Prepping for a Second Natural Birth

I was dead set on having a natural birth with my first baby, Liam. I wanted the sense of empowerment and accomplishment that came with a drug-free birth, and was very confident that I could do it. I watched positive birth videos on Youtube, took a childbirth class with a focus on breathing and coping […]

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5 Scary (But Totally Normal) Things That Happen to Your Body After Childbirth

Thought your baby was the only one going through monumental changes the first year? Think again! Mamas go through their fair share of changes during the first few months as well… and most of them are unfortunately not very pleasant (you can thank hormones for that!) The good thing is that these changes are totally normal and […]

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My Baby is Breech! Does That Mean a Guaranteed C-Section?

I went to Buy Buy Baby yesterday to return a $180 Motorola baby monitor. Why, you ask? Because Sunday, during his first nap, Liam got on his knees, in his crib, and knocked his i-Baby monitor off the shelf. Just like that, it stopped working. Broken. I spent a good half hour lowering his crib and […]

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Christine’s Birth Story: A Drug-Free HypnoBirth

Before reading Christine’s birth story,  I wasn’t familiar with the specifics of hypnobirthing. I had heard of it, yes, but wasn’t sure what it meant exactly (turns out that there’s no hypnotizing involved. Whoops.) Hypnobirthing is a program that “considers the psychological, as  well as the physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, independent of […]

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Is Natural Birth a Possibility For You? 10 Tips to Help You Achieve One

To inaugurate MamaNaturelle.com (yay, I’m a domain owner!), what better topic to write about than natural childbirth? It’s been a while since I’ve written about this, but for those who have read my earlier posts, you know that this was a goal of mine throughout my entire pregnancy. I wanted to make sure I was beyond prepared to give […]

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How Hiring a Doula Can Lead to Your Perfect Birth

Hiring a doula (also referred to as a birth coach) for Liam’s birth was not something I ever gave any thought to. The reason is simple: I had a midwife who was hands on with me during every stage of labor, my husband is a firefighter, unaffected by blood and extreme pain, and my mother had […]

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12 Things Nobody Tells You About Giving Birth

Labor probably won’t start with your water breaking all at once like it does in the movies. It might start with mild contractions (and your doctor might even need to break it himself) or with your water breaking… very little. Then it’ll most likely continue to break in little spurts. In my case, it broke so […]

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8 Postpartum Must Haves

I can’t believe Liam is already five days old! For my first post as a new mother, I thought I’d share my postpartum favorites. Although I was lucky enough to have a quick and healthy recovery (I was up walking less than an hour after delivering Liam), there are some things that have made my first […]

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All Women Should Watch The Business of Being Born

I’ve written about Ina May Gaskin (the author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth), my feelings about midwives, and my yearning to have a natural, vaginal birth. This film, directed by Abby Epstein and produced by Ricki Lake, covers it all, including the many myths surrounding hospital births (is all the additional technology really always for the […]

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The Hospital-Based Water Birth

It’s funny that I didn’t consider a water birth during most of my pregnancy, despite water being my element… I grew up on an island and basically swam as early as I could walk (okay, not exactly, but pretty close…) Despite the fact that for my first baby I do not feel 100% ready for a […]

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Why I’m Not Afraid to Give Birth

I can already hear you thinking, “yeah right…” but believe it or not, I am really not afraid of giving birth to our baby boy. Why? Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t either: 1. Giving in to fear (and the stress associated with it) is the most negative thing you can do to your baby. According to Web MD, […]

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The Hospital Bag (Or How To Not End Up Packing a Suitcase)

All pregnant women are familiar with the “infamous” hospital bag. Early on, our childbirth instructors remind us we need to pack one, our smartphone app sends  us alerts every week, and our friends constantly ask us if we’re all zipped up and ready to go yet. But wait — don’t I still have a solid two months to […]

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Induction – When is it Necessary?

Medical induction of labor has been steadily increasing since the 1980’s. In the U.S., 25% of women are induced and 19.2% have their labors “accelerated” artificially (http://www.pregnancy.com.au/birth-choices/birth-information/birth-articles/inducing-labour-naturally.shtml). How do we know, as expecting mothers, whether an induction is truly an emergency or not? What other options do we have? Here are a few ways that […]

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A Birth Plan: Should You Write One?

First, what is a birth plan exactly? It is a way for you to communicate your wishes to your doctor or widwives (how you would ideally want labor to go, the “environment” you want to be in (door closed, dim lights, music…), what you want to avoid during labor (epidurals and drugs, cesarean, episiotomy…) and afterwards (testing and […]

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What is a Midwife?

According to WebMD, a midwife is “a trained health professional who helps healthy women during labor, delivery, and after the birth of their babies.” They can assist your birth at home or in the hospital, if you prefer it. Women who choose midwives usually do so because they want a low intervention birth. This means that unlike […]

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Why I’ve Decided to Give Birth Naturally

When I tell people (especially women) that I want to give birth without the use of drugs, their eyes usually widen and the first word out of their mouths is “ouch”. (Occasionally, though, I do get the “you go, girl!” or “that is so inspiring.”) But why, though? Why did I decide on a natural […]

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Natural Birth Does Not = Torture

For all of those mamas out there who want a natural birth, there will come a day when you will think to yourself, “Am I sure of what I am getting myself into?” or… “Am I insane?” This is absolutely normal and shouldn’t be a reason to doubt yourself — for years, our society has led us […]

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