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These practices are designed to help simplify your birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate your fears and manage discomfort. No matter what type of labor, the length of your labor, or your confidence level, these practices are key to keeping your birth and baby as safe and healthy as possible.
Posture is something that can be difficult to correct on a conscious level. Our muscles and nerves have memory and if we have been standing or sitting a certain way for a long periods of time it takes work to change. Pregnant women can begin the process of improving their posture by doing a specific set of stretches and exercises to encourage the muscles to change and strengthen.
Sometimes, one partner REALLY wants to hire a doula and the other can't justify the expense or won't face the realities of the upcoming birthday. Here are my suggestions of talking points for reserving doula service and seats in a childbirth class.
1 out of 7 new moms experience a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder. In fact, perinatal depression and anxiety are the most common complications of childbirth. However, it's not being talked about with (or between) new moms, leaving these women to suffer in silence. It's time we learned about these conditions and the factors that can put a mom at a higher risk.
Sleep deprivation and fluctuating hormone levels are real, and they are certainly enough to deal with on their own. Add in poor nutrition and you've got a fine recipe for postpartum depression, and low milk supply.
Birth is an endurance sport. Preparation, nutrition, and mental stamina are imperative to having a good birth experience. While photographing a labor and birth, I often see signs of a client's diminishing fuel stores in the same manner I see while on a long bike ride. My training as an endurance athlete is a proven asset to my clients during delivery.
To help you prepare for an easier postpartum time and a speedy recovery after birth, here are a dozen comfort suggestions and must-have items to have on hand following either a surgical or vaginal delivery.
The changing leaves of Fall provide a beautiful backdrop for outdoor photography sessions. The clothes can be cute and cozy. Autumn weather allows for longer outdoor photo sessions without everyone getting sweaty and tired. The cooler weather makes for more comfortable maternity shoots too!
PART 2 of 2: After maternity leave is over, your first day back to work might be filled with lots of emotions. To ease back into the workplace, I suggest you make your first day back in the middle of the week to make transition a little less chaotic. For more tips to help encourage breastfeeding success after returning to work, please read on.
PART 1 of 2: Breastfeeding is not the norm for much of the USA and it’s hard to get people to understand the amount of work it takes to be successful at it. To promote breastfeeding success while you are still pregnant keep these helpful tips handy.
There are many reasons people choose not to breastfeed or cannot physically breastfeed. If you are in the category of not breastfeeding, remember, that is okay! Do not allow others to put you on a guilt trip. It is your body and your baby, so choosing what works for you is your decision!
Our team has seen the beneficial effect of hydrotherapy use for labor and when clients give birth in the tub. The warmth of the water, the added buoyancy, with the addition of pouring water down the back or tummy, always adds a measure of comfort throughout labor and birth.
It is best to understand your options, and always weigh risk versus benefit. No matter whether you choose to have your water broken or wish to avoid having it done, be sure you are making your choices because you understand and are comfortable with the decision at hand.
Although not everyone needs the skills of a surgeon at their births; every woman can benefit from the presence of a midwife. Read more thoughts by Nuria Nelkin, certified nurse-midwife at North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, GA.
MamaFare aims to eliminate one major task postpartum by making it convenient for new parents to nourish themselves well while learning to care for a new baby. Sound nutrition along with adequate rest, and support in the first few weeks postpartum are essential in setting up a solid milk supply, speed post-natal healing and for avoiding postpartum depression.
I often make the metaphor between therapy and personal training: we all know some basic exercises that we can do to better our health, but seldom do we really push ourselves, expand our repertoire, and remain consistent without extra encouragement/trainer urging us along.
Even if your pregnant partner isn't technically a mother yet, the expectation is for you to honor her this Sunday on Mother's Day. Below are 4 fabulous, over-the-top gift ideas we know she will cherish and have her singing your praises to all your friends and family.
I knew almost nothing about natural birth when I became pregnant in 2000 with our first daughter. I had read a birth story in 1998 and decided right then and there I wanted a home birth. And, because I am a Type A, make-a-plan kind of girl, that was that. Oh, how naive I was!
I was the perfect mom, when I was pregnant. I was going to do everything right! I had many ideas of the kind of mom I was going to be. What I found was that more often than not, the ideals that I envisioned didn't match the reality of my life.