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Doula Myths Part 2

Doula… that’s like a midwife, right?

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Doula Myths Part 1

What is a doula? I won’t need a doula. My partner will be there and we’ll want our privacy. We also want to focus on what the doctors say.

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Part 2: Is it labor if…? Is it labor if I lose my mucous plug?

By Hello Tapestry | April 16, 2021

When it comes to labor and birth, mucous is sort of a funny thing. In pregnancy, your body produces quite a bit of it. Mucous works to form a barrier at the base of the uterus to help protect the baby’s environment from infection. You probably won’t be surprised that the barrier will expel itself…

is it labor if my belly squeezes what is a braxton hicks contraction

Part 1: Is it labor if…? Is it labor if my belly squeezes? What is a Braxton Hicks contraction?

By Hello Tapestry | April 9, 2021

Just a reminder: if you ever feel concerned at all about your health or your baby’s health, contact your medical care provider. With that out of the way, we also want to remind you to hire a doula! One role doulas help to fulfill is helping you interpret the sensations you may be feeling towards…

how to prepare for a newborn baby

Tips for preparing for your newborn baby

By Hello Tapestry | March 24, 2021

When we attend the baby shower and the birthing class and begin to think about preparing our homes to bring home our new baby, we often picture an adorable child sitting on the floor playing with toys and looking at board books, or sitting in their high chair, excited to try food from “the airplane…

can i breastfeed and bottle feed

Can I breastfeed and bottle feed?

By Hello Tapestry | February 17, 2021

This is such a great question to tackle. We’ve had quite a few “ups and downs” you could say in our industry as reproductive health workers around this topic, so let’s break it down with some truth bombs: There are some great reasons to emphasize the amazing qualities of human milk from a global perspective,…

can i have a home birth

Can I have a home birth?

By Hello Tapestry | November 28, 2020

Just as in the case of last week’s question about natural birth in the hospital, there isn’t one simple answer to the question of whether you can have a home birth. Generally speaking, home birth with a qualified medical attendant is a safe option for low-risk birthing individuals. The definitions of qualified attendant and low-risk…

how to use a birth ball for labor

How to use a birth ball for labor

By Hello Tapestry | November 24, 2020

If there are any tools or techniques you are interested in using during your labor and birth process, it’s always a good idea to practice with it, either weekly or daily during your pregnancy. If you want to learn how to use a birth ball for labor for example, you’ll want to work with it…

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Natural birth in the hospital — is it possible?

By Hello Tapestry | November 21, 2020

If you’ve asked the question can I have a natural birth in the hospital, the short answer is: of course! But there are some very careful considerations you’ll want to make before banking on this. As you may or may not know, many hospitals have a 30% or greater Cesarean rate. This is not entirely…

labor and delivery covid restrictions what to ask

What to ask about covid restrictions in labor and delivery

By Hello Tapestry | November 14, 2020

Here’s a quick guide to preparing for a hospital birth during the covid-19 pandemic. Join our Doula Support for the DC Metro Area | Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum Support on Facebook for a video. By and large in the DC metro area, there aren’t too many restrictions currently in labor and delivery. But it’s still…

epidural questions what to expect

Epidural questions: what to expect

By Hello Tapestry | November 8, 2020

3 Common Questions About the Epidural 1. Why would someone want to give birth without an epidural? There are a lot of different answers to this question! When people have epidural questions and want to know what to expect, they may already know they’re sensitive to medication and feel some trepidation over side effects. (See…

Can doulas take insurance?

By Hello Tapestry | August 10, 2020

Pregnant individuals can often use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for doula services. In other cases, insurance cannot be used directly to cover the cost of doulas. In short, this is because doulas do not provide a medical service. Doulas are a specialized non-clinical care provider, similar…