Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Celebration Giveaway!

I would like to thank all of my readers and followers. Many of you know of my story of losing a baby to an ectopic pregnancy and trying to conceive once again. If you have not read it and are interested, the link is at the top right of this blog.

This week, I would like to offer a contest in celebration of my new pregnancy! Thanks to all your love, care, prayers, and support, we are finally expecting our first baby in June.

Onesie Wonderland has offered a beautifully and uniquely designed custom onesie to the winner of this celebration giveaway! Karilyn, the creator of Onesie Wonderland, designs these adorable onesies for boys and girls from newborn to 18 months.


  • Browse Onesie Wonderland and leave a comment about your favorite design. - 1 entry
  • Leave me some advice...I need all the help and support I can get in this first trimester and beyond into this journey of motherhood! - 2 entries

Contest ends on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009.

*Photo copyright Heaven's Eye Photography 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Sign in a Doctor's Office

*I just reread this post. It made no sense. I was a bit under the weather. It is fixed now!

This sign is up at a obstetrician's office in Provo, UT. The physicians seem to get mixed reviews from the research I have done on them. They either love the practice or really dislike it. Overall, I get the feeling they opt to subject their own agenda on their patients. Obviously, they do not advocate three very important aspects of birth that have been shown to improve outcomes have a positive affect on babies and birth - doulas, birth plans, and natural birth methods.

In case you can't read it, it says:

"Because the Physicians at Aspen's Women's Center care about the quality of their patients deliveries and are very concerned about the welfare and health of your unborn child, we will not participate in: a "Birth Contract", a Doulah Assisted, or Bradley Method delivery. For those patients who are interested in such methods, please notify the nurse so we may arrange transfer of your care."

Well, at least they are honest. Too bad they can't spell Doula.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Giveaway - Gift Card to Whole Foods

Check out Dr. Cindy Haggerton's blog. She is a local chiropractor and has a giveaway for a gift card to Whole Foods!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Laugh and Learn" DVD Set Giveaway

Jump on over to Bliss Tree for a great giveaway!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tea For Two

I love Organic Traditional Medicinal teas!

They have a wonderful line of teas that support health and wellness. I would like to share a few that I recommend for women's health, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

Organic Raspberry Leaf tea supports the female system. It aids in healthy menstruation as well as tones the uterus. Many traditional healers will recommend raspberry leaf to women with irregular menstruation, menstrual cramps, and for pregnancy.

Organic Pregnancy Tea also supports the female system by toning the uterus and preparing the womb for childbirth. It has a pleasant blend of herbs as well as raspberry leaf as its primary ingredient.

Organic Mother's Milk Tea supports healthy lactation and can be used to increase milk production. Lactation consultants and medicinal healers recommend this tea for its traditional combination of anise, fennel, and coriander promote lactation.

All of these teas are caffeine free and perfect for any time of day!

Visit the Traditional Medicinals website for more information about their products.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is waiting until the cord stops pulsing to clamp and cut it.

In my research, I have been finding that delayed cord clamping is helpful to the baby and provides the baby with healthy placental blood.

At a recent birth, I was taken back when a doctor made a very negative comment about delayed cord clamping saying "I am not going to injure a baby for some idiotic idea." His explanation was that the cord blood can provide too much blood to the baby making the red blood cell count too high or not enough blood and can make the baby anemic.

I had no idea that this was out there. Most practitioners (OB's and Midwives) I have worked with are very open to delayed cord clamping.

Looks like I will be doing a little more research on this so that I am more familiar with both sides of the study. Although, I still believe that delayed cord clamping has a positive result for the baby.

Anyone out there have thoughts on this?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Your Birth People

Pregnant? Now what?

Whether you know it or not, your birth can be dramatically different depending on the caregiver you choose and place you decide to birth. Will you pick an OB or Certified Nurse Midwife and have you baby at the hospital? Or perhaps you would like to have your baby at home with a direct-entry midwife and a doula by your side.

I hope this post will help you understand the differences and debunk any myths you have about "unsafe" birth choices.

OB's or OB/GYN's have completed medical school and four years of obstetric and gynecology residency. They have received specific instruction in gynecological surgery, women's health care, prenatal care, treatment for complicated pregnancies, vaginal delivery, and cesarean sections. The focus of an OB is to ensure you and your baby have come out healthy after the birth. They are not necessarily helping you to have a "birth experience". Many women choose an OB because of their high level of education and their ability to handle complications* should they arise.

*Please note that serious complications can occur due to procedures such as a medical induction, medications given during birth, and cesarean section, just to name a few.

Family doctors have also completed medical school where they learn to provide care for children, adults, and how to deliver babies. FD usually work with uncomplicated pregnancies and will consult and OB should a complication arise. Unless you live in a rural area or smaller town, you would most likely have access to an OB, but if not, a Family Doctor may be your only choice within a reasonable traveling distance.

CNM's are advanced-practice nurses who have two to three years of education in a nursing program. They have training in prenatal care, women's reproductive health, and childbirth. They care for women with uncomplicated pregnancies and will collaborate with an OB should a problem arise. Many CNM's are interested in helping women have a "birth experience" they desire. They work in hospitals or birthing centers.

CM's have must pass the same national certifying exams as CNM's, but they are not nurses. They may have other medical training or a degree in a health-related field. They are for uncomplicated pregnancies and attend mostly hospital births. Only a few states recognize CM's. For more information about CM's in your state, contact your state health department.

DEM's have midwifery training, but are not nurses. Their education varies and many of these midwives train with other established midwives who attend home births or work from a free standing birth center. They are familiar with the unique process of out-of-hospital births and are skilled to care for you and your baby during birth.

There are three kinds of Direct Entry Midwives:
  • Licensed Midwife: attended a direct entry midwifery school and passed a state exam. Many licensed midwives will take payment from your health insurance provider. They care for uncomplicated pregnancies and attend out-of-hospital births. Many of them have a recognized relationship with a physician should a complication develop prenatally or during labor.
  • Lay Midwife: trained by apprenticing with an experienced midwife. She attends home births and may or may not have a back up physician. She is not regulated or certified by the state, so you must do your own research into her skills and background.
  • Certified Professional Midwife: is a licensed midwife and recognized nationally for her certification. She undergoes a lengthy process of establishing her experience and demonstrating her skills. She must keep her certification current by completing continuing education every three years.
When you choose to birth at the hospital, you will be assigned a nurse for your labor. She may have one to three patients that she is monitoring at once depending on the staffing and number of patients that day. Nurses vary in their interests and experience. Some may be very supportive of natural birth and others may be more comfortable with medicating and high-tech monitoring.

A doula, or professional labor assistant, is trained to emotionally and physically support a laboring woman and her partner. Doulas know a variety of comfort measures such as massage, positioning for comfort, visualizations, and relaxation techniques. A doula can help you to have the "birth experience" you desire. She can also help you in understanding what may come during birth and give you the information you need to make informed choices about your birth.


Of course, there are many other types of people that I recommend to have the ultimate pregnancy and birth you want such as: yoga instructors, childbirth educators, nutritionists, fitness instructors, chiropractors, lactation consultant, and acupuncturists.

Hoping you have a wonderful pregnancy, birth, and beyond!