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Garrett’s Birth Story

Garrett’s Birth Story

Garrett’s Birth Story Mama: Reina S. Stats: 7.10lbs, 20.5 inches Type of Birth: Vaginal Birth Location: Hospital Primary Care: Midwife We found out I was pregnant just six weeks after moving to a foreign country, so needless to say, I was feeling very overwhelmed. Luckily, the National Health Service in England was fantastic and I [...]

CR’s Birth Story

CR’s Birth Story

CR’s Birth Story Mama: Mindy K. Stats: 6lbs, 3oz, 18.75 inches Type of Birth: Vaginal Birth Location: Hospital Primary Care: Obstetrician At my 39 week appointment I was dilated to 1cm and 50% effaced. My OB/GYN discussed inducing with us, but as my husband pointed out – had Christmas not been coming in the next [...]

5 Ways Pregnancy Helped Me Relate To My Toddler

5 Ways Pregnancy Helped Me Relate To My Toddler

Toddlers can often seem like an alien species to us. The motivation and logic behind their behaviors are certainly a mystery most of the time. But, being pregnant has given me a whole new understanding of my toddler’s behavior. I never before realized how much pregnant women and toddlers have in common. Here are just [...]

Why I Hired a Doula

Why I Hired a Doula

When I stared down at my positive pregnancy test on the morning of Tuesday, June 17th, I knew I was in for a world of physical and emotional change over the next nine months, but what I couldn’t predict was the amount of knowledge, perspective and empowerment I would gain through my pregnancy. When I [...]

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

I’ve suffered from endometriosis (endo) most of my life. Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus in the woman’s abdomen and on other organs. This is a tissue that thickens for preparation of a pregnancy and if no pregnancy has occurred it bleeds out each month during [...]

Keaton’s Birth Story

Keaton’s Birth Story

Keaton’s Birth Story Mama: Kathy S. Stats: 8lbs. 8oz., 21 inches Type of Birth: Vaginal Birth Location: Hospital Primary Care: Obstetrician As of Wednesday October 22nd 2014 I was 40 weeks and 5 days pregnant - overdue with my second child and absolutely miserable. My almost three-year-old daughter was born one day early, so I [...]

10 Ways to Relieve Breast Engorgement

Many mamas suffer from engorgement early on when they’re breastfeeding. The good thing is that your supply usually evens out after a few days… but those few days can seriously make you question whether breastfeeding is even worth it. When I had my first baby via c-section, my milk came in on day five. Beside [...]

Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

I found out I was pregnant as I was walking out the door to run a 10k time trial. After the initial “Holy shit!” moment, the next thought was “What happens now with my training?” Versions of these thoughts cycled through my head as I was running that day. I was registered for the upcoming [...]

Pregnancy and a Toddler

Pregnancy and a Toddler

Being pregnant and having a toddler has been…interesting (and a wonderful lesson in patience). The first trimester was absolute hell. No amount of Zofran could force me to leave the house for those first 12 weeks, which was very hard on my 1 year old E. Thankfully, we (and by that, I mean ‘she’) were [...]

My Birth Center Experience

My Birth Center Experience

Even before I became pregnant with my second baby, I knew I wanted to go a different route when it came to my prenatal care and birth support team. While my experience with my OB and a hospital in 2009 wasn’t awful, I felt I got very lucky with supportive nurses when it came to [...]