Side Effects of an Epidural

Friday, June 23, 2017 By Nina Spears

Now more than ever women are able to have more of a say when it comes to giving birth. Whether she wants to have a medicated birth, an unmedicated birth or a planned cesarean birth, there are many different choices that are available to her which is wonderful and empowering! (Of course that’s assuming that her pregnancy and labor are going well and that mom and baby are healthy.) The most popular option laboring women are choosing today is an epidural. As you probably know, an epidural can decrease or potentially fully eliminate pain and discomfort women experience in labor….


My Unplanned, Unassisted, Home Birth

Thursday, June 1, 2017 By Alayna Pagnani-Gendron
unplanned natural home birth

As my son’s second birthday is quickly approaching I am reflecting on his unplanned, but awesome home birth. I had an easy, healthy, low risk pregnancy, which made me a great candidate for a natural birth center birth. I prepared hard for my birth by practicing yoga, taking hypnobirthing classes, squatting regularly, and eating a high protein diet. But, of course, I would slip in some chocolate chip cookies here and there! I also got chiropractic adjustments regularly to keep my spine in good alignment and the baby in the ideal birthing position. I remember the day I went into…


20 Natural Pain Relief Options to Help Ease Labor Pain

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 By Nina Spears
natural pain relief options

Whether you have decided that you want a natural birth, a medicated birth, a home birth, a birth center birth, or a hospital birth, every single expectant mother needs to have some tools to keep herself comfortable while in labor. Even if it’s just for the early labor part. (FYI, hospitals won’t admit you until you are in active labor. You’re on your own in the beginning.) This is why it’s so important to know what natural pain relief options are available to you to keep yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible so you don’t rush to the hospital too early. Some of these are…


10 Surprising Thoughts Women Think During Labor

Friday, April 28, 2017 By Quinn Kelly
10 thoughts women think during labor

Women (usually) get nine whole months to mentally prepare for labor, but let’s be real–no woman can really predict how she will feel until after her contractions have begun. And whether she chooses The Bradley Method or the “give me all the medicine you got” method for delivering her little bundle of love, one thing is for sure—labor is memorable! I chose to have my first son naturally. So before his birth I created a beautiful playlist, designed my motivating signs, and practiced different pushing positions to get myself ready. Then within two minutes of being in transition, I had…


Can You Do Delay Cord Clamping & Bank Cord Blood?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 By Nina Spears
delayed cord clamping and cord blood banking

This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. If you are approaching your due date and are working on your birth plan, a question that might have caught your attention is: Would like to delay the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord after birth? But wait . . . why would someone want to do that? Over the past several decades, majority of babies have had their umbilical cords clamped immediately after birth. (The reason for this was it was thought to help reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhage.) Why would we now do the opposite and delay the clamping of the cord? First of…