Birth Preparation

3 Easy DIYs For Your Third Trimester

The third trimester can be an exciting, but exhausting, time! It can be tempting to rush around doing all of the last minute things you want to get done before baby arrives. Combine that with the "nesting" urge, and many women find that they are over-doing it when they might actually benefit more from slowing… Continue reading 3 Easy DIYs For Your Third Trimester

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Embrace Your Power in Birth: How to Believe in Your Body

When I talk to women about their feelings regarding birth, they initially fall into one of two camps. Either they will say something like, "It would be too hard for me to do without drugs," or if they have decided to pursue a drug-free labor, they may say things like, "I hope I am strong… Continue reading Embrace Your Power in Birth: How to Believe in Your Body

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4 Ways to Respond to Birth Plan Haters

If you have decided to pursue an unmedicated childbirth, you have probably heard at least one, if not all, of the following: "You're doing WHAT?!" "You won't be able to handle it." "Why would you put yourself through that pain when you don't have to?" "You won't win any medals, it's not a competition you… Continue reading 4 Ways to Respond to Birth Plan Haters

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How to Talk to Your Provider About a Family-Centered Cesarean

More and more, women are requesting family-centered, or gentle, cesarean sections. With the number of c-section births on the rise, there are a number of ways in which some providers are helping to facilitate a more gentle cesarean experience. Whether you are planning a vaginal delivery or scheduling a c-section, it may be worth having… Continue reading How to Talk to Your Provider About a Family-Centered Cesarean

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Fear of Childbirth: Where Does It Come From?

A woman is happily chatting with a friend. Suddenly, her water breaks. It is a giant gush. Everyone freaks out. Thirty seconds later she is being rushed into the hospital in a wheelchair, screaming angrily at everyone she encounters. Cut to scene of doctor handing woman a huge, perfectly clean "newborn." Sound familiar? How about… Continue reading Fear of Childbirth: Where Does It Come From?

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What to Pack (In Your Brain) for Labor

If you are first time mom, chances are you have at least one blog post saved to Pinterest titled something along the lines of, "What to Pack for the Hospital." Packing the hospital bag (or preparing the home birth supplies) is an exciting step! It means you are close enough to the end of your… Continue reading What to Pack (In Your Brain) for Labor

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Hospitals to Home Births: Where Should I Have My Baby?

There was a time when most women had their babies at home with their families, a midwife, or their friends. Then in the last half of the 20th century, it became almost unthinkable that a woman should give birth anywhere besides a hospital. In recent years, more and more women are beginning their pregnancies with… Continue reading Hospitals to Home Births: Where Should I Have My Baby?