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fear and stress as a parent

Addressing Fear and Stress as a Parent

Part of being a parent includes a constant awareness for our children. We juggle their daily needs and schedules, which can seem ever-changing. We reflect on how we can teach our kids and lead by being a good human. Most importantly, we want to let our children know that they …

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 …

mindset

Mindset

To be present in the moment, open to growth, grateful, and to welcome the Parenthood Transition with an open heart. In the BIRTHFIT Community, we know that what’s going on between your ears is just as important as what’s growing inside your uterus. Use these resources to build your mindset …

Advance Maternal Age Pregnancy

Advance Maternal Age Pregnancy

An advanced maternal age pregnancy, or what some people have lovingly called “geriatric pregnancy”, is a pregnancy that occurs in a person that is 35 years or older. Wait, what!? There’s nothing like hearing the word “geriatric” to make you feel excited for your pregnancy. I remember being in the …

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. …

Training During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Monitoring Training During Pregnancy

What should my heart rate be?  How much weight is too much?  What can I do to monitor myself?    These are the million dollar questions for monitoring training during pregnancy. However, there is no one-size-fits-all model for training throughout pregnancy and the initial twelve months postpartum.  Tools we use …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …