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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🚪 Organize and Streamline Your Life as a Mom – Podcast Ep 29 🏡⁠
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It feels like our world as we knew it has flipped completely upside down the past few weeks. 🔁 With the Coronavirus pandemic, our everyday routines have been shaken up and, for many of us, not in a good way. 😫 Now that we are forced to figure out how to work from home AND take care of our children full-time, we are slowly discovering our new normals. 🤹‍♀️ This is the time, more than ever, to organize and streamline our lives and our homes. ❤️⁠
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Today on Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast 🎙️, I'm chatting with Meggie Mangione, the CEO of @organizedlifedesign and 6 year accredited NAPO Professional Organizer. 💕 Clutter and chaos can really affect us as parents and employees (now working from home) so I thought it would be great to chat with Meggie to help us organize and streamline our lives as moms. On today's episode Meggie is sharing some great tips on how to conquer the clutter! 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
📷: @organizedlifedesign⁠
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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
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And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
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A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
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Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
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DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home 🗓️ Great Ways to Structure Days Spent at Home⁠ 🏡⁠
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If you have kids of any age at home right now, you know by now that structure and routine can help any day go more smoothly. 🙌 Building good habits and activities into your daily routine can provide opportunities for educational learning, play, stress-reduction, nourishment and rest. ❤️ Certainly, not every day has to be structured. And it’s healthy to allow for spontaneity and free time when you’re home together with family. But if you’re looking for a roadmap to build a new daily routine with your children during this season of social distancing, read on for a few fresh ideas! These are some easy tips you can start to build a great structure to your days spent at home. ⁠{Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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And this is truer now than ever before. 📷 from And this is truer now than ever before.
📷 from the hilarious @honestlymommy⁠
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👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠ 👦 Potty Training the Montessori Way⁠ 🚽⁠
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Potty training can be one of the most challenging endeavors of your baby’s first few years. 😫 But this is a great time to get started if your little one is ready. Rest assured, there are several methods and strategies out there to set you and your baby up for success! 🙌 We decided to borrow some lessons from the Montessori philosophy and apply these lessons to potty training. While potty training the Montessori way may not be for everyone, many parents have used this method and loved it!⁠ Here's what we've learned and how it could help your family. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @curlylittledreams⁠
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The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠ .⁠ #coronav The struggle is real. 😳⁠😬⁠
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🎒 8 Tips from a Homeschooling Mom⁠ 👩‍🏫⁠
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If you’re like many parents and caregivers right now whose children are suddenly home all day instead of at school, and you are now facing the prospect of a crash course in homeschooling, you may have said once (or a hundred times) I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING!?!? 😰 You are not alone, I promise!⁠
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I have been homeschooling for years, and yet this pandemic has my family’s entire world turned upside down. We’ve been missing our library dates, ballet classes, afternoons at the playground, chess club, but most of all: our friends. My usually-somewhat-agreeable child has been downright combative and emotionally on-edge these past few days, poor thing. 😢 This quarantine is so hard on everyone, but especially our most vulnerable . . . which includes our children. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading about the hows and whys of homeschooling as well as this mama's great tips to help you and your child start learning at home!}⁠
Article by: Bree Von Lopez⁠
📷: @watsonhomestead⁠
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🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are 🎵 And IIII . . . . I must confess my hands are clean⁠
When I'm not with you I save our lives⁠
Give me a siiiiign . . . hit my baby now online 🎶⁠
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🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for B 🤰 10 Ways to Prepare Your Family and Home for Baby Number Two⁠ 👧👶
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Congratulations mama! You're pregnant with baby number two. 💗 How exciting! 🥳 I know, you probably have a ton of thoughts and questions racing through your mind like, "Am I REALLY ready for another baby?!" Or how about, "How do I prepare my family and home for baby number two?!"⁠ 😳
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They're all reasonable questions. However, I want you to remember something. Remember that you probably felt unsure about some things during your first pregnancy and guess what, YOU GOT THROUGH THEM! 💪 Here you are again and yes mama, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOO!⁠ ❤️
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To help you ease some of those worries, we’re sharing 10 ways to prepare for baby number two!⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📸: @by.sofiehammer
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🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distan 🤱 13 Ways to Help New Moms During Social Distancing 🎁⁠
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During this season of social distancing, there are still many ways to help new moms, even if you can’t visit them in person. Having a newborn is challenging—from managing new emotions brought on by hormones 🥴 to sleep deprivation 🥱 to adjusting to a new life together as a family. 🏡 But support from loved ones and friends will help new moms (and their families) get through those first few months postpartum successfully. ❤️ We’re sharing a few tried-and-true ways to support the new mom in your life, without risking exposure to germs by visiting her in person. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @annalyncook⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #socialdistancing
Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friend Get my hair done, a mani/pedi, or meet with friends at a restaurant and have a large margarita WITHOUT our kids. 🍹😂 What are you gonna do when you get out?⁠
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The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻 📷: The Queen of Quarantine 🤣🤣🤣⁠🧻
📷: @krystal.mariexo⁠
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🤰 What Is Happening With Your Postpartum Body?⁠ 👶⁠
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During pregnancy, your body is undergoing rapid changes to nourish the life growing inside of you. 💗 These changes can be exciting and welcomed in anticipation of meeting the newest member of your family. 🤗 However, after baby comes, we often forget, or just weren’t prepared, for the continued changes and discomforts of what is happening with your postpartum body. 😳 For years, these less than glamorous aspects of the “fourth trimester” were suppressed and not talked about openly. We can all be thankful that we live in an age where even the uncomfortable subjects can be talked about openly to help us all realize we aren’t alone.⁠ And that's exactly what we're doing today. Our resident OBGYN is talking about what exactly is happening to our postpartum bodies. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @tanishasnell_⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #selflove #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #youarenotalone #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learnin 👩‍🏫 A Teacher (and Mom's) Tips for Learning at Home⁠ ❤️⁠
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As a teacher and mom, I can completely understand the panic I see from other moms who have been suddenly thrust into a teaching-from-home position due to the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent school closures. Moms around the country are scrambling to find a way to continue their child's education by implementing learning from home. But most aren't sure where to start!⁠
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Like many of you reading this, I have seen social media posts from (what I like to call) the moms-of-Pinterest to the moms-barely-keeping-it-together. 🙋‍♀️ I have seen families plan structured activities throughout each day and families play outside all day (in their own space, of course). Both are okay! There is really no right or wrong way to do this. But because of my background as a teacher and mom, I want to offer some encouragement and tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Shannon Alba⁠
📷: @chantellelournes⁠
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Velcro kids are the beeeeesssstttt . . . 🙈🙈🙈⁠ We're already stuck in this house together. It's called social distancing, kid. Give mama a little space. 😑😂⁠
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If they complain that everyone else is going out, If they complain that everyone else is going out, you tell them, “You’re not everyone.” How the tables have turned. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠😂
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🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of CO 🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of COVID-19⁠ 🧸
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It’s hard to be a parent at times like these. It means lots and lots of cleaning, and being vigilant about killing germs on a daily basis. 🦠😷 During this season when many of us have our kids at home, too, it’s important to learn the best known strategies for how to clean your kids toys effectively. We have a mama, teacher, childcare provider, and school administrator on baby-chick.com today and she has seen and tried all different kinds of ways to keep toys and the objects children use most often clean and free of germs. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it!⁠ 👍
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Even though COVID-19 is a novel virus, experts say that we can still use products that the Environmental Protection Agency lists as effective on killing similar viruses, like the rhinovirus or common cold. And when we halt the spread of germs in our own home, we are doing our part to keep our communities healthy, too.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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