Easing Birth and More

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Monday, August 06 2007 Aug 6, 2007 Monday, August 06, 2007 4:53:24 PM CDT August 06, 2007 in News

Julie Trotter endured six hours of hard labor before the birth of her first child. Trotter had support in the delivery room from not only her husband, but also from a birthing coach called a doula, a Greek word meaning woman's servant. Kai Martin Short is one of more than 2,500 certified doulas in the U.S. They are trained to comfort women during labor, using massage and breathing techniques to cope with the pain.

"It takes a special person to be a doula because you have to be able to make people feel comfortable pretty easily, and I think moms and dads can sense when you really care and you're nurturing and calming," Short said.

Doulas are not trained to give medical advice. Some doctors say that can create tension.

"Occasionally we need to intervene and occasionally there is a little friction over what we might recommend," said Dr. Sean Lambert, OB-GYN.

It's an approach that gives new parents confidence during one of the most special moments of their lives.

"I wouldn't have gotten through it without her," Trotter said.

Doulas charge a flat fee ranging from $450 and $1,000 for pre-natal, delivery and post-partum assistance.

Local Massage Donates Proceeds

Massage Envy is partnering with the Susan G. Komen foundation for massage for the cure day. Masseuses are providing free massages Aug. 6 for donations. Donations will go to the mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen affiliate.

Link Between Implants and Suicides

A study of more than 3,500 Swedish women shows a link between breast implants and suicide. The study found that the risk of suicide for women with implants was three times higher than the general population. The risk was similar for death due to drug or alcohol use. Increased risk wasn't shown until 10 years after the surgery but increased with each passing year. Researchers recommend that women considering implants should undergo mental health screenings.

Organ Donations

Doctors in Denmark want lawmakers to consider legislation from Belgium about organ donations. In Belgium citizens are automatically registered as organ donors and have to opt out if they don't want their organs to be harvested upon their death. Health officials in Belgium say they have an abundance of organs for transplant patients.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — A Columbia teenager is home safe after she was missing for almost two days. Summer Skye Allen,... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:05:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Three men were arrested after allegedly stealing $22,000 worth of electronics from a Moberly Walmart Saturday. Several... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:53:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in Continuous News
CENTERTOWN - Family, friends and even strangers showed up to celebrate Jasen Smith's life at his Memorial Benefit at Apple... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:35:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed a runaway teen missing since Thursday was found safe Saturday afternoon. Summer Skye Allen was... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After being closed since May due to flooding, The Station House at Katfish Katy's is now open. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 3:32:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The runway at Jefferson City Memorial Airport is back open after a small plane overturned Saturday morning.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 20 2019 Jul 20, 2019 Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM CDT July 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Rolla man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a 2017 shooting that killed two people.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 7:45:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - The Missouri Highway Patrol helped detonate a suspicious package Friday afternoon at the Holts Summit Police Station.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 7:29:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - With excessive heat fixed over Mid-Missouri, senior citizens looked for a place to escape the heat on Friday.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 1:45:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Show-Me State games kicked off Friday morning at 11 AM with a Torch Run at the... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 1:44:00 PM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man Thursday night after he allegedly went into a woman's apartment and sexually abused her.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 9:06:01 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 19 2019 Jul 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 8:12:49 AM CDT July 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Versailles man previously convicted of child molestation has been charged with possession of and promoting child pornography.... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:47:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA heard Missouri's appeal on Thursday after the school was handed a handful of penalties back in... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BRANSON - One year ago Friday, 17 were killed when a duck boat sank during a thunderstorm on Table Rock... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:01:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:09:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The new AI face editing app FaceApp has become an instant hit with iPhone users. However, there are... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - An excessive heat warning is still in effect through Saturday and families should take precautions when playing on... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, July 18 2019 Jul 18, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:55:00 PM CDT July 18, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
5pm 87°
6pm 86°
7pm 83°
8pm 82°