This Is Not Your Grandma’s Childbirth Class

couple signing up online for childbirth class

Birthing classes have been around for a long time. One of the first ones I remember hearing about was Lamaze. With their “hee hee hoos” and other rhythmic breathing methods, Lamaze is what typically comes to mind when some people think of childbirth class. Turns out their instructions weren’t as effective as people thought. That is an antiquated method of birthing classes, even … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThis Is Not Your Grandma’s Childbirth Class

Childbirth Classes In Kansas City

couples attending childbirth classes together

I have taught private childbirth classes in Kansas City for years. I have also taught in a hospital setting. I’ve also been a doula for hundreds of families that have taken childbirth classes in Kansas City. No matter who I talked to or what I taught, I always felt like birthing classes didn’t meet the needs of my clients. Childbirth … Read More

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This Is How I See You (as your doula)

reach deep into the universe to touch your baby's soul

Brilliantly, perfectly timed convergence of two souls having found each other against all odds are surfacing from the depths of human existence. Your body now breathes and nourishes the tiny being that develops inside you. In this time, there is no beginning and no end, the two of you are one. But soon, at exactly the right moment, the baby … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThis Is How I See You (as your doula)

ABCs of Labor and Birth

Everything from A to Z about labor and birth in Kansas City

A  AROM.  Artificial Rupture of Membranes.  This is performed by your provider to induce or accelerate your labor.   B Breathe. The most important part of the labor and birth process, breathe. C Cesarean Birth. Planned or unplanned, there are so many new things that they are implementing in hospitals to make these more gentle. D Doula. Non-Judgmental physical, informational, … Read More

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There Will Be No Dolphins At Your Birth

A new commercial came out today from Duracell. The commercial discusses the ongoing opinions of everyone around you on how to raise your baby. Also, how to  calm your baby and how to have your baby! It includes one hilarious scene of a serene looking women (your doula) coming out of the water. The narrator suggests that “you” may want … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThere Will Be No Dolphins At Your Birth

Doulas: Wedding Planners For Birth and Parenting

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The wedding planner. Everyone says they couldn’t have done it without one. They probably could have but, things wouldn’t have gone as smoothly, looked so effortless. The cohesiveness and care that a professional planner can bring is invaluable. Gorgeous weddings that end up in magazines usually have wedding planners. So much time and money is spent tirelessly searching through magazines. … Read More

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It’s Really Me That Should Be Thanking You

Tonight I did something I haven’t done in quite a long time and it was good. It was really good. I keep a box full of all the thank you cards, little notes, and pictures of all of my clients. It’s jammed packed full of hand written memories. Kind and thoughtful words written by women after going through one of … Read More

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Things I Learned About Tearing Near The Top

Yep it can happen. You can indeed tear “the wrong way”. I did not even know this was possible until I felt a slight pain and heard the doctor say, “Sorry but I have to stitch up near your clitoris.” MY WHAT!? How was that even possible! Although tearing sounds scary, here are some things I learned from my experience of tearing up … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThings I Learned About Tearing Near The Top

How I Can Keep My Vagina From Tearing?

A ring of fire burning brightly

I’ve been a doula for a long time now. One thing I have noticed about women that I work with is that they all seem to have one thing in common- they are all scared to death ( or at least concerned) of what will happen to their vagina during the birth! They have questions like “will it burn?”, “what … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow I Can Keep My Vagina From Tearing?

Sarah Darby, Midwife, Answers Some Intriguing Questions With Heidi Shulista

Sarah Darby comforts and reassures a patient in labor

I got the chance to sit down with Sarah Darby, a midwife at Women’s Healthcare Group in Overland Park Ks. I wanted to get a feel for who Sarah is as a person since so many of our clients see her as their health care provider. I am often asked about her and what she’s like. Well, here ya go! … Read More

Heidi ShulistaSarah Darby, Midwife, Answers Some Intriguing Questions With Heidi Shulista