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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 …

Relationships with a New Baby

Navigating Important Relationships with a New Baby

When a child is born, so is a mother. Getting to know yourself as a mother can be challenging, and on top of that add in the complexity of how this transition impacts your other relationships with a new baby. Let’s examine some of the ways that your relationships may …

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

In an ideal world, no birthing person would suffer vaginal or perineal trauma during birth, either spontaneous or by episiotomy. The reality is, these things do occur and can be quite traumatizing. If you are among those that has had to recover from a vaginal/perineal tear or episiotomy, the thought …

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location

Where to Birth?

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location: Hospital, Birth Center (hospital or free standing), Home Birth, or Unassisted   Congratulations! You’re pregnant, have a million things on your checklist, and you’re whittling away at them while you can. But should birthing location be a question of consideration? When our …

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Is your birth partner wishing they could learn more to support you during your motherhood transition? Check out this list of “must reads!”   The Birth Partner – This birth classic written by Penny Simkin talks about preparation for labor, when to know labor has started, epidurals and other medications …

How I Reversed Lupus

About that Lupus Thing

I’ve had several questions about how I reversed Lupus. I also was diagnosed with a second autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, but since no one knows what that is, I rarely talked about it. But that’s also no longer present. I was diagnosed with these autoimmune conditions in January 2017 …

Changes

Changes

Last year I found myself in an uncomfortable situation. A friend and colleague of mine asked, “Why is the leadership within BIRTHFIT mostly white women?”   I was first defensive and in a bit in shock. I had never been in this situation before. Many of my closest friends would …

Things to Expect in Early Postpartum

9 Things to Expect in Early Postpartum: Emotionally and Physically

Becoming a new mom is such an exciting time! You’ve just completed such an incredible feat by giving birth, and you got to meet your incredible new bundle of joy. But, are you prepared for the first few weeks of postpartum? Not everyone is ready for what comes next as …

Mom Crush Monday

#MOMCRUSHMONDAY: Meet Joanne

Mom Crush Monday #MCM Joanne walked into my office during her second trimester with her first child. She was a vibrant, funny, and determined soon-to-be new mom who couldn’t wait to bring a life into this world.   Joanne initially presented to my office with the common musculoskeletal complaint of …