Tag Archives: Labor & Delivery

New Moms Might Not Want Visitors, And That’s Okay

Towfiqu Photography/Getty As I inched closer and closer to the finish line of each one of my pregnancies, a not-so-subtle pattern began to form. Those who hadn’t checked up on me during the duration of my pregnancies would inform me they couldn’t wait to “get their hands on my baby” once I delivered… as if once my babies’ birth was announced, that would be enough to warrant an open invitation from my entire neighborhood. Of course, I was grateful my babies were already seemingly loved, but the […]

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There Are Many Benefits To Delayed Cord Clamping

Kwangmoozaa/Getty I am a labor and delivery nurse who believes in the natural side of birth and doing it the best way for you and your baby. The umbilical cord plays an important role in your newborn’s life. Its importance starts in the womb and continues throughout the first few valuable minutes after birth. Delayed cord clamping is another crucial part of birth, which continues my “get this off my chest” series. The Umbilical Cord The umbilical cord connects your baby to the placenta. It contains three […]

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Hey Mama, You Can Feel Proud Of Your C-Section Too

Courtesy of Caila Smith; Photo by No Other Love Photography Over the years, I’ve felt a deep-rooted longing for the births I never had. I’m a three-time C-section mama whose first and last babies were born breech and pulled from a six-inch cut from my womb. I never had the “you can do it!” feeling as I was pushing, because there was no pushing. I’ve never been in labor or felt “real” contractions. My water has never broken on its own. And I’ve never had a vaginal […]

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My Second C-Section Helped Me Finally Heal From Birth Trauma

I force one eye open, and I feel the fog starting to clear. The clock says it’s 7 a.m. It was 6:28 when my baby was born. The NICU team rushed him out of the room before I ever laid eyes on him. Is he okay? What happened to the last few minutes? These are the questions I want to ask, but trying to speak is a Herculean task. I can move my hands and head, but they feel impossibly heavy. I’m flat on my back, and […]

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I Had HELLP Syndrome And It Nearly Destroyed My Birth Experience

My birth story is not beautiful, warm and fuzzy, or humorous in any way. But I choose to share my story to raise awareness about a rare but oh-so-serious pregnancy complication, and to remind you to not take yourself so seriously. My pregnancy was a dream. I blissfully waddled through eight months of long naps on Saturdays, a husband who let me rest to my heart’s content (although he did refuse to rub my feet once, which he’ll never live down), tons of ice cream, uneventful doctor […]

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Water Births Are Amazing, But It’s Important To Know The Risks

I have never given birth, but I watched my partner labor and deliver three babies. The human body is an incredible thing, and so is the pregnant person’s spirit and mental toughness. Because holy shit, childbirth really is next level. My first child was positioned sunny side up, or posterior, so my partner had nearly 24 hours of excruciating back labor as my daughter’s head pressed against her back and tailbone instead of her stomach. To relieve some of the pressure and pain, the obstetrician recommended laboring […]

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We Need To Stop Calling Cesarean Births ‘C-Sections’

“Cesarean babies make for lost souls. Those babies are never actually born so they can never be grounded.” Have I got your attention yet? Have you ever heard such crap? This sentiment was actually shared with a beloved client of mine, one who went on to have a cesarean birth. Can you imagine how she feels when she remembers those words? I want to talk about cesarean birth. More specifically, I want to talk about the language used with cesarean birth. Recently, I’ve found myself a part […]

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Viral Photo Shows Why Woman Need Lots Of Recovery Time After Childbirth

Image credit: Steffanie Christi’an / Facebook Before having your first child, what what were your greatest fears? I can remember mine—clear as day. I wasn’t scared of the pain. I wasn’t scared of my body changing. I wasn’t scared of stretch marks or breastfeeding or explosive poop. There was one terrifying part of childbirth that haunted me, kept me up at night, and led me to make many Google searches I later regretted (for obvious reasons). That fear? Vaginal tearing and/or an episiotomy—both were equally unnerving in […]

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If You Hate Your Labor And Delivery Nurse, Ask For A New One

Science Photo Library – IAN HOOTON / Getty Aside from having a C-section when I wanted to go all-natural, my second and third births were everything I wanted them to be and more. My OBGYN has always been incredible, and I give him a metophoric gold medal for a job well done. But let’s be honest, the doctor isn’t what makes or breaks your birthing experience; it’s the labor and delivery nurses. The good ones hold a spot in my heart that was and will always be […]

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Hot Weather Could Induce Early Labor

Being pregnant in the summer is the absolute worst. You’re always hot, no matter how high the air conditioner is on (much to the disappointment of anyone who lives with you). It feels like you are sweating out of literally every pore on your body, which makes for some seriously uncomfortable times. Seriously, there’s nothing as gross as pregnancy swamp crotch. And no matter how much water you drink, you’re always thirsty, which means you’re peeing every five minutes. The worst. But did you know that on […]

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