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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.

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. 

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 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 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. 

Coping with Baby Blues: Exploring Placenta Encapsulation

Pregnancy and birth are one of the most hectic times in a young mama's life. There is so much to do, learn, and prepare and many mamas find that after they give birth they are left with a feeling of listlessness or depression which we sometimes call the baby blues, or in more severe cases, postpartum depression. 

An umbilical cord on top of towels with the text "8 Fascinating Umbilical Cord Facts"

During every pregnancy, a mama’s body does incredible things. Perhaps one of the most marvelous things that takes place is inside the mama’s womb, a few unique organs grow as the baby grows. One of these organs is the placenta, which transfers nutrients from mama to her baby, and another is the umbilical cord, which connects the baby to the placenta.  

The umbilical cord is an essential life support system for developing fetuses inside the womb.

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