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newborn microbiome

7 Ways to Support a Newborn’s Microbiome

The topics of gut health and the microbiome have been at the forefront of wellness recently, and for good reason. We are each covered in bacteria — trillions of microbes. In fact, about three pounds of our body weight is made up of those microbes. The balance, or imbalance, of …

maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: October 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a qualitative study of the experiences of Black women and the intersection of race, gender, and pregnancy. Keep reading for more details!    Black Pregnant Women “Get the Most Judgment”: A Qualitative Study …

clean beauty

Clean Beauty: Does It Really Matter During Pregnancy?

Clean beauty. What is it?  In short, clean beauty includes products made without ingredients that are known to be harmful or questionable. Some refer to it as non-toxic beauty. Clean beauty includes cosmetics and personal care products (shampoo, lotion, body wash, etc.). Surprisingly, the U.S. has very few regulations in …

Labor and Delivery With a Prolapse

Labor and Delivery With a Prolapse

“Is it okay for me to try and have a vaginal delivery since I have a cystocele?” “Should I schedule a c-section since I have a prolapse?” “Is it safe for me to get pregnant since I have a prolapse or will it get worse?”    Like most things surrounding …

postpartum sit-ups

Adding Sit-Ups Back Into Your Postpartum Workout

Here at BIRTHFIT, we are generally “Team No Sit-Up” during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. If you want to know why we take this stance check out this Instagram post. But what happens after that first year of postpartum? As much as we are #teamnositup, we are also “Team …

Maternal Health Care 3

Five Ways Becoming a BIRTHFIT Professional Transformed My Practice

I’ve been a registered nurse since 2009 and a nurse practitioner since 2012. Despite taking some time away from clinical practice to be home with my babies, I’ve continued to support families through the parenthood transition as a coach, educator, BIRTHFIT Professional, and doula. I discovered BIRTHFIT just a few …

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 …

Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears

Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears During Labor

The thought of perineal tearing causes shivers to run down most mama’s backs. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus that sometimes tears during labor. In fact, 53-79% of women who have a vaginal delivery will have some type of tearing or laceration to the …

What Is Prodromal Labor? How Do I Know If I’m Having It?

Much to my amazement, significant evidence-based research on the topic of prodromal labor, historically and unfortunately termed “false labor,” is lacking. There is nothing false about the preparatory work of the maternal body and baby. As midwife Anne Frye states, “false labor”  lends “credence to the myth that one is …

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 …