There are many options when it comes to giving birth, including the location. Some women choose a home or birth center birth while others choose, or need to, deliver in a hospital. Regardless of where one chooses to deliver paying attention to the environment and the impact it can have on labor is important. The hormone oxytocin, which regulates contractions, is best released when a woman feels safe, warm and comfortable. Whether a hospital is your desired birth location or you need to deliver in a hospital, there are ways to help soften the environment and make it just a little more like home. Continue reading
Breastfeeding can be challenging and amazingly rewarding, but it can also be downright amusing. Nursing can make us do things without a second thought, things we would never have imagined doing. Continue reading
At times, just getting to the end of the day with a shred of sanity makes you feel like a superhero, and rightfully so! Sometimes though, little things remind you of your awesome super parent powers.
1. Nothing says supermom more than successfully transferring a sleeping infant from the car to the house. I can’t be the only mom that does a little victory dance when that would be carseat power nap magically transforms into two hours of blissful silence. For most this is a very rare occurrence and deserves nothing less than a tip toe victory dance to celebrate your awesomeness. Continue reading
We know birth is important, we know it is a big day but do we know just how much it really matters? We have all likely heard a new mom tell her birth story in such detail and it seems so significant, but it is a fresh memory and thus does not seem overly significant. Have you ever asked the mother of a twenty year old about her labor? What about the mother of a forty or even sixty year old? Often, with the same detail of a new mom, her story comes flowing out with readable emotion on her face and in her tone. This is why birth matters, it is an inevitable life changing moment that a mother never forgets.
My birthday was the other day and my birth mother messaged me happy birthday and shared details about my birth. Decades later she recalls the time, the day, who was there, how she felt and the tone of the room. With just a few sentences she conveyed that memory as an unforgettable and life changing moment. If we know this, if we truly grasp this significance we need to strive to create positive birth memories because they shape us and remain with us forever.
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As postpartum doulas grow in popularity, the confusion about what exactly they do seems to grow as well. Some staffing agencies and childcare websites have begun using baby nurse, nanny and doula interchangeably which further adds to the confusion. The biggest difference between a doula and a baby nurse (or nanny) is that a nurse does for while a doula does to show how. Continue reading
Whether you are an experienced babywearer lusting after a custom carrier or a new parent overwhelmed by the cost of baby gear, it can be easy to assume babywearing is a costly thing. While some carriers are pricey (and often for good reason) it is very possible to get a quality carrier for a very reasonable price. Here are a few babywearing on a budget tips: Continue reading
I recall a parenting DVD where a mom said, “I didn’t think I would use a sling, I’m not exactly the hippie type, but it keeps her calm and I have free hands!” Babywearing is not just a trend or a parenting style, it is practical. Baby stays happy and caregivers are able to do many things. Here are five everyday tasks made easier with babywearing: Continue reading
There are many benefits to close contact, skin to skin and frequent feeds during the immediate postpartum period. Babywearing can allow for all three of those things while leaving mom’s hands mostly free. Babywearing can Continue reading
Labor offers one of life’s most difficult challenges but in that challenge exists the very real opportunity for beauty, intimacy and a positive experience. Labor is appropriately named, it is work, but it does not have to be scary, cold or intimidating work. Here are a few tips to aid in a positive birthing experience: Continue reading
Years ago I was a first time expectant mom and while I was excited, I did not realize just how big birth is. Birth is not just a moment, it is the beginning of a new chapter and a new life. Every pregnancy and every birth shape us in some way. I chose a care provider and thought that was the only big pregnancy decision I needed to make. Fortunately I made a good choice in providers and she recommended I take a Birth Works childbirth preparation class where I learned more than just the stages of labor. This is what I learned: Continue reading