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A friend posing with her pregnant friend. The text reads, "How to Support Your Pregnant Friend"

Have you ever felt like you didn’t know exactly how to help a friend who was pregnant? Especially if you’ve never been pregnant before, there are likely lots of things you haven’t thought of, and that’s totally okay!

A doula helping a pregnant woman. The text reads, "Why Should I Use a Doula?"

Have you ever heard the words “doula” or “midwife” used interchangeably?

If this is your first pregnancy or first at-home birth, it is quite common to mistake these terms.  

A pregnant woman meditating on a yoga mat. The text reads, "Incorporating Everyday Wellness Practices into Your Daily Pregnancy Rhythms"

Mama, as you navigate the ebbs and flows of pregnancy, it is essential to find harmony in your daily routines that not only caters to your changing body but also nurtures your spirit.  

This guide will walk you through practical and seamless ways to infuse wellness into every aspect of your day by providing tips on how to make your morning mindful with meditation, nourishing your body with nutritious superfoods, prenatal exercises you can do, how you can unwind in the evening, and ways that you can embrace the outdoors. 

A mother holding a smiling child. The text reads, "Preparing for a Home Birth Part III: How to Prepare Your Children for a Home Birth"

Mama, we understand that preparing for a home birth can bring a whirlwind of emotions for you and your partner that are both exhilarating and intense.  As parents already, it can feel daunting preparing yourself and your children for a home birth, when you are already balancing a lot of responsibilities that seem to be never-ending.  

Rest assured; joy can be had during this extremely busy time of your life. We have written a three-installment guidebook to help you prepare yourself and your family for a home birth.

A First-Time Mom's Guide to Understanding Birth Preferences

As a first-time mama, understanding birth preferences is a key step in ensuring a positive birthing experience.

A birth preference is a written document that outlines your desires and goals for pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period. It is the best way for you to refine your wishes and preferences and communicate them to your birth team, which may include your healthcare provider, doula, and other members of your care team. 

A family after a birth. The text reads, "Preparing for A Home Birth Part II: How to Prepare Your Partner for a Home Birth"

Preparing for a homebirth is an exciting yet intensive process that many soon-to-be parents go through during pregnancy. Mamas and their partner both have important preparations to make before the day of the birth. Learning what is expected of both of you and how to work with your midwife and doula will make the day of birth much easier.  

A pregnant woman getting an ultrasound. The text reads, "How to Advocate for Yourself as a First-Time Mama"

As a first-time mama, embarking on your pregnancy journey can be both exciting and overwhelming. It's important to remember that this is your experience, and advocating for yourself can help ensure you receive the care and support you deserve. From selecting a birth team to asking important questions and making informed decisions, taking control of your pregnancy journey is essential for a positive and empowering experience. 

A woman in a pool after giving birth. The text reads, "Preparing Your Home for a Home Birth"

Your birth plan is unique to you. What is right for one mama will not necessarily be right for you. For mamas who have chosen a home birth over alternatives like hospital births, you will need to make specific preparations to ensure that you have everything you need ready for your birth experience.  

A man and pregnant woman posing for a photo. The text reads, "The Importance of a Strong Support Network During Pregnancy and Childbirth"

Pregnancy can be a difficult time in a mama's life. Her body is quickly changing, her hormones can sometimes fluctuate, and she is responsible for a life growing inside of her. That is enough to make anyone stressed out, no matter how emotionally secure they are.  

One of the most important things for every pregnant mama is developing and maintaining a strong support network.

A pregnant woman sitting on an exercise ball. The text reads, "Nurturing Mind, Body, and Baby with Holistic Prenatal Care"

Holistic prenatal care is a comprehensive approach to pregnancy that considers the whole and complete mama and baby - mind, body, and soul. It recognizes that all aspects of a mama's life are interconnected and can impact her overall well-being during pregnancy. The goal is to nurture the mind, body, and baby to create a harmonious and healthy pregnancy journey. 

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