Doula for Multiples? Guest Blog by Julia Schetky

As a doula who specializes in working with moms expecting multiples “MOMs”, I’ve been there in that first ultrasound where they find out that not only is their dream of having a baby coming true, but times two or three! Often it takes a few months for the idea of carrying, delivering and raising two to sink in.  I remember one conversation with a mama who thought, “What will I do with two?  Do I have to have a c-section?  How can I care for two while recovering from major surgery?!”

doula for multiples

By hiring an experienced multiples doula, you can navigate all the unique circumstances that come from a multiples birth.

Good news, MOMs!  Carrying twins (or even triplets) does not necessarily mean that you will need to have a cesarean birth!  In the past 21 sets of multiples, 17 were able to have a vaginal birth!  Many variables come into play when deciding what sort of birth MOMs have.

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Postpartum Doula? Yes, please!

Most people have heard about birth doulas, but what is a postapartum doula? Our guest blogger, Kimberly Bepler, owner of ABC Doula Services, breaks it down for us. It seems that arranging for a professional postpartum doula could be the smartest decision made for you and your family.

What is the difference between a birth doula and a postpartum doula?

A postpartum doula is there to help the mom and dad transition into the routine of a new baby.

A postpartum doula is there to help the family transition into the routine of a new baby. A dedicated postpartum doula comes to serve you, care for you, educate you, and helps you around the house while you are resting and adjusting to life with your baby.

Birth doulas are primarily for the pregnancy and birth itself. They coach you through questions, help get you accurate information, and provide a listening ear when the medical world can only offer you short appointments. During the labor they are there to ease your fear and discomfort, and to help you in ways you can’t even anticipate. They are knowledgeable and comforting and I wouldn’t recommend giving birth without one if you have an option! However, the work they do postpartum is quite different than a dedicated postpartum doula. They might do a follow up visit to go over the birth with you, might present you with photos or mementos about the birth, or might come to check on breastfeeding or provide a meal. That is often their wrap up visit for closure about the birth.

A dedicated postpartum doula comes to serve you, care for you, educate you, and helps you around the house while you are resting and adjusting to life with your baby. They will run a sitz bath for you, hold your baby while you soak your sore bits, change your sheets while you are in there, then settle you back in bed to nurse baby while they make you lunch. They will hold babies while you nap if you are just overwhelmed, listen to your struggles with your in-laws without judgment, and tell you what a wonderful mother you are and how great your baby is. They are also great problem solvers with babies and will help you soothe, bathe, and care for your baby confidently so you eventually don’t need them anymore.

The biggest difference between the two is focus and purpose. Birth doulas are there to help you get through one of the biggest events of your life. Postpartum doulas are there to put you back together afterward and help you be awesome at parenting with skills and confidence. Continue reading

“Fertility Help, the Natural Way”: Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic in NW Kids Magazine


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Liz Richards, L.Ac. and Lori Reising, LMT of Blossom Clinic are interviewed on pages 18-20 of the May 2013 NW Kids Magazine


Click here to read “Fertility Help, the Natural Way”, an article by Jenny Duvander in NW Kids May 2013 issue (page 18 & 20).

She discusses the importance of acupuncture, nutrition, massage and relaxation for those trying to conceive.  If you have been diagnosed with infertility or will be getting your body ready for pregnancy, this is a great resource.

From Habit to Ritual: Getting Healthy Week 3

getting healthy In this series of blog posts, I share you my personal effort towards sustainable change.  To get caught up, read Week 1: Cyber Purging, Meditation and Exercise and Getting Healthy Week 2/3: Listening to my Body and An Early Reveal of a “Before” Picture

For me, it was time to listen to that little voice in my head that was speaking the truth.  Here is one thing I know for sure:

When you do not listen to that little voice in your head, your body will scream at you in some way.

You might get a flare up of back pain, regular migraines, fatigue, hives or if you are like me it might manifest in sore throats and psoriasis.  Your body will let you know!  In some ways, you are lucky that your body does this because you can see what you are doing to yourself and hopefully wake up.  I share this blog post with you because I want you to know that you can absolutely set intention and make changes in your life.  When I ended 2012 with the intention to make change, I focused on diet (eliminating wheat and coffee), exercise (barre3 and yoga) and sleep.  I ended up making the best change of all in the end.  I started somewhere and ended up in an unexpected place with truth and peace in my heart.

In 2009, my sister went into labor prematurely with triplets at 23 weeks gestation due to a detached placenta (exactly four years ago today).  She had been to the emergency room for abdominal pain a couple of days earlier and was sent home with “gas pains”.  When she started bleeding and was admitted to the hospital, she was faced with the decision of how to terminate the pregnancy.  Something in her blood levels miraculously changed and she was given the option of delivering the babies via C-section.  Babies are not usually revived before 24 weeks but they made an exception for her babies born one day short of that marker.  My sister was on the operating room table for hours and almost died.  She had about 8 pints of blood transfused into her body.  When I heard the news on the phone that she was having the babies I cried, “It’s too early!! Mom, they are not going to make it!” Continue reading

HypnoBirthing Portland: 5-week course at Blossom Clinic

HypnoBirthing Portland: 5-week course at Blossom Clinic. For latest schedule, click here. 

Classes include textbook, rainbow relaxation CD and a rewarding experience for you, your partner and your baby. Cost is $325 for 5 weeks. Class series begin regularly so give us a call! (503)287-0886

hypnobirthing portlandHypnoBirthing ® is a rewarding, relaxing, stress-free method of birthing that is based on the belief that all babies should come into the world in an atmosphere of gentility, calm and joy. When a mother is properly prepared for birthing physically, mentally, and spiritually, she can experience that sort of joy, birthing her baby is an easier, more comfortable and often, even pain-free manner. Through a well-thought-out program of deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and education, HypnoBirthing ® returns to a woman the art of birthing in a way that allows her to summon her natural birthing instincts and to birth her baby in safety and with ease. In HypnoBirthing ® the birth companion is an integral part of the birthing process, enhancing the entire bonding experience. Continue reading

Surviving Stillbirth and Loss: Josh and Kat’s Story

Surviving Stillbirth and Loss: Josh and Kat’s Story

At 38 years old Kat and her husband, Josh, welcomed twins into their family. The Portland couple’s story to parenthood began five years ago, however, and took them through a series of disappointments and even tragedy before they found a happy ending.

Kat was never the kind of woman who felt her clock ticking. Infertility was a foreign thought.

But when she and her husband, Josh, had difficulty conceiving Kat found herself setting out on an unexpected journey, which ultimately led her to Oregon Reproductive Medicine and Blossom Clinic in Portland, Oregon.

“When it was explained to me what my chances really were-the reality of it-it was shocking, and I wasn’t prepared to accept it,” she said. “I’m the kind of person that when someone tells me something is not possible I am going to do whatever I can to prove them wrong.

“Still, I didn’t know so much of this is based on luck. I started to wonder how anyone over 18 years old ever gets pregnant.”

Kat’s doctors didn’t have any answers. Even though they told her it was better not to know what was causing complications than face an insurmountable obstacle; their words, she said, felt like cold comfort. Continue reading

Twin Vaginal Birth: A Mom’s Story

acupuncture laborPregnant with twins?  Did you assume that you would automatically be signed up for a cesarean?  Well, that doesn’t have to be the case for you.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with a former patient about her amazing twin vaginal birth with her two boys. Every mom is a super mom no matter how their babies come into the world, but if you desire a vaginal birth with your twins, here is an interview to inspire you.  Click here for an additional twin birth story or click here to see an inspiring video. Continue reading

Postpartum Acupuncture

postpartum acupunctureAcupuncture and Oriental Medicine have considerable value in helping a woman nourish herself after pregnancy and child birth.  Treating a new mom in the partpartum time is important for the whole family. In Chinese Medicine theory we employ a five phase model where we use the mother to treat the child. This takes on whole new meaning when applied to real women and their children. Women who feel better are more present for themselves and their newborn.

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Summer MediClear Cleanse

The MediClear Cleanse is user friendly.  In this cleanse, you eliminate foods that are commonly allergenic or inflammatory for 15 days. Continue reading

Acupressure and Acupuncture for Labor Preparation

acupressure acupuncture labor I often refer my pregnant patients to the website of Debra Betts, an acupuncturist in New Zealand who is an expert in Chinese Medicine during pregnancy and labor.  She has an amazing PDF of Acupressure for Natural Pain Relief which I give patients for labor preparation.

Not only do we utilize acupressure for labor preparation, but we use acupuncture too. Usually, my patients have acupuncture treatments beginning at around 34 weeks to prepare for their labor. I find that the patients who come in weekly leading up to labor have less interventions during labor if that is what they desire.

If there is a breech baby, they begin treatment ideally at 34 weeks so that we can attempt to turn the baby before it descends into the pelvic cavity.  We do this treatment in combination with Optimal Fetal Position exercises.  If you are in your third trimester, I encourage you to visit her website.

Many Blessings,
Liz Richards, L.Ac.