All in Pregnancy

W is for Water Birth (Plus Resources in Delaware)

Water birth is frequently called “nature’s epidural”, and for good reason! It is simple, easy, and effective for pain relief. Beyond that, relief is almost immediate when the laboring woman immerses herself in water. In one study, 72% of mothers said they would have a water birth again, as opposed to only 9% wanting to give birth on land again. With those statistics and all the anecdotes from families, this option is worth taking a look at. Let’s talk about water birth and how it can work for you! Resources are included for families in Delaware.

V is for Varicose Veins

This pregnancy condition can be painful, embarrassing, and even cause anxiety about the birth process. It’s usually harmless, but very uncomfortable and downright annoying. What is it? Varicose veins. You might usually associate these with your grandma’s legs, but we’re going to talk about this condition and how it relates to pregnancy and postpartum recovery. These are distended veins that can occur in the legs or genitals during pregnancy, and usually go away after giving birth.

U is for Ultrasound

U is for Ultrasound is the next topic for the Sublime Motherhood blog ABC series. For many, the ultrasound is a hallmark of pregnancy, when they get to “see” their little one! Let’s take a look at what a prenatal ultrasound is, why it is sometimes used as a medical test, and talk about its’ accuracy and usefulness. This information is not meant to be medical advice, but to help you make the best decisions for yourself regarding prenatal care and your unborn baby’s health.

A Story of Loss

In this post, I'm going to write about something very close to my heart. Miscarriage can feel like a dirty word in the realm of beautiful women and their pregnancies, instagram perfect #babybump posts everywhere. As a Birth Doula, it was heart wrenching to experience a loss and see so much love and life surrounding me. It's taking me a while to see this as a blessing, but it is. I see healing every day in my work.

S is for Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

In our last blog post we covered Round Ligament Pain, so I wanted to talk about another similar source of discomfort some women may experience during pregnancy. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD, affects 31% of all pregnant women. Unfortunately, many are told this is just another "ache and pain" to be dealt with, but for some it can be incredibly painful and make pregnancy much more stressful. Let's take a closer look at what causes it and how we can get some relief.

Q is for Questions

Questioning your care provider can be intimidating, let alone interviewing several to decide who will fit your needs best! I'm going to give you the run down on how to focus on the important questions, get the answers you need, and make the best decision possible. First, I want to mention that when you ask these questions, your care provider should be excited to answer them and engage you fully. Yes, they are busy. But anyone that you want to work with should take the time to answer your questions. 

10 Key Points from a Doula

There are many things to consider working as a Doula, from the time you are hired well into postpartum support. It's easy to get caught in your own headspace, or feel unsure of the right thing to say in any given situation. I have collected several key phrases or things to remember through my years working as a Doula, and I wanted to share these little bits of wisdom with you! I frequently read them before writing an article, interviewing with a client, or attending a birth. 

D is for Diastasis Recti

The statistics are absolutely shocking. Even though there are only 200,000 cases of postpartum Diastasis Recti reported each year, sources report anywhere from 2/3 of all women to 98% of mothers experiencing this condition in their lifetime. That means if you're a woman intending to become a mother or already are, this information will be invaluable to you. First things first, this condition cannot be cured. Lifelong care and attention may be needed in extreme cases, but most cases are manageable with minimal effort after the initial recovery period.