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The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

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Look at the length of that cord! It's amazing how some babies could bungee jump and others have such a short cord.
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Moms praise Amy Schumer for being 'not fake' about postpartum life: 'This s*** is bananas'

yahoo.com "Postpartum is no joke," a fan said after the comedian celebrated her 38th birthday in bed with her newborn baby.

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The back routine is very comforting and is a favourite amongst infants. This is an excellent way to introduce a short amount of “tummy time” that is important for infant development while also benefiting from the calming effects that a back massage offers.


Performing cord clamping at 180 s or later is an effective intervention to ensure higher oxygen saturation at 1, 5 and 10 min in spontaneously breathing babies (as well as Apgar score) #foamneo funded by @Lillabarnet


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That belly and those moves 😍😍

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This vibe. This moment. This waterbirth ✨❤️

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💫🌟 The Placenta 🌟💫
The placenta contains a complex network of blood vessels that allow the exchange of nutrients and gases between the mother and the developing fetus. The blood supply of the mother does not actually mix with that of the fetus; this exchange occurs by diffusion of gases and transport of nutrients between the two blood supplies. The transfer of nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus, and waste products and carbon dioxide back from the fetus to the mother, allows the growth and development of the fetus throughout pregnancy. Antibodies can also pass from the mother to the fetus, providing protection from certain diseases. This benefit can last for several months after birth.
In addition to the transfer of substances, the placenta has two other main functions. It can act as a barrier between the mother and the fetus, preventing some harmful substances in the blood of the mother from damaging the fetus. However, it cannot exclude all harmful substances passing to the fetus. For example, alcohol can cross the placental barrier. The placenta also acts as an endocrine organ, producing several important hormones during pregnancy. These hormones work together to control the growth and development of the placenta and the fetus, and act on the mother to support the pregnancy and prepare for childbirth.

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Effect of Peanut Ball and Position Changes in Women Laboring With an Epidural

sciencedirect.com To examine the effect of a nurse-driven intervention using a peanut ball (PB) with position changes on length of labor and incidence of cesarean birth…

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More great resources.

Marin Family Birth Center

Endless labor position possibilities at the birth center!

Mama's Instinct - Balanced Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting

How babies communicate they are hungry through primitive reflexes.

I honestly did not compute these signs when I was a new mum I had come from a day nursery back ground and this was so different.

These signs your baby will show you no matter what method of feeding you choice to use the earlier we feed the baby the less air they will take in causing them to have less colic symptoms.

If baby is crying, agitated or changing colour the the message is to calm them down and settle the before feeding.

It’s easier to latch a baby on the very early feeding clues and this helps baby to stay calm and relaxed throughout the day.

Credit: Queensland Government

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Women in Labor Stop Pushing, See Amazing Results - Mothering

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Mom who nearly died after childbirth has a message for moms this Mother's Day

goodmorningamerica.com Women are stepping up to offer solutions to the maternal mortality crisis.


Support Group For Mothers

You will love this!!!

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Babywearing Wellington

Loving this infographic at the moment. It reminds me that despite the chaos of now having three children, slowing down is just what little miss needs, and babywearing helps me during the quiet times and the busier ones.

Credit to @carryingmatters https://www.facebook.com/DrRosieKnowles/

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Dads matter too. ❤️

Did you know that new fathers can experience depression? There is support out there. Check in on the dads you know too!


Nation’s first Native birthing facility planned in New Mexico

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Spinning Babies

Spinning Babies® has introduced a new way of choosing birth positions to a wider reach of pregnant parents and the birth care providers who serve them. Read on for birth positions ~ which one does what?


The 3 Principles in Labor

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Kent meeting his new little brother Noah for the first time...

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The labor position can be Standing, Hands-and-knees, Forward-leaning Inversion, or Open-Knee Chest, or more simply, leaning over a counter/dresser or such. Jiggle for about 20 minutes. Listen to the birthing person to make sure your efforts are relaxing! bit.ly/SpB-StAT

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Another great quote from Ruth Ehrhardt! ... so basically everything you won’t find in a modern medicine labor room!

Hire a “#doula! She will help you feel #safe , turn off your thinking brain, and create a relaxing environment!

Doulas hold the space for the laboring women!

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Just snuggle that baby 💚


This Ad Campaign Celebrating Postpartum Bodies Is Exactly What New Moms Need

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3 Daughters Doula

Having your second baby? Here are some down to earth, very doable suggestions. What things did you find to help your first born?


Register – Loving Arms Childbirth Services

Loving Arms Childbirth Refresher workshop! Sunday May 5, 2019
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Four hour long interactive workshop taught by Certified Childbirth Instructors/ Doulas with a natural, holistic approach. The workshop emphasizes labor support techniques and tools for the mother and birth team.

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Support Group For Mothers

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"Dr. Nils Bergman recently presented research that shows just 30 minutes of skin to skin with dad actually rewires dad’s brain."

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EDITED TO ADD: there are a few people who have expressed the concern of the top left photo being titled "squatting." For this reason, I have reposted this image on my page with no titles. If you would prefer to look at/share that one, feel free! I would like to clarify that I understand the top left is not a TRUE upright squatting position. Instead, it is mean to simulate a similar position if you cannot/don't want to get out of bed. It was taught to the nurses on my unit by a very seasoned home-birth midwife, and we have seen good results from it in people who labor down with an epidural. The intention of this post is and always has been educating birthing people about the benefits of a peanut ball, and to show some positions that they can try. Read the original post below:
Let’s talk about one of my FAVORITE labor tools: peanut balls! 🥜
If you are not familiar with peanut balls, you have GOT to hop on the train! There was a study done in a hospital from 2009-2010 that looked at the effectiveness of peanut ball use with an epidural.
➡️ The control group: consisted of about 100 people who did NOT use a peanut ball
➡️ The study group: consisted of about 100 people who DID use a peanut ball
➡️ The results: the control group had a cesarean rate of 21%, whereas the study group had a cesarean rate of 10%! The study group also had reduced labor and pushing times!
Peanut balls work to expand our pelvis and passively stretch our muscles, allowing for babies to move down in the pelvis. Here are some great positions that you can try:
1. Squatting: great for laboring down/letting gravity and the force of contractions push your baby down!
2. Hands and knees: a great way to stay comfortable in hands and knees. Can help with the pain of labor, or for babies in an OP position!
3. Fire hydrant: place one leg up on the ball in hands and knees position and switch about every 20 minutes. Great for OP babies!
4. Side lying: opens the pelvis and helps baby move down. Great for people with epidurals!
Here is my citation for the research for anyone who would like to do more reading:
Tussey, C. M., Botsios, E., Gerkin, R. D., Kelly, L. A., Gamez, J., & Mensik, J. (2015). Reducing Length of Labor and Cesarean Surgery Rate Using a Peanut Ball for Women Laboring With an Epidural. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 24(1), 16–24. http://doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.24.1.16

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Prioritizing Black Maternal Health: Breastfeeding, Media and Public Health

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There's nothing stronger than the natural bond between mother and child ❤️


Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

plumtreebaby.com Gone are the days of mothers crunching on ice chips during labor. Evidence-based practice supports (and even encourages!) mothers to eat during labor. Why? Because your car won’t run well on an empty tank, and neither will you! Even the American Society of Anesthesiologists, just last year, said t...

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A simple reminder to think about the weeks after birth before baby arrives. Share with your clients...



5 Easy Exercises to Help Ease Pregnancy Aches and Pains

pelvicpainrehab.com By: Sigourney Cross Pelvic and low back pain during pregnancy affects up to two-thirds of women and can start anytime from the first trimester to months after giving birth.1 This is due to a couple of reasons. First, there is a change in your hormone levels. Increased levels of the hormones relaxin,...

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How incredible is this picture of the umbilical cord?
This photo shows the 1 vein that carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the fetus and the 2 arteries that carry deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood away!

Pretty awesome 😍

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The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean Rates | DONA International

dona.org Doulas help families reduce the risk of having a cesarean. Learn how doulas work their "magic" to help families find their voice and birth on their terms.

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