Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Exercise Good for You, Good for Your Baby

    Exercise-Good for You, Good for Your Baby

    It was not long ago, just a few generations back when mother-to-be were told that exercising was not good for pregnant women. That in fact as little movement as possible was best. Unless a pregnant woman is high risk (and you must, must get your health care provider’s okay), we now know the opposite to […]

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  • Education is the Key

    Education is the Key

    There comes a time when every pregnant woman must decide what kind of birth she will want to experience. Nowadays we are blessed with many options, from a home birth to a birthing center or a hospital. But how does one choose?

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  • How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2

    Get Yourself a Doula. Trained labor support is worth its weight in gold, especially through a VBAC.  If your previous birth ended in a cesarean after a long, hard labor – or, if you never got to labor at all – you may need an experienced support person present through your VBAC to help keep […]

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  • How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1

    Before you even get pregnant, start searching out a supportive VBAC provider. Simply asking your provider if they support VBAC may not be enough.  The answer may be flatly no, but it could also be “Yes, but…” 

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  • My VBAC Birth Story

    My VBAC Birth Story

    In the nearly two years since my VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), I have had the pleasure of bearing witness to a plethora of other VBAC stories through my connection to the birth community. Many mothers know they want a VBAC, but they may not be clear on what steps to take to get there.

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  • The ABC's of a Healthy and Green Baby Shower

    The ABC’s of a Healthy and Green Baby Shower

    Especially during pregnancy, it’s usually best to keep it simple, healthy, and pure. Here’s our simple approach – with help from the ABC’s – to plan a baby shower that celebrates the life and health of the baby, as well as the Earth she’ll be living on.

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  • Your Baby Is Listening – Even Before Birth!

    Your Baby Is Listening – Even Before Birth!

    I love the results of a new study on babies and languages that shows the innate ability our babies have to fit in with their environments. A group of scientists analyzed the cries of French and German newborns. They determined that even at the tender age of 3 days, your baby will try to communicate […]

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  • A New Reason to Eat Your Greens During Pregnancy

    A New Reason to Eat Your Greens During Pregnancy

    More good news for pregnant moms –  a new study suggests that eating more veggies during pregnancy lowers the risk that your baby will develop type 1 diabetes. I’ve always recognized a strong connection between what moms eat and the health (and later food preferences) of their infants, and many of these links are explained […]

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  • Could YouTube Change Our Birth Culture?

    Could YouTube Change Our Birth Culture?

    I don’t get to go to births much anymore. My midwifery practice closed in July. Our consulting doctors merged with another group and in the merger were forced to stop accepting our referrals and collaborating on VBACs. As a result of that we had to forfeit our hospital privileges. We would have continued offering only […]

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  • Preventing a Preventable Cesarean

    Preventing a Preventable Cesarean

    This year, one in three babies will be born by cesarean section. The cesarean rate in the United States has hit a historic high every year for nearly a decade, and shows no signs of abating. Research from the World Health Organization suggests that when a cesarean rate is higher than 15% in any population, […]

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