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  1. tongue tie diagram in infant, lingual frenulum
    24 May, 2017
    An Introduction to Tongue & Lip Ties in Infants
    Tongue and lip ties are a big deal and thankfully are getting more recognition over the last few years, for the problems they cause.  I am not going to pretend to be an expert here, but want to share a small bit of my experience as a midwife and create a brief resource page for those looking for help. A tongue tie is when the tongue is tethered to the floor of the mouth not allowing the tongue it’s full mobility.  The tongue is a powerful muscle used to swallow, suck, controlling saliva, in
  2. 4 Things Pregnant Women Can Be Doing Now to Plan for Postpartum
    19 Oct, 2017
    4 Things Pregnant Women Can Be Doing Now to Plan for Postpartum
    Today we have a guest post by our friend Gracie DelMar, who brings some postpartum wisdom to us through her own trials with post-birth recovery and what women can be doing now to protect that special time with their newborn. This friendly advice is not just for the new mom either, read about how it took Gracie 3 kids later and a lot of new education to identify the type of support women need after birth- AND how to get it... "Six years ago I was pregnant with my first son. My husband and I were
  3. Pelvic Floor Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum
    30 Aug, 2017
    Pelvic Floor Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum
    What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic floor creates a sling-like stretch of muscle fibers that support the pelvic contents:  the reproductive organs, rectum, and bladder. The pelvic floor is composed of two layers, the superficial and the deep pelvic floor muscles which function together to make up the levator ani (Kegel) muscle group. It is responsible for voluntary muscle control of urination and defecation but also facilitates birth by pushing the baby forward during second stage. HERE is a
  4. Natural home birth in San Diego with a midwife
    24 Aug, 2017
    A Story of a Woman Giving Birth
    Moms love to gather and tell their stories, their birth stories. Here is the story of a perfect baby entering her world.  It was the day before my due date; June 20th. I woke up at 3am with period-like cramps. I had read everything under the sun and felt like I had prepared for labor, I could not get back to sleep, thinking this was it. I laid in bed until 6 am, got up, the cramping hadn't stopped. I lost my mucus plug over the toilet and thought this was it for sure.  Things didn't move
  5. 16 Aug, 2017
    What To Do When You First Find Out You’re Pregnant
    There are 100 things running through your mind the moment you discover you are pregnant! First things first, here's our list of what to do right away... Find Out How Pregnant You Are                 Early symptoms of pregnancy: Some women insist they knew they were pregnant before a missed period. Some of these early signs include breast tenderness, fullness or ache in your lower abdomen, fatigue and drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, increased vaginal secretions, frequent
  6. 09 Aug, 2017
    Care of the Perineum in Childbirth
    The intact perineum at birth, for all moms, is the goal of both the midwife and the mother herself. While many moms know they want this outcome, they may not always understand what factors contribute to keeping the vaginal tissues intact. What is the perineum? How does someone support the elasticity of the perineum? How can we minimize stress to the vaginal tissue during the pushing phase of birth? When is a perineal repair (stitches) necessary after birth? What can the mother do to aid in the
  7. Doula and monitrice supporting mother in natural birth
    02 Aug, 2017
    What is a Monitrice?
    Childbirth – no matter how you give birth it is a transforming journey, every birth is different, very birth has its own challenges.   Finding someone you trust, whose complete attention is on you, who has seen it, knows it, and trust it, who will reassure you that you are doing well while navigating the extreme physical and emotional demands of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, can make a world of difference, especially if you are preparing for a natural birth, this is your first birth, or first
  8. Siblings at birth- San Diego Home Birth
    26 Jul, 2017
    Children at a Home Birth
    Children at a Home Birth Here are some ideas for preparing children for witnessing a birth and meeting the new family member. Over the years as a licensed midwife I have seen lots of births with children of all ages present and it is a very positive experience for the children and family. My first experience with birth was with siblings present. Everyone was quiet and watchful, excited to meet their younger brother.  There was a moment of intensity on everyone’s face the moments before his
  9. 19 Jul, 2017
    The Man Behind the Baby: Tips for Bringing Dad Forward
    Dads are often swept to the side in pregnancy, birth and postpartum as mom and baby take the center stage. While this is appropriate for many aspects of welcoming a new baby into the world, we could stand to do much more as a community to encourage fathers to participate in these special events. Dads are 50% of the parenting team (forever!) and mom and baby need this ratio of affection and responsibility badly. We have some simple tips to help bring Dad right to the side of his woman and child,
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