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
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