What’s a doula? How do I know if I want one at my birth?

For all of time and throughout most cultures women in childbirth have been supported, usually by a female family member or close friend. Over time, this important support person has faded out of most births. Some of this is a result of families living farther apart than ever before. While some is due to ourContinue reading “What’s a doula? How do I know if I want one at my birth?”

Early Signs You May be Pregnant

“Am I pregnant?”, “symptoms of pregnancy”, “what are early signs I could be pregnant” are some very common thoughts (and internet searches!) for women trying to conceive as well as those trying to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Taking a pregnancy test is the only way to know for sure if you are pregnant or not,Continue reading “Early Signs You May be Pregnant”

Benefits of vernix & delaying baby’s first bath

Being pregnant, there is an unimaginable amount of decisions that have to be made. One of those decisions is whether or not you want to delay baby’s first bath. You may have seen some hype about this on social media and probably wondered why anyone wouldn’t want to give their baby a bath after birth.Continue reading “Benefits of vernix & delaying baby’s first bath”

Thankful for the family I never thought I’d have

As someone who has struggled with infertility, I remember those painful days of hoping, wishing and praying for a baby. After a few years of trying (with the wrong person..), very irregular periods and a diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) I convinced myself that having kids of my own would never be in myContinue reading “Thankful for the family I never thought I’d have”

How to create a relaxing birth space at the hospital

The best birthing space is one that makes you feel calm, safe and supported. We naturally have these feelings when we are in the comfort of our own home, but how can you recreate that warm homey feeling in a hospital?? Most people aren’t crazy about hospitals but having a home birth isn’t a goodContinue reading “How to create a relaxing birth space at the hospital”

Ways to (hopefully!) induce labor naturally

You are approaching your due date (or maybe way past it!) and you are ready to meet your baby!! Mama, I know how you feel…I went 42+ days with both of my kids! You want to get labor started but would like to avoid a medical induction if possible, so what’s a girl to do?!Continue reading “Ways to (hopefully!) induce labor naturally”

Can you prevent perineal tearing in labor? And if so… how?

Vaginal tearing is one of those things that NO mother wants to happen during childbirth. Getting through labor and bringing new life into this world is hard work enough, recovering from all that AND perineal tearing… well, it blows people. I can tell you from experience. The great news is there are things you canContinue reading “Can you prevent perineal tearing in labor? And if so… how?”

Things you can try to boost your milk supply

I know, I know, I’m going Dr. Seuss on you for a minute but having issues with milk supply is no laughing matter. As a first time mother, I put so much thought and anxiety into what labor would be like (and how I wanted it to be) but when it came to breastfeeding IContinue reading “Things you can try to boost your milk supply”

The Extras you need for your hospital birth bag

It’s baby time!!! Hope your hospital bag is packed! You’ve waited 9 long months and now its finally time to meet your baby. With so much to prepare (and the unknown of when baby will actually come) it can be easy to procrastinate packing the hospital bag. Even women having home births often find theyContinue reading “The Extras you need for your hospital birth bag”

What’s a medical mind? And more importantly, do you have one??

Have you ever been to the doctor and been prescribed a medication, never ask about the possible side effects only to suffer from one of them later?  For some, this can be fatal mistake.  In this day and age we are faced with more medical decisions than ever before. And with so many amazing advancesContinue reading “What’s a medical mind? And more importantly, do you have one??”