Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Oh how I love going to La Leche League meetings. It is a wealth of information from the brain trust of trained leaders and experienced mothers. As my own days as a breastfeeding mother are winding down, I am glad I still get to go to meetings in support of our students.
In the course of conversation, I realized that I wanted to write about postpartum again today. I feel like "postpartum" needs a new name.
"Postpartum" alone describes the physical fact of a woman who is no longer pregnant.
Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.
All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.
The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.
Consuming the placenta has been found to be beneficial in the postpartum period to help alleviate postpartum hormone fluctuations (aka "baby blues"), increase milk supply, and reduce postpartum bleeding. More and more women are choosing to ingest their placentas to take advantage of these benefits, and you can read about other benefits of "placentophagy" HERE
Did You Just Insinuate, “Placenta” and, “Eat” in the Same Sentence?
Why, yes. Yes, I did.
When we first heard about it, both Bruss and I were completely grossed
out and questioning if the natural birth community had finally gone off the
Sorry this is a day late this week - good news is that there are still lots of amazing events to choose from in the next four days!
New this week: check out our listing of splash pads in the East Valley, as well as a link to find other splash pads around the Phoenix, Arizona area. They generally open in May and will remain open until September or October. They are a great reason to get out of the house and change your space on a day that needs fresh energy ;)
Our Fall class is winding up...and we have already said, "Welcome, earthside!" to the first baby from that class. Fun times!
I thought today would be a great time to write about an idea that is gaining traction here in the West: The Babymoon.
There are actually two contexts for this term: The first one is taken before the baby arrives. A couple takes time away from their schedules to connect, intentionally make one more set of "before baby was earthside" memories; and maybe spend time talking about their birth, and their hopes and dreams for their family.
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle. She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.
I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids. All of our family is back in Ohio. I was on my own. However, I knew I wanted a homebirth. I was determined to succeed with
breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH.
In the grand scheme of planning our homebirth, there was one
thing that Bruss was unsure about: placenta encapsulation. The idea of consuming a placenta after childbirth was absolutely an eyebrow raiser for me, too, the first time I heard
After going to birth circle and researching some more, I came around to
the idea. Lots of moms testified that there was a positive effect on their postpartum period, going so far as to call them
their “happy pills”. I had postpartum
blues with both Ysabella and Bryan (incidentally, both of their labors were
augmented with Pitocin) and if there was a way to avoid that emotional roller
coaster, I was willing to try it.