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 giving birth—at least far more confident than you feel now that you have a baby at home. If you find your confidence has waned in the “fourth trimester”—the first three months of your baby’s life— know that you are not alone. Adjusting to your new mothering routine can be far more difficult than talking about it in parenting classes, but the skills that you gained in order to give birth confidently can also assist you through the fourth trimester. Be Flexible When giving birth, we respect that every infant is different and will have her own way of coming into the world. She will also have her own way of being in the world. Just as you allowed labor to begin on its … [Read More...]
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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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