Library — Prenatal
How Can a Doula Enhance My Birth Plan?
Birth planning and setting up birth preferences can be a daunting task. To some, it may seem as simple as filling out a template that may or may not be provided by your medical team. As a doula of 18 years, birth plans are the main tool to ensuring improved birth experiences…when they are used correctly!
3 Things to Expect During Your First Visit With a Midwife
People often comment on how “cozy” my office is. And while office decor is not one of the skills they teach in midwifery school, it is not unimportant. Clients are welcome here by themselves or with their families, and we intend for them to be comfortable. We spend a lot more time together over the course of care than they would with a hospital-based provider. We serve them tea. We have toys for their other kids to play with and a library of interesting pregnancy, birth, and health-related books for them to peruse. We schedule enough time in our visits...
Conception, fertility, and prenatal vitamins
Conception and vitamins —do you know what to look for in a prenatal vitamin to boost fertility and support a healthy pregnancy? Learn the science of why micronutrients are so important and how supplements support fertility goals for both men and women.
Depression and mood swings during pregnancy
Pregnancy mood swings: how to manage the ups and downs You’ve probably experienced or heard that pregnant moms have more emotional ups and downs and are prone to cry at the sappiest shows or even commercials. It is truly an emotional time. When you are expecting a baby, you may first experience overwhelming joy, but you may also feel other intense emotions. Pregnancy is a period of both physical and emotional transition. There are highs and lows and hormonal changes to contend with as you adjust to this significant life change. The support of family and friends can help improve...
Hydration during pregnancy
Why is hydration so important during pregnancy? You know the saying water is the source of life? That is never more true than when you are pregnant. Just as it’s important to eat well, it’s also essential to drink well. There are many reasons for you to stay well-hydrated during pregnancy, but there are critical benefi
Exercise during pregnancy
Exercise throughout a healthy pregnancy is generally safe for most women. Learn more about how exercise during pregnancy can benefit both mom and baby and what types of exercise are best.
Your digestive system in pregnancy
Pregnancy puts extra demands on your digestive system. From morning sickness to constipation, learn more about the causes and remedies for common pregnancy complaints.
Pregnancy and food
What to eat during pregnancy A healthy diet is always important but it is essential when you are pregnant. Nutrients from the foods you eat cross through the placenta and nourish your child. What you eat, your baby eats. Eating a healthy diet in pregnancy doesn’t have to be complicated. If you choose organic, stick to mostly whole, unprocessed foods, cook most of your meals at home, and stay away from highly processed foods, you’ll be well on your way to providing a good nutritional base for your baby. Follow these nutritional basics: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables....