Cervical Checks?

 

Last week, at the end of my midwife visit, we discussed my upcoming Group B Strep test. “Would you like a cervical check when we do that?” she asked.

I had a week to think about it, and went back and forth as to whether I’d say yes. I know there are risks . . . → Read More: Cervical Checks?

Packing My Hospital Bag for Baby #3

 

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My job this week: pack my go-bag for the hospital.

The first time around, we packed a ton of luggage and didn’t use most of it. The second time, I packed all the wrong things and my husband still had to make a few trips home to get stuff I . . . → Read More: Packing My Hospital Bag for Baby #3

Breastfeeding Positions to Assist Baby’s Reflexes

When my second son was born, I visited a few IBCLC’s to help figure out why he nursed so frequently without ever seeming to fill up. He was a snacker! Their advice was for me to try laid back breastfeeding. My takeaway (probably they said more things!) was that I should try to get . . . → Read More: Breastfeeding Positions to Assist Baby’s Reflexes

Tear Care: Tips for Postpartum Bottoms

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Every-other month, A Mother’s Boutique hosts the meeting for the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Southwestern PA chapter. June’s meeting invited mamas to share their successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) stories. It was so refreshing to hear many of these women talk about their fantastic recovery, how they were driving . . . → Read More: Tear Care: Tips for Postpartum Bottoms

Eating Dates for Easier Delivery?

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I shared a few weeks ago that I’m working toward a VBA2C (vaginal birth after 2 cesareans) later this summer. I’ll try just about anything that will help me have an easier delivery! So I was pretty surprised to read that eating dates in my final month of pregnancy might¬†help labor . . . → Read More: Eating Dates for Easier Delivery?

Planning a VBA2C

I’ve cultivated a very careful circle of friends since having kids, and so it’s jarring for me to go places among strangers or relatives who ask me a ton of very personal questions about my pregnancy and birth and then say, “You’re planning to do WHAT?? ARE YOU CRAZY?”

My local ICAN chapter . . . → Read More: Planning a VBA2C

Male Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Did you know that postpartum mood disorders are not just limited to mothers? As we continue discussing postpartum mood disorders (see our previous posts about this subject for more information), we turn our eye toward ways fathers can be affected after the birth of their children.

I first learned about this issue in reading . . . → Read More: Male Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention