Sleep Regression?

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The Four Month Sleep Regression We are happy to host this great blog by Natalie Erickson – Sleep Consultant extraordinaire! Check out her website HERE, or find her on Facebook. As a sleep consultant, I hear the term “regression” used in regards to just about every imaginable circumstance. Essentially, if baby doesn’t sleep well for a couple of nights, parents start assuming a regression is occurring. Some people believe the idea that there’s an eight month regression, a 9 month regression, a 1 year regression, as well as teething regressions, growth spurt regressions, and so on.  But the four-month regression,…

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Birth in Frederick

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Birth in Frederick County 2019 – State of the Co. & Listening Tour On January 19, The Birthing Circle presented all publicly available data on birth in Frederick County to a room of families and birth advocates. We reviewed the Frederick County Health Needs Assessment from 2019, the Maryland Healthcare Quality Report, and small scale studies from our own Doula Project. Very quickly, we realized that while we had a few data points, there were so many data points that we did not have. We discussed the many other areas where we would like data, such as having provider-specific stats,…

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2019 #GivingTuesday

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  #GivingTuesday is less than a week away! The Birthing Circle is so proud of the work we have done in 2019, and we hope to continue growing and having the privilege of serving even more families in 2020.  We invite you to check out our fundraiser and join us as we support the community this holiday season. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/tbcgivingtuesday Last Sunday, I supported a 14 year old refugee as she birthed her perfect baby girl. She had only arrived here a few weeks ago, a severe trauma survivor, and when her family requested asylum, only her father was allowed to…

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Prevent Postpartum Hemorrhage & Protect the Third Stage

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Guest blog from Jessica Kent, an experienced doula and the Executive Director of The Birthing Circle. An article was published this week about a mother dying hours after childbirth because her OB immediately pulled her placenta out after the baby was born. I wish this was a rare story, but that practice is absolutely commonplace. I started noticing this trend of OBs (and sometimes midwives) beginning to pull on the cord to manually remove the placenta immediately after the baby was born about two years ago. Most often this was just done, without asking, they’d start tugging. They call it “providing traction.”…

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Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates

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Many thanks to Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates for sponsoring our 2018 Birth & Babies Fair! We are so grateful for your support of this important event, and for your ongoing work in the community! The mission of Mt. Airy Children’s Dental Associates is to provide excellence in dental care and to treat your child as we would treat our own family. Our philosophy is traditional, based on the belief that good oral health is an important part or your child’s total health. Dr. David Hasson, founder and owner, and his associates, Dr. Allison Green and Dr. Michael Virts, treat…

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Shifrah’s Sisters Holistic Birth Services

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Our community is so fortunate to have such an amazing provider as Shifrah’s Sisters Holistic Birth Services! Meet Elizabeth Reiner: mother, midwife, and woman extraordinaire. Liz started her midwifery journey out with the birth of her daughter in 2002. While beginning her own mothering journey, she also began studying, learning, and training to become a home birth midwife.  And this is not an easy task to do with a little one at home!  But Liz was dedicated to this work, and knew she was called to support women and families in the same gentle, empowering, and respectful way that she…

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Birth Trauma Stories

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Content warning: prenatal, birth, and postpartum trauma. This week we’ve been having many discussions in our groups, and on personal Facebook pages (see Jessica Kent’s public posts) on birth trauma and the need for us all to rally to demand change. The following are just some of the stories that we’ve collected. Please be gentle with yourselves as you read, and please, please join us in petitioning for change HERE: PETITION

In Home Placenta Preparation

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Many thanks to Heather Rawlett with Maryland Placenta Nurse for sharing her blog post on this topic! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have me in your home preparing your pills? Occasionally I have a client ask me what it’s like to have their placenta prepared in their own home. Here is what I tell them. After scheduling a convenient time with your designated contact person, I arrive to your home within 48 hours of delivery. My goal is always to arrive within 24 hours, but occasionally it’s closer to the 48 hour mark. I arrive in scrubs, with my…

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When Breastfeeding Sucks: D-MER After Loss

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Many thanks to Rachel Freedman for sharing her blog with The Birthing Circle! The breastfeeding relationship can be one of great significance to the mother. When there has been a pregnancy or neonatal loss, breastfeeding one’s subsequent child can take on even more meaning. But when the mother encounters difficulties, expected or unexpected, there is a potential for psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a subjective sense of not being a good enough mother. When there has been a baby or pregnant loss in the past, the loss of breastfeeding can compound what are already-complicated feelings of grief.  …

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In celebration of life, love, mama’s intuition, and sadness. In celebration of sadness.

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Many thanks to Sherene Cauley for graciously and bravely sharing her beautiful story with us. Your writing, and your heart, are beautiful and healing. Content Warning: Miscarriage/Infant Loss “I felt her sweet and gentle spirit for the first time several years before as I passed a field at harvest time. And then in 2010 on Halloween, I told my husband she’d be here this time next year. Do you really want another, he asked. I can just feel this little spirit that wants to be with us, I told him. And on January 17, I knew she was on her way;…

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