Let me make something abundantly clear.
Your strength doesn't come from how you birth your baby.
Let me make something abundantly clear.
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.Read More
It has been an amazing year. A year of growth and new adventures. As a thank you, I want to give back to all who have supported me or will be supporting me this coming year.Read More
Partners can have a lot of influence on how your labor progresses. It is important for your partner to understand their role and how they can help.Read More
Contrary to popular belief, those who teach childbirth education classes aren't totally anti-epidural. In fact, I am super grateful that epidurals and spinal blocks exist. Here are my top 3 reasons I think getting an epidural might be the right thing to do...
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...Read More
What can you do to make your labor more productive and possibly go faster? A lot of it has nothing to do with you...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
I'm going to let you in on 6 secrets that can make your birth awesome no matter how you birth or what happens during your birth.Read More
When choosing a place of birth, you want to create the same opportunity to stay calm, relaxed and safe. But you need room to do that. So, finding a birthplace that will give you the room you need to engage your senses in a way that will encourage feelings of comfort, safety, and control are critically important.Read More
Even if Baby B is breech or transverse, your care provider may still agree to try for a vaginal birth. When you chose your care provider, make sure to talk to them about their experience repositioning babies.Read More