7 Rules to Have a Happy Birth

7 Rules to Have a Happy Birth

In birth, as in all of life, there are no guarantees. Unexpected events and circumstances can and do happen, but there are several steps that you can take in advance to maximize your likelihood of achieving a happy, joyful birth, even if it does not go exactly according to plan.
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ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

This is such important information for women to have, and we have GREAT news! Birth Choices, the brand new book from Plumtree Baby, includes these recommendations, as well as a reference to the full text Committee Opinion for families who want to go into even more depth. Birth Choices can be used to teach a class on planning and communicating for birth, or it can simply be given to expectant parents as an at-home, interactive guide to simplify and inform their goals and plans for birth. Anyone who works with pregnant women can now inform and empower them using Birth Choices. Take a look at a full preview and see for yourself!
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Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

In Part I of Planning Your VBAC, we introduced the background information for a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). Now, we’re ready to share some concrete steps you can take to prepare your body, mind and support system for a trial of labor after a c-section (TOLAC) and VBAC.
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How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

Every mother wants the best for herself and her child, so of course she wants to make sure they both receive the best care during pregnancy, labor and birth. How can she make sure this happens? First, it’s important to understand what evidence-based care is and how it compares to routine care; then, we’ll outline three steps to ensure the most appropriate and safest care for you and your baby.
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When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

Breastfeeding is natural, yes, but what happens if it doesn’t come naturally to you or your baby? You aren’t alone and there are solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems. Remember: Every mother and her baby have a unique breastfeeding relationship. Your journey doesn’t have to look or be like anyone else’s in order to be successful, rewarding, and healthy for both you and your baby. 
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Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Gone are the days of mothers crunching on ice chips during labor. Evidence-based practice supports (and even encourages!) mothers to eat during labor. Why? Because your car won’t run well on an empty tank, and neither will you!

Even the American Society of Anesthesiologists, just last year, said that

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Talking Risk: Counsel and Coercion

Talking Risk: Counsel and Coercion

It is well know that our experiences influence our beliefs and philosophies. These same beliefs, in turn, influence our behaviors and choices. It follows that in birth, as in any area of life, women often have established a set of ideas and beliefs based on their unique experiences. Sometimes this may be called a “birth worldview” or “birth philosophy.” 
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What to Wear for Birth

What to Wear for Birth

As with every step of planning for and going through your birthing journey, you want to be true to yourself when choosing what to wear. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some tried-and-true pieces of advice to help make you comfortable from early labor until the moment you’re cradling your newborn in your arms. Here are our suggestions:
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Quote - Van Gogh

Quote - Van Gogh

The beauty and power of nature is undeniable, but the wonder, hope and possibilities in the eyes of a newborn contain an element that cannot seem to be found anywhere else. 
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Quote - Life's Journey

Quote - Life's Journey

In any journey in life, look back and recognize the progress you have made and look forward to plan the direction you wish to go. But most of all remember, this IS your life, happening right now. You do not get to redo it, so make the best of every moment.
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Quote - A Mother's Love

Quote - A Mother's Love

This Mother's Day, we hope you make many happy memories with your greatest gifts - your children.

 

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Seven Steps for Packing the Perfect Labor Bag

Seven Steps for Packing the Perfect Labor Bag

Packing your bag in anticipation of your baby's birth is an important step. We offer some tips that can help you figure out how to get started and what to bring.
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