When I read the new recommendations released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), I was excited by the proactive effort to reduce some of the challenges women experience postpartum, especially the early weeks, which “are a critical period for a woman and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” I was also encouraged by ACOG’s recognition of the challenges of the fourth trimester.
In honor of Labor Day (and because we absolutely love birth stories), we're sharing stories from our own deliveries. From barely making it to the hospital in time to laboring for four days, from home births to inductions, from two amniotic sacs to secret salads, Kindred Bravely moms get real!
One of the final steps in preparing for your new arrival is packing your hospital bag. There are quite a few things that you may think you’ll use during your hospital stay but will probably stay in your bag the entire time. Whether a certain item is supplied by the hospital or simply isn’t necessary during your labor or recovery, some things will take up valuable space in your bag that could be used for bringing all your hospital goodies back home. We compiled a list of what you really need – and don’t need – for the first few days with your baby.
Guest blogger Sophia Carr shares what she packed in her hospital bag -- the second time around. Your hospital bag really is all about you and what you will need to make your labor, delivery, and recovery a little more enjoyable. Sophia's favorite items will help get your packing started!
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that by the end of the third trimester you’re not only exhausted but also just ready to finally see this baby you’ve carried around inside you for so long. You want to look at his eyes, see what color his hair is, count his fingers and toes; I wanted to know every detail about him.
One of the best ways to prepare for labor is by attending a birthing class. Whether a day-long class or regular weekly sessions, these classes can help demystify childbirth. Most classes cover signs and stages of labor, how partners can help, and when to call your doctor.
Welcoming your baby into the world is a special event, no matter how it happens. Whether you're planning to be induced or you want to be prepared "just in case," our Induction Goals Checklist is a great way to start a conversation with your partner and medical team about how you'd like to experience the birth of your child.
From your first prenatal visit to post-delivery, you’ll meet likely meet a multitude of healthcare professionals who will monitor the health of you and your child and provide support during and after labor. These incredible people are instrumental in ensuring a healthy pregnancy and helping you realize your delivery goals.
The best way to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy is to follow the advice of your healthcare professionals. From doctors and nurses to pharmacists and dietitians, you need to feel comfortable not only following the recommendations of your healthcare team, but also sharing your questions, concerns, and real behaviors. While a majority of adults don’t tell their doctors the complete truth, there’s no more important time to be honest with your healthcare team than when you’re pregnant.
I’m a list maker by nature. So when it came time to pack my hospital bag I scoured my pregnancy books, dug through the internet, asked for suggestions from every mom I knew, and wrote the longest list known to womankind. As I stared at my packing list, I began to realize most of it wasn’t necessary, instead it was fuel by misconceptions about what the hospital experience would be. While every mom has a different delivery experience, I want to share with you the items that made my list to help you decide what’s best for you.