Hello & Welcome
My name is Alicia Montgomery. I am a certified DONA (Doulas of North America) birth doula in Southeast Michigan. I offer birth doula services for clients giving birth in hospitals, homes, and birth centers. I offer postpartum doula care in your home. I am also a Birthing From Within Childbirth Mentor and Educator and I offer group and private birthing classes.
My approach with couples in my classes and with my doula care is holistic. We explore the strength and wisdom you already hold as parents. We prepare emotionally and spiritually for birth and examine hopes and fears. We discuss pain and practice coping with it. And last but not least I provide you with information so you feel confident navigating childbirth of today.
I think the most important value a woman can walk into birth with is trust. When I'm working with you in any capacity this is something important we are working toward.
As a doula I offer mothering, gentle guidance, encouragement, and experience. I hold a space for you to discover what you can do, what love you have for this baby, and how you as a new emerging family can grow together.
All women have an instinctual knowing about birthing and mothering. I feel honored to be present for these times in men and women's lives when they become parents.
Baby's Gut Bacteria Determined by Breastfeeding and C-Section
Interesting Talk about Oxytocin
When watching this video some interesting questions to consider:
1) Oxytocin (the love, trust, empathy hormone) is flowing heavily in labor from both the mother AND the baby. Why?
2) Knowing that oxytocin causes you to have much more "trust" than normal, how might you use this information when deciding which hospital or caregiver you are going to choose to birth with?
3) When Pitocin is used in birth (synthetic oxytocin) to induce or augment mother's labor, her body does not produce its own oxytocin. How do you think this affects her relationship with her own labor and baby, especially postpartum?
4) When Pitocin is used in birth (synthetic oxytocin) to induce or augment mother's labor, the baby does not produce his own oxytocin. This being one of the baby's first chances to produce this hormone and reap the benefits of bonding/nursing with his mother effectively, how could induction affect the bonding/breastfeeding relationship?
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