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What you need to know about the umbilical cord after your baby is born. In those first crucial minutes immediately after the birth of your baby something important is happening…

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So, you had a caesarean birth with your first baby and now you’re thinking about having another baby. Here’s what you need to know about giving birth naturally after a c-section. You may be wondering what are your options? Many people believe the myth of “once a caesarean, always a cesarean”, and while for some women this is true, but for many people it doesn’t have to be.

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As doulas who have witnessed many beautiful and moving caesarean births, it saddens us that caesarean birth is not as celebrated as a “natural” or vaginal birth is, and that mothers are made to feel ashamed or that they have somehow failed for having this type of birth.

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One of the major questions us doulas get asked is what to pack in your hospital bag when you have a baby. The majority of birthing families are searching for hospital bag lists on the internet or getting them from their local hospital and do you know what we have realized?

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If you had asked me what my birth plan was before Zoey I would have told you I took all the classes, I did all the prep work to have a natural labour and delivery. I practiced breathing, I took HypnoBirthing classes, I bought the birth ball.

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Our path to becoming parents was a pretty typical one. Met through friends, dated four years, went backpacking, got engaged, got married, and started trying for a baby. Months and months went by and then it finally happened and we jumped for joy (literally). At 10 weeks we lost our baby and our hearts were broken. ​

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