Posts in Childbirth Education
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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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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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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My Pregnancy is a "High-Risk Pregnancy" - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

Lamaze is for all types of pregnancies and situations. Even if you're pregnancy and birth are highly medicalized, Lamaze can teach you many things that can make your birth experience a positive one...

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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

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

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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10 Ways You Can Prepare for Postpartum With Multiples

As new parents of twins or triplets, it can be overwhelming to bring home two babies. It was for me. However, there are so many ways prepare for the postpartum period that can ease the journey. Here is what I learned through my experience...

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