Four pain management techniques for natural birth

If you are preparing for a natural birth, pain management is probably top of mind. Whether this is your first birth or your second (or third, or fourth!), managing the pains of labor are something to plan for and consider. Luckily, there are many natural pain management techniques you can …

Five things to say if your friends/family are opposed to your home birth plan

You and your partner have decided to have a home birth. Hurray! We LOVE home birth and home birthing mamas. However, in our experience, deciding to have a home birth can sometimes bring up uncomfortable conversations with family and friends who are, ahem, less than supportive. If you are planning …

Three things you need to know about Group B strep

If you are pregnant, chances are you’ve heard your midwife or obstetrician talk about something called Group B strep, or GBS. Maybe you’ve read about it in a pregnancy book or heard a friend mention it. It’s something that every pregnant woman will need to learn about, so we are …

Planning a water birth? Here are four things to know

If you are planning to have a water birth, you might be wondering what it will actually be like. Will you get cold? Will it be uncomfortable? Will it really help you manage pain? Water births can be a beautiful experience, that’s for sure. But there is a bit of …

Five ways to make mandatory bedrest easier

If you are having a high-risk pregnancy – or if you have had unforeseen pregnancy complications – you might be facing the possibility of mandatory bedrest. Sometimes, mandatory bedrest can be at a hospital and sometimes it can be at your home, but wherever you do it and depending on …

Four things to do if you want to have a natural birth

Maybe you just found out you were pregnant. Maybe you are in the thick of pregnancy, and baby is moving around and you are … not moving around so much anymore. If you are pregnant or hoping to get pregnant soon, you are likely thinking about the kind of birth …

Ways you can prevent birth defects (It’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month)

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and chances are, you know someone whose life has been affected by birth defects. Sadly, birth defects are common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 33 babies are born each year with a birth defect. They are also the leading …

Five labor positions you need in your delivery toolbox

If you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, you probably have gotten your birth supplies, squared things away with your doctor or midwife and washed and folded countless tiny outfits and blankets. But have you packed your delivery toolbox? If you have everything ready for birth except some tried-and-true …