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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 …

sanity during covid

Three Things to Keep Your Sanity During COVID

COVID has impacted this country beyond words and shaken our infrastructure to its core. It’s made us question many things, asked us to reprioritize, and placed heavier demands on everyone. It’s easy to see how a substantial amount of this new burden is falling on women and mothers. Many women …

Queen-in-Training

What Does Queen-in-Training Mean?

At BIRTHFIT, we created the phrase Queen-in-Training.  The Queen is a universal archetype. The Queen is the mother, leader, goddess, or ultimate divine feminine, who expresses love, patience, maturity, and wisdom. She expresses sovereignty over her body and actions. This archetype is also a giver and a receiver of love, …

maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: November 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a report on associations between maternal and paternal common mental disorders (CMD) before and during pregnancy and offspring preterm birth (PTB) and small for gestational age (SGA). Keep reading for more details!    …

warning signs for PMADs

Top 4 Warning Signs for PMADs (Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders) 

In the past ten years of working with clients during the motherhood transition, we have had the honor of supporting people through many highs and lows. We’ve had the opportunity to observe many warning signs for PMADs early on so that we could ensure support. The motherhood transition can be …

Black Doulas

Black Doulas Matter: Why Minority Representation Matters in Birth Work

Historical Context Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”(9). The relationship between Black women and healthcare has been strained for centuries. History tells us that physicians were the hired guns of slave owners. Physicians …

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 …

Twin Pregnancy

Eight Things to Consider During a Twin Pregnancy 

One sentiment I often hear from other moms before or after their first ultrasound is, “Oh my gosh! What if I’m having twins?” I have twins myself, so I’m not sure if I hear this regularly because they want my opinion on what it would be like, or if there …

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 …

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 …