Let me make something abundantly clear.
Your strength doesn't come from how you birth your baby.
Let me make something abundantly clear.
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...
What is a postpartum doula, when do you need one, and what will they do for you?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
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
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
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
New childbirth class formats and fitness discounts for June 2016 at Birthing Confidence.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
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
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
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