We have been given the opportunity to interview Amy Kuebelbeck, journalist, author, and founder of PerinatalHospice.org, a resource website for parents who make the decision to continue their pregnancy after receiving a diagnosis that their child will die shortly after birth. Describe "perinatal hospice and palliative care" and tell us about the resources you provide on your website. Most pregnancies progress beautifully and end joyfully with the birth of a healthy baby. Sadly, some pregnancies end unexpectedly in miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. And in a heartbreaking twist created by prenatal testing, some parents are receiving devastating news before birth that their unborn baby has a condition so serious that the baby is expected to die. Many families in this situation are choosing to continue their pregnancies and allow their baby’s life to unfold naturally, embracing the time their baby will be able to have, no matter how brief. In response to these … [Read More...]
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You took Lamaze classes. Your doula checked in on you, sometimes daily. You knew that you were going to give birth at your local birthing center, where you could move around and hold your baby immediately once she was born. Whether everything went as planned or not, you could say that you felt confident about [...]
Labor and birth is hard, physical work. Your uterus is a muscle — the strongest muscle in the human body, in fact. With each contraction, your uterus contracts and releases (approximately 200-400 times or more throughout labor, depending on the length of labor). Add to that the force it takes to push out a baby [...]
In labor, your partner can be your best ally in supporting you and communicating your needs and preferences to hospital staff. But many dads and partners report feeling unprepared, anxious, and in-the-dark about what to do during labor and birth. They worry about how to tell when their partner is in labor, knowing when to [...]
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