Sunday, February 28, 2010

Interview with "His Heartbeat for Women"

I was interviewed earlier this month by my friends Andrea Schwartz and Nicki O'Donovan for their website, His Heartbeat for Women. Visit to listen to the interview and to see other episodes of their podcast.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Central Texas Doula Association FAQs

I'm a member of the Central Texas Doula Association, which has accomplished quite a lot in its year of existence! We have formed committees to work as liaisons with hospitals, to recruit community partners, and to establish educational opportunities for expectant mothers. We've also created bumper stickers, brochures, t-shirts, and a website...

The website is growing, with bios of the members and news of what the group has been doing. There is also a useful FAQ page that answers questions like "What is a doula?" and "Will the presence of a doula make my family feel unnecessary?" You can read all the questions and answers here:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Natural News: Birth Drugs Impair Breastfeeding

"A lot of women are not given enough information about the medications that might be given to them during childbirth, and women at low risk of bleeding may not need to take these drugs," said Rosemary Dodds of the National (British) Childbirth Trust. "It is important that women understand the risks and can give their informed consent before they go into labor."

The researchers suggested that the anti-bleeding drugs could interfere with milk production, thus making breastfeeding more difficult and causing new mothers to give up in frustration.

The study also found that high doses of painkillers known as epidurals also reduce a woman's chance of breastfeeding. Prior studies have also found this connection.

Read the full press release at