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A Successful Birth Isn’t About Permission, It’s About Informed Choice

Making informed choices in pregnancy and birth can be empowering, but it can also be overwhelming. There’s a lot of information to take in, and it can be confusing to understand your rights as a mother. I want to clear up some common misconceptions and help guide you to take charge of your birth experience. Your Rights vs. Hospital Policy First, let’s talk about the difference between your legal rights and hospital policy. Here’s the truth: you have the right to full and accurate information about any procedure or intervention suggested to you. You also have the right to refuse

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natural birth

The Benefits of Unmedicated Natural Birth

The Benefits of Natural Birth As a birth coach, I’m here to support your birth choices, whatever they may be. But to make informed decisions, we need to talk about all the options – including the benefits and potential downsides of both medically managed and natural birth. So let’s dive into all your options!  Medically Managed Birth: A Closer Look It’s easy to assume that ‘new’ medical technology, tools, and drugs are making childbirth safer and easier. But the truth is, most advancements haven’t focused on getting babies out safely, but on helping women get pregnant. Don’t get me wrong,

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prenatal care

Empowered Mama: Navigating Prenatal Appointments in Your First Trimester with Confidence

Navigating Prenatal Appointments in Your First Trimester: Congratulations! You just got a positive pregnancy test, and you’re bursting with excitement.  But then reality hits: your doctor wants you to wait 6-12 weeks for your first prenatal visit. Ugh! Hold on a sec, mama. Let’s reframe that wait time as an opportunity to get informed and create a plan for your pregnancy journey.  Here, we’ll delve into the world of prenatal appointments, tests, and even some unexpected surprises you might encounter.    Building a Strong Foundation: The Birth Vision   Before diving into tests, let’s talk about your vision for childbirth.

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childbirth education

The Importance of Childbirth Education

I am crazy passionate about shining a light on the incredible impact that evidence-based childbirth education can have, from grassroots movements to big-picture changes in maternity health and advocacy.   Even after almost six decades, the goals of childbirth education haven’t changed much. What’s exciting now is that we have solid research backing up the value of understanding the natural process of labor and birth, along with the practices that support it.    Here are some legit ways that childbirth education can be a game-changer during pregnancy:   Key benefits of Childbirth education (CBE)   Increased Chances of Natural Birth

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nausea

Navigating Nausea in Pregnancy: How to Survive Morning Sickness

Dealing with nausea during pregnancy can feel like a rollercoaster, but hang tight, it’s only temporary and your body is incredibly resilient. Give yourself some grace and let’s dive into some game-changing tips to help you tackle that morning sickness.   Finding effective natural remedies for morning sickness can be a game-changer. That’s why I’m thrilled to share my insights and favorite coping strategies with you. Together, we’ll make this journey a little smoother.   Let’s Bust Some Myths and Understand the Science Behind Morning Sickness   Did you know that about 70-80% of pregnant women experience nausea at some

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Hypnobirthing

Embracing Hypnobirthing: A Journey of Mindfulness and Intuition

When I first heard the term “hypnobirthing,” I’ll admit, it sounded a bit.. out there. The idea of sitting cross-legged and chanting “ohms” felt more like a scene from a movie than a practical approach to birth. Not really ‘my thing.’   Until I stumbled upon the evidence – the science behind it all. Whoa! I couldn’t stop reading. It was a black hole of enlightenment. The concept of hypnobirthing and its connection between the mind and body was screaming at me. So, I invite you to keep your mind and your heart open as we explore this hypnobirthing world

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High-risk pregnancy

High-Risk Pregnancy: Dispelling Fear and Embracing Informed Decision-Making

My doctor said I’m “high-risk,” now what?   Before you panic, let’s take a big inhale and allow the anxiety to flow right out with your exhale. Feel a little better? Breathwork is so powerful and just one part in the many ways you can take control of your anxiety. Try these easy breathwork techniques and keep reading to learn more about “high-risk” and how it’s really not so scary! I get it though, when most of us hear the term “risk factor” our brain automatically associates danger and uncertainty. So let’s challenge that perception.    Defining Safety and Risk

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Breathwork

Mastering Labor Pain: A Natural Mama’s Guide to Breathwork Techniques

As a natural-minded mama preparing for childbirth, you’re likely seeking breathwork techniques to navigate labor pain with confidence and without medication. In this blog post we will explore breathing techniques specifically for pain management during labor and birth. These techniques are designed to help you cope without suffering and not need an epidural or narcotics.    Breathwork Techniques for Labor Pain:   Relaxation Breath: Quieting Your Nervous System   In labor, as contractions are coming on strong, it’s super important to stay calm, cool, and collected. Start by taking a deep breath in through your nose for four seconds, then

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birth bag must haves

Birth Bag Must-Haves: The Hidden Gems You Need to Include

When it comes to packing your birth bag, it’s easy to get caught up in the basics- onesies, phone charger, bathrobe… But if you’re planning to birth at a hospital, you might be surprised by the freebies you’ll take home with you.    So let’s skip the obvious birth bag checklist and dive into some less common, but important items you may want to consider:   First, don’t forget to Share the love    Create an electronic version of your birth bag list and send it to your people. Open the notes app on your phone, copy & paste the

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Pregnancy Community

The Amazing Power of Community

A sense of belonging and community is something we search for from infancy. Anyone else fantasize about a pregnancy commune? I’m talking living in a nice big Victorian house where all of the pregnant Mamas live together for 9 months. The cupboards are always stocked with delicious homemade snacks, there is a live-in massage therapist, prenatal yoga every morning, and an Olympic size pool. Sign 👏🏾 me 👏🏼 up 👏🏿   For real though, the idea here is having a community of pregnant mothers at your fingertips whenever you need them. We are human beings! Relatability breaks down barriers and invites us to

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