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Water Birth 101: What to Expect

Over the last ten years, waterbirths have dramatically increased in popularity.  

It’s always up to Mama how she brings her baby into the world. Today there are more options than ever to help Mama give birth the way she is most comfortable.  

In a previous post, we very briefly outlined why some mamas choose a waterbirth 

A baby sleeps against her dad's shoulder. Text reads "Baby boot camp for new moms and dads."

Your baby is coming and there is much to do.  

Your body is changing, life is growing more hectic, and you know your life is going to be forever different after your baby arrives. It can almost feel like preparing for battle.  

 

You don’t want to go into parenthood unprepared. You need...

Baby socks and shoes sit on a table. Text reads "what you need for baby's arrival."

Your life is about to change.  

Whether you’re a single mama or you have a co-parent, when your baby finally comes, you will need a lot of stuff to keep them happy and healthy.  

You can use this post as a checklist for all the things you’ll need before your precious bundle of joy arrive...

nurses, Tamara, partner and mom holding baby

Birth partners are important in helping labor go smoothly as they can provide both emotional and physical support.   While everyone that probably comes to your house or meets up with you from the time they find out Mama is pregnant until months after the new baby arrives only wants to know how Mama and baby are doing - your role is important. 

I've been asked by many families if you only have a doula for the first birth. The answer is No. There are so many reasons you can have a birth doula regardless of which pregnancy this might be for you.

Ciera was a warrior through her pregnancy and chidbirth and is such an amazing mom to her beautiful little girl.  If you have a moment, please watch Ciera's real and raw video about pregnancy and childbirth and all that comes with it - ups, downs and everything in between. 

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Tamara was a wonderful doula! We had the pleasure of having her support us throughout the pregnancy, labor & delivery, and postpartum. During the pregnancy, she helped us build our birthing plan, research treatments for my diagnosis of gestational diabetes, and prepare and transition into a family of 5.

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Colic is when a healthy baby cries or fusses frequently for a prolonged period of time. This period of time can be exhausting and you may feel like there isn't anything that you can do to comfort your baby.  However, there are some things that you can do to try and make this period of time a little easier.  

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Thinking you won’t be prepared and this will happen at the worst possible time?   Don't worry, its less common that you think. Having your water break as the first sign of labor actually only happens 10% or less of the time. 

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Kelly talks about her experience using Stork Helpers for the birth of their second child.   Kelly tells why having a birth doula present for her childbirth experience was important for her. 

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