SF Birth Center Blog

Keep up with the latest news, advice, and natural birth topics from San Francisco Birth Center.

Birth Work is in My Blood (literally)

Deundra C. Hundon, Doula Deundra Hundon currently works as a doula and serves on the board of Friends of the San Francisco Birth Center. She hopes to inspire all women, with an extended heart for women of color, to learn about and embrace the power that they have when...

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How to Prepare for Natural Childbirth

Photo Credit: Samantha Noel Birth can be transformative. Research shows that for birthing people with the goal of natural childbirth, preparation and education greatly increases the likelihood of having a natural birth free of unnecessary intervention. While birth is...

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Nitrous Oxide is now Available at San Francisco Birth Center

Guess what?! We have some BIG news to share. Everyone take a deep breath and count to three! 1...2...3… We are bringing nitrous to our birth center! And don’t worry, it’s not for us 😉 It is only for those in labor! We want to make sure you are educated on all of the...

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Preconception Care: The Key to Growing A Health-Resilient Baby

Preconception care (PCC) aims to help women make informed and proactive choices to
optimize their health and the health of their future children. But what does that really
mean? Well, what if someone told you that you could have a positive impact on your
unborn child’s lifetime health by some of the choices you make even before you get
pregnant.

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To coffee or not to coffee?

As a new mom there is a deluge of “things to do or not to do” , it’s exhausting. It’s an onslaught of late night google sessions for every possible symptom, decade old protocols, doctors’ opinions, and even total strangers offering their unsolicited advice. There are the obvious things like; don’t go bungee jumping,

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Placentas: The most local medicine

Placenta encapsulation is the simplest, safest and most natural way to aid in postpartum wellness. The placenta is full of essential feel-good hormones and iron, which can be gradually welcomed back into your body postpartum through placenta pills.

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Umbilical Cords connect us.

It is just a cord, a little piece of flesh, often thrown away after it has served its purpose of connecting the baby to the nourishing body of the mother. But its roots are strong, and its connection point on the baby, the whole in each and every belly, remains with us the rest of our lives, reminding us of the connection that once was there.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

One of the things I love most about the birth center is witnessing the transformation from Excited & Expecting into Mother. Becoming a mother takes many months of preparation, uncomfortable growing pains as organs actually move out of the way to make space for the...

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Heart Shaped Womb

Heart Shaped WombWe’ve got a toy at SF Birth Center that gets a lot of loving from the kiddos during prenatal visits. It looks like a heart with arms,. As a big sister- or brother-to-be starts to play with it, we watch as their mother first furrows her brow and then...

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Post Partum Care: Part Two

Deep Rest

After giving birth, plan to spend most of your day in bed or on the couch for the better part of two weeks. This beautiful window is a fleeting time to bond with your new baby–simply watch, be present and get to know his or her signals. You will downshift into the slow, unfolding world of your newborn. 

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Such a welcoming and safe place to give birth. I loved the one on one care and also the group prenatal classes. I always felt heard and the midwives allowed me to be in charge of the birth I wanted. Birthing my baby here was such a powerful and intimate experience and I can't wait to have my second baby here.

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