It has been pretty well known for several years that delayed cord clamping has many benefits for a newborn baby. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, World Health Organization, and The American College of Nurse-Midwives all agree that delaying clamping by at least 1-2 minutes after birth raises neonatal iron levels, which can provide cognitive… Continue reading Why Delay? Cord Clamping, That Is
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
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frequently updates their committee opinions and recommendations as they gain new knowledge and listen to consumer (that's you!) demand. In the most recent update to the Committee Opinion titled, "Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth," there are several recommendations that reflect the growing demand from birthing… Continue reading Here’s Why ACOG Recommends Doulas
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
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?
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