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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Kadin Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center

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  If you still think that chiropractic care is only about cracking backs, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Kat. Dr. Katherine Kadin, DACCP, is the owner of and practitioner for Kadin Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Rockville and she specializes in caring for women throughout each stage of her childbearing journey. As she explains on her blog, Mostly Holistic Mama, Kadin began her practice because of her passion for health and wellness for all families. On this blog, Kadin covers topics which range from placenta encapsulation to improving immune systems to her own VBAC story. It’s…

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Leila’s Birth Story

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Written by Leila’s mother, Kellie Ganoung Tuesday – 8.15.2017 40 week appointment Cervix is closed, soft and favorable. Baby is head down, and she looks great on the ultrasound. I went ahead and scheduled my induction for the following Monday at 8pm. I left the appointment somewhat discouraged. Dan (hubby) and I decided to go take a walk even though it was super humid. Our walk ended up in stopping to get some ice cream and that night we decided to get something spicy to eat. We ordered spicy wings from BonChon and they were so spicy that I felt that my mouth was…

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The Birth Story of Leah Rose

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Leah Rose Eyler – Born 4/11/17 By mother Mel Eyler My pregnancy with Leah was completely different to my first pregnancy with Naomi two years ago, which is part of the reason I thought she would be a boy.  My first pregnancy was smooth sailing, apart from some heartburn and a couple of yeast infections, but the birth was not what I was expecting.  I learned as much as I could, I took the Bradley Birth Method 12-week class with my husband and was all ready for a natural, un-medicated birth, but that did not happen.  At 41+1 I was…

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