Midwives provide primary care to healthy pregnant women and their babies throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. Depending on where you live, Midwives may deliver babies at home or in a hospital.
I like to be prepared as much as possible for things, and this preference was very evident during my two pregnancies. The plan during my first pregnancy was to get all my ducks in a row for labor and delivery two weeks before my due date (because first babies always come on time or late right? Wrong!). Much to my surprise, my little pea in the pod was born prematurely, three weeks early to be exact. Needless to say, I completed my birth plan and got my hospital bag ready to go at the beginning of my third trimester the second time around!
Here is a sample packing checklist to help you prepare for labor and delivery.
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There are many ways to help improve milk production through dietary changes that are actually tasty! A food or substance that is known to improve milk production and flow is referred to as a galactagogue.
We know that sleep deprivation is not good for us, particularly for prolonged periods of time. According to Dr. Pamela Smith, ND getting less than six hours of sleep a night can lead to severe sleep deprivation, and chronic sleep deprivation can have very serious health implications.
To say that childbirth isn’t easy understates it. So is saying that the after-effects aren’t sexy. A girlfriend once described the feeling after delivering her 10-pound baby as being like her insides were hanging out, which probably wasn’t too far from the truth!
Even without experiencing perineal tearing, the swelling and bruising caused by childbirth can range from uncomfortable to excruciatingly painful. It can take weeks, months, or even years to heal physically and emotionally from the trauma.
Here are our top five tips for postpartum comfort and perineal healing.
After childbirth, it can be difficult to sit let alone wipe down there (or, needless to say, have sex)! We asked Dr. Beverly Huang, NDfor a few ideas to help make things more comfortable while supporting an expedited healing process.
Dr. Beverly suggests this topical healing brew tea for cooling, cleansing and soothing the perineum after childbirth: “Pour the tea into squeeze bottle to use after each urination to cleanse and sooth the perineum. It will keep for two days on the back of the toilet. This tea can also be frozen in a peri bottle and used as it thaws out after the birth as a cooling spray on the perineum.”
Cold therapy can help to soothe the pain, bruising and irritation you experience after childbirth. But this padsicle recipe with perineal healing herbs is amazing because it helps our tender parts heal faster.
According to Dr. Beverly Huang, ND, “using Calendula tincture and Hypericum oil promotes tissue healing after childbirth”. She suggests using these healing herb padsicles:
Having a baby come into your life is exciting (and let’s be honest, it can also be super scary and exhausting!). Everyone has advice to offer but…
Sleep is so important but the optimal amount is different for each family member.
It depends on age and other factors.
Find out the healthy sleep ranges by age, for you and your growing family.
Starting with babies (newborn to one year),
toddlers, preschoolers, school aged
children, teens and adults.
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