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All Things Pregnancy

Postpartum Depression and Subsequent Pregnancies
December 26, 2016 8:00 am | by

Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs during the first year after giving birth. According the the CDC, 1 out of every 8 women will experience PPD. Often times it goes unreported or under-reported so actual occurrence may exceed this estimation. The causes and contributing factors of PPD are numerous: physical changes, hormonal changes, emotional changes, sleep deprivation, pre-existing health conditions, history of depression, family history of depression, weak support system, financial struggles, birth trauma, high stress issues during pregnancy, unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, difficulty breastfeeding and many more. (1) Symptoms of Postpartum Depression Symptoms of PPD include: mood swings, anxiety, irritability, sadness, crying, feeling overwhelmed,

 
Birthplace Options – Understanding the Pros and Cons
December 21, 2016 8:00 am | by

As a Doula, one question I am asked repeatedly is, “what are my birthplace options?”. Many of my clients are first time parents, but there are some who have given birth before and want to know what choices they have. Birthplace Options There are pros and cons to all places for birth. Regardless where you choose to give birth, it is important to be aware of these pros and cons so you can make an informed and educated decision. Hospital Birth This is the most common place for people to give birth in the United States. OBGYNs and CNMs (Certified

 
Pregnant Mama Must-Haves
December 14, 2016 8:00 am | by

Here we go again… It’s time for baby #2! This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp of what I do and do not need.  I’m so grateful that I held on to a lot of my favorite products from my first pregnancy, but there are still a few things I’ve discovered since then that I’d like to get. So with these products in mind, here is my list of must-have items I’d recommend for pregnant mamas. My Must-Haves   1. Comfy Maternity Pants. This is a must. I’m only a few months pregnant and I’ve already busted them out this time