You’re mid-pregnancy and you need to change your medical care provider. Eeek! There are a million reasons why. Perhaps your insurance changed, you moved or you’re simply unhappy with your current OB/GYN or Midwife. So, what happens next? How do you tactfully “break-up” with your current provider and how do you (quickly) find someone new who can help you? What about transferring medical records and billing? Our heads are spinning just thinking about it!
Preggie Pals- Tips for Expecting Mothers
You’re pregnant and you’re planning to breastfeed your baby. But, if you’ve never breastfed before, how will you know what to do? Should you take a breastfeeding class? How about visiting a breastfeeding support group? What can you expect to happen during those first few days after your baby is born? And what can you do in advance to prepare for any unexpected breastfeeding challenges?
Whether you choose to birth in a hospital, birth center or home, there are small things you can do to help make your birth experience as calm and comfortable as possible. How can we tame our five senses so we can relax more easily? Can aromatherapy and essential oils help your labor progress faster? Does special lighting help with pain management? And can your favorite music playlist re-energize you for those last few pushes when baby is crowning?
In addition to caring for an amazing newborn baby, your postpartum period will almost certainly bring more stress and challenges than you anticipated. Preparing a postpartum plan can help make this transition into parenthood a bit smoother. So, what should you consider when creating your postpartum plan? When should you create it, and who should be part of the process?
Your water breaks. What do you do now? It’s not always as dramatic as the movies make it out to be, but you should still be prepared. What can your amniotic fluid tell you about your baby? Why are babies usually delivered shortly after a mother’s water breaks? And what does T.A.C.O. have to do with it?
Cutting your baby’s cord is a magical moment for many parents. But new studies suggest delaying the cutting of the cord could have multiple benefits. Learn more about the pros and cons to determine which option is best for you.
We all know the life of a military family can look completely different than a civilian. So, does that include pregnancy as well? What should you do when you first find out you’re pregnant? What resources are available to military families who are expecting? And what does maternity and paternity leave look like?
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of great joy, unfortunately, at least one in ten pregnant women suffers from bouts of prenatal anxiety and depression. What typically triggers these feelings, and how do you know when extra support is needed?