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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.
When we begin to talk about birth planning, there are are a lot of common fears that come up. One of the most prevalent is the fear of tearing during childbirth. It's only natural to be apprehensive and wonder how in the world baby will actually come out!
In this post, I'm going to share the step by step process Sublime Motherhood follows to encapsulate a placenta using the Raw Foods Method. I hope to eliminate common myths and misunderstandings, offer information about the safety and techniques I use, and share my passion for this wonderful, holistic services. There will be graphic images shared of unprocessed placenta and the capsule filling process in this post!
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.
Ouch! What was that?During pregnancy, your normal ligaments are stretched to accommodate your growing baby and shifts in your body. One of the most commonly affected is called the Round Ligament, and it is located along the sides of your uterus running down to your pubic bone. It has a very important job to do supporting you and your baby!
I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks of these Braxton Hicks contractions, and I'm tired. I roll over in bed and text my Doula about how annoyed I am, how I can't get any rest, and tell her I'm so ready for this pregnancy to be over. I close my phone screen and lie down, closing my eyes for a moment.
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.
You've planned, hoped, and dreamed for this baby. You bought all the teensy tiny newborn clothes, decorated the nursery, and hurdled the trial of labor through to motherhood! So, why can't you stop crying?
In this blog post, I want to touch on a subject that many modern women are unfamiliar with. Sex and sensuality in birth is considered taboo by many, but what if this point of view eliminates one of the most fundamental human tools we have for coping with pain and stress?
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.
The mother breathes through wave after wave of contractions. She begins to push intuitively and soon feels her baby's head, then their shoulders emerge. She exclaims with joy and holds her baby close as the midwife deftly removes the cord looped around his neck and shoulders...
I was in a prenatal meeting with a client of mine who was a young, single mother. We were discussing birth mantras, and I asked if she knew of a word or phrase that would comfort her during labor. What she said took me by surprise, her mantra was to be...
More than 90% of mothers struggle with breastfeeding during the first few weeks, making it one of the most common issues we face with our newborns! To start the breastfeeding relationship off right, you need a good foundation for you and your baby to nurse comfortably and effectively.
Mothers have been soothed by holding their babies close for centuries. Now we know that the benefits of holding our newborns are impressive for the first 12 weeks of life, and far beyond!
Although it may seem scary, almost 50% of all newborns can deal with this condition, making it one of the most common issues in the first few weeks of life. Most cases can be handled at home, with the proper medical care and observation.
Whether you found this article in searching for ways to move baby along or you are concerned about the induction process with your medical care provider, you may be feeling like the pressure is on!
In recent years, Home Birth has become widely debated and more mothers are choosing to return home to give birth to their children.
If you've been recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, you were probably given a pamphlet on healthy diet and exercise, had an appointment set with an endocrinologist, and were sent on your way. But what does this diagnosis really mean for your health, your pregnancy, and your baby?
Some people feel that their family members are very supportive, will encourage them when things get hard, and be a source of calm throughout the experience. Other couples adamantly insist...
Epidural Anesthesia is commonly used in birth these days, with 50% to 80% of all laboring women in hospitals receiving this method of pain relief.* I'm writing this guide so that parents have the tools and information available to make an educated decision on their birth plans.