Self-Care is all the rage now. Its vital. Period. The end. The problem for some of us, is that healthy self-care hasn’t been modeled well AND it’s a vulnerable skill to learn. To do self-care well, a person has to: -Acknowledge that they have needs -Know their needs are just as important as everyone else’s … Continue reading Self-Care
Hello everyone. I’m Anna Taylor founder of Dream Catcher Birth Services here in Cincinnati. I’m a birth and postpartum doula, and do placenta encapsulation. In my free time I blog, continue learning about all things birth, mother my kids and work on rehabbing my home. I specialize in natural birth, and have a holistic and … Continue reading Hello
I made a list recently of my needs on a daily basis, so I can stop always putting myself last. If I add myself to my To-Do list then I’ll succeed. It really works! My list includes: 20 minutes of silence 20 minutes of exercise wearing clean clothes being in a tidy environment connecting with … Continue reading Real life Self-Care
If your new to the birth world you may be confused about what care providers titles mean. You may be asking, “Is a midwife and a doula the same thing?” Or you may want to know the difference between types of midwives. Let me take a couple minutes and break it down for you. Care … Continue reading Providers for your birth
Nitrous oxide recently came on the scene in Cincinnati hospitals. Its used as a inhaled pain relieving agent and as its new in the area I would love to know what you think of it! I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.
So you want to know one of the first steps for having a natural birth?? Here it is. Remember that the pain of labor is purposeful, anticipated, intermittent and most of all normal.
I am often asked by my clients, how can I advocate for myself during pregnancy and birth? Simply put, advocating for yourself can be a challenging but necessary goal. Allow me to elaborate. Women have Basic Human Rights that allow them to self-advocate during pregnancy and birth. You have the right to know your options … Continue reading Self-Advocacy during Pregnancy & Birth
I am just so excited to share this news!!! Not only was my blog post shared in a meeting with Hospital staff BUT now an initiative to lower their episiotomy rates has started!!!! I recently found out from an internal source, at a local hospital, that they found my blog post comparing Cincinnati hospital birth … Continue reading Lowering Cincinnati Hospital Episiotomy Rates
I have been curious for a while about my cities c-section, and episiotomy rates for our individual hospitals. Up until the writing of this blog, I have just had the general statistic of Cincinnati hospitals having a 30% cesarean section rate and then each hospitals reputation. Their reputations would come to me through other birth … Continue reading Comparison of Cincinnati Hospitals C-Section Rates and Reputations
Shared below is an interview I recently had the pleasure of doing with our local birth center! Natural Beginnings is just outside of Cincinnati, and have a great record of supporting natural birth. I am so excited to give all of my blog readers more specifics about what they offer. Interview: Describe what Atrium Natural … Continue reading Spotlight: Atrium’s Natural Beginnings Birth Center Interview
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Its part of the learning curve to figure out everyone’s role at birth and can be a little overwhelming. For those of you who like to know what’s going on, let me see if I can give you an idea. Let’s break it down. First of all, you should know that your doctor plans to … Continue reading Doctor, nurses, partner, doula… Oh my! There’s a place for everyone
Convinced?? The cows say it, soooo… Eat Mor Plasinta 😉 Did you see I have options? You can encapsulate, have me prepare raw smoothies for you OR both. The benefits of eating more ‘plasinta’ await you.
I’m sure you know all the great benefits of placenta encapsulation, like increased milk supply, mood stability, and increased energy. So I’ll go ahead and explain the process. Once you decide you would like to move forward, and I have received your intake form that Ill attach below (and encapsulation deposit of $50), you will … Continue reading Whats the process of placenta Encapsulation
I know that there must be a lot of pregnant people out there who have been working to take care of others during this holiday season. Now I want to take care of you! Any clients who are due in January or February of 2019 will get 20% off of My Placenta encapsulation services, just … Continue reading 20% off Placenta Encapsulation services for due dates in January and February 2019
Thank you for your patience as I work to find information about each of Cincinnatis hospitals c-secton, episiotomy rates and more. I believe in informed choice and am excited to offer Cincinnati’s pregnant population concrete information so they can choose for themselves which hospital is best for them. Stand by and keep a look out … Continue reading Coming soon… Comparison of Cincinnati hospitals C-section rates
Postpartum mood disorders are increasingly prevalent with, 1 out of 9 women experiencing it. This depression can begin during pregnancy, soon after birth or even six months postpartum. It’s caused from shifting hormones, lack of sleep, and can be compacted with all sorts of risk factors. Trauma during childbirth is one, as well as unplanned … Continue reading Postpartum Plan
If your anything like me then, you may be anxious about the possibility of forgetting something that you should have for after your baby is born. Let me tell you, people WILL be running out to get things that you didn’t think of and, that’s okay. Just remind yourself that the stores will still be … Continue reading What I really needed for my new baby, myself and my family after birth
If you’re interested in feeling your own cervix before or during labor, check out this blog post. It will walk you though the when, how, and why of a self check. It’s just another way to take your birth experience in your own hands. https://www.babble.com/pregnancy/can-i-check-my-own-cervix-to-see-if-im-dilated-2/amp/
Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card” February 21, 2018 Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a U.S.-wide “report card” that ranks each of the 50 states on the quality of their maternity care. The first-of-its-kind study found … Continue reading Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state “report card”
So you want to have a homebirth but dont know where to start? Here a guideline to push you in the right direction. Find a midwife (or three) to talk to. Ask all your questions of what it will be like and make sure you voice any big fears you have. Your midwife will be … Continue reading How to pursue a homebirth
You probably know that you want to have a calming and relaxed environment for your birth. This is because your cervix is really quite demanding with it’s very own timetable of how quickly it wants to dilate. So bossy! But it only want to dilate in a space that feels safe and for your cervix, … Continue reading Creating your birth space
Birth is beautiful and why wouldn’t you want to share it with your very favorite little people? Children can be great additions to a birth. I completely get it. Watching you give birth to their sibling will not only normalize natural birth to your child but could help them fully embrace the new baby. Sometimes … Continue reading Should I have my children at my homebirth?
A birth is one of those rare experiences in the client’s life where I am fully expecting her to be selfish. This birth is ALL about her. I talk to every client about who she is thinking about having at her birth. Sometimes that discussion is really easy because she just wants her partner and … Continue reading Who should I invite to my birth?
If you’re a client who is looking at my fees and saying… woah! Then I’ve got an option for you. I don’t believe that I always have to be paid in money, sometimes clients have something even better to offer, a skill or product that I find just as valuable as you do. It’s just … Continue reading I Barter
I’ve began offering placenta encapsulation to clients in the greater Cincinnati area 8 years ago, when I was trained by a local home birth midwife. Since then I have undergone a more traditional weekend workshop on placenta encapsulation and I’ve learned tons through my personal experience. I began by offering the raw method of placenta … Continue reading Traditional Chinese or Raw Method for Placenta Encapsulation… You choose
I got the question recently from a new mom, asking if insurance covered birth doulas. The short answer is… probably not. If you’re a member of a health sharing company, then there’s a good chance that it would be covered, but under any traditional insurance the answer is no. If you know of one please … Continue reading Insurance and Doulas