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Preparing for Birth

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A big part of my practice is working with women during pregnancy. I cannot tell you how many times I have people say to me “I didn’t know you could go to the chiropractor when you are pregnant,” or ” I wish I would have known about chiropractic when I was pregnant.”

It is my goal that everyone knows the importance of chiropractic during pregnancy. Not only can women go to the chiropractor when they are pregnant, they NEED to go. It offers so many benefits to the mother and the baby. It is my passion to help women have the best possible pregnancy, labor and delivery.

I see so many women who do not properly prepare for their birth and it is leading to many unnecessary interventions. To any woman out there who is going to have children, this is the message I want you to hear: prepare for your birth as you would for your dream wedding. Take time to research and figure out what you want and what you don’t want. Do not leave it up to the protocols that are established to favor the hospital staff.

Here are a few ways you can prepare.
1) Hire a doula. I would compare this to hiring a wedding coordinator. It is someone who knows a lot about the birthing process and what to expect. The doula can help you prepare properly.
2) Research birth care providers. You are hiring this person to help you bring your baby into the world. Make sure it is someone you like. It is okay to change birth providers. Also, research all the providers of the group because there is a chance one of them will be the doctor delivering. Find out what their c-section rate is. Just how you select the minister who marries you, you get to select your birth care provider and you want it to be someone you like and feel a personal connection with.
3) Take care of your body with proper nutrition, exercise and chiropractic care. You are going to be doing a lot of work to get that baby out of you, so you need to train for it. Every woman I know does a lot to prepare their body for their wedding, do the same for your birth.
4) Have a birth plan. Your doula is a great person to help you with this. Most weddings have a details agenda of exactly what is going to happen on the special day, so should your child’s birthday.
5) Take a detailed and informative birthing class. This is usually found outside of the hospital.

Think Prepare Exercise image Sozo blog 5.5.2016Your baby’s birth day is such a monumental day and the more you can do to prepare for it, the better your outcome with be. Unfortunately, I know of several moms who have had a traumatic delivery and they walk away from the birth of their child with physical and emotional scars. I hope to see this happen less and less. I hope to see more moms who say “the day my child was born was the best experience of my life.”

Another note, when your child is born, hold your child for as long as possible. The newborn exam can be performed while you are holding your baby. He or she does not need to be separated from you, unless there is a medical emergency. The weight and length of the baby can be taken later. It is not going to change in the first few minutes of life. The first few minutes are precious and so important for both the mom and baby. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Here’s to healthy moms and healthy babies.
Live life to the fullest.

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Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Her
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.



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A New Model of Prenatal CareWFH_All Saints 2Cstk_Co (2)

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Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
– All Saints


Finding out you are pregnant can be one of the happiest yet most overwhelming times in your life. You’re not alone. Many women need support from people who are going through the same thing. All Saints is offering a new way of providing pregnancy care for women. It’s called CenteringPregnancy. Read more…

What makes CenteringPregnancy so unique?

CenteringPregnancy uses a group model of prenatal care that combines three important factors – health assessment, education, and support.

In this model of care, not only do women get to spend more time with their health care provider, they engage with other pregnant women, which gives them a chance to learn a lot more about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

How does it work?

Rather than each woman meeting with her health care provider in the doctor’s office, they are placed in a group with other women with similar due dates. Each group meets for 10 sessions throughout the pregnancy and early after the baby is born.


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What can I expect?

About the Group Setting: In each of the sessions, you will have private time with your doctor, who provides the same routine exam you would receive during a regular clinic visit. Then you will spend time with the other pregnant women in your group and your doctor. The group will discuss questions, concerns, and solutions on topics including:

  • Common symptoms of pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Family relationships
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Labor and delivery, and hospital procedures
  • Breastfeeding
  • Care and feeding of infants
  • Physical and emotional experiences after the baby is born

About Self-Care: Your doctor will deliver the same care you would have during a normal office exam, but you will participate as well. You will also receive information and tools to help you make healthier choices for you, your baby, and your whole family.

About Time Management: You will be given a schedule of when your group meets at the beginning of your pregnancy. This makes it easy for you to plan ahead.

About Proven Positive Results: Studies show that group pregnancy care reduces premature births, increases breastfeeding, and improves socialization. This can be attributed to the combination of education, support, and knowledge that participants gain in a group setting. Plus, you may find lifelong friends.

Why choose All Saints to have my baby?

All Saints provides prenatal care and high risk pregnancy care under one roof. They also have the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unity in Racine and Kenosha counties.

Additionally, All Saints is an approved as a CenteringPregnancy® site from the Centering Healthcare Institute (CHI). Site approval is a quality assurance activity that provides practices with expertise, support and guidance to strengthen Centering. It is CHI’s official recognition that a Centering site has met the standards that are specific to the model and its 13 essential elements which range from planning to outcomes. While other sites may offer a similar “centering” model, they may not be an approved site.

The first CenteringPregnancy group of expectant moms met at All Saints for the first time in February 2012. Currently six OB/GYN physicians utilize this model of prenatal care. They include Andrew Alexander, MD; Dustin Brown, MD; Veronica Carver, MD; Anya Hartley, MD; Tasha Johnson, MD; and Rachel Laven, DO.

If you are looking for an OB/GYN, call (262)687-8460 or visit


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