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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: July 2020

Once per month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we are discussing work that is taking place right now on the subjects of reproductive justice and maternal infections. Take a closer look at these topics in the blog posts below:    A recent blog from …

BIRTHFIT Postpartum Series

  Looking for an in-person BIRTHFIT Postpartum Series in your area? Click here to find a BIRTHFIT Coach. Click here to find a BIRTHFIT Professional. If there is not a Coach or a Professional in your area then we suggest our online programming — BIRTHFIT Basics: Postpartum and then BIRTHFIT Postpartum …

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Five Ways Becoming a BIRTHFIT Professional Transformed My Practice

I’ve been a registered nurse since 2009 and a nurse practitioner since 2012. Despite taking some time away from clinical practice to be home with my babies, I’ve continued to support families through the parenthood transition as a coach, educator, BIRTHFIT Professional, and doula. I discovered BIRTHFIT just a few …

Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction

Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

There is a common misconception that you cannot breastfeed following breast reduction surgery, so I am here to share my alternative experience. Let me start by sharing why I decided to undergo this surgical procedure, even though I knew how important breastfeeding would be to me. When I was in …

Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears

Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears During Labor

The thought of perineal tearing causes shivers to run down most mama’s backs. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus that sometimes tears during labor. In fact, 53-79% of women who have a vaginal delivery will have some type of tearing or laceration to the …

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Top 5 Practices for Shifting Mindset from Competition to “Training for Birth”

High-intensity fitness classes tend to draw a lot of “Type A” go-getters. These are people who can buckle down, put in hard work, and get it done. Pushing the limit of our capabilities through training and regularly testing ourselves through competition can be a great way to stay motivated and …

What Is Prodromal Labor? How Do I Know If I’m Having It?

Much to my amazement, significant evidence-based research on the topic of prodromal labor, historically and unfortunately termed “false labor,” is lacking. There is nothing false about the preparatory work of the maternal body and baby. As midwife Anne Frye states, “false labor”  lends “credence to the myth that one is …

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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Week of June 1, 2020

Once a month we are discussing current events in maternal health care. A lot has happened since our last installment! Take a look at studies released in the last month below.    In an article published by The Lancet: Global Health, a study analyzing the indirect effects of the COVID-19 …

Exercising While Pregnant

Three Tips for Exercising While Pregnant

“I want to exercise, but I’m so tired I fall asleep instead.”   “I know I should exercise, but I just don’t have the time.”   “I feel like I am running out of steam and just going through the motions.”   Movement during pregnancy is a beautiful thing. If …

Out-Of-Hospital Birth

Why Do So Many People Believe Out-Of-Hospital Birth Is Illegal?

Midwifery is an ancient art and profession that spans almost all cultures since time immemorial. Over the past 150 years, midwifery in the United States suffered massive social, cultural, and political setbacks that directly impacted public perception of the safety, legal status, access to, and affordability of out-of-hospital birth (nowadays …