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One of the most important benefits of normal birth is the Microbiome. Your baby picks up and establishes his Microbiome – immune system – from the mother’s birth canal.
We had a lot of fears that I wasn’t going to go into labor naturally and that would interfere with my VBAC attempt. We also feared that baby was going to be really late in coming. Because our goal was to have a VBAC, those fears escalated. We had twin girls the first time around and needed a Cesarean birth. So I was determined to have a natural birth and a VBAC.
I get this question frequently in my childbirth classes, ”Should I store my baby’s cord blood?” Let me tell you, I know next to nothing about this subject. I know a lot of information about having a normal, safe, and healthy pregnancy, labor, and birth, but that’s...
Safe healthy Birth Recipe by jandaclan
This is the story of a courageous mom and dad who became their own advocates, and good consumers of medical care by making their own informed decisions under challenging circumstances. They chose to make informed decisions with their care providers instead of having decisions made for them. This mom had past traumatic experiences with a hospital stay and medical care and was determined to have a safe and healthy birth. They also knew how important it was to make their own informed decisions.
I knew from my Bradley Method class I needed four pieces of information: dilation, effacement, station, and presentation. Those pieces of information could indicate my body was moving in the right direction. I was hoping I had dilated some but, unfortunately, no dilation.
The day before my due date I went to my very first acupuncture appointment to help stimulate labor. Boy did it ever do the trick. Our daughter had a very dramatic and awesome debut into the world!
During pregnancy, up to 13% of pregnant women can experience clinical depression or anxiety. Often, women who experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy are at greater risk of having an episode of postpartum anxiety or depression. In addition to medication,...
How about a relaxing, soothing labor and birth? Yes. It’s possible. If you have these items handy, they can help reduce stress, which helps reduce fear and pain. You can create a calm, supportive atmosphere around the laboring mother with a few tricks of the trade, whether you have a doula or not.
Most women have probably heard a sister or a female friend complaining about all the restrictions expecting mothers must deal with when they get pregnant. There are a lot of obvious no-no’s, such as alcohol, tobacco products, and many over-the-counter and prescription...