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 …

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 …

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 …

Movement for Labor: Lunges

Watch the video below to find out why lunges are such an amazing movement for labor!   Get Started Below Online Programs: https://birthfit.com/programs/online/ Consultations: https://birthfit.com/programs/consultations/ Directory: https://birthfit.com/dir/

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: 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 …

General Prenatal Training Recommendations

I’m pregnant. Now what? This is the most common question we get in regard to prenatal training. Most people that send in this question embrace movement of some type and train regularly. And they are tired of guessing with training. They want a trusted source for prenatal general strength and …

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

“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 …

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 …