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  1. Family Life
    When it comes to giving birth, one piece advice I'd give to first-time moms is to forget everything they've seen on TV and in the movies about birth. First of all, most of the portrayals are wildly inaccurate. Even worse, a lot of them are downright scary. Sure it helps add to the tension of the...
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    Postpartum Depression...it's so common that many just consider it part of the job sometimes as you become a new mother. But that doesn't always have to be, and many moms are finding relief in placenta encapsulation. It's no wonder that 80% of new mothers experience some form of postpartum mood...
  3. Baby
    So, you are having a baby. This is exciting! But it also may blindside you if you don't know what to expect...postpartum. No worries. Here is your Postpartum Toolkit: What You Really Need On Hand After Giving Birth...it's all the things you might not know otherwise. The truth is, postpartum...
  4. Other
    There are countless lists of what you need for your birth and in your birth bag. You can find a ton of different options on the internet and on Pinterest. You might spend your third trimester days on Amazon looking up postpartum essentials like a peri-bottle to spritz your "down-there" after...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    I love birth. Seriously. But most people don't hear the word "childbirth" and think "I love that." For many the idea of birth brings forth emotions like fear, pain and even trauma. It doesn't have to be this way. Here are 10 things to love about childbirth. 1. Contractions I know, I know...
  6. Baby
    The decision to circumcise your son is a personal one, and one that's no longer 'the' thing to do just because you have a baby boy. More and more mamas are choosing to keep their sons intact, and more medical professionals have opinions about it as well. What does one pediatric urologist think...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    Should you or shouldn't you? Rather, can you or can you not is more like it when it comes to eating during labor. For generations, women were not 'allowed' to eat during labor, but does that still hold? Should it? One mama reflects on eating during labor and the current belief that it may even...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    Image: Millia SImielli A Brazilian doula has taken famed French obstetrician and child specialist Michael Odent's inspiring words to heart, and makes special dolls to help children understand childbirth. Milia Simielli moved to Australia in 2015 when her husband got a job there. Originally...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    If you are new to the pregnancy scene, it doesn't take long to discover that everyone from the checker at the grocery store to your hairdresser has something important to share with you regarding childbirth, pregnancy, and the coming baby. People give advice, warnings, congratulations, help and...
  10. Baby
    When you bring your little one into the world, the last thing you're probably expecting is for anything to go wrong and require the services of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). But, such is quite often the case for many mamas and their babies, and having a baby in NICU is an experience that's...
  11. Baby
    Did you know that women who experience cesarean birth (c-section) are less likely to have another baby? Cesarean sections impact far more than the birth experience- they impact fertility too. This post first appeared on the Mama Birth Blog. I talked to not one but two women this week who...
  12. Other
    Recent recommendations by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) show a movement toward less intervention when it comes to women giving birth, as well as the inclusion of professionals like doulas for better maternal outcomes. The association continues to make progress...
  13. Baby
    Courtney Alva, doula, doesn't leave moms side. Courtney is a doula in the Houston, TX area. (Photo credit: Bump 2 Baby Birth Photography) When I first started teaching natural birth classes, years ago, I rarely mentioned doulas in my class. I personally had never had a doula at any of my births...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    Michel Odent's conference on Birth & Primal Health Research gave data was clear that we humans are losing the capacity to give birth! How can that be? It is pure evolution in action: when we do not use certain functions of our physiology, the "message" to our always-changing body-mind system --...
  15. Baby
    Here's a guest post by Hailie Wolfe on a topic we all can relate to! Everyone poops. It's true. It's a normal, everyday part of life that we don't think twice about. Until we give birth and have our first postpartum poop. True Story -"When Abbie was one week old (Christmas Eve), Kevin went to...
  16. Baby
    When a new little one is about to come into your family, the adjustment can be difficult for the new big siblings. There's a lot of information out there about how to help your children adjust to a new baby once the baby is home, but there's not a tremendous amount of information specifically...
  17. Pregnancy & Birth
    It seems like nine months should be long enough to prepare for birth, but it's not. In fact, even though there are days you think your pregnancy may never end, the time comes where you can't even believe you got there that quickly. And don't be surprised if you think you have it all planned out...
  18. Baby
    Pregnant mamas: if you're expecting a baby in March, you should join our March Due-Date Club, a safe space where moms can share advice, info, and experiences about their pregnancy journey! Click here to join our amazing tribe of women, preparing to give birth in March. Here are some great...
  19. Pregnancy & Birth
    The ideal birth partner is someone who is 100% behind your plans and wishes for childbirth. For me, that someone was my husband. I feel incredibly lucky that my husband was a rockstar birth partner and took a tremendous interest in the details surrounding our sons' births. From planning an...
  20. Baby
    Many mamas-to-be spend hours researching and drafting their ideal birth plan, which is great. But I believe that making detailed preparations for after baby arrives is just as important. Nearly halfway through my second, and likely final, pregnancy, I began to ponder how I wanted to savor slow...
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