If you are expecting a baby, the idea of partnering with a professional trained in childbirth that will provide emotional, physical, and educational support could be very appealing. That's where a Doula comes in. A doula's purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. can help make the birth and postpartum experience better. Doulas fill a major gap in our maternal healthcare system by providing continuous one-on-one support to a mother throughout her labor and birth. Studies show that having a professional doula attend your birth lowers the risks of interventions and unplanned cesareans, while raising the chances of having a positive experience and overall satisfaction with your birth. TDS is not just for women seeking all natural labors or home births, we support every mother’s wishes and birth plan. They even support moms through planned cesarean births.
Trinity Doula Services is just one of several doula agencies operating in southern Illinois
A full-service agency made up of 6 specially trained women, Trinity doulas provide emotional, physical and education support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Trinity offers a range of services to cater to every family’s unique needs. Childbirth education, birth planning, labor & birth support, in-home postpartum support, lactation support, birth pool rental, belly casting and henna, placenta encapsulation, bereavement support & more. While most insurances don’t cover the cost of a doula, more and more private insurances are including doulas in their plans so that reimbursement is a possibility. To help every woman who wants the support of a doula receive one, Trinity gladly offers payment plans and military discounts. They always provide free consultations so that families can get to know them and see if we are the right fit . You can learn more about the doulas and see a list of their services at www.trinitydoulaservicesil.com or look them up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For a listing of other doula agencies/ individuals in the region go the Doula page on the A_Z business listing on sifamilies.org .
* This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered to be a referral or recommendation for services.
If you do have the time, consider these activities before delivery:
The 40 (or so) weeks of pregnancy are a magical time. Keeping a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy, as well as before and after, is key for both baby and mother. Important steps to a healthy pregnancy include eating a balanced diet; gaining the right amount of weight; enjoying regular physical activity; taking a vitamin and mineral supplement if recommended by a physician; and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances.
Foods Fit for Mom and Baby Moms-to-be need a variety of foods from all the MyPlate food groups. A balanced diet with a variety of foods can provide healthy women with enough nutrients for pregnancy. Safe food practices are important, too, since pregnant women are at higher risk of food poisoning.
Pregnant women need a balanced diet including:
Key Nutrients for Healthy Pregnancy
Reviewed November 2016
During pregnancy, exercise can help you stay in shape and prepare for labor and delivery. Here's the lowdown on pregnancy and exercise, from getting started to staying motivated.
Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You likely feel more tired than usual, and your back might ache from carrying extra weight.
But unless you're experiencing complications, sitting around won't help. In fact, pregnancy can be a great time to get active — even if you haven't exercised in a while.
Why exercise during pregnancy?During pregnancy, exercise can:
Pregnancy and exercise: Getting the OK
Before you begin an exercise program, make sure you have your health care provider's OK. Although exercise during pregnancy is generally good for both mother and baby, your doctor might advise you not to exercise if you have:
For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week.
Walking is a great exercise for beginners. It provides moderate aerobic conditioning with minimal stress on your joints. Other good choices include swimming, low-impact aerobics and cycling on a stationary bike. Strength training is OK, too, as long as you stick to relatively low weights.
Remember to warm up, stretch and cool down. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and be careful to avoid overheating.
Intense exercise increases oxygen and blood flow to the muscles and away from your uterus. In general, you should be able to carry on a conversation while you're exercising. If you can't speak normally while you're working out, you're probably pushing yourself too hard.
Depending on your fitness level, consider these guidelines:
Learning how to relax during pregnancy is important.
A 30- to 60-minute nap during the day makes you more alert, sharpens memory, and generally reduces feelings of fatigue. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that more than half of pregnant women take at least one nap during the workweek, and 60 percent take at least one weekend nap
Time your naps carefully, though. Napping too late in the day (or for too long) can interfere with your sleep at night.
Don't work out late in the dayGet your exercise early enough in the day to give your body time to wind down after a workout.
Working out too close to bedtime can rev you up and even rob you of deep sleep by interfering with your natural sleep cycle. Try to finish exercising at least three to four hours before you turn in for the night.
Practice relaxation techniquesLearn about sleep-inducing techniques such as guided imagery, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation.
Don't let your "worry list" worry youKeeping paper and pen next to your bed may help relieve middle-of-the-night anxieties. When you wake up thinking about all the things you need to do the next day, write them down.
If writing down your thoughts makes you worry even more, finish making your list of questions, concerns, and things to do at least an hour before bedtime. Then try to put it out of your mind until morning.
Enroll in a classIf you're anxious about labor and delivery, baby care, or breastfeeding, sign up for a class. Knowing what to expect can help put you at ease. You might also benefit from the camaraderie of other pregnant women.
text4baby is a great app that promotes maternal and child health through text messaging. And the great news is that it is FREE!
Parents who sign up receive three free weekly text messages that are timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and until the baby's first birthday. The service is available in both English and Spanish. Messages cover topics such as:
You have a lot going on- let Text4baby help you remember your upcoming appointments. Set up a text-based reminder for your doctor’s appointments for you or your baby. It’s easy- you can use the app or set up a reminder through your text messages.
Here’s how you can set up an appointment by text message:
For more information or to sign up go to https://text4baby.org/
If you're expecting your first child, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by questions, fears, and not knowing what to expect. Many soon-to-be parents find that birthing classes really help calm their worries and answer many questions.
These classes cover all kinds of issues surrounding childbirth including breathing techniques, pain management, vaginal birth, and cesarean birth. They can help prepare you for many aspects of becoming a parent: the changes that pregnancy brings, labor and delivery, and caring for your newborn.
Usually, expectant parents take birthing classes during the third trimester of the pregnancy, when the mother is about 7 months pregnant. But some classes might begin both sooner or later than that. Ask your doctor about what's offered in your community.
Benefits of Taking a Childbirth ClassA childbirth class can be a great forum to ask lots of questions and can help you make informed decisions about key issues surrounding your baby's birth. Information you can get from a birthing class includes:
For information about birthing classes in you community check with your local hospitals.
A list of community hospitals is located in the health section of this website.
SIH offers monthly classes at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. For more information go to: https://public.sih.net/communityevents.nsf/events.xsp
If your baby is arriving late spring or into summer, you desire for nesting may be intensified. Nesting during pregnancy feelings might be triggered by:
Boredom and frustration from still being pregnant
Recognition that the baby’s care is going to take lots of your time and energy, and you want everything to be ready before the baby arrives
Excitement and anticipation of your new bundle of joy, and the desire to have everything just right
esting During Pregnancy
You might wake up one morning feeling energetic and wanting to clean and organize your entire house. This urge to clean and organize is known as nesting.
Nesting during pregnancy is the overwhelming desire to get your home ready for your new baby.
The nesting instinct is strongest in the later weeks coming up on delivery. It is an old wives’ tale that once nesting urges begin, labor is about to come on.
What Prompts Nesting During Pregnancy?
Nesting is common and is considered to be an instinct to prepare for birth, but not all pregnant women experience the nesting instinct.
It is common for women to get the urge to clean and organize during the spring, thus the old adage, “spring cleaning.”
Some speculate that this is triggered from being cooped up all winter and wanting something new.
Others believe that the desire to get outside and enjoy the weather leads some women to organize the house, so they are free to go enjoy the outdoors.
Your baby’s bedroom and crib or bed should be extra safe. Her crib and—once she’s mobile—her room are where she will first push the boundaries of exploration, without direct supervision much of the time. To keep the path clear, her surroundings should be free of traps and hazards as much as possible.
Safety Check for All Baby Furniture
Check that all furniture complies with up-to-date safety requirements and is appropriate for your baby’s age. This is especially important when you are using previously owned pieces bought or passed on as gifts. Antique cribs, for example, may look pretty, but the spacing between the slats rarely conforms to the current standard of 2 3/8 inches or less, which is intended to make it impossible for a baby’s head to become caught. In addition, the finish may include old layers of lead‑based paint. You can trust new furniture if it bears the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association safety certification seal. All fabrics used in your baby’s room (for example, sleepwear, sheets, curtains) should be flame retardant.
How to Choose a Safe Crib
Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
When you’re carrying upwards of 20 extra pounds, the last thing you may be in the mood for is exercise. But in a pool (or any other body of water, for that matter) you weigh just a tenth of what you do on land. Which means bobbing weightlessly, feeling both lighter and more limber, can be a real treat. In fact swimming while pregnant just might be the perfect activity for expecting women, offering not only the benefits of exercise but also relief from a number of common pregnancy aches and pains.
BENEFITS OF SWIMMING WHILE PREGNANTSwimming is a gentle way to work toward your goal of 30 minutes most days of prenatal exercise — without aggravating your loosening joints. In addition to resulting in plenty of fitness-related benefits your body and your baby along with reprieve for your tired muscles and joints, swimming during pregnancy can also help:
A few tips to avoid any potential pitfalls of swimming during pregnancy:
Once your belly gets too big for your old one-piece suits, a two-piece gives your belly room to grow. If you feel self-conscious about revealing your baby belly, you can always opt for a tankini. And plenty of brands that sell regular swimsuits also offer maternity swimwear lines,
Whether or not you’ve swum for exercise before, jumping in a pool can be intimidating without a workout in mind. To the rescue: These suggested swim workouts. If the going gets tough, just float...your break will be well-deserved. And don’t forget to stretch afterward!
For NewbiesIf you swam once in a blue moon before pregnancy, most gyms with pools offer water aerobics classes, many of which are specifically designed for expectant moms. Considering swimming laps? Complete as many as you can comfortably perform, eventually working up to 30 minutes of swimming three to four days a week. Remember to maintain a moderate pace that doesn’t leave you breathless. (If your head were above water, you would be able to carry on a conversation comfortably.)
Because swimming straight laps can get a little dull, try these swim exercises to beat boredom. Pick your three favorites, and do 10 minutes of each for a full 30-minute workout:
Intermediate and advanced swimmers might set out for a 2,000-yard swim (i.e., 80 laps in a 25-yard pool.) You can try this workout using your favorite stroke or alternating between different ones:
Regardless of your prenatal fitness level, swimming can be hard work — which means it’s normal to experience some aches and pains as you take to the water with your baby belly. Ultimately, you’re the best judge of your limits. So if you feel any sharp pain, shortness of breath, faintness, vaginal bleeding, dizziness,contractions, absence of fetal movements or anything else that just strikes you as not quite right, stop your workout immediately and contact your practitioner.