Empowerment: What’s the best-kept secret for birth and breastfeeding

with guest Amber Thomas

Air Date: September 11, 2017

Many women want birth and breastfeeding to go this way, not that way. They create a clear birth plan, go to childbirth education classes, and read all the books. But when the big day arrives, intervention after intervention often takes center stage, and the birth plan fades into the shadows. Research repeatedly confirms that doula support decreases the likelihood of obstetrical interventions, and increases the likelihood of successful breastfeeding initiation and continuation. Yet, few mothers hire a doula. Is a doula an expense, or an investment? Join Marie as her guest, Amber Thomas, explains how the role, training, and skills of the doula are very different from those of a partner, nurse, or midwife. Empower yourself whether you are planning for an unmedicated labor, epidural anesthesia, or even a cesarean delivery. Find out how one-on-one service, advocacy, good fit, and flexible customization of your birth plan and can help you to transform your plan into a reality.

Guest Profile – Amber Thomas

Amber Thomas has been caring for mothers, babies, and families during the childbearing process since 2001. Amber graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Spanish in 2009. She is a bilingual healthcare professional who is capable of communicating, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish. As of February 2014, she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing- Dallas. She is a Registered Nurse with the Texas Board of Nursing and is currently working at Las Colinas Medical Center as a Lactation Consultant & Childbirth Educator. In addition, she is a Birth Assistant at Inanna Birth and Women’s Care-Denton and volunteers at Woman-to-Woman, Pregnancy Resource Center in Denton as a Volunteer Advocate and is an active participant in March of Dimes. For her full bio, please visit her website @ http://www.motherevescss.com/me-story.html
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