Midway through my second labor, one of the delivery nurses announced that I needed a Tdap vaccine, right then. Um, what? I’m IN labor. Noting my hesitancy, she added: “What’s a jab compared to contractions?” After my WTF moment passed, I got pissed. How could my OB have forgotten to give me this vaccination. And […]Read more
A doula offers continuous labor support, a scientifically proven tool for a better birth experience and outcome. So why aren't doulas prescribed?Read more
Is the "nocturnal surge" actually a thing? Can we use it to predict labor? We can answer these questions!Read more
Have you had a sneaking suspicion that your contractions get worse at night? Maybe it feels like your pregnant body just wants to find another way to wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven’t felt them but wake up on certain days feeling like your body worked overtime while you […]Read more
For my first baby, I had a roller-coaster ride through pregnancy and birth, with many health scares and medical interventions. When I got pregnant a second time, I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible. But at my 30 week ultrasound, I was diagnosed with placenta previa. My placenta was blocking the baby’s […]Read more
When I was on bed rest, I wanted to see how much I could control my contractions by controlling my mental state each day. Could I directly tie my contraction frequency to the stress and anxiety I experienced? I started to study the patterns and quickly realized that I did have more control than I thought.Read more
When a baby is born, anywhere from 25-60% of the fetal blood supply remains in the placenta. Delaying cord clamping allows this extra blood to pump to baby and has been shown to have long-term mental and physical benefits.Read more
Our Tip Sheet, Recognizing the Signs of Labor breaks down the clues that could indicate that your body is preparing for labor, when labor will start soon, when labor has started and when baby is on the way! (Note: you may not experience all of these signs of labor. But we have grouped them to […]Read more
Becoming pregnant after 35 comes with some derogatory labels: geriatric pregnancy, advanced maternal age, older mom (wait, what?!). It’s hard to escape the warnings about your pregnancy being at “high risk” for complications, such as birth defects, high blood pressure, and diabetes just because you passed a certain age bracket. But does your age actually […]Read more
Our modern bodies continue to maintain a nocturnal birth rhythm. But are we messing with the natural rhythm by basking in unnatural light in the middle of labor? Why night-time labor could stall when you reach the hospital and what you can do about it.Read more
The Benefits of Amnio and CVS Tara was a young mom-to-be with two healthy young children. Now, pregnant with her third child, she had the usual pregnancy worries: Was her baby growing well? Would she deliver early? Then, at 28 weeks along, an ultrasound revealed her baby’s head circumference was too small. The doctors recommended […]Read more
There is one simple difference between Braxton Hicks and labor contractions: the end result. Have a baby? Those were labor contractions. No baby? Braxton Hicks. Ok, that’s not very helpful if you are trying to tell the two apart without a crystal ball on hand. But you can use a few tricks to tell Braxton […]Read more
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