Breath of Life Blog

For women at all stages of motherhood

Natural Birth: A Doula’s Perspective (Part 1)

Doulas provide outstanding support to expectant moms. From the first signs of pregnancy to postpartum care,  a doula has been trained to provide continuous, non-medical assistance to a woman and her partner in labor.  At Breath of Life, a doula becomes part...

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From The First Breath of Life: Meeting Your Baby

It’s almost time to meet your baby.  From the moment you found out you were expecting, every choice you have made--and will make in the future--has been about giving the very best to your child.   For nine months your baby has been nestled safely and...

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Sarah’s Story: Is a Birth Center a Safe Choice?

Now that you’re pregnant, you’re probably considering how you want to give birth to your baby and safety is a top concern. Once you start telling people you’re pregnant, you’re met with a plethora of advice and warnings. How do you sort through all of them? More...

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Reducing Stress for Mom and Baby with Waterbirth

Many women are attracted to the idea of a waterbirth, and why not? The notion of laboring in warm water is soothing, comforting, and relaxing. Since the water provides a sense of privacy, laboring in water can reduce inhibitions, anxiety, and fears. The water also...

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Epidurals: You Are Stronger Than You Think

Ashley Whitney’s Birth Story Like many women, I worried about how I would handle the pain of childbirth. It is a pain no first-time mother has ever experienced before, so the fear is mostly about the unknown.  That’s why I want to share my story with you. I...

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“I Wish I Had Known My Birth Choices.”

Something unexpected happened. I got pregnant on birth control. I was 34 years old when I found out I was expecting my first child. We wanted to start our family soon, but I was working on losing about 30 pounds, so I would be healthier and feel better during my...

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Is This Feeling More Than Baby Blues?

I received a lot of advice before I had my baby and I forgot all of it once she arrived. I was one of those moms who got hit hard with Postpartum Depression. Adjusting to motherhood is tough for almost every new mother, but it seemed extra hard for me. I loved my...

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Ending the Mommy Wars

“Talking about parenting has become like talking about politics or religion or money - you just don’t do it.” - Denise Schipani, author of Mean Moms Rule, excerpt from parenting.com   Ever brought up vaccinations at a party? Now that’s how you clear a room. Who...

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Self Talk: From Negative to Realistic

I have a secret. Something no one else can see, that does no immediate outward damage and that could remain hidden forever if I wanted. And here I go, calling myself out on the Internet. I talk to myself really badly sometimes. In a way I wouldn’t talk to any other...

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New Government Report Recommends Birth Center Care


Thanks to an extensive study, findings now prove that Birth Centers provide mothers and newborns with a stronger start. As a midwifery-led birth center that offers care for women before, during, and after pregnancy, Breath of Life was honored to be one of the 47 birth...

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Chelsea’s Birth Story

Watch Chelsea's Birth Story Chelsea didn't want someone else telling her what to do with her body. Breath of Life empowered her to make her own choices and experience the birth of her baby in the way her body was meant to deliver. From our classes and midwives to the...

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What My Midwife Means to Me

Natalie Loper’s Birth Story My first birth went exactly as planned, but not the second. No. There I was at work and my water broke. I expected my contractions to start, but they didn’t. I wish I could say I remained calm and confident, however, that was not the case....

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