World Breastfeeding Week 2018: Reflections on My Experience

In light of World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I'd try something new and get a little personal and share what my breastfeeding experience was like. I know it's possible that I might catch some heat for this - whatever. My main hope is that someone who feels completely inundated with positive breast/chestfeeding stories, who might not have had a positive experience, will read this and realize they're not alone. 

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Preparing for a Homebirth - With Alison Zingaro of A. Zingaro Photography

Homebirth can be a hot topic depending on who you talk to! But the reality is, people all over the world have given birth at home or in other non-hospital settings since the beginning, and continue to do so today. For my very first interview, I've chosen my good friend Alison Zingaro, birth and newborn photographer at A. Zingaro Photography. One of her many talents is capturing the raw emotion and intimacy of homebirths - perhaps because she's done it herself! Because of her background I thought she'd be the perfect person to inform us about how to prepare for a homebirth. 

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Dear New Mama: Please Be Gentle With Yourself

I had this vision of myself post-baby: exercising and pursuing other hobbies regularly, cooking balanced meals, helping my husband keep the house clean and tidy, being stress-free at work, socializing with friends, and spending quality time on my marriage - all with my baby smiling contentedly up at me from her bouncy chair. 

Uh, yeah. You don't have to be a psychic to figure out that it absolutely did not work out that way.

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How to Write a Birth Plan Your Provider Wants to Read

Birth plan, birth preferences, wish list for birth...they go by many names, but no matter what you call it, chances are if you have a birth plan, it means a lot to you. Why else would you have taken the time to write it all out? Birth plans don't give you a guarantee that everything will work out the way you want it to, but they do make it easy for your caregivers to understand what your wishes are in the event that you are unable to tell them. (Even under the best circumstances, laboring people don't always feel up to a chat!) Today we're discussing birth plan facts, components of an effective birth plan, and how to write your birth plan so your provider actually wants to read it. 

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National Cesarean Birth Awareness Month - Resources for Unplanned Cesarean Birth

Some people plan their operative births ahead of time (no judgment here - I believe everyone should be able to experience birth the way they want!) and some people end up with Cesarean births they didn't want. In honor of #NationalCesareanAwarenessMonth, I wanted to share some resources around Cesarean birth for parents who might not have it in their birth plan.

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Your Dream Team: Assembling a Support System for Pregnancy and Birth

Teamwork makes the dream work! Just look at the Justice League, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, or the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department! Being a part of a team that knows how to use each members’ strengths most effectively will make a huge difference in the way you experience pregnancy, labor, and birth. Today, we’re going to talk about the different roles on a birth support team, and how they can help you achieve your goals for the childbearing year.

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The Partner's Guide to Labor Support

There's a lot of wonderful information out there for pregnant people and how they can prepare for giving birth - but what about you? You want to be helpful. You want your birthing person to feel safe and secure with you to lean on. You want to help your partner feel like the amazing, powerful person you know they are! But...what if you've never supported a birth before? I see you and I hear you, birth partner, and I'm going to doula you through this! 

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