Fleur de Lis Doula Karen Henshaw

I am a childbirth educator and birth doula in the Northshore area of Greater New Orleans.


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''All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four month old fetus in the womb of her mother.

This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother.

Each of us spent five months in our grandmother's womb, and she in turn formed in the womb of her grandmother.

We vibrate to the rhythm of our mother's blood before she herself is born, and this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother.''
~ Layne Redmond, When The Drummers Were Women

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Pandemic isolation is leading to more postpartum depression, anxiety

today.com "Everything that we tell postpartum women to do, like connect to other people, get out of the house, establish a routine, they can’t do that.”

A positive perspective

One month ago, I was 38 weeks pregnant, full of anxiety, anger and fear. Hospital protocols were changing daily. Visitors were banned. Laboring women could only have one person with them. This isn't what I pictured delivering my third baby would look like.

Two weeks later, my husband and I walked into labor and delivery and were handed masks. We were told to wear those any time any one entered our room. The nurses were always masked, as was the doctor. This was my third baby and the whole process was so different than the other two.

During my first two deliveries we had guests in and out while I labored and more guests after delivery. There were no masks. No scary protocols. It was a celebration and everyone was invited.

This time, it was just my husband and I. The room was quiet. No chaos of visitors. The conversations were just him and I. Just the two of us for the first time in six and a half years.

I'm just going to say it: delivering during the pandemic was a blessing in disguise.

We delivered with quiet hallways in a quiet room filled with just the three of us. We welcomed this baby with no expectations of people rushing in during skin-to-skin. We established nursing without having to wear an awkward nursing cover.

It was just us and our little guy. It was perfect.

Twenty-four hours later we returned home. Due to social distancing, there were no visitors and no school. There was no early morning school drop offs or mid-day school pick ups. There was no "panic cleaning" for visitors. There was no schedule and low expectations.

Our girls have been able to bond with their little brother all day, everyday. Having no schedule with a newborn has been dreamy. We are all sleeping, nursing, and bonding with no interruptions. There's no pressure to get out of the house. There's no reason to try to squeeze into pre-pregnancy clothes.

If you are a pregnant momma set to deliver during all the chaos of the world right now, rest easy. Take a deep breath. While this is probably not how you imagined your delivery, find the blessing through this mess.

Enjoy this break from real life, snuggle up with your newborn and enjoy every last minute of the newborn stage. Too soon, that teeny tiny baby won't be teeny tiny anymore.

To read more from Stephanie: https://knoxvillemoms.com/author/slancaster/


‘But a Small Price to Pay’ – Degradation of Rights in Childbirth During COVID-19

ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk ‘No visitors. Induced labor. Converted delivery wards. Tens of thousands of women across the country are giving birth in unprecedented circumstances.’ Maternal healthcare is changing around the wor…

2Life Doula


A completely missed twin pregnancy.

Ultrasound did not pick up the other fetus, they only ever heard just one heartbeat and she measured right on track for carrying only 1 baby.

She birthed her first baby in the water and shortly after felt another strong contraction and another ring of fire.

As to which she yelled out “What the f**k?!”

The midwife said “Oh, it’s probably the placenta coming.”

Another midwife said “It’s a water bag, I’ve never seen that before.”

The whole room was in utter shock to see another baby come earthside and born encaul.

The likelihood of another baby hidding in the womb is extremely minuscule, but it happened.

Born at 38 weeks and 4 days, both babies weighed 6lbs 11oz, and both measured 20 inches.

Mama: @who.i.am.is.who and her page is www.facebook.com/WhoSundae

Posted @withregram • Badassmotherbirther @badassmotherbirther . @ Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2Life Doula

Any oldie but very important video at this point in time. If you are birthing your baby soon, make sure you watch this with your partner and save it. These are some great ways you can use and move the hospital bed to help have an active birth in your hospital room.
Words and #Repost by @katieallencbe
Original video and #repost from @mother_of_daughters ・・・
ACTIVE BIRTH - Get off the bed

I was teaching my midwifery student today about looking at the delivery room and how as midwives we can utilise the space and make it feel less clinical. With the majority of births taking place in hospital on an obstetric unit, the biggest feature as you walk into any room is the bed. But it doesn’t have to be set up like that. Women will automatically sit or lie on the bed and once that mentality of being the ‘patient’ in hospital sets in, it’s hard to try and change that behaviour. But as midwives we can make small changes to create a birth environment that encourages women to move, squat, stand, rock, sway and kneel. And birth partners, doulas and student midwives, move the bed, ask for a mat, a birthing ball, a chair, dim the lights, move unnecessary equipment, put some music on. These small changes can make huge differences. UFO - upright, forward and open #activebirth #getoffthebed #laboureard #midwives #studentmidwives

Most of the time this is an unnecessary cosmetic procedure as defined by medical groups around the world. Medical circumcision is way different than a religious bris. When we know better, we do better.

*** CIRCUMCISION DEATH *** Aimee & her husband and daughter had two happy days with newborn Oliver in June 2019, before he was circumcised in a Connecticut hospital.

"He was born completely healthy. He died because they were negligent and didn’t clean their circumcision tools and because of that my son contracted herpes and suffered everyday of his life in pain.

"When we came home from the hospital, I told my husband and his pediatrician there was something wrong with my baby. As soon as he came back from having the procedure, he started acting differently. He cried constantly. You see he was in pain. He would clench up, he refused food. I kept telling the dr and my husband there is something wrong with my baby and I think he is going to die.

"He stopped breathing which landed us into the hospital with our 16-day-old baby. It took a week to figure out he had hsv2, which is herpes. The herpes caused him to get meningitis and encephalitis, which eventually ate his brain to the point his brain was liquid.

"My son had 7 spinal taps during his stay. We brought him home after 7 and half weeks in the hospital. At this point they are telling us that he is going to be completely dependent on us the rest of his life, that he suffered severe brain damage.

"We were able to bring him home but he was on iv medication for 2 weeks at home. He needed medication by iv round the clock. My son was on 12 medications. He suffered from seizures due to the meningitis.

"On August __ my son turned blue and stopped breathing again in my arms. We had been home about two weeks. We called 911. They drilled a hole into his tiny little leg on my couch in my living room to get him the iv medication.

"On August __ we had to make the decision to take him off life support. He was completely brain dead. He stopped opening his eyes, eating, crying, moving.

"My little boy was gone. My husband and I took him off life support at 1:22 pm. He died in my arms at 10:35 that night. I watched my little boy slowly stop breathing and die and that was the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my entire life, but he would never be off a ventilator nor would ever open his eyes or speak or anything.

"My daughter was just over the moon happy with having a baby brother. She loved him so much. We had to send her to stay with my parents while our son was fighting for his life so in a sense she lost her brother and her parents for a while.

"She was devastated. She has said so many times she wants to die and go to heaven to be with her brother. She is only 6 years old. We kept her involved as much as we could but this has affected her in so many different ways. We went from explaining to her that he was going to be different and special and need lots of care to I’m sorry but your brother is going to die. She got very mad and hated the world for taking her baby brother.

"The hospital blamed me, saying I gave him herpes which we were able to prove that I don’t have it, never have, nor have I ever been exposed. Our lawyer has been able to pin the time frame along with drs to prove that Oliver caught the infection during the circumcision.

"We didn’t know how it was done until after my son died and I watched a video and I almost lost my mind to see how cruel it is.

"I would have fought with my life to stop the circumcision but they said it was safe and normal.

"We both lived in the hospital with our son. We never left him we were just praying to God that our little boy would live. This child our son is my husband's only biological child . I remember us both blaming ourselves for what happened to our little boy. There was a lot of resentment, a lot of anger towards the hospital where he was birthed. This mistake cost our son his life and tore our family up."


Perspective | Worries over formula shortages have stirred interest in re-lactation. Here’s what to know.

washingtonpost.com Lactation consultants and breast-feeding organizations say they are being flooded with questions as women try to resume breast-feeding their babies in the middle of a global pandemic.



Rebecca Powell is a human milk immunologist and she’s also a researcher at New York City’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

We know that breastmilk holds the key to many things and carries antibodies but human milk is not well researched.

Rebecca Powell is conducting a study on human milk to see if it holds COVID-19 protection for children and even adults.

This was never done with SARS, MERS or even the flu!

She has put out a call for human milk samples and is willing to pay $5 per ounce of milk from each healthy, lactating person in New York City, although she will also take samples, through the mail, from people outside of New York City, as long as they have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or if they’re at high risk for exposure.

She is hoping to discover antibodies to help combat COVID-19!

If you’d like to help her research by volunteering your milk, please email her at [email protected]


The resurgence of home birth during the Coronavirus Pandemic

ecochildsplay.com As hospitals feel the strain of COVID-19 patients, expectant parents are altering birth plans. Many who once considered hospitals to be the best choice to give birth are now scrambling to find midw…

The Natural BirthHouse

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The Natural BirthHouse

Hey Northshore Louisiana! We have heard about what is going on in your area hospitals and we have some great news!

This is such an exciting announcement--
We are EXPECTING!! ...a birth center!🙌

👉 The Natural BirthHouse- Northshore!

We are soooooooo excited to announce the upcoming opening of our free-standing birth center located in COVINGTON, LOUISIANA! Thanks to the amazing efforts of our Birth Center Director Emily Bergeron, our Northshore office manager, Brittany O'Quinn and our newest Clinic Midwife, Ashley Johnson, we have been able to put together plans to try and get The Natural BirthHouse- Northshore open MID-APRIL!!

We are accepting MOST insurances AND accepting late into care transfers! If you are interested in becoming a client or would like to make a donation to help us get this birth center open on such short notice, please visit us at the link below and share this post with a friend! (We have paypal donation and an Amazon wish list set up. Thank you in advance!)

👉 More information coming soon, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram in the coming days!!

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Pregnant Women Turn to Home Births to Escape Virus

thedailybeast.com “Would you want to go to a hospital right now? It’s pretty terrifying.”



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midwiferywisdom.com Panic and fear arise in the hearts of many midwives and doctors when they think of shoulder dystocia. And many have a strong desire to teach everyone else how best to manage the situation. Yet...


Arrested rural midwife heads to trial on 95 felony counts: 'I don’t think Jack the Ripper faced that many charges'

yahoo.com On Tuesday morning, Elizabeth Catlin entered a not-guilty plea to all charges, setting into motion what’s sure to be a complex and closely-watched jury trial.

The Breastfeeding Dietitian

FUN FACT FRIDAY. Did you know you grow more milk-making cells in your breasts with each pregnancy? So the more pregnancies you have, the more grapes (erhm.. I mean milk-making cells) you’ll have! 🍇
Were you a first time mom struggling with milk supply like me? I don’t think a day went by where I didn’t think about ways to at least keep up my supply.
Second time around? A BOUNTIFUL supply! Now there are many factors for this, but one is because the hormone changes that you go through in pregnancy help your body make more milk-making cells. So in addition to the ones you had from your last pregnancy, you’ll have some more!
Pretty neat huh? So if your breastfeeding journey didn’t work out the way you wanted to your first time, it likely won’t be the same the second time around (for many reasons, having more milk-making cells being one of them!) 🙌🏻
I’ll have way more information like this on my website, where the launch is coming in March. Be the first to know! Link in the bio or go to breastfeedingdietitian.com 🤱
#breastfeedingsupply #breastfeedingondemand #babyfeeding #breastfeedingmom #thebreastfeedingdietitian #breastisnormal #momlife #sahmlife #breastfeedingproblems #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingsupport #normalizebreastfeeding #breastfeedingmama #exclusivelypumping #pumpingmama #milksupply #secondpregnancy


10 Facts Every Woman Should Know:

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.
3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.
4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.
5. You should definitely have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way others see you, you would.
6. Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.
7. It's okay to not love every part of your body....but you should.
8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.
9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.
10. You're a woman. That alone makes you pretty damn remarkable. 💕


Happy Valentine's Day!


Did you give birth in your home? Help ProPublica and Vox report.

Take the survey my fellow homebirthers

vox.com What drives women in America to have babies at home rather than in a hospital or birth center?

The Little Milk Bar

To all the late nights.
To all the cluster feedings.
To all the early mornings.
To all the sleepless nights.
To all the tears.
To all the feelings of isolation.
Breastfeeding is HARD.... and a full time job all on its own ❤️.


What rights do you actually have during childbirth?

independent.co.uk You might expect your doctor to recommend what they think is best during childbirth, but it’s not uncommon to feel pressured into having a procedure that you don’t want


OBGYN Accused of Negligence After 23-year-old Mom Dies After He ‘Forcibly’ Removes Placenta During Birth

“In fact, the US maternal mortality rate more than doubled from 1991 to 2014, going from 10.3 per 100,000 live births to 23.8 -- which is shocking when you consider how medical advancements have grown by leaps and bounds during those very same years.”

thestir.cafemom.com California OBGYN Dr. Arthur Park is being accused of negligence following the death of a 23-year-old mother who died in his care.



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