Placenta encapsulation is the process of taking the organ that sustained and nourished your baby through pregnancy and putting it into a capsule to support a mother in her postpartum period.
Hormones in labor and birth play an important role. There are two primary hormones that have a huge impact on preparing for birth, producing and managing contractions, and bonding after birth with baby. These hormones are Oxytocin and Endorphins! Though there are more hormones that can occur in labor and birth, we are focusing on the two that are helpful and that should be focused on producing.
Birth is probably the most physically demanding experience you’ll ever have; women who have worn activity trackers during labor have recorded calorie burns that exceed the typical marathon! Just like you would for a marathon, you need to plan ahead to fuel your body well during birth.
Did you know the baby’s first bowel movement has a special name? It is called meconium, and it is sticky, tar like consistency. Meconium commonly comes during the first few days following birth, as well as occasionally while the baby is in utero. Learn more about meconium and what to know when giving birth!
In every stage of labor, positions are used for numerous reasons, including to help progress labor by allowing the pelvis to open (giving space to baby), allowing the laboring mother to rest, and position the body to help apply pressure to the cervix for effacement and dilation. Today, we are sharing with you a few positions we highly recommend for labor and birth.
Kangaroo care, also known as skin-to-skin, is when your newborn baby is placed directly on your chest area, belly to belly, which brings an array of benefits for mother and baby. Benefits including the the increased ability for baby to regulate their temperature, increases the production of oxytocin (also helping the delivery of the placenta), and so much more!
Journaling is a tool that allows you to reflect on the memories of feeling the first kicks, thoughts and feelings about appointments and the big changes in pregnancy. Today, there are many ways to track and journal these moments from traditional writing methods to using our always evolving technology options. Read more to find the option that is best for you!
Induction may be described as planned initiation of the onset of labor and can include two common reasons for induction of labor can include maternal or provider preference, and medical necessity. Induction comes with many options, and should be greatly researched. Read our blog today for an overview of induction!
Preparing your hospital bag can feel overwhelming to determined all of not only your birth and postpartum needs, but your birth partners and if you other children. When I searched Pinterest for “hospital bag packing list” as a first time mom, I was instantly overwhelmed. So, we are creating a blog on the top things to bring and upgrade your hospital birth. In fact, you probably won’t find these on many other lists, but we did our research and found what we couldn’t let you go into labor without them!
Gestational Diabetes can occur in pregnancy when too much glucose stays in the blood. This blog brings you information on testing and treating gestational diabetes in pregnancy. Enjoying these informative blogs? Be sure to keep following our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
The first stage of labor is divided into three phases: early labor, active labor, and transition. In the first stage of labor the body works to efface and dilate the cervix. In this blog, we go over each stage of labor, while also touching on the comfort measures to help you prepare! Be sure to keep following our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
Why is your birth environment important? What are the elements you should think about for your labor and birth? Learn about many of the elements and what to expect in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
Your body and your baby have an intrinsic knowledge of each other and innately know how to work together to make birth happen. It is through the process of the seven cardinal movements that the your baby and body move together to help you meet your baby. Read more to learn about each movement!
Labor brings many behaviors and emotions through each stage! Learn about what to expect in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
The anatomy of women is so uniquely designed to carry and birth your baby! Learn about each of the elements in our Be Empowered Birth Blog Series!
One of the most important things you can do as an expecting mother is research! Researching in pregnancy can prepare you for your labor, birth and postpartum options. Birth comes with many unknowns - how will labor go, is induction necessary, what should be eaten in labor, will interventions become necessary, and so much more!
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit is a drug-free option used during labor to help bring pain relief. The TENS unit works by sending electrical nerve stimulation through the electrodes, which produces a tingling sensation to help reduce the intensity of the contraction. TENS unit allows a laboring mother to remain active and upright—you can labor with a TENS unit in any position you want!
When a baby is on the way, there is a long list of necessary, fun, and adorable things to purchase in preparation for their arrival. From nipple cream and nursery decor to organizational totes and doctor bills, the cost can really begin to add up!
During pregnancy, the mother’s doctor or midwife cares for both mother and baby. With so much focus and excitement being placed on the prenatal appointments, it can be easy to overlook one of the most important tasks that you will accomplish as an expectant mother: choosing a quality, post-birth healthcare provider for your baby!
Giving birth is one of the most monumental moments in your life, and creating a birth plan is an important piece in preparing for the birth experience that you desire. To create a birth plan, take time to consider and learn about the many aspects that can play a role in your birth and collect your thoughts, needs, and desires as you go. Whether you end up with a detailed 3-page bulletin or a simple overview sketch, making a birth plan will have a significant impact on your birthing experience.
As expectant mothers are being increasingly drawn to learn more about the wide variety of birthing options and labor techniques, more and more out-of-hospital childbirth classes are being offered. With so many different types of childbirth courses available in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this can leave you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the one that is right for you and your baby.