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General Anesthesia C-Section

Cesarean Section Under General Anesthesia

When most women think about having a cesarean section (or c-section), they usually think of the common regional anesthesia procedure that is administered in the form of either an epidural or spinal block where the mother is conscious as the baby is born via an incision in her lower abdomen. …

Transversus Abdominis

The Role of Transversus Abdominis as Part of a Functional Core

You’ve probably heard that the transversus abdominis (TvA) is essential for core stability. You’ve heard right, but that’s only a small part of the whole story. The truth is, the TvA is *part* of a dynamic core (referring to the entire region from your neck to your hips).   Why …

What to Do for Prodromal Labor

What to Do for Prodromal Labor (False Labor)

Prodromal labor is also called false labor, pre-labor, or latent-labor. While it goes by many names, many who have experienced will call it one thing: a pain. Prodromal labor can be an emotional rollercoaster — it’s the little boy who cried wolf of labor. You see, prodromal labor is the …

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord, What Does That Mean?

From my clinical experience, most women are unaware that an umbilical cord is made up of three vessels. So when a mom-to-be is told that her umbilical cord has only two vessels, they aren’t sure what to do with the information. This blog will dive deeper into the anatomy of …

Rainbow Baby

Pregnancy After Loss – Rainbow Baby

“Rainbow baby” is the term given to a baby born after loss, whether from miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. This blog is in no way an intention to provide a magical recipe on how to navigate a pregnancy without any hurt, fear, sadness, or grief of your previous loss. Any …

What to Do If Your Kid Is W-sitting

W-Sitting and the Junction of Trust, Respect, and Function

If you’ve been in any BIRTHFIT class, you know that we have a lot of influence from the study of developmental kinesiology – how all humans innately move (without instruction), which has primarily come from DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization).  Another organization that also encourages innate movement patterns to be respected …

Who is your #1

Who Is Your #1?

The motherhood transition is a magical time for women and their partners. This transition takes place from the time of conception to when baby has been 12 months earth side. During preconception and pregnancy many women strive for wellness, reading every blog and listening to every podcast to learn all there …

10 Things to Do While Breastfeeding (That Don’t Involve Your Phone)

10 Things to Do While Breastfeeding (That Don’t Involve Your Phone)

Are you a multi-tasker who wants to enjoy your breastfeeding journey while embracing BIRTHFIT’s mindset pillar? Read on for 10 things to do while breastfeeding that don’t involve your phone! We see you: trying to do it all and manage yourself, your family, and so much more all while sacrificing …

Preparing Your Older Child for Birth

Top Five Tips on Preparing Your Older Child for Birth

When I was pregnant for the second time and not wanting the same experience as the first, I began searching for more information and alternative options regarding birth. We brought midwife, Terri Payne, CNM, on as our doula and she asked where I would like to birth and if our …

Breastfeeding Tips

Tips to Thrive: Breastfeeding in the Early Postpartum Days

Within BIRTHFIT, we often talk about the first two weeks being a period of co-regulation in the Motherhood Transition. The first two weeks can be huge transitional period physically and emotionally, especially with learning to breastfeed. As natural and primitive breastfeeding is, sometimes it doesn’t come easy. Here are some …