Breastfeeding is something that we plan for before the birth of our baby, but few of us prepare like we should. While very natural, it doesn’t always come easily and arming yourself with resources to support breastfeeding is a useful way to make it more successful.
One thing that we as a company and our fabulous birth instructors get asked on occasion is this:
“I am not so sure I want a natural birth, should I still take your class?”
The short answer is a surprising yes. And we aren’t just saying that because we sell birth classes. No matter what kind of birth you are planning, we highly recommend that you take a comprehensive class of some sort. Yes, our classes certainly do focus on preparing you for a natural birth, but they are so much more than that. Read more
We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD. An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”
(Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis)
When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City four years ago she had just a few minutes with him, skin-to-skin, as she had requested, and then he was taken out of her arms to be examined by a pediatrician, weighed, have a PKU heel prick, and warm up in an incubator. The obstetrician instructed her to push harder to deliver the placenta. Read more
During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor.
In our years of combined teaching, our instructors have found that employing a skilled Chiropractor can make a world of difference in a woman’s birth. From simply increasing comfort during pregnancy, to aligning the body so that a baby can turn itself into an optimal position, Chiropractic can make a huge difference in achieving a vaginal, unmedicated birth. Read more
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For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area? Here are a few simple tips that can help in those early days without resorting to less “baby-friendly” methods.
Understanding the basic needs and patterns of a newborn is very helpful. This does not sound like a tip to help baby sleep, but it will guide you and lend wisdom. Flexibility and realistic understanding of newborn needs can help your baby make more sense to you. Read more