B*E*S*T Doula Service in Los Angeles

Articles and Handouts

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Newborn and Postpartum
B*E*S*T Doulas NEW Client Paperwork
B*E*S*T Doulas REPEAT Client Paperwork
B*E*S*T Doulas Client Hypnosis
Articles to Print for Your Doctor
For Doulas


Healthy Pregnancy
  • What Women Aren't Told About Birth
  • Health Hints and Remedies
  • Hints for Health
  • Reading List
  • The Lie of the Estimated Due Date
  • Bed Rest in Pregnancy

  • Choosing A Care Provider
  • Pregnant Patient Bill of Rights
  • Questions for Your Doctor
  • Your Birth Experience
  • Outcomes of Home Versus Hospital Births
  • "OB Answering Machine" (FUNNY)
  • Choosing A Care Provider
  • A Doula’s Fees
  • Choosing a Pediatrician

  • Birth Plans and Preferences
  • Birth Preference/Plan Tips
  • Birth Preference/Plan SAMPLE
  • Birth Plan Information from Ronnie Falcao
  • Birth Preparedness List
  • What to Pack

  • Induction
  • The Lie of the Estimated Due Date
  • Induction Prevention (Natural Induction Methods)
  • Is Cytotec Safe?
  • Hospitals Cracking Down on Inductions
  • How Induction Leads to Cesarean
  • What ACOG Says About Induction
  • LA Times Induction Article
  • Why Are Inductions Increasing?
  • Non-Pharmaceutical Induction
  • Foley Balloon and Saline Infusion
  • Risk of Inductions
  • Why Every Week Counts
  • Low Amniotic Fluid
  • Big Babies

  • Breech Babies
  • Breaching the Breech Protocol
  • C-Section Not Best for Breech
  • Vaginal Breech Birth
  • Breech Birth

  • Twins and Multiples
  • Optimal Timing for Twins

  • VBAC
  • Lower Uterine Rupture with VBAC Trial of Labor
  • Safety of VBACs
  • Risks of VBAC: Times-Picayune
  • Risk of VBAC: NEJM
  • Video of Home Waterbirth VBA2C

  • Cesarean Section
  • Majority of C-Sections Precede Labor
  • Higher Insurance After C-Section
  • Preventing Uterine Rupture
  • Best Cesarean Ever
  • California C-Section Rates by Hospital
  • Early Cesarean Risks
  • Elective Cesareans
  • Elective Cesarean Consequences
  • 5 Ways to Avoid C-Section
  • C-Section Risk to Baby
  • LA Times: Can Chilbirth in US Improve?
  • C-Section Risks
  • Why Babies Benefit from Labor

  • Other Pregnancy Topics
  • Boy or Girl - Chinese Reckoning
  • Perineal Massage
  • Prenatal Marijuana Exposure

  • Pregnancy Links
  • A La Mode Photography: Pregnancy photos in natural settings
  • AAFP: American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Beverly Hills Hypnosis: Reach your goals easily with highly effective Hypnotherapy tapes and CDs
  • Compleat Mother Magazine: Natural parenting, breastfeeding, pregnancy and childbirth
  • Due Date Calculator: Calculate your estimated due date, conception date, and approximate fetal age.
  • Jodie Myers: Childbirth Video Artist
  • LA Pregnancy: Fun and informative pregnancy web resource
  • Pregnancy Corner: Online pregnancy community.
  • Shoots & Giggles Photography: Truly amazing birth photography -- most of the labor photos on this site were taken by Briana at Shoots & Giggles (ALL of the really good photos!) I can't say enough good things about this amazing group of birth photographers!
  • Your Week by Week Pregnancy Calendar: An indepth look at fetal development by trimester or week-by-week Babies Online

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    Labor Basics
  • Signs of Labor
  • Spontaneous Release of Membranes
  • Surfing Through Labor
  • Timing Your Contractions (also available for your iPhone, Droid, laptop or PDA)

  • Comfort Measures in Labor
  • Using a Birth Ball in Labor
  • Doula and the Partner
  • Partner HELPS - tasks for the partner
  • Tips for the Partner
  • Hands and Knees Position in Labor
  • Use of Rebozo in Labor
  • Waterbirth Reduces Interventions
  • Eating in Labor
  • Outcomes of Eating in Labor
  • Eating Lightly in Labor

  • Pain Medication
  • Epidural Agreement
  • Side Effects of Epidurals
  • How Epidurals Affect Breastfeeding
  • How Epidurals Affect Fetal Position
  • Epidural Increases Cesarean
  • Photos of Epidural
  • Laughing Gas in Labor

  • Other Interventions
  • Medical Intervention Questionnaire
  • Pitocin's Untold Impact

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  • Episiotomies

  • Cord Clamping and Cord Blood Banking

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    Newborn and Postpartum

  • Breastfeeding.com: Everything for the New Mom
  • Los Angeles Lactation: Lora Luczywo, CLE

    Newborn Care

  • Circumcision

  • Resources for Parents of Premature Babies

  • Grief and Loss Resources

  • Other Newborn and Postpartum Topics

  • Postpartum Links
  • Birth Injury News: Information and resources about prevention and causes of Birth Injuries
  • Diapers Provide full-service diaper delivery and other related products at the very lowest price.
  • Luludew Diaper Service: Diaper sales and service throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Carrying Grovia -- B*E*S*T Doula's favorite cloth diaper.
  • The Happiest Baby: Helping your baby sleep longer and sounder
  • TotSites:Create a FREE, adorable baby website in minutes! Share photos, journals, video, polls and more. Simple to use and fun!
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    B*E*S*T Doulas NEW Client Paperwork

    For 1st Prenatal Visit

  • For 2nd Prenatal Visit

  • Other Handouts
  • Timing Your Contractions (also available for your iPhone, Droid, laptop or PDA)

  • B*E*S*T Doulas REPEAT Client Paperwork

  • Hypnosis
    You will be provide with instructions for the following tracks at your interview.
    WMA format
  • MP3 format

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    Articles to Print for Your Doctor

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    For Doulas

    Doula Training Organizations
  • DONA International

    Doulas Association of Southern California
  • DASC

    Articles and Handouts
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