We strongly believe in the value of well-rounded prenatal education. One of the first resources we developed was a book called Thoughtful Decisions. It provided a tool to help parents understand their options, identify their preferences, and communicate positively with their birth team. We have woven elements of this book into our other resources and use a plum symbol in our books to remind parents of important topics or questions to consider to make thoughtful decisions about birth.
The incredible physical and emotional changes that a mother experiences after the birth of her baby, whether her first or her fifth, simply cannot be overstated. Birthing and caring for a newborn is one of the most profound and intense experiences of her life and the effects are wide-ranging and unique to every mom. There is always an adjustment period that involves hormonal shifts and often nights with little sleep, but when normal steps of recovery become overshadowed by postpartum depression and anxiety, it is time to seek help, and for others to let her know she is not alone.