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In an article published by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE in Science & Sensibility (dated February 15, 2018) combined the latest WHO guidelines:

Among others:

“- A COMPANION of choice is recommended for all women throughout labour and childbirth.
– For women at low risk, oral fluid and FOOD intake during labour is recommended.
– Relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, music, MINDFULNESS and other techniques, are recommended for healthy pregnant women
– A minimum cervical dilatation rate of 1 cm/hour throughout active first stage is UNREALISTIC fast for some women and is therefore not recommended for identification of normal labour progression. A slower than 1-cm/hour cervical dilatation rate alone should not be a routine indication for obstetric intervention.
– Bathing should be delayed until 24 HOURS after birth. If this is not possible due to cultural reasons, bathing should be delayed for at least six hours. Appropriate clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and use of hats/caps.”

Full article available at: HERE




Doula, Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Baltimore & Maryland

Pain management for childbirth: Hypnosis

This is a very informative podcast about hypnosis and labor pain management.  Learn the facts and myths.
Knowledge is power.  Learn how to let go of fears, anxiety, tensions and release pain.

In addition, studies and researches show that it’s a efficient comfort technique.  As a result, women never loses control when in hypnosis during childbirth.

What is hypnosis and how does it work? Did you know it’s also beneficial for an healthy pregnancy?

Self-hypnosis for pain management, with Julietta Appleton

Most of all, “Mind+Body Birth is a unique, science-based system of birth hypnosis and childbirth education designed to help pregnant women achieve a calm, empowered birth. The perception of birth is reframed using specific, proven techniques which melt away negative thoughts and anxiety. The mind can refocus, and the body can follow its cellular wisdom to give birth.” Julietta Appleton – Check out her website at Click here





TENS is a safe non-drug method of pain control for labor


Doula, Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Baltimore & Maryland


 TENS Unit: Gate Pain Theory – Increase the endorphins level – Women’s satisfaction (sense of control)

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and commonly used in European countries (mostly in the U.K) as a comfort measure during labor.

Women report that the unit provides focus and distraction and that it’s more effective it they start to use their TENS unit during early labor as it increased the endorphin level in their body.

TENS is handheld battery-operated device generates the electrical impulses and transmits them via stimulating pads.
Mild electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin
Easy to use comfort measure
Change the conscious message (pain) from the brain and reduces awareness of pain
“Obstetric-type unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT: Very simple to use and it’s specially design for laboring women
Allow ambulation and movement

Reduce of labor pain (When used on high frequency, the TENS unit, selectively stimulates certain non-pain-transmitting nerve fibers to send signals to the brain that override other nerve signals carrying pain messages. When used on low frequency, the  unit stimulates the production of endorphins, by activated opioid receptors)
Increases endorphin level
Postpone or avoid of request of epidural
Continued active participation by the woman
Less medical interventions
Especially effective for back pain (but not only) and prolonged painful pre labor (prodromal labor)
No loss of other sensations or contraction pain
Continued active participation by woman
Freedom to walk and move
No decrease of mental function
Fewer babies in to NICU

The woman controls the stimulation
None known side effects
No reported harm to mother or baby
Safe to use with external monitor (including wireless) – Can possibly interferes with an IUPC (lack of studies)

Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
Epilepsy or seizures disorder
Skin rash on your back
Cannot be used in the water (hydrotherapy)

CONCLUSION: TENS provides a safe and potentially helpful non-pharmacologic option to relieve labor pain

Contact us today at
Fee: $70 (general public) – $35(doula clients)

Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor
Rental option available

TENS unit

Comfort measure for labor with TENS

My Birth Companion, LLC is  in the Top 20 Best Doulas of Baltimore (Birth Doula Services)

Doula, childbirth class, placenta encapsulation services in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

Reputation – Credibility – Professionalism – Experience – Availability

In the article  Best Doulas of Baltimore posted in June 2017, find the list of the 20 best doulas in Baltimore, MD.

Doulas businesses selected on their reputation, credibility, professionalism, experience and availability.  As a result, My Birth Companion, LLC is proudly listed among this list.

 What is a Doula?

A professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support families before, during and just after birth for expecting and new parents. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.




This childbirth class is specially designed for persons supporting women during labor

childbirth class


WHO? – For expectant parents (hospital, home-birth and birth center)

WHAT? – 2 hours include the following:

Presented by Certified Educators
Evidence-based information (videos and hand-outs)
Learn about verbal and physical support
Learn about discussing and creating birth preferences
Working with your chosen healthcare team
Taking care of yourself before, during, and after birth
Doula tricks of the trade
Supporting mom and baby post-partum
Testimonials from real families

WHEN? –Anytime – Easy online access


WHY? – Mothers with a good support team have shorter labors with less discomfort! Get the support you need to support your team as she brings baby into the world.



GIFT CERTIFICATES (available for any of our childbirth services)

IT’S EASY! $25 – $50 -$100 – $200 – and more!


How to purchase a gift certificate – childbirth services –  for you friends or family members?

  • Pay online using PayPal: Pay at: and comment with:
    – The name of the recipient
    – Your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)


  • Pay by check: Check payable at My Birth Companion, LLC – Please also include the following information:
    – The name of the recipient
    – Your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)
    – Mail your check at My Birth Companion, LLC – 13 Chesham Ct, Cockeysville, MD 21030


If you have any further questions, contact us at or 443-739-0113



Doula services – Doula – Birth doula -Placenta encapsulation – Placenta tablets – Childbirth education classes

Baltimore & Maryland has posted this wonderful video on 7 easy exercises during pregnancy that will help you to achieve an optimal fetal position Watch the video here

As a birth doula and a childbirth educator in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC, I highly recommend exercises during your pregnancy (Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care)

Hand Expression of Breastmilk – Educational video posted by the Stanford School of Medicine.  Watch video

“Until recently hand expression of milk (for breastfeeding mothers) has been an under-utilized skill in our institution. But there are many benefits of knowing how to express milk from the breast without the use of expensive or cumbersome pumps. In this video, Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how easily hand expression can be taught to mothers”

In Conclusion please visit their website and find more information for breastfeeding families.




Newborn: Learnt the facts and myths about delayed cord clamping

Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping – Newborn Care

Watch this video on delayed cord clamping: Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping



Articles posted by  Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mother-baby Behavioral Sleep (infant and newborn) Laboratory Safe Cosleeping Guidelines

Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Newborn and Infants:

Newborn: Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame.




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