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 …

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, …

Pelvic Mobility on Birth Ball

  Pelvic Mobility Pelvic mobility is critical for comfort and for supporting your body’s ability to adapt throughout pregnancy and the immediate postpartum. Pelvic mobility is also vitally important for labor and delivery. Labor is a dance between mom and baby. Ideally, baby is head down and sort of corkscrewing …

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 …

Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massage is an old practice and remains beneficial. Abdominal massage can enhance circulation, release oxytocin, and enhance healing. This is best done lying down with knees bent or a pillow under your knees. Use your favorite oil like sesame or castor oil. We try to stay away from coconut …

5 Tips to Help with Nausea and Fatigue in the First Trimester 

NAUSEA and FATIGUE often greet women in the first trimester. ⁠ ⁠ For the majority of pregnancies, nausea will disappear by the second trimester. Nausea and fatigue only stick around for the second and third trimesters for 9% of pregnancies (Lily Nichols Blog).  ⁠ Here are 5 tips to help …

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 …

Spinal Range of Motion for Pregnancy and Postpartum

This video demonstrates the general spinal range of motion for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. This movement is ideal for anyone postpartum and anyone in their first trimester. We love this movement for postpartum rehab to bring back awareness around strength and stability. The segmentation of this movement allows …

3 Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

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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, …