It’s a Good Time to be Pregnant in Philadelphia: A New Pain Relief Option for Labor Will be Available Soon!

It’s a Good Time to be Pregnant in Philadelphia: A New Pain Relief Option for Labor Will be Available Soon!
Main Line Doulas provides doula support to many women who decide to welcome their babies at The Birth Center at Lifecycle Woman Care. Recently, The Birth Center at LWC announced that they had expanded availability for the spring of 2017.

Now, The Birth Center at LWC has even more good news: starting this spring, they will be offering nitrous oxide as an option for pain management during labor.
As per The Birth Center at LWC’s recent Facebook announcement, nitrous oxide is a safe, easy, and comforting form of relief. They will be one of the first places in Philadelphia to offer it as an option for laboring women. We hope that more providers will soon follow their lead!
NPR recently reported that use of nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) is on the rise in the US . Although it was prevalent use in the early 20th century, it fell out of favor as more potent forms of pain relief became available.
It can be a great option for women who want to avoid an epidural. New mother Amy Marks recently used it when she gave birth to her son, Ethan at South County Hospital in Rhode Island. She reported that it “really took the edge off” of her contractions. Her nurse-midwife, Cynthia Voytas, describes its effects like this: “It gives you a euphoria that helps you sort of forget about the pain for a little bit.”

Nitrous Oxide “gives you a euphoria that helps you sort of forget about the pain for a little bit”.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering using nitrous oxide during your birth:  
  • It does not reduce pain. Instead, it gives you a sense of euphoria and will help you feel relaxed.
  • It leaves the body quickly. Although it will pass through the placenta, and into fetal circulation, it’s gone as soon as the baby takes a couple breaths.
  • Since it has been used regularly in Europe, there is data to show that it’s safe.

This is a great option for anyone is seeking a natural birth, and we are excited that it is now available to mothers in the Philadelphia area.

Bryn Mawr Birth Center Expanded Availability this Spring 2017!

Did you know that one of Main Line Doulas favorite places to provide doula support is at The Birth Center in Bryn Mawr?! 

Well, we just found out some great news – The Birth Center at Lifecycle WomanCare is welcoming more birth clients for Spring 2017!

From the Birth Center:
Are you or someone you know pregnant and expecting in the late Winter or Spring 2017?   We are excited to inform you that we will have expanded capacity at that time! Please share this news with friends and family and have them give us a call to find out if the Birth Center at LWC is the right fit for them.

Come be a part of The Birth Center/ LifeCycle Woman Care (TBC/LWC) family and experience the personalized approach we bring to pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. Let our home be the place where you welcome your new little one for the first time. 

For more information, please visit  or call 610.525.6947

Our doulas offer wonderful gifts of love, empathy, and support to new parents this holiday season.

We talk a lot on our blog about the amazing gifts you’ll give to yourself when you hire a doula. However, the care you’ll receive as a birth or postpartum doula runs much deeper than that.
The very foundation of what we do as doulas is to provide love and support. By registering for doula services, you will gain access to our loving, caring team  that will shine brighter than the lights on Christmas tree or the candles on the menorah. As we help nurture our clients while they bring their new baby into the world, you will, in turn be supported in a solid foundation of love as you become parents.

Having a new baby can be a chaotic time. Although our doulas do many things to help your clients – from providing comfort techniques as a birth doula, to perfectly organizing a nursery as a postpartum doula – they may not necessarily remember them all. What you will remember is how your doula made you feel: safe, validated, and supported.

When you have a doula, you will remember how much your doula loved you and your baby.

It is our hope that the families we support will carry this love and empathy with them for a long time. It all starts as a tiny seed that we nurture from the very first time we meet with you. As a new mother welcomes her baby into the world, with our gentle guidance, this love will grow and bloom like the petals on a poinsettia.

We hope to give our clients a gift that will last forever. Having a baby is an emotional time, and by offering new moms and dads the genuine support, empathy, and love that only a doula can offer, we are changing lives.