Healing from a cesarean adds a new dimension to postpartum care. Here I offer my approach, which considers folks’ lifelong wellness.
Obstetric providers rarely check for this crucial nutrient, and yet low levels of Vitamin D are linked to various serious complications of pregnancy.
Tis the season. Hit bugs hard with this pregnancy-safe immunity protocol, or shore up your immune system to deal with everything that's out to get you.
A plan implies that if we just make the right choices and feel really strongly about those choices, then we can control what happens during birth.
Common sense dictates that there is no single universal length of complete gestation. Rather, there's a normal range during which a healthy pregnant person will spontaneously go into labor.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
Nope, I'm not pregnant. I'm wrapping up the first three months of my midwifery apprenticeship at the Concord Birth Center and wanted to take a moment to consciously reflect on what it's been like and what I've learned.
Recent research suggests that supplementing with probiotics in pregnancy can minimize GBS colonization.
Next month I begin a busy midwifery apprenticeship, with my eyes on my own home birth practice in 2019. If I told myself six years ago that this was the path I was on, I would never have believed it.
Being pregnant during periods of anxiety, grief, and anger can be complicated. We know that the stress that we experience in pregnancy is also experienced by our babies. Cultural traditions worldwide recommend that pregnant women not look at or think about upsetting things. Unfortunately, that's not the reality that we live in, or that of many of our sisters around the globe.
Obstetricians practicing in the United States are influenced by ACOG statements and practice bulletins, and it's important that parents familiarize themselves with the recent position changes that are relevant to birth, choice, and justice.
Your liver performs hundreds of metabolic functions—that is, the processes our bodies perform to maintain life. These roles include detoxifying waste products of digestion, environmental toxins and chemicals, and clearing hormones from the body (which is so important for our fertility).
Did you know that bacteria outnumber your human cells by about 9:1? Yup. We are more bacterial than human, by far.
A Muslim woman recently asked for some general pointers for birth, and I want to share it with all women and people who are pregnant and just starting to try to make sense of all the information out there. This one especially goes out to my sisters.
Michael Pollan calls humble, lemony purslane one of the "most nutritious plants in the world," and for good reason.
I'm not saying that you need to have a pleasurable, orgasmic birth (though some people do), or that you need to be "smooching," masturbating, or having sex during birth (people do all of those too). I'm saying that the things that make sex good also make birth good. Or rather, the things that support a positive sexual experience will also support a positive birth experience.
Yesterday I watched my daughter run off and play with the big kids. She is so confident, so bold. She runs without looking back. She is absorbed by the ducks, the children on their bicycles, the feel of rough bark and soft soil. I called to her and she ignored me. I realized with such bittersweetness that the symbiosis of our time together in her infancy is fading. That my heart beats in her is an illusion--it's my heart. It's her heart.