Induction Junction, What’s Your Function?

Induction Junction, What’s Your Function?

If you remember Schoolhouse Rock as fondly as I do, you’ll hopefully understand the title of this blog! Are you facing an induction? Inductions don’t have to be as scary as they seem, if you know the questions to ask and are prepared. Here are five tips to help prepare you for your upcoming induction of labor.   1.  Ask Questions There are a variety of ways inductions of labor can start–foley bulb, cytotec, cervidil, pitocin, breaking the bag of waters…ask your care provider how they plan to start the induction.  Often more than one method is used to induce your labor.  Having an understanding of the plan can help you feel more at ease about your induction.   2.  Bring Something To Do Many people don’t realize that an induction can take hours, or even days!  Several days.  We always let our clients know that might want to bring along reading material, download a favorite move or TV series to watch, or even write out all those thank you notes from the baby shower while waiting for labor to kick in.  Being stuck inside the hospital can be a bit more fun if you are snuggled up with your partner watching your favorite movie, or devouring a mystery novel.   3.  Tell Friends and Family To Wait Aunt Mabel and Grandma to be Kathy just can’t wait to meet your new little one!  So they camp out in the waiting room at the very start of the induction.  Where they could be waiting, for a day or two or four.  Let friends and family know that an induction...
A Night In Your Life With A Postpartum Doula

A Night In Your Life With A Postpartum Doula

It’s 10 pm, and your postpartum doula knocks quietly on the door. You let us in with a smile as we greet your family. We talk about the last time your baby (or babies) ate, were changed, and about any chores you’d like us to do that evening. Then, you head off to your bedroom and… You wake up the next morning feeling awesome, having had a full night’s sleep with no interruptions! Pretty great right? There’s not a whole lot more to add to our blog post about overnight care, because we hope you’ll sleep through the entire time we are there. We will take care of wakings throughout the night, diaper changes, calming, swaddling, bottle feeding, and even do some laundry, wash the bottles or your breast pump and set the coffee for you. What if you are breastfeeding? Stay in bed! We will bring baby in to your room for you to feed. When you are finished, we will get your baby from your arms, and settle him or her back down to sleep. You never have to leave the bed! Overnight newborn/postpartum support is one of our most popular services. We’d love to tell you more! We offer a free consultation, and are also happy to answer any questions by phone. Overnight services also make the perfect gift, so you can tell your friends and family to buy you a night of sleep and bliss. Check out our postpartum package options here. Piedmont Doulas serves the Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point areas of North Carolina. We can be your postpartum doulas and overnight doulas through...