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Top 4 Warning Signs for PMADs (Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders) 

In the past ten years of working with clients during the motherhood transition, we have had the honor of supporting people through many highs and lows. We’ve had the opportunity to observe many warning signs for PMADs early on so that we could ensure support. The motherhood transition can be …

Black Doulas

Black Doulas Matter: Why Minority Representation Matters in Birth Work

Historical Context Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”(9). The relationship between Black women and healthcare has been strained for centuries. History tells us that physicians were the hired guns of slave owners. Physicians …

Twin Pregnancy

Eight Things to Consider During a Twin Pregnancy 

One sentiment I often hear from other moms before or after their first ultrasound is, “Oh my gosh! What if I’m having twins?” I have twins myself, so I’m not sure if I hear this regularly because they want my opinion on what it would be like, or if there …

Prenatal Training

General Prenatal Training Recommendations

I’m pregnant. Now what? This is the most common question we get in regard to prenatal training. Most people that send in this question embrace movement of some type and train regularly. And they are tired of guessing with training. They want a trusted source for prenatal general strength and …

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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: August 2020

Once per month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we are reviewing recent research and news in the maternal health world.   A recent post on the Evidence Based BirthⓇ Blog , titled Evidence on: PitocinⓇ  During the Third Stage of Labor, discusses: the three …

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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 …