What value does a Doula bring to a birth?


When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families.

What value would you put on a product that could shorten your labor, provide a more positive outlook on your birth and postpartum period, and substantially lower your chance of having a cesarean that isn’t medically necessary?

What if I told you there is a way to have all those things and more, and it will change your life forever? What if I told you it’s as simple as hiring a doula?

In a Cochrane review from 2013 women with doulas were shown to:

Be more likely to give birth spontaneously, i.e. give birth without cesarean, vacuum, or forceps
Be less likely to use pain medications
Be more satisfied with their overall birth experience and the days immediately postpartum
Have shorter labors
Have babies that were less likely to have low five-minute Apgar scores

A doula is not just another member of your birth team. A doula’s sole purpose is to form a relationship with you and your partner in order to better support you throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early postpartum period.

Nurses and doctors provide wonderful medical care; however, they have multiple patients and cannot be by your side through your entire labor. Your doula will be by your side the moment you need her, whether that is at your home or hospital, and through the duration of your labor. The value of hiring someone who is there for you from start to finish is immeasurable.

Your needs, wants, and desires come first. Doulas are there to cheer you on, support your decisions, ensure you have someone to lean on, provide security, and help research information. They are there to help your partner connect with you deeper so that he/she can support you more fully.

I have worked hard to facilitate professional, supportive relationships with the care providers in the community. When you hire a doula, you are hiring someone who has dedicated their lives to learning about the care and support of birthing individuals and their families. You are hiring someone who is knowledgeable, certified, and experienced in this field of expertise and that is priceless!

Reduce Joint Pain During Pregnancy Naturally


Arthritis is primarily a disease of inflammation and what you eat is important to your health and healing.

Arthritis and joint pain are not uncommon these days with a huge percentage of people who suffer all these ailments without knowing there are effective natural remedies. This is especially true for expectant mothers who most likely think that it’s a normal occurrence because of extra body weight during pregnancy or any other such time for that matter. For arthritis sufferers in general, this is a leading cause of disability. It seems modern medicine is powerless against it and has little to offer except pain killers.

The keyword is inflammation !

Arthritis is primarily a disease of inflammation and what you eat is important to your health and healing. There is no need of suffering as a result of this. There are effective natural remedies for reducing joint pain. One of the most effective way to overcome inflammation is when the first symptoms appear, simply by avoiding inflammatory food.

Change of Diet and Lifestyle
Joint pain during pregnancy can be reduced by changing diet and lifestyle. Try out some safe exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and any other that your Ob or Midwife recommend as this can help you to become less sedentary. Try to drink a reasonable amount of water. It helps to flush out harmful toxins in the body which can cause inflammation.

Add This to Your Diet
When you change your diet to reduce joint pain during pregnancy start with foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, E and B complex. Include foods such as: ancient grains, natural dairy products, pasture raised meats and eggs, and nuts. Also, eat foods rich in zinc to offer natural relief from joint pain. Some types of fish like wild caught tuna, salmon, herring, and sardines have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric and Ginger also have anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger makes tasty tea which provides a soothing relief of joint pain as well as an upset tummy or nausea.

Foods to Avoid
Public enemy number 1: SODA yes, even diet soda. Drinking sodas causes weight gain and contributes to type 2-diabetes, but it doesn’t stop there. It causes many other far-reaching health problems including arthritis. Soda can cause osteoporosis because it contains phosphoric acid which gives soda its tangy taste.

Foods to avoid: Corn and soybean oil, cottonseed, safflower, canola and sunflower oils. Other arthritis and pain activator are: Processed snacks, crackers, chips, granola and energy bars, any deep fried and fast foods, baked goods and cookies, mayonnaise, margarine. Plants that may aggravate arthritis pain are: Potatoes, chili peppers, green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, as well as products made from hot sauce, ketchup, dried red pepper flakes etc. By cutting out most of these foods you will find your inflammation and joint pain improving or disappearing.

As every day becomes less painful and more enjoyable you will gain pleasure and peace of mind. Let’s hope this will help you to navigate some of the more common discomforts of pregnancy. See the Recipes Category under my blog Posts.

Chiropractic for a Healthy Pregnancy


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Proper prenatal care is a vital part of having a healthy pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery. But did you know that a chiropractor can actually help make your pregnancy go more smoothly? In fact, it is so common that some chiropractors will even specialize in care for pregnant women. If you’re experiencing any of the issues below during your pregnancy, look for a chiropractor to help you.

Low Back Pain
Low back pain is extremely common in pregnant women. This is caused by your shifting center of gravity as your belly and your baby grow, placing strain on the muscles of your lower back as it tries to accommodate for the extra weight it must carry. Sometimes, this can cause your back to shift out of alignment. If you have severe low back pain, a chiropractor can provide you with a spinal adjustment so that your body can better support your changing body and you can be healthier and more comfortable throughout the remainder of your pregnancy.

Rib Subluxation
During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin. As the name implies, this hormone relaxes the tendons and muscles in your body to let your hips widen in preparation for delivery. However, it can also cause the tendons that keep your ribs in proper alignment to become overly relaxed; this can lead to a rib twisting in its socket, causing a painful rib subluxation. A chiropractor can easily adjust your back and realign your rib so that you don’t have to deal with the persistent pain that comes from this condition.

Remember that pain doesn’t just affect you when you’re pregnant; it can affect your baby as well. If you are constantly in pain, it can cause your baby to develop signs of distress. So take care of yourself and go see a chiropractor for your own health as well as the health of your child.

If you Live in the Grand Rapids Area I recommend Dr Alex Lebon at Simple Truth Chiropractic. Dr. Lebon is Webster Technique Certified, a member of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, was chosen as one of America’s Best Chiropractor for 2018, and was rated a Top Care Provider by Grand Rapids Kids for 2019.