Research + Support

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Consumer Reports recently found that your odds of having a c-section can be over nine times higher if you pick the wrong hospital.

Do you know your hospital’s cesarean rate?

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (V-BAC)

For support as you decide if a V-BAC is right for you, please visit the International Cesarean Awareness Network and for research and resources.

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Benefits of Midwife-Led Care

The international cesarean rate of 5.2% is a remarkably low rate when compared to the U.S. national average of 31% for full-term pregnancies. “When we consider the well-known health consequences of a cesarean -- not to mention the exponentially higher costs -- this study brings a fresh reminder of the benefits of midwife-led care outside of our overburdened hospital system.”

-Midwives Alliance of North America

Choosing the Right Providers

Tips from Dawna

  • Decide what kind of experience you want and express your wishes in the interview. Choose a provider that is on the same page and supportive of your choices. Example: If you're looking for a practitioner who is more likely to take a holistic approach to your care – you may prefer a midwife. Midwives see birth as a normal process, intervening only when necessary and not routinely. Whereas, most obstetricians operate on a more impersonal schedule of routine care.

  • Do your research, read reviews, ask other moms how their experience was with their care takers, join social media groups with like-minded moms and ask specifically for experience with the providers you are thinking to interview.

  • Once you connect with a healthcare provider, make sure that they will be able to follow you through your pregnancy and be available for your birth. If the practice has rotating care providers make sure that they all share your philosophy on birth and respect your wishes, even if it takes interviewing the whole practice. If you are delivering in a hospital, research the hospital's cesarean rates and discuss that in your interview as well.

Her knowledge, insight, and experience helped me feel confident in understanding my options and in every decision I made along the way. The effort she took in understanding exactly what I wanted showed in her ability to proactively help things along just the way I had hoped for when the time came.
— L.S.
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New Study Confirms Safety of Home Birth

"Home birth mothers had much lower rates of interventions in labor. While some interventions are necessary for the safety and health of the mother or baby, many are overused, are lacking scientific evidence of benefit, and even carry their own risks. Cautious and judicious use of intervention results in healthier outcomes and easier recovery, and this is an area in which midwives excel. Women who planned a home birth had fewer episiotomies, pitocin for labor augmentation, and epidurals.
Most importantly, their babies were born healthy and safe."

-Midwives Alliance for North America

Healthy Eating

Dawna’s Recipe of the Week

Coming soon!


Better Birth Outcomes

Doula attended births are most often associated with better birth outcomes. To learn more you can visit the following sites for research and published studies.

Journal of Perinatal Education

ACOG: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist

Cochrane Review

Yoga and Exercise

Just Breathe

10 minute prenatal yoga sequence by Ifat Kent.

Check out the schedule at The Yoga Nest for prenatal yoga, Mommy & Me, and much more…

Dawna is supportive and respectful of your plans for your labor and birth. She is also very knowledgeable. She helped me prepare my birth plan, and I felt she empowered me with the information she provided. She was amazing during the labor and delivery. Not only did she give me the emotional support that my husband (despite his best intentions) couldn’t provide, I felt she was an integral part in making sure that my birth plan was followed. On her postpartum visit, she gave me more useful information including how to breastfeed more effectively. Although this is my second child, there are things you forget, or even things that you can do differently/better. She has a way about her that makes you feel comfortable discussing things you may be hesitant to discuss with others.
— Cindy F.

Birth Affirmations

Birth is Empowering