3 Important Tips for Having a VBAC

The adage “once a cesarean, always a cesarean” is archaic, outdated, and simply untrue. Women CAN have vaginal births after cesarean delivery. VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) are increasing the United States! There are many reasons why one would choose a VBAC: afraid of surgery, recovery was difficult, birth trauma and the list continues. An expecting woman's decision to have a VBAC is personal, important and her right.

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Why Postpartum Doulas are Better Than Family

The greatest resource for a mother after the birth of her child is a Postpartum Doula. Doulas are trained in supporting families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. They provide judge-free support, expertise, and flexibility helping you recover from childbirth and enter motherhood gracefully. With in-home care you receive both the privacy and support you deserve. Lactation education and support is also a large part of Doulas services.

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Do I Need a Doula for Cesarean Birth?

As a doula this comes up all the time, "I am planning cesarean, why would I need a doula?" or "What if I end up with a cesarean, then is the money and time invested worth it?" The answer is yes, ABSOLUTELY. If you want continuous, unbiased support, then regardless how you birth, you will benefit from having a doula present.

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Childbirth Education: An Insurance Policy, Not A Guarantee

For most of history, women were exposed to birth many times before they had their own baby. They would have seen the labors and births of their mothers, aunts, neighbors and friends—so when it came time, they were familiar with the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations. These days, most women don’t experience much about childbirth until they’re actually pregnant and contemplating giving birth themselves. That’s why childbirth education has become so common in the last 70 years—it’s our culture’s way of providing the “initiation” of previous generations.

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Why We Believe Fed Is Best

If you’re pregnant or a new parent, you’ve probably heard lots of the phrase “breast is best.” It’s a common refrain in our culture, a quick and catchy rhyme that was created once medical professionals and researchers realized that breastfeeding has many health advantages for both mothers and babies. Of course, we here at Doulas of Las Vegas believe that breastfeeding is incredible—an amazing and valuable way to feed your baby. But we don’t believe it is “best.”

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Postpartum Doula: Doula Doesn’t Always Mean Birth and Postpartum Doesn’t Always Mean Depression

Having a new baby is serious business. From the feeding to the sleeping to the “Whoa, is that normal?!” it can be hard to get a handle on how to do it all. Many new parents feel scared and overwhelmed once the visits have died down and the Facebook likes have stopped rolling in. Of course you love your adorable bundle of joy, but maybe you didn’t expect the newborn period to feel quite so intense. 

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