Homemade Infant Formula Recipes

The formula industry is extensive and parents often struggle to find an infant formula that closely matches the macro content of human milk. Breast milk is mostly composed of fats and proteins while formula is very high in carbohydrates. Additionally, quality of ingredients can be a definite struggle, as can …

How to Navigate Research

The motherhood transition comes with a need to make a continuous stream of choices.  This decision making can be guided by both intuition and knowledge. They complement each other as they ebb and flow on different topics and at different times in motherhood. Acknowledging the value and importance of both …

Preparing For A Vaginal Birth After Tearing Or Episiotomy

In an ideal world, no birthing person would suffer vaginal or perineal trauma during birth, either spontaneous or by episiotomy. The reality is, these things do occur and can be quite traumatizing. If you are among those that has had to recover from a vaginal/perineal tear or episiotomy, the thought …

Where to Birth?

Pros and Cons in Choosing a Birthing Location: Hospital, Birth Center (hospital or free standing), Home Birth, or Unassisted   Congratulations! You’re pregnant, have a million things on your checklist, and you’re whittling away at them while you can. But should birthing location be a question of consideration? When our …

Must Reads for Birth Partners

Is your birth partner wishing they could learn more to support you during your motherhood transition? Check out this list of “must reads!”   The Birth Partner – This birth classic written by Penny Simkin talks about preparation for labor, when to know labor has started, epidurals and other medications …

About that Lupus Thing

I’ve had several questions about how I reversed Lupus. I also was diagnosed with a second autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s Syndrome, but since no one knows what that is, I rarely talked about it. But that’s also no longer present. I was diagnosed with these autoimmune conditions in January 2017 …

The Benefits of Lifting Weights for Women

  Women Lifting Heavy? Until recent years women weren’t typically all about the barbells and squat racks. Even today, as weightlifting is becoming more normal for women, we are still surrounded by stereotypical ideas about what fitness should look like for us and we are faced with unrealistic ideas of …

Help Baby Sleep: How Blue Light Might Be Keeping You and Baby Awake

Perhaps you have heard that late night TV and web-browsing are bad for sleep, but when you’re already up feeding baby, what’s the harm in catching up on Instagram or watching the last episode of your favorite show?     Becoming a parent means, among so many other things, developing …

I Tested GBS Positive, Now What?

Pregnant women are tested for Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS) during the last trimester of pregnancy – typically around 35-37 weeks gestation. Most providers solely recommend IV antibiotics during labor, but some women express concerns regarding side effects of this treatment, including being tied to an IV during …

Changes

Last year I found myself in an uncomfortable situation. A friend and colleague of mine asked, “Why is the leadership within BIRTHFIT mostly white women?”   I was first defensive and in a bit in shock. I had never been in this situation before. Many of my closest friends would …