Posts tagged midwife
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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Your Pregnancy Shouldn't Be A Routine

Each decision about how, when, and where you birth your babies is yours and yours alone. Your pregnancy and birth plan shouldn't be a routine but customized for you as a unqiue individual.

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10 Reasons to Switch Care Providers When Expecting Twins, Triplets, or 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. 

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Pregnancy Screenings: What Will You Do Once You Know?

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. 

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