What if I told you there is something you can add to your maternity care to statistically improve birth outcomes for you and your baby? Would you do it? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not a prenatal exercise or medication. So what is it?
Continuous support. Yep, that’s it.
All you need is someone by your side throughout your labor that has a sole purpose of providing emotional and physical support for you and your partner.
"There have been at least 26 randomized, controlled trials that tested the effects of continuous labor support on more than 15,000 people total. These studies were included in a Cochrane Review published in 2017. People in these studies were randomly assigned to either receive one-to-one continuous support from someone or “usual care.” The type of support provided could be from a member of the hospital staff, a doula, a childbirth educator, a retired nurse, or a family member or friend.
While I absolutely love feeding my baby at the breast I don’t love his current etiquette at the boob. I mean come on, isn’t this supposed to be sweet cuddle times where we just gaze into each other’s eyes while I snuggling? He definitely has a different idea. Lately I’ve been coming out of nursing sessions having been bitten, scratched, hit, punched, squeezed, you name it! If you are like me then your little one is exhibiting one or more of the following offenses. Here are a few tips on how to curb the behavior so you can once again return to those sweet nursing moments and not come out of a feeding needing an ice pack or a bandage.
1. The Scratching Post. My first baby used to sweetly tickle my sides while she nursed. For some reason my second does the same thing but has managed to make shivs out of his fingernails so it isn’t nearly as pleasant. Sometimes I feel like he’s treating my chest like a scratching post. If your baby scratches your side or breast as he nurses, try...
Before I became a breastfeeding mom, I never even noticed if there were clean and quiet places to feed my baby. That quickly changed when I had my daughter. Suddenly I realized there was a real lack of places to feed my baby without having to run to a bathroom or use a nursing cover. With my second kiddo I care a whole lot less about whipping the what is now really just a feeding device out whenever and wherever. However, there are some times you just want to go somewhere quiet and private. Here are my best spots in DFW that I’ve found so far. Please message me and let me know if you’ve found others because I definitely want to know!
Stores that always have a Mother’s Room
Baby’s ‘R Us
Buy Buy Baby
Fort Worth Museum
Small room in Children’s Museum area. Often a hot commodity though so be prepared to wait your turn.
Fort Worth Zoo
Really no area here. I ended up going in MOLA because it had AC and just sitting on a ledge with the stroller in fr...
I think my husband Jason may have audibly laughed the first time I mentioned hiring a doula for the birth of our first child. Mind you, this was long before I became a doula myself. “Why would we spend money on someone to be by your side when I’ll be there?” Of course I was thrilled that my husband was willing to get in the emotional and physical birth trenches with me but honestly I wasn’t sure he knew what he was signing up for.
I’m not certain what the tipping point was for him. Maybe it was the numerous birth videos I made him watch or the childbirth education classes that opened his eyes, but nonetheless he relented and agreed to hire a doula.
We must’ve interviewed 5 doulas before we found “the one.” And, I promise you there is “the one.” You instantly connect and feel like that person has been your best friend or your sister in another life. Your doula will be someone that makes you feel safe, supported, encouraged, and strong. Meg was “the one” for us. Our doula helped us prepare...