This is the third chapter of our free ebook Your Best Birth: Providers, Plans, and Being Proactive. Giving birth is life-changing—no matter when, where, or how it happens. A healthy baby and a healthy mama is obviously what most women want above all else. But it’s ok (and perfectly normal and natural!) to also want […]Read more
Stress management in pregnancy is just as important as eating well and exercising and can help you toward your specific pregnancy, labor, and birth goals.Read more
A doula offers continuous labor support, a scientifically proven tool for a better birth experience and outcome. So why aren't doulas prescribed?Read more
When it comes to postpartum weight loss, ceding to our body’s message that it desperately needs more rest is not lazy. It is wise. Consider this a pass to take that nap, mama!Read more
For my first baby, I had a roller-coaster ride through pregnancy and birth, with many health scares and medical interventions. When I got pregnant a second time, I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. But at my 30 week ultrasound, I was diagnosed with placenta previa. My placenta was blocking the baby’s […]Read more
When I was on bed rest, I wanted to see how much I could control my contractions by controlling my mental state each day. Could I directly tie my contraction frequency to the stress and anxiety I experienced? I started to study the patterns and quickly realized that I did have more control than I thought.Read more
When a baby is born, anywhere from 25-60% of the fetal blood supply remains in the placenta. Delaying cord clamping allows this extra blood to pump to baby and has been shown to have long-term mental and physical benefits.Read more
Becoming pregnant after 35 comes with some derogatory labels: geriatric pregnancy, advanced maternal age, older mom (wait, what?!) It’s hard to escape the warnings about your pregnancy being at “high risk” for complications, such as birth defects, high blood pressure, and diabetes just because you passed a certain age bracket. But does your age actually […]Read more
Will you recognize the early signs of labor? In collaboration with Lamaze Childbirth Educators, our Tip Sheet, Recognizing the Signs of Labor breaks down the clues for every stage: signs that your body is preparing for labor, signs that labor will start soon, signs that labor has started and those for when baby is on […]Read more
Our modern bodies continue to maintain a nocturnal birth rhythm. But are we messing with the natural rhythm by basking in unnatural light in the middle of labor? Why night-time labor could stall when you reach the hospital and what you can do about it.Read more
Vitamin D—The magical vitamin that our body makes when we bask in the sunshine. In an ideal world, every pregnant woman would soak up vitamin D by relaxing her nine months away somewhere tropical and warm. But if you can’t pass your pregnancy at the beach and, like most of us, only manage to squeeze […]Read more
Still thinking about Zika in 2018? Thanks to that research, we now have good answers for many of the earlier questions on the things to know about Zika and pregnancy.Read more
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