Posts tagged pregnancy
Why Birth Workers Should Stop Beating The “Intuition” Drum

With the prevalence of anxiety related to pregnancy and parenthood, it’s not hard to understand the seemingly continuous stream of questions that flood the online parenting pages.

What is a little confusing is the reverberating “trust your gut” that seems to find its way into every one of these threads.

But what happens when you don’t have an inclination toward a specific solution, or when you can’t tell if the voice you’re hearing is your intuition or your anxiety talking?

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Complementary Perinatal Care Series: Calm Birth Meditation

This week in our Complementary Perinatal Care Series, Amy Czadzeck from To The Moon & Back shares with us about her Calm Birth meditation practice in Gloversville, New York. Keep reading to learn about what Calm Birth meditation is and how it may impact your pregnancy and birth experience!

So, what is Calm Birth meditation? 

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Complementary Perinatal Care Series: Reiki Healing

According to the International Association of Reiki Professionals, Reiki is a “spiritual healing art.” It is neither based on belief nor suggestion, and while it does require the practitioner to place hands on you, it is also not massage therapy.

Like massages, though, Reiki is one of many avenues of additional, complementary care people may pursue during the perinatal period as they seek comfort and relief from common stressors that accompany this transitional time of life.

Today, a local Reiki Healer & Instructor joins us on the blog to share a little more about what Reiki is and how it may benefit expectant parents.

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Preparing Your Pets For Siblinghood

As the time approaches to bring your new baby home, you may be nervous about how your first baby—your fur-baby—will handle the new addition. You love them, afterall, and don’t want them to feel replaced or resent their new family member.

We get it. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make this transition easier on everybody...

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Doula Top 5: Apps For Pregnancy & Beyond

Apps often make our lives easier, consolidating a mess of lists into a single magical, clickable icon we can tap time and again to keep things organized. They have apps for everything these days! Grocery lists, calendars, period trackers—and yes, even apps to use during pregnancy and postpartum.

But with so many options, you may find it overwhelming trying to find the right apps for you and your family. Let us help!

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Preparing For Those 2 A.M. Feeds

For many, bringing a newborn home completely shakes up their routine. Instead of feeding everyone in the house 3-6 meals before bedtime, you’ve now got a sweet little mouth asking for milk 8-12 times (roughly) per day, including throughout the night. 

Here are a few things you can do to make the 2 A.M. feed—and the others, too!—a little less dread-worthy...

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Birth Toolbox: Do You Know Your Bishop Score?

Near the end of pregnancy it’s common for the cervix to enter the spotlight, as cervical exams are often offered at each appointment starting around week 36. Even friends and family become invested in what exciting things your cervix is up to, the question of dilation arising again and again in conversation!

But there’s more to predicting labor than dilation.

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I Wish I Had Known About Postpartum Doulas

I had no delusions of being a “perfect” parent, but I did have plans that didn’t pan out—and not because they were far-fetched, just because I didn’t have the type of support I needed.

I didn’t know then that I could hire someone who...

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Pained and Pregnant? Ease Those Aches With 5 Simple Tools

Pregnancy is pretty cool—I mean, come on, you're building a whole other human being from scratch! But it can also be pretty exhausting—I mean, you ARE building a whole other human from scratch. And it can even be painful—you know, because you have to carry around that other human for a few months. 

Here are a few simple tools to have on hand to help ease those aches and pains...

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Cesarean Birth Support? Doulas Do That!

Doulas. Do. It. ALL.

Whether you give birth at home, a birth center, a hospital delivery room, or a hospital operating room; whether you choose no medication, nitrous oxide,  an epidural, or IV pain meds; whether you birth standing, kneeling, squatting, or on your back—your doula can/will/DOES support that type of birth. Full stop.

"...but HOW?"

How do doulas support cesarean births? Let me count the ways...

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The Perks of Being a Doula

Aside from just genuinely loving doula work, the truth is there are a lot of perks to being a doula: I get to make my own schedule (to some degree), I get to spend more time with my toddler and be there for a lot of his firsts, and (the best part!) I get to meet new and exciting people in some of the most marvelous moments in their lives, all while also supporting my own family.

The most unique perk that I've found, though, is...

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How to...Pick A Provider

When it comes to having a baby, you're going to make lots of decisions, not the least of which is who will provide your perinatal care. This one decision has the ability to shape a lot of the overall experience, so it's important that you make it with care.

Whether you choose an OB or a midwife, here are some questions to ask *yourself* when interviewing potential providers...

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