Aug 10th

Natalia Hals, LCCE & CD(DONA)
Birth | Postpartum Doula & Childbirth Educator

Summer Update

This summer season has brought with it an unusually large amount of babies that I have had the honor of welcoming into the world (5 in four weeks!). I have my theories as to why that is (an early, rigid and long winter), but I could wrong ; ) I must say I have been enjoying and appreciating this summer since our last winter. I loved being pregnant in the summer. I lived in flowy dresses and moved in a much slower pace than I normally do (partially because I couldn't move any faster). It was a time to tune in to my body, let the sun shine through the windows and warm my toes, feel the breeze of the wind as I listen to the beat of my heart knowing that every breath I took was a breath for my little one. I hope you are soaking up the sun this season. Know that just like our Minnesota summers seems to go too fast you'll blink and be in a totally different season of your life- holding your new little one. 
You are fearfully and wonderfully made, 


I am so excited to be teaming up with Hallie Rogers of Better Beginnings. When I first met with Hallie and heard her explain how she serves families during the postpartum period I thought, “Where were you when I had my last baby!?” and “I’d totally have another baby so she could take care of me!”

Hallie shares the same passion and vision for supporting women and families during the childbearing year as I. Her main focus is postpartum support (taking care of mom so that she can recover and take care of her new baby) which includes lactation counseling. In addition to running her individual practice Hallie will fulfill all of the postpartum needs with A Woman’s Design clients.

I seek to assist the entire family by focusing on the wellness of the mother, as I believe a well mother means a well baby. Through experience, I have come to realize the importance of support from others when one begins raising a child, so I became a certified postpartum doula through Doulas of North America (DONA)."

If you are interested in more information about postpartum services feel free to contact us at

You may have seen on the news rallying and reports about Hudson Hospital & Clinic's decision to no longer support VBAC's (vaginal birth after a cesarean). This has shaken the birth community tremendously and has left many mothers who were planning to VBAC there searching for new practitioners who will support their choice very close to their due date or agreeing to an unwanted repeat cesarean. 
"Our philosophy is to provide an exceptional patient experience with a focus on wellness in birth. A joint decision was made last week by Hudson Hospital’s medical staff leadership and hospital administration to suspend Vaginal Births After Caesarian Section (VBAC) deliveries beginning on Aug. 31. We support VBACs as an option for women, but at this time we cannot provide this service due to human resource constraints. We have shared this change with expectant mothers who have a planned VBAC that may occur after Aug. 31 and are working with their physician to find an alternative hospital."
The reason is financial. They do not want to pay to have an anesthesiologist there 24 hours in case of an emergency cesarean. This brings up many questions, including the needs of a mother who has not had a previous cesarean. How would they handle an emergency cesarean in that situation?

I have supported many of you with VBAC's and you have made informed decisions and will continue to do so. If you are planning a vbac and need to find a supportive provider feel free to email me at .  The two blog posts listed below act as guides for you to ask the right questions and make sure you are with the right provider and hospital.

Want a VBAC? Ask your care provider these questions.

 If you are on Facebook you can also "like" my pages (A Woman's Design and The Nesting Place Twin Cities) where I post relevant information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting daily. 

There was a great comment made on an article that was posted about postpartum care (reposted with permission):

"Most people I know who don't hire a postpartum doula (myself included) aren't doing so for lack of reasons, but for lack of funds. Those who can afford a postpartum doula could also afford a housekeeper and/or a nanny, so for the target market it's a little redundant. And for the rest of us it's completely out of reach."

Classes at The Nesting Place are picking up. Requests for private classes as well. If you are a mom on bed-rest, would prefer a more private education or if you or your partner travels and it is hard to commit to a series Private Childbirth Classes may be a solution. 

The next series of (Re) Discovering Childbirth begins Saturdays, September 20th - October 25th, 2014 from 1:30-4:00pm 

Great Sibling Preparation August 17th and September 21st 1-2pm

Early Pregnancy Workshop August 12 and September 30th

Finding Comfort Workshop August 19th and October 7th

The Fourth Trimester August 26th and October 14th

"I trust that she has hired experts (midwife and doula) that she trusts. My job is to love and support her in any way she needs." AWD dad

Placenta Encapsulation is not for everyone...
...and that's okay! During prenatal visits I always mention placenta encapsulation during our discussion on postpartum.
I am met with a variety of responses as you can imagine. Some people are aware of PE and ask m
e about it before I bring it up, others are completely turned off from it and there are those who are unsure but curious about the benefits.

Your baby's placenta, contained in capsule form, is believed to:
 contain your own natural hormones
 be perfectly made for you
 balance your system 
 replenish depleted iron
 give you more energy
 lessen bleeding postnatally
 been shown to increase milk production
 help you have a happier postpartum period
 hasten return of uterus to pre-pregnancy state
 be helpful during menopause   

After many inquiries and requests, AWD now encapsulates placentas as a service to our clients who would like it done.  
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