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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 …

GBS Positive

I Tested GBS Positive, Now What?

Pregnant women are tested for Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS) during the last trimester of pregnancy – typically around 35-37 weeks gestation. Most providers solely recommend IV antibiotics during labor, but some women express concerns regarding side effects of this treatment, including being tied to an IV during …

Nursing Through Tongue and Lip Ties

Nursing Through Tongue and Lip Ties

When most people think of the term “tongue-tie”, they think of someone’s inability to speak or stick their tongue out. But in reality, it basically means the tongue’s motion is restricted, otherwise known as anklyoglossia. With the rise in the United States breastfeeding rates, tongue ties are gaining recognition. More …

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 …

How to Change to a New Provider During Pregnancy

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – How to Change to a New Provider During Pregnancy

So you’ve decided it’s time to break it off with your current OB GYN/Midwife in search of a better fit.  Now what? How do you best handle the transition to a new provider during pregnancy without anxiety or guilt?   First things first, you need to make sure you know who …

We All Need BIRTHFIT

Birth Based in Love, Not Fear

Mom Crush Monday #MCM   It is with tears in my eyes looking at my children that I feel a sense of duty to write this blog. I share their birth stories because I do not want any woman or partner to feel the way we did after their births …

Train for Birth

Train for Birth

As the mama of a toddler and also pregnant with number two, I am constantly staying active. My goal for exercising while pregnant isn’t to race in a 5K or marathon, lift heavy things, or even reach new fitness goals; it’s to train for birth. Birth is a mental and …

Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Marginal and Velamentous Cord Insertions: A True Story of Abnormal Placental Cord Insertions

Did you know the umbilical cord can insert into the placenta in a variety of ways? To be perfectly honest, I had no idea these variations existed until my placenta and I became an abnormal statistic with Baby #4.   Before we dive into cord insertions, let’s quickly recap the …