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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 …

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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Week of June 1, 2020

Once a month we are discussing current events in maternal health care. A lot has happened since our last installment! Take a look at studies released in the last month below.    In an article published by The Lancet: Global Health, a study analyzing the indirect effects of the COVID-19 …

Out-Of-Hospital Birth

Why Do So Many People Believe Out-Of-Hospital Birth Is Illegal?

Midwifery is an ancient art and profession that spans almost all cultures since time immemorial. Over the past 150 years, midwifery in the United States suffered massive social, cultural, and political setbacks that directly impacted public perception of the safety, legal status, access to, and affordability of out-of-hospital birth (nowadays …

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Six Things Active Duty Military Moms Need to Know When Preparing for the First Postpartum Physical Fitness Test

Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom and being in the military is even more demanding. Over the past few years, the military has made strides in maternity leave, operational deferments, and breastfeeding policy. One area that many active duty moms still find frustrating, though, is returning …

Maternal Health Care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Week of May 4, 2020

We have a new addition to the BIRTHFIT Blog! A couple of times per month we will be discussing current events in maternal health care. Take a look at our first installment below!    In these ever-changing times as a result of COVID-19, it is important to be up-to-date with …

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 4: Connection)

Part 4: Connection   The final portion of this series focuses on connection, BIRTHFIT’s newest pillar, and how to foster support when dealing with postpartum anxiety.  For more information on the symptoms of this disorder, check out Part 1 of this series. Studies have shown that people who feel more …

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 3: Mindset)

Part 3: Mindset   Next in this series, we are reviewing how to implement various mindset techniques to support the symptoms of and promote healing from postpartum anxiety. For more information on the symptoms of this disorder, check out Part 1 of this series. While anxiety is not a choice, …

Postpartum Anxiety Nutrition

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 2: Nutrition)

Part 2: Nutrition   In this series, we are exploring how to employ BIRTHFIT’S Four Pillars to support your mental and physical well-being if you are experiencing postpartum anxiety. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first part of this series on how to utilize fitness to support …

Postpartum Anxiety

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 1: Fitness)

Part 1: Fitness   Because this topic is so extensive and the issue is so prevalent (13%-21% of new mothers are expected to experience postpartum anxiety), we are going to break up this blog into the BIRTHFIT Four Pillars of fitness, nutrition, mindset, and connection.(1) We will dive into what …

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 …