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Lying in

Lying In (Postpartum Healing Timeline)

  We need a paradigm shift. We need to bring a respect and honor back to the motherhood transition. We need a lying in period here in America and other Western Cultures. We need a specific down time in which the only priority is to bond with baby and reconnect …

Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability is used to assess your body’s ability to adapt via your nervous system. Your nervous system communicates to you when you’re safe or unsafe. Ideally,  80% of the time we will live in the state of safety and only spend about 20% of our time in that …

Structural Racism

Current Events: Structural Racism and Maternal Morbidity

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a study conducted to quantify the rates of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) based on the intersection of race/ethnicity and insurance status to see how they may impact structural racism. Keep reading for more …

Pull-ups during pregnancy

Movement Insight: Pull-ups During Pregnancy

  Can I do pull-ups during pregnancy?  Should I do pull-ups while pregnant?    When we say pull-ups we are referring to strict pull-ups, kipping pull-ups, butterfly pull-ups, and you could even throw ring strict and kipping muscle-ups in the mix.  Pull-ups are a gymnastics movement that requires strength, coordination, …

VBAC rates

Current Events: VBAC Rates in the U.S.

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a study conducted to better understand the current rates of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) in the United States. Keep reading for more details!    Demographic, Socioeconomic, Health Systems, and Geographic Factors Associated …

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 …