hospital birth

  • Breech baby
    birth,  breech,  c-section,  home birth,  hospital birth,  Midwifery

    Breech babies!

    Breech babies are a variation of normal. Up until the 1970’s, they were usually delivered vaginally. Obstetricians trained in delivering breech babies. This skill is no longer taught to obstetricians. Some homebirth midwives are skilled in breech birth, however. A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with my chiropractor. He commented, “What’s up with all the breech babies I’m seeing?”. Yes, my chiropractor supports me so I can support my clients. He also provides therapy that helps breech babies turn! Why more breech babies? Labor and birth were really affected in 2020. A mother needs to feel safe in order to freely let her baby out. She is not…

  • nashville childbirth classes
    birth,  c-section,  classes,  doula,  home birth,  hospital birth,  Midwifery,  VBAC

    Choosing Your VBAC Care Provider

    A few months ago, I had the privilege to present at an ICAN meeting on the topic of Choosing Your VBAC Care Provider. Because there is trauma from birth sometimes and because having a sudden c-section can add to that trauma, moms are usually more anxious during the subsequent pregnancy about birth. I hope this post from my presentation will help you to pick your best team for your healthiest in every way birth. Although it was presented at an ICAN meeting, any mom or mom to be may find the information helpful AND empowering. So …here goes! When we mention care provider, most of us will think in terms…

  • birth,  home birth,  hospital birth,  Newborn Care

    After Birth – The Golden Hour

    The Golden Hour – What it is, what it is not Many changes for the better have been happening in the labor and delivery ward.  New terms such as Baby Friendly Hospital and the Golden Hour are becoming a part of the new jargon. What do they mean? We have written an article describing Baby Friendly Hospital designation.  Briefly, it encourages polices that support the mother-baby dyad, promotes policies that support breastfeeding and remove policies that  interfere with breastfeeding and the mother-baby relationship.  The article is available here. One of the policies that is part of the baby friendly designation is honoring the Golden Hour following birth.  The Golden Hour…

  • birth,  home birth,  hospital birth,  labor

    Birth – The design is not broken

    This has been on my heart a good bit lately.  I hope it will that not only encourage, but also empower the belief that indeed your body was designed not only to grow a baby but to birth a baby.  The design is not broken.   For the mothers who birthed through c-section: your body works.  You birthed, recovered, and cared for newborn while recovering from surgery.  You are so strong. Dear Mama and Supporters of Mamas, About birth – The design is not broken. Medicalized birth can give a very subtle, covert message to women that the design of birth is broken.  It is much more powerful than many women preparing…

  • birth,  breastfeeding,  hospital birth,  Newborn Care,  Pregnancy

    Baby Friendly – Mother Friendly

    Baby Friendly?  Mother Friendly? Have you heard of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative?   Are these terms confusing?  What do these terms actually mean for mothers and babies?  What are their differences? Baby Friendly The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) desires to promote breastfeeding and the health of babies through evidence based practices for successful breastfeeding, and mother/baby bonding.   It is an international program initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991.  The program is voluntary and if a hospital pursues the designation, they can be awarded the coveted Baby Friendly Hospital status. Mother Friendly The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative…