13 Reasons to Consider Giving Birth at Home

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13 Reasons to Consider Giving Birth at Home

When I first got involved in the mom and baby business and started learning more about the birth industry years ago, I assumed that everyone had their babies in the hospital, got an epidural, pushed on their back, and had a vaginal birth. Of course I also knew about C-sections, but I thought a vaginal, medicated birth in the hospital was the way to have a baby. (Mind you, I was in my early 20’s and the majority of my labor and birth education came from TLC’s A Baby Story or anything in the movies. Ha!)

When I heard that some people still chose and continue to choose to have their babies at home or at a birth center, I assumed that they were “hippy” women, that it was dangerous to have your baby at home, and that these women were not taking advantage of modern technology and medicine. I wondered: Is it still safe to do today? What if something goes wrong? What if there are complications? Why would anyone want to do that? I also thought that since the epidural existed, why not use it? Well, knowing what I know now and having seen the things that I have seen at hundreds of labors and births, it’s crazy and almost humorous for me to think back to what I thought then to what I know now. So if you’re wanting to learn a little more about home birth and are asking the same questions that I did, then this post is for you.

*Disclaimer: A home birth is not for everyone. Whatever you feel is best for you and your baby and whatever you want your birth experience to be like, I support that. About 98% of my clients give birth at the hospital and I wholeheartedly support them in their decisions because this is their baby, their body and their choice. Also, your health care provider will caution against a home birth if you have diabetes, chronic hypertension, a seizure disorder, or any chronic medical condition. If you previously had a C-section or have developed a pregnancy complication, such as preeclampsia, or if you are pregnant with multiples or your baby is in a breech position, a home birth might not be right for you. For women that are healthy, are having a healthy pregnancy (low risk), and their baby is doing well and also healthy, then this is a great option for you and it is actually encouraged.

Here are some reasons why you should consider giving birth at home.

1. Home Sweet Home

When you’re not feeling well or having major PMS symptoms, where do you usually want to be? For me, I want to be at home. There is nothing like cuddling up in your bed or on your couch in your home when you’re not feeling well. And guess what, when you’re in labor, you feel so much better when you are at home and your body actually responds better to it too. You know where the bathroom is (and who has used it), you know where the kitchen is and what food and drinks you have, and you aren’t confined into a small space. You have your whole home all to yourself and you don’t have to share it with anyone else but your support team at your most vulnerable time. Here are some great benefits for being at home:

  • You don’t have to drive anywhere. You can relax and get through each contraction comfortably anywhere you please in your home.
  • You won’t have strangers at your birth. There won’t be random nurses, scrub techs, residents or doctors walking in and out of your home like there would be at the hospital. When people are coming in and out constantly interrupting you in labor, it prolongs your labor. At a home birth, the people that are there are the people you have met before, you have developed a relationship with them, and you feel comfortable with them supporting you during your labor and birth. (More about this on point 3.)
  • You can wear what you want and won’t have to worry about monitors getting in the way since midwives use handheld dopplers to get fetal heart-tones. You also don’t have to wear one of the hospital gowns. Who knows who wore that gown before you…
  • You can control the environment in your home. If you would like to have dim lights or have the lights all the way off, you can do that. You can have candles lit; you can go in and out of your tub and/or shower, or open a window for fresh air. You can play music or use aromatherapy. You can use heating pads, hot packs and cold packs and don’t have to worry about being told that it could burn you or hurt you. (Yes, I have had nurses tell me that I couldn’t warm up a rice socks/packs to help with my client’s lower back pain since it could burn my client…yeah right. Like I would heat it up that much and put it on her.)
  • You can try any labor position that makes you feel most comfortable and not be restricted to stay in the bed or in a certain area. Lying on your back or being in bed during labor is one of the most uncomfortable and painful positions to be in. Movement helps! Sometimes the hospital staff wants you to stay in bed so they can get a continuous reading of your baby’s heart rate during your labor. This makes their job easier when you stay put since they have to move it usually every time you move, but it makes labor way more difficult for you. This is how you can even potentially break your coccyx (tailbone)! Being at home won’t limit you to one or two positions. You can move as you please!
  • You don’t need an ID bracelet for you or your baby when you birth at home. You know that that is your baby and no one is taking him/her from you.
  • No paperwork is necessary at your home birth. All of your paperwork is done ahead of time.
  • Easy parking for guests. Your family doesn’t have to pay valet, pay for parking or navigate a giant parking lot and endless hallways to come visit you. But you may want them to wait a few days anways
  • You can keep your placenta. Once your baby is born, most hospitals toss your placenta and label it as bio-hazardous material. Some won’t let you take it as if it wasn’t yours to begin with… I mean it just came out of your body! At a home birth, you can do whatever you want with your placenta. This is helpful if you are interested in encapsulating your placenta (to help with reducing baby blues or postpartum depression or helping with your milk production among other benefits) or if you need it for religious purposes.
  • Your partner has a bed at home. Sleeping on a foldout cot or a recliner next to your hospital bed isn’t the most comfortable. And you also get to sleep in your bed. So much more comfortable than the hospital beds.
  • Your home is always more comfortable and quieter than any hospital room. Duh. You won’t have someone walking in waking you up and checking your vitals every half hour at your house.
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It’s so much more relaxing when you are at home. Imagine doing all these things during labor: resting in your own bed, curling up on your couch and watching a movie, rolling on your exercise ball/birth ball, cooking in your kitchen to pass the time or having a small snack, soaking in your tub, or pacing in your own space. Seriously, I have a hard enough time pooping somewhere new. This is why I’m having a hard time imagining trying to relax, go through labor and give birth somewhere new. That makes the process so much more difficult.

2. Less Risk of Intervention

According to a large study by the British Medical Journal, a home birth substantially reduces the risk of obstetric interventions. These include forceps, vacuum extraction, episiotomy, epidural, and cesarean section. In my opinion, more often than not, these medical interventions are what cause “emergency” situations that require a hospital in the first place. From what I’ve seen, a lot of the interventions are done mainly because of time and the need to speed up the process. Rather than letting your labor and birth progress naturally, the hospital will force the process to speed up so it goes along with the doctor’s schedule and they can then turn over the room and get another laboring woman in the bed to increase their numbers. The more women in and out, the more they get to bill for the day. It’s all about money and controlling the process so they can limit their chances of litigation but increase their bottom dollar. (Watch the documentary The Business of Being Born for more information.)

As for home births, they have been associated with less maternal infection (because of less vaginal checks, not being around sick people, etc.) and fewer maternal interventions, along with fewer third- or fourth-degree tears. Even an IV is considered an intervention and your midwife won’t place one in your arm “just in case”. She will only start an IV if you and/or your baby need it. And not only that, your chances of getting a C-section are dramatically reduced when you decide to give birth at home.

3. Continuity of Care

If you choose a home birth, you’ll work with the same midwife throughout your entire pregnancy. Instead of 7- to 10-minute appointments you’ll have 60-minute appointments. How nice! You’ll actually get to know your care provider and learn what to expect during your pregnancy and birth. A good midwife takes the time to know you and your baby, and this relationship establishes trust and a bond that is essential to a healthy birth and delivery. By the time your baby is born, you’re no longer strangers, which is great! Because what’s more personal than a stranger checking your cervix? I’m just sayin’.

4. No Restrictions

A home birth gives you the freedom to choose the number of people you want to be a part of your special moment. You can choose for it to be just you, your partner and your midwife or you can choose to have your partner, your older children, your mom, your doula, your birth photographer, your friends, your siblings, and/or even your dog or cat. (There’s nothing like snuggling up with your pet when you want some extra comfort. 🙂 ) At the hospital, you may be restricted to two or three people maximum. But of course, there will be 5-8 other people in your room while you’re pushing that you’ve never even seen before in your life. At least you’ll have two or three people there that you know and trust…

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – My client in between contractions saying hi to her first born.

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – Her son kissing her hand as she labored in the tub.

You also have the choice of what room and where you want to give birth when you’re at home. You can even change rooms throughout your labor and even when you’re pushing to places that are more comfortable and more beneficial. When you’re at the hospital, you have to labor usually near your bed because your monitor power cords only allow you to go a few feet. And with pushing, you have to give birth on the hospital bed and usually laying on your back. This makes it easier for your doctor to catch your baby so they can then stand or sit comfortably on a stool as you push your baby out. (Have you ever taken a poop while laying on your back? Well, imagine pushing a melon out while laying on your back…)

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Once your little one is born, you also have no restrictions on when you need to clamp and cut the umbilical cord. You don’t have to immediately give your baby a vitamin-K shot or Hep-B shot either and you don’t have to use the eye ointment (erythromycin) if you choose not to.

5. FOOD!

Okay, I know that women who give birth at a hospital can’t eat because of the extremely low risk of aspiration should a C-section be necessary. But seriously… have you ever labored for 35 hours and tried to push a watermelon through a keyhole on an empty stomach? Yeah, it’s as fun as it sounds… That’s like trying to run a marathon on nothing but ice chips. 🙁 When you’re at home, you are free to eat whatever, whenever you’d like during your labor because you need that fuel for energy to finish the race feeling strong.

Also, if you have dietary restrictions (for example, you only eat kosher food or you have a gluten intolerance), you will have all the types of food that you like to eat and can eat for your labor and for after your baby is born.

6. Less Expensive

A home birth is relatively low-cost compared to a hospital birth. A planned home birth might cost about one-third of the hospital birth’s cost. Call some of your local midwives for pricing and ask about insurance coverage. You can save a lot of money by choosing a home birth and you could then use that extra money for diapers, wipes, a stroller, clothing, and all the other necessities for baby.

7. YOU are in Control

Many women choose to give birth at home because they think and are afraid that their birth plan will not be take seriously at the hospital… and rightly so. I’ve heard people say that their doctor was completely on board with everything on their birth plan, but then in the labor and delivery room, the doctor changed and ended up doing what they preferred and went against their plan. Yes, these things do happen. Even if you do have the best doctor, you aren’t guaranteed that your doctor will be on-call the day you go into labor. Who knows which doctor will be working that night or day and what nurses you’ll have. The last thing a laboring mother wants to do is argue over her birth plan and defend herself. She’s already going through enough. But unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think.

Unlike a hospital birth, you are in control. If you want to move, you can move. If you want to eat, you can eat. If you want to go on a walk outside, go in your garden, watch a movie, have a dance party, you can! Your partner is also given the opportunity to be more involved — he may be able to catch the baby (if you and he feel comfortable with that) and he can cut the cord. You also have the opportunity to bring your baby immediately to your chest once he/she is born. There is no time constraint, you can hold and bond with your baby as long as you’d like. In some hospitals, the baby is cleaned and evaluated immediately after delivery in a warming unit, preventing mothers from spending time with the baby right after birth. For a home birth, cleaning and evaluation is done in your arms. The first hour after birth is the golden hour and it’s the perfect time to bond by holding your baby skin-to-skin and to start breastfeeding.

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – My client and her husband immediately bringing baby to her chest after giving birth to her second son.

If you decide on a hospital birth, be sure to be specific when writing your birth plan and continually discuss your preferences and your birth plan with your care provider.

Also, because you are in control, there is no pressure to circumcise, vaccinate, or apply for a Social Security for your baby right after a home birth. You can do these things once you and your baby have settled after the big event. You both have been through a lot so taking your time, recovering and resting is important. At home, you won’t be rushed to do things. You get to go at your own pace.

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8. It’s All About You

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – I was her birth doula and made sure to keep her as comfortable as possible with massage, counter pressure, coaching her, etc.

During a home birth, you have your health care provider all to yourself. They aren’t leaving you and coming back once more until your baby’s crowning. Your midwife is 100% focused on you and your baby. The midwife will be with you to provide support, monitor the health and wellbeing of you and your baby, and help you through labor and birth. They carry the same kind of equipment and medication you would find at a birth center so if you need something, she will be able to care of it. Your midwife will also stay with you for several hours after your birth to help with cleaning up, making sure that you and baby are doing well and are healthy, and she will follow up with you several times to visit and give you lactation advise after the birth.

9. You Can Push In Any Position

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – Resting between pushes.

Whether you want to push on a birth ball, your bed, the tub, a birthing stool, your shower, even your bedroom floor, it doesn’t matter. If you want to squat against a wall, birth in the tub, push on your side, on all fours, or knees to face, go for it. You don’t have any restrictions when it comes time to pushing because as long as you and your baby are doing well, a midwife doesn’t mind bending down or reaching a bit to help catch your baby.

10. Having a Natural Labor & Birth

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Photo credit: Lentille Photography – The complete blissful feeling of having done it – all natural at home! Euphoria.

If you desire to go through labor in a natural way, with no epidural and pain medications, a home birth is a great option for you. If you want to remain in control of your body as much as possible, be an active participant throughout labor, not have many limitations, and have minimal routine interventions (such as continuous electronic monitoring, an IV, vaginal checks every few hours, etc.), then a natural, unmedicated labor and birth is the birth you want. With the right preparation and support (consider taking a good childbirth class and hiring a doula), mothers often feel empowered and deeply satisfied by natural childbirth. Only when women do not receive the proper education and continuous hands on emotional, physical and informational support can they experience unhappiness and be unsatisfied with a natural birth. But unlike pain meds, natural childbirth techniques are not invasive, so there’s no or very little potential for harm or side effects for you or your baby.

11. It’s Just As Safe (If Not Safer) Than a Hospital Birth

A planned home birth attended by a certified midwife has very low perinatal death compared to hospital birth, significantly lower rates of mother mortality, and a 97% birth experience satisfaction rate, which is much greater than hospital birth experiences. These reasons alone should make women reconsider and give birth at home. The largest study of U.S. home births confirmed these findings and is also included women who would normally have been considered high-risk (for example, breech, VBAC, multiple gestations, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes).

12. Quicker Birth, Faster and Easier Recoveries

From my experience, women who give birth at home seem to bounce back quicker. This could be due to many reasons:

  • the lack of interventions during labor and birth
  • you can rest in your own bed without an interruption every 30 minutes
  • home-cooked meals that are to your liking and in line with your diet
  • long herbal baths to help soothe your parts and help with recovery
  • and you have the intimate care of your midwife, family and friends

13. You Can Have Both

If you decide to give birth at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the benefits of a hospital, should you need one. During your prenatal visits with your midwife, she will share with you all the potential “what if’s” and will discuss a backup plan with you should an emergency arise. Midwives have good systems in place for transfer to a hospital when it is necessary. And a good midwife always comes equipped with good emergency plans and the ability to recognize if and when you need to use it.

Just remember that hospitals are open 24/7, and your midwife will not want to wait for it to be too late to make a call or a transfer. So if you need a hospital, it will be there.

I hope these points have answered a lot of your questions and have cleared up misunderstandings of giving birth at home. I know that home birth isn’t for everyone, but if you feel at all drawn to it, I say, go for it! It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

If you’re not sure whether you have medical or obstetrical problems that would keep you from having a home birth, contact a home birth provider and share your concerns with her. If there are no obvious reasons to rule out a home birth, you can make an appointment for a prenatal visit. At that visit, the caregiver will do a detailed history and physical exam, as well as the usual set of lab tests. She’ll continue to assess your situation throughout your pregnancy and during your labor, birth, and your postpartum period. If you’re a healthy expectant mother having a normal pregnancy and you have no medical or obstetrical risk factors, giving birth at home is a great option and should be something to consider.

Thank you Lentille Photography for the photos and a huge thanks to the S family for allowing me to share your photos of your beautiful home birth! ❤️

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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It may have been a messy day, but you are doing so It may have been a messy day, but you are doing so well, mama. Take it day by day. Or even minute by minute. Things will get better. You are strong and you are a great mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @helenetheillustrator⁠
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Crawling is correct. 🤣⁠ (quote via @mytherapi Crawling is correct. 🤣⁠
(quote via @mytherapistsays)⁠
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When you wish you could buy half sizes. 😑🤣⁠
📷: @momhashtags⁠
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TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠ (quote via @nottheworstmom via T TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠
(quote via @nottheworstmom via Twitter)⁠
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We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and bills really add up, but it doesn't cost much to schedule time as a family together. Get out of the house together and make memories. Whether you drive to the lake or your nearest beach or a cool park close by, spend time together. Invest in your memories. Invest in your relationships. Those will be the things that stay with you forever and make you the happiest and "richest" in the long run. ❤️⁠
📷: @momsgotink⁠
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How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠ You k How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠
You know you have a newborn when _______.⁠
📷: @healthiest_baby⁠
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You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the arrival of your beautiful baby. 🤰 Labor and delivery has come and gone. Now its time for your 6-week postpartum check up. 🏥  So much of life after delivery is focused on your new bundle of joy that you can sometimes forget to care for yourself. This is exactly why I believe the postpartum appointment is so important to you as a new momma – because it’s all about you! 💗⁠
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Sure, your provider loves to fawn over your sweet baby, but this appointment is about mom. How are YOU doing? Self-care is so important to your health and recovery after having a baby, so let this appointment focus on your well-being. 😊⁠
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Here are 10 helpful questions to ask when you see your provider at your 6-week postpartum check up. 📝 Your provider will likely cover most or all of these topics on her or his own, but use this as a guide to remind you to ask anything she or he doesn’t cover! {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @tailsandwings⁠
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#postpartum #postpartumlife #newmom #postpartumcheckup #postnatal #postpartumhealth #postpartumwellness #obgyn #4mind4body #momcare #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodlife #postpartumdoula #postpartumrecovery #mommychick #babychick
YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠ Go and find your troo YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠
Go and find your troop, your tribe, squad, village. Whatever you want to call it. Find people to surround yourself with who will support YOU, love YOU, encourage YOU as a woman and as a parent. Parenthood is tough. Especially when you feel alone. So find your village and love them hard. And from one mother to another, load up on wipes. Because motherhood can get quite messy too!⁠ 😉⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
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An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfe An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfeed her #triplets. 💗 With hard work, determination, help and support, anything is possible.
Words & 📷: @triplets_and_toddler
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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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After having an emergency C-section, I knew there was no time to rest, so I started hand expressing within the first hour. I set an alarm to ensure that I expressed every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours overnight. ⏰
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
(via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠
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Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠
(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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Hope they're ready for us!⁠ 👯‍♀️⁠
📷: @myquestionablelife⁠
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" . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would w " . . . Tears contain stress hormones. Why would we have tears if they didn't serve a purpose? Little hurts can feel big when you are little. There is no such things as no reason to cry. Comforting a crying child is not the same as shutting them down, no matter how sweetly we shut them down . . . up actually." - Pam Leo⁠
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"Every diaper change is a struggle⁠ Goldfish cru "Every diaper change is a struggle⁠
Goldfish crumbs are literally everywhere.⁠
Nothing stays in the correct place.⁠
Dramatic meltdowns are a part of our daily routine.⁠
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Being a mother to a new toddler is so challenging, and every day I'm not sure what to expect! But, even on the days where I think I'm going nuts, it's so worth getting to watch my daughter grow into her own person. I love seeing her personality expand with each day.⁠
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I won't lie though, I do get a tad bit freaked out sometimes! I mean I've never heard anyone nail the sound of a pterodactyl better than my daughter, when she's having a meltdown. 😂😳"⁠
Repost: @postpartum⁠
Words & 📷: @tori.mccain⁠
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Share your worst/funniest toddler meltdown stories below! I'm sure almost all of us mamas who have a toddler can relate. 🙋⁠
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