What REALLY Matters In Childbirth?

I'm going to be honest with you. I am concerned about the focus of childbirth classes. Even mine. We tend to discuss what parents are most concerned about: pain and when to go to the hospital. And I get that. Those are important and valid worries to address. In class, we spend a lot of time on these things because that is what parents came to class wanting to learn.

However, I'm very concerned about what most parents didn't come to class for; what they're not worried about which tends to define their birth experience much more than the pain of childbirth or when they get to the hospital.However, I'm very concerned about what most parents didn't come to class for; what they're not worried about which tends to define their birth experience much more than the pain of childbirth or when they get to the hospital.

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Top 35 Most Useful Resources for New Parents of Multiples

There are some amazing resources out there for expecting and new parents of multiples. I pulled together 35 resources that other parents of multiples shared with me as well as some that are near and dear to my heart. 

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How Your Partner Can Bond With Your Newborn

It is so important for your partner to bond with your baby. We tend to go straight to feeding as the way to do this, primarily because, in American culture, feeding and food is a huge part of how we connect with one another. But there are so many other ways that your partner can bond with their baby so that it doesn't sacrifice early breastfeeding.

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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

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

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

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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