(Scroll down to skip right to the best choices, but please read WHY they are the best options.)
Formula companies are screaming at moms to choose formula. They boast that their “formula” is the best for your baby. Some say that you should supplement breastmilk with their brand to ensure baby receives all needed nutrients. This is a hard and scary place for a new mom to be. You want to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? The answer is not what the big companies want you to know: BREAST FEED. Yes, it’s simple. Nurse your baby. Nothing else is needed.
EXCEPT that sometimes, something bigger than you intervenes and you cannot breastfeed. I urge you to look into milk sharing and milk banks as your first choice if nursing is not in your power. (I will blog on milk sharing soon.)
(Pictures throughout are from Christine’s beautiful homebirth VBAC journey.)
You have in your arms a beautiful child already, maybe more than one. You are all happy and healthy, but something about your previous birth haunts you. Something says, “I want to do it different next time.”
Take charge of your pregnancy and birth. You CAN have a VBAC. Having worked with several couples striving for this goal, I have created a “To-Do List” for couples to complete on their beautiful journey to healing and (hopefully natural) vaginal birth.
Did you know that most couples spend more time working on their baby registry than they do preparing for labor? They spend more time dreaming and setting up a nursery than educating themselves on birthing.
Do not fall into this category! Do not just walk into the two hour hospital class that covers a medicated birth, bathing/swaddling, and breastfeeding basics all in one breath. You only have one shot at this pregnancy, this birth, and this baby’s infancy. You will make plenty of mistakes (DUH – no one is perfect), but you want to have no regrets.
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