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
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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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...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
Choosing your care provider will be one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your pregnancy. You will be trusting this person to give you confidence in your body's innate ability to birth your multiples, listen to your questions and concerns and help you decide what is medically necessary and what isn't. Your doctor or other care provider plays a major role in the memory of your pregnancy and birth and can have a lasting effect on how you perceive your experience.Read More
Probably the more important impact of screenings and tests is the emotional and health toll it can take you, the mother. Being informed that one or both of your children has a higher chance of being born with a genetic birth defect can, understandably, lead to increased anxiety levels and hard choices. Know your rights and how to make an informed decision about what prenatal tests to agree to receive.Read More
You may be considering a non-medicated birth however, you should still consider having a catheter for an epidural put into place. You can birth your babies without medication, however with multiples, things can shift quickly and having the catheter already in place can provide assurance that you will not miss the birth of your babies.Read More