Everything You Need To Know About C-Sections: Planned. Unplanned. Recovery. Emotions.
In 2014, over 32% of birthing women had a cesarean section. This statistic is at a scary high level in our country, which ironically has an increasing number of maternal deaths each year as well as a rising medical intervention rate. The World Health Organization recognizes that these numbers must come down, and has raised the full-term label from 37 weeks to 39 weeks in hopes that inductions will stop occurring so early. It has been proven that a woman who has an induction is more likely to receive an “emergency c-section” than a woman who goes into labor naturally. (source)
While all that matters is a happy and healthy family, most parents count down the days until they know the gender of their little in-utero baby. Even if you are crazy like my husband and me, and wait until birth to know, there is so much fun to be had in guessing throughout pregnancy. Every time I am pregnant (this would be pregnancy #5, baby #4), I hear some other crazy way of guessing if baby is a girl or boy. From peeing on baking soda to spinning your wedding band, the wives’ tales seem to be endless.
No fear, I have decided to compile a list of every gender wives’ tale I can find AND try as many of them as possible. I’m almost 15 weeks along and would love to partake in some ridiculous fun! I mean I know I’ll be giving birth to an actual baby, right? It can’t be a puppy. Although, if the wives’ tale doesn’t lean girl or boy, maybe it will be a puppy! Without further ado, bring on the wives’ tales!
Remember this is all in fun and you have a 50/50 shot at either gender, so don’t go buying pink or blue until you know for sure. I should also mention, that for every wives’ tale I read about, there was another one stating the opposite! So I averaged them out and created this list based on the most accurate resources. Continue reading
So you are going to welcome a new little squish into the world soon and you are wondering about babywearing. There is a big, bright world of carry options out there, do not be intimidated! I will warn you though, once you get the hang of babywearing, you *may* become slightly obsessed.
Let’s be honest, anything that even slightly makes life easier is a WIN in my book. A few examples: breastfeeding (I need NOTHING but my boobs), homebirthing (I’m low risk AND I don’t even have to leave the house!), and babywearing (baby is happy and I still have use of both hands). Some may throw a label at me, but I’ll just laugh it off. While most people may think this is not the lifestyle for them, I challenge them to truly listen to their guts, read just a little on any of the above topics, and then come have a chat! But I digress; today’s blog is only on babywearing! #WEARALLTHEBABIESI’ll start with a few of the reasons that I love babywearing and then will get to all of the real benefits, how-to’s, and how not-to’s. Continue reading
I LOVE that skin to skin is becoming so well-known and practiced in our society! As a midwife using, homebirthing mom, I have known nothing other than skin to skin after birth. I learned of the benefits through our natural childbirth classes we took while pregnant with our first baby. However, there are so many women who do not know what skin to skin is, and prefer their little one be cleaned and swaddled before being held. This blog is for them. By the end, my hopes are for birthing mothers everywhere to lose their modesty, strip down, and welcome their vernix-covered newborns to their chests!
More hospitals are becoming “Baby Friendly” (Yes, that is an actual title a hospital can acquire) and implementing skin to skin immediately after birth. A good lactation consultant will also voice the benefits of keeping your newborn skin to skin as often as possible to help with nursing. The truth is there are so many benefits of utilizing skin to skin throughout your child’s infancy. Continue reading
Pregnancy is a journey of growth for mother and baby. You live the healthiest lifestyle possible during those nine months to yield the healthiest possible outcome: a sweet and strong baby. That, however, is where most books and classes end. For some reason, there is no manual on what comes next. No one sends you home with a “How-To” handout on being the best parent for your child. While that is okay, you will find your way as the weeks turn to months and the rhythm of routine settles. The problem is that our society has gone against mother’s intuition and has set expectations for these babies who have just entered the world. For example, sleeping through the night in their own room from just weeks old, or using every new shiny contraption to hold baby so parents don’t have to… or the best: not picking up a crying child for fear of spoiling them.
Please. Please. Please. Ignore the comments and advice. Trust your gut. A mother’s body instinctually provides what is known as a fourth trimester for both itself and baby. The fourth trimester is a period of time after pregnancy has ended and when motherhood begins. It is a smooth transition to the world for baby and a time of healing for the mother. Continue reading
I need to preface this blog with the caveat that every woman is different. There is ABSOLUTELY no wrong way or time to announce your pregnancy. Shout it from the roof tops, or keep it to yourself until baby arrives. Whatever you decide, just make sure that you are happy and feel supported and loved. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey. A journey that you can take with whomever you choose.
There is something about finding out that you are pregnant that makes you the worst secret keeper. From the moment that test is positive, something comes over you and you have to hold your hand over your mouth to keep from screaming through the bathroom door. Let’s be real, quite a few women go this route. I woke my husband up (NOT quietly) at 4:00am to confirm the reading of the faintest second line known to mankind with our first baby (which he politely labeled the “maybe test” before falling back asleep). Once the initial “MUST TELL SOMEONE” urge fades, you can take a moment and start thinking of actual fabulous ways to spread the word.