How a mama is taken care of in the first 42 days postpartum will effect her for the next 42+ years of her life!
That statement is one that I cannot stress enough to the mamas and families that I work with. It is so incredibly important for mamas to actually take time to rest and recover prior to getting back into a routine of house hold chores and exercise and work and caring for others (besides her new baby). Seriously, it will effect her for the rest of her life! Carrying a baby and giving birth is hard work, it takes a toll on her body, and she needs to recover!
Are you an essential oil lover or curious mama that has heard that these wonderful plant based products are helpful in labor and want to know more? Well, you've come to the right blog post. Because it is true that essential oils help mamas to cope with labor discomforts and aide in calming anxiety! According to the studies done by Evidence Based Birth, research shows that aromatherapy is an effective way to manage labor pains.
Now, you may be asking, Which specific oils can I use to manage my labor pains? And to that question, there is not a real clear answer. As a birth doula, I have done quite a bit of resear...
Every mama and family should be prepared to address postpartum emotional concerns after bringing home baby. The emotional spectrum new mamas go through in the days, weeks, months, and even years following the birth of her baby can be a rollercoaster for her, as well as other family members. To start addressing these emotional concerns, it is important to be educated and able to differentiate between some mood conditions: Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, Postpartum Psychosis. Below, these conditions are defined and list their common characteristics.
A birth plan, or care preferences document, is a statement of your preferences for your birth and it demonstrates to your birth team that you intend to take an active role in the decision-making process of your labor and birth. You can search for samples online, or if you have a doula she can help you prepare this document, and you should share it with every member of your birth team in advance in order to address any questions or concerns or to catch any preferences which cannot be accommodated at your birth place or in your particular medical situation.
Keep in mind that your audience is your care team (OB or midwife, nurses and oth...