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Breastfeeding Twins

Breastfeeding Twins

It’s always a journey to establish your breastfeeding relationship. Twice the babies seems like twice the efforts and logistics. When you are breastfeeding twins, the things that apply to a single baby aren’t quite the same. In some ways, it might be easier, and in other ways it will be more challenging. Knowing what to expect can help you successfully breastfeed your twins. Today, we’re going to walk through some of the things that you can do to prepare for your new little ones.

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Breastfeeding Immediately After Birth

Breastfeeding Immediately After Birth

During pregnancy and throughout labor, we look forward to the moments after birth as the finish line. In many ways, it is. You wait and work for the moment when your baby’s velvet skin touches yours. But in no way does that mean your body’s work has ended. Yes, parenting work is about to begin, but there are also big changes, hormonal shifts, and developmental milestones about to happen within the very first hour after birth. Breastfeeding immediately after birth connects mom and baby in these moments of change to help improve their bond and latch for the rest of their breastfeeding relationship.

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Finding Relief from Pregnancy Insomnia

Finding Relief from Pregnancy Insomnia

On one hand, pregnancy insomnia is an important part of prenatal preparation. Your body is wise, and it is trying to prepare you for the long nights that lay ahead. But on the other hand, pregnancy insomnia can lead to overwhelm and burnout. The good news is that there are natural ways to make your nights more restful. Here are a few tips to help you get the rest you need, even if you struggle with pregnancy insomnia.

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Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Writing a Homebirth Birth Plan

Today, I'm happy to have a guest post featured at The Birth Hour, all about writing a homebirth birth plan. I love the process of anticipation that comes before birth. The way a mama prepares, expects, and dreams of birth is absolutely beautiful, and I am honored to be witness to it. The birth plan is often a central part of this process, no matter where you plan to give birth. Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of women through the process of writing a homebirth birth plan, and I’ve narrowed it down to some simple steps for you.

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Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

Digestive Issues in Pregnancy

You’re queasy. You’ve vomited more than you have in years. Your organs have shifted. You’re hungry but also can’t eat much at once. Everything in your digestive system is in flux (yes, sometimes re-flux!) while you’re pregnant. Next to sleep issues, digestive issues in pregnancy may be some of the most universal unpleasant effects. Let’s take a look at some of the most common digestive issues in pregnancy and ways that you can prevent or limit them.

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What to Expect When Going Overdue

What to Expect When Going Overdue

Anticipation is a lovely part of pregnancy, and it’s even better when put into proper context. Week by week pregnancy updates. Preparing for baby’s arrival. Picturing their birth month. Counting down. Measuring, planning, tracking growth. The estimated due date is a helpful way to track progress, as long as we remember that forty weeks is an average duration of pregnancy. In other words, many babies are born before forty weeks, and many are born after. Today, we’re going to cover what you need to know about going over your due date.

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Have a Healthy Fit Pregnancy

Have a Healthy Fit Pregnancy

We strive for a healthy, fit pregnancy for so many reasons, not just physical health. Pregnancy is a time of joy and personal growth, of beauty and discomfort, of stretching and changing, all wrapped up in the journey to meet a brand new little person. It’s not only about eating well and moving your body. It’s a whole-person effort.

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After Birth Perineal Care Essentials

After Birth Perineal Care Essentials

One of my clients was asked by a friend, “What is the biggest difference in your body before and after birth?” First and foremost, let me remind you how amazing your body is. Your pelvic floor, vagina, and perineum are made to give birth. Having realistic expectations and some basic supplies will help you prepare.

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How to Induce Labor Naturally

How to Induce Labor Naturally

As a midwife and an herbalist, I’m frequently asked how to induce labor naturally. I understand the angst and worry that comes when we think baby should be here by now, especially if you are getting pressure from your doctor to induce your labor. So, if you are going to attempt to induce labor with natural methods, these are some things you might try first.

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How To Choose The Right Care Provider For Your Pregnancy and Birth

How To Choose The Right Care Provider For Your Pregnancy and Birth

In this blog post, I am not able to teach you how to get a good job, or tell you if you should get married or not, nor can I help you find the right house to raise a family in, but I can help you find the right care provider.

And through my Birth Song Blog Pregnancy Series, I can help you figure out how you want your birth and postpartum experience to be.  I can help you have realistic expectations of what pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding and natural parenting are like.  And most importantly how discover and to stay connected with your true self through out the entire process.

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