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How to Navigate Research

How to Navigate Research

The motherhood transition comes with a need to make a continuous stream of choices.  This decision making can be guided by both intuition and knowledge. They complement each other as they ebb and flow on different topics and at different times in motherhood. Acknowledging the value and importance of both …

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 …

The Benefits of Lifting Weights for Women

The Benefits of Lifting Weights for Women

  Women Lifting Heavy? Until recent years women weren’t typically all about the barbells and squat racks. Even today, as weightlifting is becoming more normal for women, we are still surrounded by stereotypical ideas about what fitness should look like for us and we are faced with unrealistic ideas of …

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 …

Four Month Sleep Regression

Four Month Sleep Regression

Just when you thought you were in a groove of parenting, your baby stops sleeping for what seems like no reason. As you lie awake with them in the middle of the night, you realize they’ve hit the dreaded “four month sleep regression” – now what?   The most important, …

How to Keep Your Feminine Rhythm without a Menstrual Cycle

How to Keep Your Feminine Rhythm without a Menstrual Cycle

You can use the following wisdom to create harmony within your body whether you’re pregnant, nursing or do not have a menstrual cycle for other reasons. Did you know that the phases of the moon mirror the phases of our cycle? We can tap into this celestial rhythm in order to …