MotherWise is an amazing resource for pretty much everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth, parenting, and health. And I am not even joking, it is almost EVERYTHING. I am still finding out something new, once in a while, from them. Thank you, MotherWise moms, for educating so many people tirelessly every day.
Have you discovered them yet? If not, what are you waiting for?
Also on Facebook.
In their own words:
“We are a page devoted to evidence-based, gentle, healthy, and intuitive parenting choices. We want to normalize natural parenting and healthy living. We are pro-breastfeeding, cosleeping, bodily integrity (against forced circumcision), gentle discipline, babywearing, informed food choices, vaccine education, and many other topics. We are firmly against bigotry. Sometimes we’re a little bit Mother Wise-ass”
I found Paa.la through her wonderful graphics with beautiful photos and even greater messages in them. She is such an inspiration to those trying to normalize breastfeeding that I just had to make her a fence. I always admire individuals who get involved with the cause close to their heart and keep educating tirelessly.
Also on Facebook.
In her own words:
“Raise your hand if you love mothering, breastfeeding, and birth! I post my rambles here about natural parenting and full-term breastfeeding.
My name is actually Paala. I am a stay-at-home mother of two daughters under four. If you ask me what type of parent I am or what parenting style I might label myself with, I would just say I do what works for me and my family.”
Home birth. People choose it for different reasons. It runs in some families, some turn to it after having their first birth at the hospital, others find out about this option with their first child, etc. I had my first at the hospital. My second was a home birth.
It is MY personal story, MY opinion and MY experience. I am not telling it to upset or judge anyone. I am sharing it because I want to let others know that there is this option not many even consider.
My recently discovered favorite. Everything to make you feel good about birth, including AMAZING birth photos. And those who know me can confirm that I am just crazy about birth photos. Enjoy The Skeptical Mother.
Also on Facebook.
You get a good birth experience at a hospital, or you don’t, depends on many factors. I didn’t. I got to experience what an ideal birth should be like with my midwife. There was no pressure, no one was rushing me, I didn’t have anyone constantly poking me everywhere and attaching monitors, IVs, keeping me in bed without allowing me to move freely.
I would like to thank all midwives helping mothers everywhere. I know some states make their life extremely difficult, which is a shame. Because with them so many women get to experience something special.
“Thousands of men, women and children gather as part of a national movement. Improving Birth’s “National Rally for Change on Labor Day” is being hosted in close to 100 major cities, in all 50 states across the country. Thanks to the intricate works of social media, ImprovingBirth.org has been able to organize a massive movement to bring awareness to the lack of evidence-based maternity care in the US.”
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I had a doula. Found her through DONA she became a good family friend by now. She was present when both my kids entered this world, and I can tell you that my experience without her would have been much different, and not in a good way. What she helped me with the most? Easing the pain from my contractions; she knew exactly where to press, for how long, and exactly how strong. If you’re not sold on other benefits of having a doula, hire for the PAIN if nothing else. They make a HUGE difference. Take my word for it!
“The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.