Read our collection of helpful articles about childbirth and breastfeeding by our team of educators and doulas. Our aim is to provide helpful pregnancy and labor tips, and to ease your transition to parenthood. Please share posts!
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The 2013 Cochrane Review concluded that all women should have continuous support during labor, and further state that the services of a person, such as a doula, with some training, who is experienced in providing labor support, is the most beneficial.
Movement during labor optimizes baby's positioning by using gravity to helps engage baby into the pelvis, naturally move baby down the birth canal, and can help relieve pain. It can also decrease the amount of intervention needed to help labor progress. Follow these 3 major points to ensure you have freedom of movement during labor.
Just as little humans grow at different rates, some babies never get the memo that they are supposed to be ready to come out on the day a provider or ultrasound estimated. However, when they are ready, your body knows, and will begin the process of evicting its tiny tenant in the most beneficial way possible.
Proper exercise can help new moms avoid future pregnancy complications like back-aches, carpal tunnel, Diastasis Recti, and reduce the risk of needing a c-section due to a tilted uterus and/or pelvis and the dreaded, "failure to progress in labor."
You go to one baby shower and inevitably, you start to hear the worst of the worst birth stories. “Did you hear about Kim’s birth? She pushed for FOUR hours and the baby was 11 pounds. Imagine. that. tear.” Everyone squirms.
Has anyone ever told you to exercise during pregnancy, but never told you why? We have compiled a list of the top 10 benefits that break down the specifics of why prenatal training is going to help you tremendously in your pregnancy, labor and postpartum time.
The hospital is a great place to have a baby! It is not a great place to labor. Hospital policies often place restrictions on movement, eating, drinking and general comfort. In labor, feeling secure and comfortable is the key to a successful birth, in most cases. A doula can help you feel safe and supported.
Understanding the psoas muscle gives us the foundational knowledge we need to change the way we move. It’s important to activate our psoas so we can loosen our hips to help relieve pain, especially in pregnancy.
The psoas is often an unheard of or overlooked muscle in pregnancy and birth. Using these three tips can help get you on the right track to prevent pain and build a stronger core for your healthy and happy vaginal birth.
It may be your first, it may be your fourth, but when you’re pregnant and considering your baby’s birth and delivery, having the proper support team is critical in ensuring you and your baby get off to the right start. Did you know a doula can help with that?
Scientists are starting to believe that by the age of 3 a child’s gut microbiome is similar to that of adults. Therefore, everything we do for our child from birth on can have a huge impact on their gut microbiome.
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 private instruction for an optimal birth experience.
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.
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.
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.