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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Sept. 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we first take a look at the research on COVID-19 and its likelihood of perinatal transmission. Next, we examine the potential impact of phthalate and bisphenols during pregnancy. Keep reading for more details!    Neonatal Management …

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 …

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I Got Hemorrhoids: Tips to Heal and Provide Relief

Hemorrhoids are a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. Your pelvic floor consists of three layers of muscles — superficial perineal layer, deep urogenital diaphragm layer, and pelvic diaphragm. Anything that affects these layers is known as a pelvic floor dysfunction. Hemorrhoids like to make their appearance during pregnancy or immediately …

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Healing from Miscarriage

How to Utilize the Four Pillars in the First Two Weeks After Pregnancy Loss Having a miscarriage is a deeply personal experience and one that looks different for each of us. Nearly 25% of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage, and yet, the topic remains somewhat taboo. As a result, …

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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: August 2020

Once per month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we are reviewing recent research and news in the maternal health world.   A recent post on the Evidence Based BirthⓇ Blog , titled Evidence on: PitocinⓇ  During the Third Stage of Labor, discusses: the three …

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Morning Sickness Mindset 

Morning sickness can make it difficult to maintain a positive mindset. “Morning” sickness can actually be evening sickness, or all day sickness, and for many women, it doesn’t end at 12 weeks. Here’s my experience flipping the script when pregnancy sickness takes over. As I write this, I’m six weeks …

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Current Events in Maternal Health Care: July 2020

Once per month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we are discussing work that is taking place right now on the subjects of reproductive justice and maternal infections. Take a closer look at these topics in the blog posts below:    A recent blog from …

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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 …