Powerful Mamas' Top Ten Tips for a Positive Birth Experience! - Practical Tips from a Childbirth Educator and Labor Doula

Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, and how to parent this precious little life you are about to be responsible for - and the advice just keeps coming when the topic of birth arises! Where does a mama begin sorting fact from fiction? Is there even such a thing as the 'perfect birth'? Jacquelyn Duke, certified childbirth educator, labor doula and owner of Power More

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About Jacquelyn Duke

At Powerful Mamas, we believe that every mama has incredible, undeniable strength... And with the right support, education and a few innovative products, mamas can have an incredible pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience!

My name is Jacquelyn Duke, and I am the president of Intrinsic Birthing LLC, dba Powerful Mamas, a business that proudly focuses on educating families on natural childbirth and making informed decisions, supporting women through labor with water birth tubs & doula services, and helping women recover postpartum through placenta encapsulation. I LOVE what I do!

Aside from being a mother, teaching and helping others understand their choices and their own intrinsic POWER during childbirth is my passion! I am a Certified Childbirth Educator and a Certified Labor Doula. I also hold a masters degree in education.

I am incredibly passionate about birth and babies! I am married to a wonderful man who is a loving husband and a great daddy. He helped support me through my own natural, drug-free childbirths, one at the hospital, one a water birth at home. We have two little girls who have become the light of our world. They are the embodiment of love, and I count my blessings everyday for them!

I enjoy being able to use my formal education degree and my certifications to educate families on their birthing options. However, the most valuable education I have received by far is thanks to the amazing women I have been blessed to work with over the years! Each of their births has taught me something new about the miracle of childbirth. I thank all of them for granting me the honor of being either their childbirth educator or their labor doula!

Please read on to learn a little more about what I believe...

I believe birth is a normal, natural process, not a medical event to be feared.

I believe families have the right to informed consent when it comes to childbirth decisions.

I also believe there is an appropriate time and place for medical interventions, and that they should be embraced when they are medically necessary. However too often interventions are used for the wrong reasons. Families need to know that research supports natural childbirth as safer for most women than any intervention.

I believe that women have the right to choose an intervention if that is what they decide is best for their family, but that they should have access to the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision.

I feel strongly that each woman and family deserves to have the birth that THEY choose - not the birth that friends, relatives, hospitals, medical professionals, or even childbirth educators or doulas would choose for them.

I believe that too often women rely on the stories of others to birth their children - NOT because they are lacking the ability, but because they lack the knowledge and resources to trust in their own bodies.

I believe that as women, we are born with an intrinsic wisdom regarding birth. After all, women have been doing this for thousands of years!!!

Finally, I believe all forms of childbirth benefit from preparation and support - but natural childbirth requires it!!!

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