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This month we have chosen to spotlight Childbirth Education and Birth Stories.  And since we have re-launched our new site, no one has been as active at sharing information as one of our San Diego founding members Embracing Labor, who just happens to be a great group of doulas and childbirth educators!  Congratulations to Embracing Labor for this spotlight opportunity - and to the expecting families who read this and decide to get a doula or childbirth educator of their own.  

As a special spotlight promotion, Embracing Labor is offering 10% off any of their birth doula services. You can learn more about Embracing Labor here.


1. What is your relationship to fertility, pregnancy, birth, and/or mommy/baby care, and how does your work relate to it?

Embracing Labor connects expectant parents to their dream birth doula. Each parent also has access to the expertise and services included in our team of childbirth educators, prenatal massage therapists, postpartum doulas and placenta encapsulation specialists.


2. What inspired you to do the work you do?

Embracing Labor believes in the power of education and choices and we realize that unfortunately, not every woman feels confident about her birth. We want all of San Diego and eventually the world over to have access to accurate information and empowering support for pregnancy, birth and beyond.


3. What is the most important thing a pregnant woman or a woman trying to conceive should know about her body, giving birth, and caring for herself and her baby, based on your personal and professional experience?

The most important thing for a woman to know about the birthing process is to trust in her body and baby. Women’s bodies have perfectly conceived and grown their babies; let’s also trust that women intuitively know how to perfectly birth their babies- and those babies know the right time and right way to be born.


4. What is your biggest obstacle in supporting pregnant or trying-to-conceive women and/or babies?

Oftentimes the biggest obstacle we face while supporting women is educating the public on the normalcy of birth and the necessity of education and support. Every woman deserves a doula, every woman deserves a good birth.


5. Tell us your best success story.

We met a woman at our Embracing Labor booth at the Natural Baby Pro’s Fair last year that was pregnant with her second child but had no idea what a doula was. She described her first birth as being “overly interventive, harsh and impersonal”. She was very interested in having a different birthing experience with her second but was unsure of where to start. She hired one of Embracing Labor’s awesome doulas and went on to plan and execute a birth that she later described as, “peaceful, empowering and redeeming.” She really took responsibility for her experience by hiring a doula, finding a primary care provider that supported her birth wishes and taking birth prep classes with an Embracing Labor childbirth educator. It’s awesome for us to see such positive results come out of support and education.