Evidence-based birth is so important ‘Should I hire a doula?’ I saw this question posted on a popular online mommy group a few weeks ago. A long and divided string of responses followed and a heated debate followed. We often hear about disputes when discussing...
True or False? You must push out your baby while lying on your back.
Answer: False. You can push out your baby in any position you want!
So why do most people push on their backs?
More and more, I find that people are learning about birth through these fictional stories. Sometimes these are the only births they’ve ‘seen’! And because these births are dramatized (who wants to see a slow 24-hour birth?), people aren’t getting the right information to make the decisions needed regarding their bodies and their babies.
Shake That Body! I know there are lots of excuses not to exercise when we're pregnant. My favourites were: I'm too tired, my legs are swollen, my belly gets in the way, I have reflux, I have to pee every 15 minutes, I'm already sweating enough as it is (!), etc. But...
The question we keep getting in our prenatal classes is whether or not new parents should take their newborn out to holiday gatherings. Having had two Christmas babies myself, I remember having all of these invitations and bringing babies out when they were four days old, five or six days old. Was it the right thing to do? At the time, I thought so. But it will depends on a few factors that we’ll talk about today.
As you can imagine, your perineum and your vagina go through a massive workout when you deliver your baby, and you may be surprised, or not, by how much pain you feel when you get home. There are some things that you can do, however, to heal quicker, and that’s what we’re talking about today.
The reason I decided to get this post together is to encourage students and mamanaturale readers to dive into some research. Hopefully in or before pregnancy, not when it’s 4am and you’re crying because your baby is hungry and you have no idea what’s going on.
I hardly got any sleep the entire year after my son was born. He was my first baby and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I dreaded nap-time as he always woke up after a measly 20 minutes. I often spent sleepless nights walking the halls, bouncing him and rocking him. He often would only sleep on me. Let’s just say it was not a great year in the sleep department. Thank heavens he was cute!
In our Birth and Parent with Confidence Prenatal Classes, the question of perineal tearing during the pushing stage always comes up. Of course, we never want to tear. Sometimes women do, and sometimes they don’t. What happens if you do tear? Here’s a great blog post written by Rock the Cradle Doula and Yoga Therapist, Jenny Berthiaume, that explains how to heal the perineum following childbirth, tear or no tear.
Pregnancy ailments and how holistic medicine can help
Last week a friend and I were comparing notes about our pregnancies and realized to what point pregnancy affects a woman’s body. The list of pregnancy ailments kept getting longer and longer, so I decided to compile a list to see just what women go through when growing a little human. Here it goes.