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The Work Out You Haven’t Worked Out

According to Meredith at Mother Figure, not all kegels are created equal. I, for one, was taught that they’re a super easy, brainless exercise that one MUST get into the habit of. Then, my obstetrician, an older gentleman, told me quite bluntly that they’re totally...

What is a doula?

When you are introduced to someone new, there are a topics that seem to come up. Are you married? Do you have kids? Where do you work? When I first became a doula, this last question gave me gave me anxiety because I would say, “I am a doula,” and it would always be...

Finding My Strength: Pelvic Floor Edition

Making babies: It’s all fun and games until you get a bladder hernia More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with a cystocele annually. When it happened to me, I went to the Internet to read about other women’s stories and was disappointed. It’s so common, but no one’s...

How I survived two 19-hour days of flying in the First Trimester

My husband and I are frequent travelers. Last spring, about three weeks before I found out I was expecting our first child, we booked flights for a bucket list trip – Greece – and combined it with a trip to Germany for a wedding. I wasn’t too concerned. After all,...

Could An Out-of-Hospital Birth Be Right For You?

You will only give birth so many times in your life – each experience should happen as closely to your desires as possible. Are you a second-time mom, looking for a different experience than you had last time? Perhaps you have had a good hospital experience, but feel...

Are IV Fluids During Labor Affecting Establishment of Breastfeeding Relationships?

As a post-partum and labor and delivery nurse, it was a normal part of my day to keep my patient’s IV fluids running through their labor. On my side of the bed, it was standard of practice to give moms 1-5 liters of fluid during their labor, due to being on bedrest,...

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