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Why Upright, Forward-Leaning Labor Positions Work Best

Mama, there are a lot of decisions you get to make when it comes to your birthing experience. One decision to consider is the position you plan to give birth in.  

When it comes to labor, many women have traditionally been laid on their backs in bed. For years, the supine position (lying on the back) has been the go-to position for labor and birth in hospitals.  

However, studies have shown that this position can slow down labor, increase intervention risk, and cause complications.

Why is Skin-to-Skin Contact with Your Newborn Important?

Mama, the first moments after you have given birth are precious and filled with emotions.  

At Stork Helpers, we want you to embrace this magical moment by considering skin-to-skin contact!

Skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care, is a powerful and natural approach that has been shown to provide several benefits for mamas, their birth partners, and newborns. 

How Stress Can Affect Labor and How to Manage It

Mama, pregnancy is full of ups and downs. There are mood swings, swollen ankles, hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time, and feeling them kick or move. All these things combined can be exciting but a little overwhelming and stressful. 

How Your Partner Can Support You in Postpartum

After nine long months and hours of labor, you and your newborn baby can finally come home. Once you get a chance to sit down and relax after the excitement of meeting your baby for the first time, reality can come quickly. 

As a new mama, you are starting a new chapter of your life, one that is going to come with new responsibilities like breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and changing diapers, along with your other daily activities! This is likely a time of lots of joy, but it is also completely normal to feel overwhelmed while balancing it all.

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.  

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