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Three Tools to Encourage Endorphin Release in Labour

By Dr. Tehseen Meghji, BSc., ND, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator Endorphins are the body’s natural pain reducing hormones. Did you know that they can be stronger than morphine in reducing pain? Every labour contraction causes a release of endorphins and as labour intensifies, the production of endorphins increases. In fact, in un-medicated labours, the peak […]

Orgasmic birth?! Tell me more!

Wait did you say orgasm during birth?This is a very taboo topic, while writing this article anyone I spoke about it with was totally shocked and confused. Isn’t birth supposed to be painful? That is what you would think from the way that birth is portrayed in the media, but that isn’t always the case. […]

Informed Consent

by Dr. Alisa Murli, ND  Congrats, you’re pregnant! Pregnancy is such an exciting time as you’re preparing for your newborn to arrive, but it can also be confusing or overwhelming. Whether this is your first pregnancy or subsequent, there is often so much to learn. In this article, we focus on informed consent and will […]

5 Comfort Measures (you might want to try during labour)

by Laura Hill (YDD Back Up Team Member)Labour can be a daunting experience, but with the right planning, aids, and support, it can be a more comfortable one. Comfort measures during labour can help alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation, making for a more positive birth experience. These measures are non-pharmacological techniques that aim […]

Postpartum Anxiety

 Postpartum anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects many new mothers. It is characterized by excessive worry and fear that can interfere with daily activities and make it difficult to care for yourself and your newborn. While some degree of worry is normal for new parents, postpartum anxiety can cause a level of […]

Do I *Really* Need a Birth Doula?

Your Downtown Doula’s own Dr. Olivia Chubey, ND, breaks down the questions you should ask yourself to decide if doula care is right for you!

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