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Getting Ready for Your Birth

Giving birth is a life-changing event and one you never forget. So how do you prepare to optimize and make it “you-nique”? Beginning with the precept that birth is a natural, normal event for women you can prepare yourself physically and emotionally. Surrounding yourself with people who advocate for natural birth will help you build confidence in birth and deal legitimately with whatever questions and fears you may have. Take time to choose your caregiver carefully with the advice of friends and by checking reviews.   Since the majority of women are considered low-risk, the midwifery model of care is

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Learning About Labor Helps Allay Fears for Natural Birth

A quick review of anatomy and physiology is a great starting point to help resolve fears about labor. The big player, the uterus, is an amazing multilayered muscle which, in its non-pregnant state, is about the size of your fist. Like every muscle, it needs hydration and calories for energy to prevent fatigue and improve performance. If you sense that labor is near, consider “carbing up” more than usual to store extra energy calories. Hydration is also a huge component for optimal labor. Hopefully you will be encouraged to eat and drink throughout the process.   Your bony pelvis has

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Hospital Bag Essentials

It’s almost d-day!! What are you packing in your hospital bag? Clothes for you, dad, baby. Munchies. Maybe some essential oils and a diffuser. How about a birth ball and a hand massager? Oh, and how about some lotion for a dreamy foot rub to help stimulate labor?   Toiletries, camera and, of course cell phones and chargers. A few more munchies and you’re good to go! But, wait! There’s one more essential for your hospital bag – your Labor Link! Don’t have one yet? This amazing tool for birth is indispensable for the pushing stage and gives you a

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Natural Pregnancy Tips for Morning Sickness

Who knew your hormones were going to utterly take over in early pregnancy like an out-of-tune orchestra? Or that suddenly your oversensitive nose would appoint itself the conductor? All this internal clamor can cause your blood sugar to drop, making you more nauseous. The upside is that, with a little creativity, you can usually find enough palatable food and drink choices to get you through the expected 6-12 week window. For those with debilitating symptoms of nausea and vomiting, here’s a simple antidote to try. Nibble! Nibble! Nibble! Sip! Sip! Sip!   By this we mean munch tiny bites of

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Dad, here’s a secret weapon for your hospital bag for labor and delivery!

In many years of assisting families with birth, watching couples welcome their babies is always exhilarating. To witness the raw, vibrant emotion around the moment of birth is both a thrill and a privilege every time. In our practice most women are highly incentivized to have their babies naturally and a majority of the fathers are just as motivated to help them through the process any way they can.   During labor, men participate in a myriad of ways, from taking walks together in the early stage, to breathing together through contractions, to counting during pushing, to touching, or to

Read More »

Getting Ready for Your Birth

Giving birth is a life-changing event and one you never forget. So how do you prepare to optimize and make it “you-nique”? Beginning with the precept that birth is a natural, normal event for women you can prepare yourself physically and emotionally. Surrounding yourself with people who advocate for natural birth will help you build confidence in birth and deal legitimately with whatever questions and fears you may have. Take time to choose your caregiver carefully with the advice of friends and by checking reviews.   Since the majority of women are considered low-risk, the midwifery model of care is

Read More »

Learning About Labor Helps Allay Fears for Natural Birth

A quick review of anatomy and physiology is a great starting point to help resolve fears about labor. The big player, the uterus, is an amazing multilayered muscle which, in its non-pregnant state, is about the size of your fist. Like every muscle, it needs hydration and calories for energy to prevent fatigue and improve performance. If you sense that labor is near, consider “carbing up” more than usual to store extra energy calories. Hydration is also a huge component for optimal labor. Hopefully you will be encouraged to eat and drink throughout the process.   Your bony pelvis has

Read More »

Hospital Bag Essentials

It’s almost d-day!! What are you packing in your hospital bag? Clothes for you, dad, baby. Munchies. Maybe some essential oils and a diffuser. How about a birth ball and a hand massager? Oh, and how about some lotion for a dreamy foot rub to help stimulate labor?   Toiletries, camera and, of course cell phones and chargers. A few more munchies and you’re good to go! But, wait! There’s one more essential for your hospital bag – your Labor Link! Don’t have one yet? This amazing tool for birth is indispensable for the pushing stage and gives you a

Read More »

Natural Pregnancy Tips for Morning Sickness

Who knew your hormones were going to utterly take over in early pregnancy like an out-of-tune orchestra? Or that suddenly your oversensitive nose would appoint itself the conductor? All this internal clamor can cause your blood sugar to drop, making you more nauseous. The upside is that, with a little creativity, you can usually find enough palatable food and drink choices to get you through the expected 6-12 week window. For those with debilitating symptoms of nausea and vomiting, here’s a simple antidote to try. Nibble! Nibble! Nibble! Sip! Sip! Sip!   By this we mean munch tiny bites of

Read More »

Dad, here’s a secret weapon for your hospital bag for labor and delivery!

In many years of assisting families with birth, watching couples welcome their babies is always exhilarating. To witness the raw, vibrant emotion around the moment of birth is both a thrill and a privilege every time. In our practice most women are highly incentivized to have their babies naturally and a majority of the fathers are just as motivated to help them through the process any way they can.   During labor, men participate in a myriad of ways, from taking walks together in the early stage, to breathing together through contractions, to counting during pushing, to touching, or to

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