My name is Kim Martino-Sexton. Since 1998 I have had the honor of standing in the presence of thousands of newborn family miracles. My intention is to deliver up the very best education about life’s most important moments. I hope you find value in what is written here.
Having a baby? Curious about birth classes? Stop in for a quick preview of Kim Martino-Sexton’s Joy & Informed Childbirth class. Preview attendees will receive 10% off of a 7 week Joyful & Informed Childbirth class series.
The Preview will give attendees a glimpse of these class topics:
Healthy Pregnancy Options
Stages of Labor
How to Avoid as much Pain as Possible during Labor
The time hascome for me to refocus my energy from birth doula work to writing and publishing the books I have been working on for over 10 years. Yes! I am still teaching childbirth classes and coaching newborn families. I am referring all of my students who are interested in a doula to my Spectrum Birth Partners ~ Julia (Izquierdo) Cooper and Jen Jester. I plan to step back into birth doula work in 2015. Until then I will be documenting my 16 years of birth experiences.
Here is one the most in depth and informative articles I’ve read on Group Beta Strep! Please read the Alternative options for preventing and avoiding GBS towards the end of the article. It turns out garlic destroys GBS when applied directly to the vagina! Taking probiotics strongly inhibits the growth of GBS by increasing the acidity of the environment when applied directly to the vagina. They have even tested panty liners soaked with probiotics and had success! See the entire article here.
Labor Research finally catches up with 20th Century!
6cm is the new 4cm! Important NEW research for any pregnant woman hoping for a vaginal delivery in a hospital. The OLD (1950’s) way of judging the progress of labor once the cervix dilates to 4 cm may be a major contributing factor to the our ridiculously high C-Section rate. Knowing that the body doesn’t enter the active phase of labor until 6cm significantly changes many OLD recommendations. For instance, when to head to the hospital, when to start an epidural or if pitocin is necessary to “speed” a labor. 40% of women who end up in a C-section are only 4cm dilated and have been told their labor has “Arrested”. According to this new study, 4cm is still the latent phase or slow phase of labor. Which means the labor is expected to be slow at 4 cm as baby is still getting in proper alignment! Check the research for yourself here.
Preparing for the new mom’s wellbeing and postpartum recovery may seem inconsequential during pregnancy, especially since everyone is so focused on the expectant mom. Between OB appointments, childbirth classes, baby showers, and breastfeeding classes, the expectant mother is fawned over, or so it seems. Once baby is here, all eyes turn toward baby. Mom is now in the peripheral. She may be the sole source of nutrition for baby but essentially her time in the spotlight is over. Or that may be how it feels to many women. Pregnancy may have been a delightful and empowering experience for mom. Postpartum is often a vulnerable and isolating time for new moms.
Connecting with other new moms is helpful and uplifting. There are many opportunities for small group support from local breastfeeding support meetings like Kangaroo Kids or Le Leche League. All of these meetings are led by trained and experienced facilitators. There are also postpartum support organizations like Mother to Mother which offers free peer counseling for expectant and new moms experiencing any kind of adjustment issue. Support is only a phone call or email away.
A birth doula is a trained and experienced labor support professional. She has a passion for empowering women and their families during pregnancy, labor and birth. Most birth doulas have attended both hospital and home births. Doulas support women and couples through all types of births. Studies have shown that a doulas presence produces more positive birth outcomes, reduces medical interventions and c-sections.
Birth doulas provides so much more than labor and birth support. Starting with your first consultative meeting you will find out that doulas possess a wealth of information about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, newborn care and much more. Whether you are choosing to birth at home, hospital or birth center there is a doula uniquely qualified to support your needs. A doula’s scope of practice is broad, here are a few of the typical services most doulas provide.
Birth Team Construction – (choosing an ob, midwife, hospital…)
Childbirth education overview and/or referral
Prenatal home visits
Phone, text and email support
On-going doctor visit preparation and reflection
Pregnancy exercises and relaxation techniques
Birth plan creation and birth team communication tips
Reassurance, referrals and support
Empowering support for your unique pregnancy and birth needs
Breastfeeding and newborn nutrition education
Newborn baby care and readiness tips
Newborn parent preparation and sleep tips
Postpartum preparation suggestions
Birth doula service fees range from $150 for a student doula to $1200 for an experienced doula. Most doulas work in supportive networks which offer a guarantee that you will be supported through your labor by your doula or her back up doula.