In September, Birth Boot Camp hit the road and did an instructor training workshop in beautiful southern California. We are so excited to welcome all our new west coast Birth Boot Camp instructors! Read more
When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation. Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly. From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some self study, there are many choices for expectant parents. Read more
Essential oils have the power to make you more comfortable through pregnancy, labor, and even postpartum. But first,, what are essential oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in various parts of plants. It is the “lifeblood” of the plant and without it, plants couldn’t survive or thrive. These same compounds can help with any type of health concern our family has such as illness, allergies, pain, and emotional issues. They are 50-70 times more potent than herbs so you can imagine how powerful they can be. Read more
Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI). There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”. . They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others. Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly. Ask them. These steps are based on evidence and what produces the best outcomes in birth.
A Mother-Friendly Care Provider, Hospital, Birth Center, or Home Birth Practice: Read more
Rhesus (Rh) incompatibility is a pregnancy topic that is very near and dear to my heart, since my blood type is Rh negative and my husband’s is Rh positive. My midwife discussed it with us early in my pregnancy, and I spent a lot of time researching it on my own. Read more