Essential Questions to Ask Your Prenatal Care Provider BEFORE You Hire Them!

Essential Questions to Ask Your Prenatal Care Provider BEFORE You Hire Them!

I know in the first trimester your tired, nauseous, but also excited. You just want to get into the doctor, make sure everyone is healthy, and get that ultrasound. In the beginning, everything seems pretty routine, and a lot of conversation and decision-making doesn't seem necessary.

But as you enter your third trimester, things are going to start getting real.

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What I Said at March for Moms

What I Said at March for Moms

This past weekend I was honored to represent Lamaze International at the March for Moms event in Washington, DC.  The mission of the March of Moms is to address the means that will improve the health of childbearing families.  

It was an emotional weekend full of birth stories and postpartum stories. It was a weekend that exposed the ugliness of our maternal health care system... or lack thereof. 

But it was also an inspiring weekend where women and men from all walks of life came together to demand more. To demand better. I felt blessed to be a part of it.

The message I came with was simple. Educating ourselves is something we all can do. Yes, the system is broken and we have a long way to go, but childbirth education is something we don't have to rely on Washington for. 

Here is what I said...

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Embrace the Gray for an Easier Postpartum

Embrace the Gray for an Easier Postpartum

Before the twins were born I had so many rules. 

"The babies will sleep in our room for six months"
"They will exclusively breastfeed"
"This one spot is where we will change their diapers"

And then, they were here...

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Local Photographer Spotlight: Emily Gerald Photography

Local Photographer Spotlight: Emily Gerald Photography

I love birth photography and photographers. They are blessed to capture one of the most transformative moments in a woman's life and the beginning of a new life at the same time. I wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing photographers this year.  Please meet Emily Gerald Photography!

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Does Nitrous Oxide Really Get Rid of Labor Pain?

Does Nitrous Oxide Really Get Rid of Labor Pain?

It has recently been announced that laughing gas (aka Nitrous Oxide) as a pain analgesia during labor is now available to you in some DC, Maryland, and Virginia hospitals. This is an exciting development and offers women something besides an epidural to manage pain. 

Here are some of the benefits...

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Time to Raise Awareness #WorldPrematurityDay

Time to Raise Awareness #WorldPrematurityDay

Today is World Prematurity Day. This day means a great deal to me. My twins were born a month early. Most multiples are. My girls were in the NICU for 3 and 8 days. We were lucky that they just needed to regulate their temperature and gain a little weight. However, the experience of not bringing my babies home will always haunt that happy time in our journey of becoming parents...

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13 Cool Facts About Skin-To-Skin Care That You Should Know

13 Cool Facts About Skin-To-Skin Care That You Should Know

I attended Lamaze International's Conference last week and came away with so much mind-blowing information but one very clear takeaway: Skin-to-skin can make almost anything better. Here are 13 facts I learned about skin-to-skin...

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I'm Getting the Epidural - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

I'm Getting the Epidural - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

The most important thing is that you feel informed and know techniques that you can use to reduce the negative consequences of epidurals if you choose or need to have one and how to cope with the pain if you chose not to have one. 

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I'm Having a Cesarean Birth - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

I'm Having a Cesarean Birth - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

A lot of the time when I invite someone to attend a class I hear, "Well, I'm having a c-section so there really is no reason for me to attend a childbirth class".  Well, actually there are MANY reasons you should attend a childbirth class if you're planning on having a cesarean birth. 

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How to Combat Mommy Judgement & Get the Support You Really Need

How to Combat Mommy Judgement & Get the Support You Really Need

As a soon-to-be parent, you are naturally unsure of the decisions you are making - and rightly so with so many options out there. You may look to your family, friends, co-workers, Facebook, and mommy boards seeking support, guidance, empathy, and stories.  However, much of what you are going to be met with is more along the lines of judgment, criticism, or enthusiastic applause. And let me be very clear - none of those are overly helpful responses.

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Let's Not Forget Dad in Childbirth Classes

Let's Not Forget Dad in Childbirth Classes

So often when we talk about childbirth education we talk about what you, mom, need to get out of the class. We talk about your unique needs, your fears, your desires.  But we forget that there is often an equal, and just as valuable part, to this equation. Your partner; your baby's father.  He also comes with his own fears, needs, and desires and ultimately, his behavior and feelings can have a significant outcome on your labor. Not to mention that he has a significant role to play after your baby arrives! 

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