How I Can Keep My Vagina From Tearing?

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

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

The “Not-So-Natural” Doula

I could feel the judgment beaming down on me when I explained to some of my natural birth friends my plan for an elective induction at 39 weeks. I contemplated hiring a doula, but I knew doulas just don’t do that. I predicted any conversation with these doulas would entail at least two “cascade of intervention” lectures. I wanted support, not … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThe “Not-So-Natural” Doula

The Difference Between Kansas City Doulas and the Other Guys

When I sit down to talk to a couple about Kansas City Doulas I feel a need to let them know how we are different than the average doula. Most of the time they don’t ask because they can see it and feel it before they ever meet us. But in case you and I have not had the opportunity … Read More

Heidi ShulistaThe Difference Between Kansas City Doulas and the Other Guys

Advocacy V. Empowerment – I Can’t Do Both

I want to talk about something that generally is associated with doulas. Advocacy. I hear that word being tossed around not only in birthy conversations but in other fields as well- education, religion, politics, careers. I also come across another word- empower. I’d like to break down how these words are a world apart when it comes to my work … Read More

Heidi ShulistaAdvocacy V. Empowerment – I Can’t Do Both

Why We Foster Relationships With Your Doctor, Midwife, and Nurse

It is true that as a doula we work for you, and not your doctor, midwife, nurse, hospital or birthing center. You sit down with the doula, get to know her, decide whether you can be completely open and uninhibited in front of her. You begin picturing the doula at your birth. You start to envision her breathing each breath … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWhy We Foster Relationships With Your Doctor, Midwife, and Nurse

Having a Scheduled Cesarean Section

Maybe you went to your last OB appointment and got the news there, or perhaps you always knew that the baby you have inside of you would be born via Cesarean section. A major abdominal surgery, while the most common performed, does carry more risk than vaginal birth except in some cases. There are times when a surgical birth is … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHaving a Scheduled Cesarean Section

On Behalf of Play-Doh Lovers Everywhere!

Happy National Play Doh Day!!! Seriously.  Hallmark created a holiday to celebrate Play-Doh.  Why wouldn’t we celebrate Play-Doh. There are not many smells that can instantly take me back to my childhood, and Play-Doh is one of those smells.  I’m not the only one that loves the smell of Play-Doh either.  Demeter Fragrance Library created a cologne that smells like … Read More

Heidi ShulistaOn Behalf of Play-Doh Lovers Everywhere!

Five Things Couples Forget but Should Bring to the Hospital

I get asked this question a lot “what should we bring to the hospital?“. Couples are looking to me for advise on things to bring. They are asking about tangible items they can purchase or may have lying around the house that they can pack in a bag and grab at the sign of labor and head out the door … Read More

Heidi ShulistaFive Things Couples Forget but Should Bring to the Hospital

GentleBirth Series: Dentists and Childbirth- You Can Use One to Overcome the Other

I am terrified of the dentist.  So terrified that I didn’t go for almost half of my adult life and when I finally went it was only to encourage my children to go – not because I needed to go.  As a result, that first visit was rough.  Luckily I found a really kind, understanding and patient dentist.  Even just … Read More

Heidi ShulistaGentleBirth Series: Dentists and Childbirth- You Can Use One to Overcome the Other