Writings by Sharon Muza

coco monkey smoothie labor
Prepare for Birth

Let the Coco Monkey Labor Smoothie Help You! A Great Labor Treat for Energy & Stamina

I always tell the families in my childbirth classes that labor is just like a hard day’s work. But, I also like to remind them that they have done a ...
Microphone and message board on a green background...Sharon Muza podcasts on Birthful
Prepare for Birth

Birthful Podcasts – Sharon Muza Talks About Birth, Doulas and Childbirth Classes

I have had the pleasure of being asked to speak with Adriana Lozada, remarkable podcast host on several topics over the years for her weekly podcast.  The purpose of ...
Doulas All Births
Prepare for Birth

Doulas Are for Every Kind of Birth

This post was written by me for Giving Birth with Confidence - the Lamaze International blog for parents and originally appeared there on March 18, 2015. A birth doula is ...
printed card that reads diversify your business on a green table with a cup of coffee and a pen...for diversifying your birth business
Birth Pros

How to Diversify and Expand Your Birth Business

(Note:  This article was written by me for my colleague's business blog - Heart | Soul | Business and appeared there on January 21. 2015.  Check out Jessica English's site) ...
Woman wearing baby in a babywrap for babywearing
New Parents

Babywearing…Good for Babies and Good For Families Too!

The week of September 21-28, 2009 is International Babywearing Week! Thank you to my friend Teri Shilling at Passion for Birth for bringing this to my attention and sharing some ...
Pregnant woman singing in labor
Prepare for Birth

Birth Song

When I am teaching childbirth classes and doula trainings, I "sing the praises" of singing or toning in labor!  When a person opens their throat and her mouth and vocalizes, ...
stopwatch marking seven minutes of labor
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Can You Spare Seven Minutes? A Great Coping Technique for Labor

I was reading one of the many birth blogs I follow, and came across this wonderful HBAC (Home Birth After Cesarean) birth story about a strong woman who worked very ...
Doctor wearing a blue glove and holding up their hand in a stop motion
Prepare for Birth

Keep Your Pants On!

I read a great blog post today by a Certified Nurse Midwife about the usefulness (or actually, the possible emotional harm!) of vaginal exams prior to the beginning of labor. ...
woman in hospital bed wearing a gown holding a new baby skin to skin
Become a Doula

A Thank You Letter to My Clients

Dear Clients, I am writing this letter to you, my clients, to thank you! Thank you for showing me strength, grace, power and absolute fortitude during the labor and birth ...
Become a Doula

The Waiting Game

Being a birth doula involves waiting. Waiting for babies! Babies who come in their own sweet time! Babies who have their own secret, internal clock that we mere mortals can ...
newborn baby with eyes closed wrapped in green towel after a bath
New Parents

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness…Or Is It???

I have always shared with both my doula clients and my childbirth students that less is more when it comes to baby hygiene products, and bathing your newborn and infant. ...
hand pump and container of human milk
New Parents

Human Milk is Best, Even from Another Parent!

I just received a heads up that the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is now open for business and can receive donated human milk! Their donor depot is located in Newberg, ...