Natural Mothering Begins with Birth

written on April 12, 2015 on The Unassisted Baby As a natural mother, you already make informed decisions about raising your children. Between cloth diapering, organic foods, breastfeeding, and gentle parenting, you have probably realized there is a lot more to being the mother you want to be than you could have ever dreamed about …

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12 Signs You Need to Take a Break ASAP

Running errands, keeping up with an ever-growing pile of laundry, caring for a small person while juggling work — it can all become a bit much. By the time you lie down for the night, your head is spinning with an endless to-do list that only keeps growing. Symptoms of burnout can vary from person to person, …

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20 Desserts That Are Gestational Diabetes Friendly

Anybody else get diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD) and still have a HORRIBLE sweet tooth? No? Just me? Perfect. 🙂 Well for those of you who do, or who are just looking for some healthier options, this article is for you! Desserts can be tricky when you live with diabetes. You absolutely can have a sugary dessert …

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Keep Your Power: 9 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Hand Over Your Power In Birth

Written by: Debra Pascali- Bonaro Originally printed in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue 65 - Spring 2020 Handing over your power to a provider or place of birth means so much more than we realize. When we throw our hands in the air and say, "they know best," we limit our own ability to …

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Gestational Diabetes: What You Need To Know

For anyone who's been pregnant before, or spent much time in the pregnancy forums online, we're all pretty familiar with the glucose screen performed between 24 and 28 weeks. For a lot of women, they have to fast for 8 to 12 hours, then drink that nasty liquid glucose, and then get their glucose checked …

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ANOTHER Office Baby Shower: How To Cope When You’re Still Waiting For That BFP

Susie has just announced that she is pregnant with her third baby and the office party planner has decided to throw her yet ANOTHER baby shower. Which, for someone who isn't struggling with infertility or who hasn't had a miscarriage, might just be another office event. However, for you, it seems like torture. After trying …

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One-Stop Guide for Surviving Your First Trimester

So you’ve peed on the stick and it’s positive! Congratulations!! Now what?? Everyone’s journey into pregnancy looks different. For some, it may be quick or unexpected, met with shock or surprise. For some, it may have been long and arduous following many months or years of fertility issues or IVF cycles. For others, the road …

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My Three Favorite Period/Fertility Tracker Apps

When we started trying to conceive this last time around, I became obsessed with tracking my cycles. I tried a bunch of different apps, but the 3 I kept coming back to were FLO, Fertility Friend, and Period Tracker Deluxe. Every morning, I would wake up an hour early to take my BBT, record it …

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For Maternal Health and Covid-19, a Racial Divide

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), co-founder and co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus,  speaking at the Black Maternal Health Caucus Stakeholder Summit at the Capitol in Washington, DC on July 11, 2019.  © 2020 Sipa USA via AP (Photo by Michael Brochstein) In the week and a half leading up to my daughter’s birth last July, I …

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What Couples Who Are Trying To Conceive Wish You Knew

Hoping for a Baby You're ready to get pregnant and grow your family. There’s a lot to look forward to and plan for. And although it might happen quickly, it could take longer than expected, even if you and your partner are healthy.  Hearing questions like: "When are you going to get pregnant?""When are you …

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American Pregnancy Association: Home Birth

https://www.romper.com/p/i-had-unassisted-home-birth-again-19428177 Home Birth: Benefits and Tips For centuries giving birth at home was the norm. By the 1900s increasing numbers of women started having their babies at hospitals. However, as our understanding of anatomy, modern medicine, the mechanics of childbirth, and technology have significantly increased, more women have been willing to consider the option of …

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Choosing Your Birth Team

Choosing Your Birth Team Choosing the members of your birth team is one of the most important decisions that you’ll make during your pregnancy. This person or group of providers will support you emotionally and physically throughout your pregnancy, advocate (and hopefully pursue) your wishes during labor, and check in on you during your postpartum …

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Your Top Questions About HomeBirth… ANSWERED!

By 3under3andme On January 7, 2020 Back in September when I published my birth story I promised to answer the most popular questions that I received about homebirth “in a few weeks.” A few weeks came and went and well, here we are in January. While I didn’t make the goal on timing, I am happy to deliver …

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Is Home Birth For You?

Long before there were hospitals to deliver in (and even long after hospitals started to spring up), women were having babies at home — often in the same bed they themselves were born in. But with the unsanitary conditions and haphazard medical care that were the norm a couple hundred years ago, it was hardly …

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