Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012 Stats

I know it has been a very long time since I posted here, but thought those that still might be following would like to see our stats for last year. It was a great year - with many amazing mamas, papas and gorgeous babies.

Boys - 50%
Girls - 50%

Transfer of Care (risked out prior to birth) - 5%
Transport - Prior to Birth - 0%
Transport - Post Birth - 5%

First Time Mom - 30%

Spontaneous Vaginal Birth - 100%
Forceps/Vacuum - 0%
C-Section - 0%

VBAC - 5%
Waterbirth - 70%

Average 2nd Stage of Labor - 46 minutes
Shortest 2nd Stage - 7 minutes
Longest 2nd Stage - 2 hour 12 minutes

Average 3rd Stage of Labor - 39 minutes
Shortest 3rd Stage - 6 min
Longest 3rd Stage - 3 hours

2nd Degree Tears - 25%
3rd Degree Tears - 0%

Biggest Baby Boy - 9 lb 14 oz
Smallest Baby Boy - 6 lb 2 oz

Biggest Baby Girl - 8 lb 12 oz
Smallest Baby Girl - 6 lb 14 oz

Longest Gestation - 42 weeks 4 days
Shortest Gestation - 37 weeks 3 days
Average Gestation - 39 weeks 6 days

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Potty Pail Review

I have cloth diapered for years. I love almost every aspect of it - the soft padded feeling of my baby's bum, the cute styles, saving money (lots of it too - I will have saved about $10,000 + by they time my little one potty trains), the convenience of never being out of diapers... What I have not loved is the toddler poop issues. Over the years, I have tried the diaper sprayer, just rolling it into the toilet, throwing it all in the washer and dunking. The diaper sprayer got the most off, but I always had over spray issues with it, no matter how much I adjusted the pressure. The other techniques weren't ideal either.
A couple months ago, I was introduced to the Potty Pail by a client who swore by it. I was intrigued. Essentially, it is a modified 5 gallon bucket that you can put on your toilet to rinse out poopy diapers. It seemed like a great solution to my poop issues, but since I was going to need the whole system (I had long since given my sprayer away), I didn't purchase it right away.
Finally, I decided to make the investment and I am so glad I did. This is by far the best cloth diapering investment I have ever made. When I have a poopy diaper, I place it in the pail and put the lid on it. When it is washing day, I rinse all the poopy diapers at once and into the washer they go. No more over spray issues because the pail prevents it.
It was well worth the investment!
Take a look!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Short Survey

Please take a moment to fill out this short survey for us. We are thinking of adding a basic physical exam and well woman care to our services and are wondering if there is interest in it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2010 Stats

I meant to post this last month after I did the math, but time got away from me and I forgot.
Here are our stats for 2010. It was a great year!

Boy/Girl Babies - 42.9%/57.1%

Average Age of Mother - 28

Waterbirth - 50%

Birthstool Birth - 33%

Births with Intact Perineums or Just Abrasions - 85.7%

Episiotomies - 0%

C-sections - 0%

First Time Mothers - 21.4%

Transfer of Care (prior to the onset of labor - when pregnancy is no longer considered low risk) - 7.1%

Transport (during labor) - 7.1%

Monday, January 24, 2011

Thrift Store Find Giveaway

I came across a "hooter hider" style nursing cover today while at a local thrift shop. I won't use it, nor do I like the idea of them (breastfeeding is normal - no need to cover!), but I know some moms love them. Leave a comment if you would like to be entered in the drawing for it. I will even cover shipping - so you don't have to be local.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Childbirth Classes

Our six week series starts this coming Wednesday night - January 26th. These are great for anyone - whether you are planning a homebirth or hospital birth.
Cost is $200 (free if you are a homebirth client of ours).

Class 1: Why natural childbirth?, Nutrition & Exercise
Class 2: Pregnancy, Belly Mapping, & Stages of Labor
Class 3: Choosing your Care Provider, Birth Choices, & Doulas
Class 4: Hospital setting, Interventions, Unexpected Situations & your Birth Plan
Class 5: Conquering Birth Fears, Relaxation, Coaching & Coping techniques
Class 6: Postpartum Period, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, & Babywearing

Email me at if you are interested.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Business of Being Born $5.49

I just got a second copy for my lending library. Would make a great gift for the expectant mommy in your life. Grab one while you can - I have never seen it so cheap!

The Business of Being Born

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Girl!

Funny how babies seem to come in bunches! Birthday seemed bunched or it's all girls or all boys. We are on a girl roll right now!

Evie Quinn was born 12/8/10 one minute after Dy and I arrived. 8 lbs of pure perfections!

Welcome Tilly Grace

Tilly Grace was born this past Saturday morning - 12/4/10. She weighed 7 lb 14 oz and is adored by her parents and older siblings Troy and Dasha.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Welcome Katherine

We had our first Thanksgiving Day baby born this past Thursday. Little Katherine was born in the early morning weighing 7 lb 4 oz.