There are many ways to birth - many choices to make and potentially many topics to learn about that you may never have heard of before becoming pregnant. The pregnant woman with an OBGYN who is birthing at a hospital without a doula or anyone to guide her may have a totally different experience than a pregnant woman who is guided through the various decisions she has the right to make.
J - Juggling Siblings
Giving your child a sibling is one of the greatest gifts you can give them - or so they say. I wouldn’t know, I’m an only child. BUT I have given my oldest child two siblings, so I’ve been in your shoes...times two since it was twins! Welcoming a new baby is definitely a transition for everyone involved and there are a few things you can do to prepare older brother or sister beforehand as well as many things you can do to ease their transition once baby has arrived.
I - Incision Care
Having a Cesarean is not easy and there is extra healing that comes along with having the surgery. Once in recovery, you’ll be asked to stand and walk a few hours after surgery to aid in healing faster. What many moms don’t expect is what it feels like and what to do with their incision.
In most circles, a doula is almost synonymous with an all-natural, vaginal birth. It’s true, doulas do help tremendously with vaginal births and you may even see doulas use the following statistic to sell their services (guilty!): "Women who hired a doula saw a decrease in cesarean births*." BUT, did you know that a doula can be just as beneficial for a cesarean birth?
Earlier, I shared what was in my hospital bags for when I deliver my twins. I wanted to expand on the oils I chose and my protocol for using each.
August 1-7, 2018 is World Breastfeeding Week and August is National Breastfeeding month so I figured I'd do a series of blog posts about my breastfeeding journey with my son.
If you've read my other posts, you know I have a son named Kitt who was born in September 2016 via cesarean. Prior to becoming pregnant with him, I really never thought twice about breastfeeding. Like many Americans, I was only used to seeing babies being bottle fed. I'd never known anyone who breastfed.
One of the biggest issues with how today's maternity care goes is patients aren't fully informed. That's why the unnecessary c-section is astronomical in this country. Here are five planning mistakes pregnant women make prenatally. Know better, do better!
Allesanda received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2013. She now lives in North Texas with her husband and three children. As a maternal support practitioner and educator of family sleep and eco-friendly living, she blogs about family sleep, wellness, nutrition, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, holistic health, and parenting.