relief at the dentist's office for decades. But nitrous oxide has also been used for pain relief by women in labor since the 1800s. It was widely used throughout Europe and the United States through the early 1900s, but when...

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Michael’s Birth Story

"We were at home getting the boys to bed when my wife started labor.  Things I did to help support her were: Talked to her calmly Encouraged her Reminded her that she can do this Made her feel comfortable I didn't feel challenged or concerned at any time.  My wife did...

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Losing a Baby to Miscarriage or Stillbirth

We like to think that in our highly sophisticated medical world we can control every aspect of our health, especially during pregnancy.  We have come to believe that because of our medical advances, we can predict and avoid every possible bad outcome. But the truth...

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David’s Birth Story

"I guess you could say from the beginning that I was apprehensive of using a birthing center as opposed to a hospital to have our baby. As a first time father, and the previous owner of a medical practice, the thought of being anywhere other than a hospital for any...

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Healthy Gums for a Healthy Baby?

Yes!  Studies suggest that pregnant women who have a gum infection known as periodontitis have a higher risk of preterm labor and also of having a low birthweight baby.  That’s because bacteria in the infected gums can cause an increase in the hormones that trigger...

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Pitocin? At a Birth Center? Read On…

Inherent in a birth center’s business model is a deep support for the natural and normal birth process. Every decision that’s made, every intervention that’s suggested, is based on that question: is it natural and normal, and if not, why not? Our midwives never...

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