Just like when climbing a mountain, food and fluid are the fuels that keep your muscles working and allow you to keep going in labor. Since hospitals generally discourage eating in labor (or outright won’t allow it), this is a discussion that I have with my childbirth class families.
Newborn and family sleep is often a difficult but critical topic to cover in childbirth classes. Parents are getting a lot of mixed messages from many sources about where the baby should sleep. Is it time to change the message that parents get about bedsharing?
Spring often brings updates to current vital statistics information for maternal-infant care in the United States. This provisional data includes 99.93% of all reported births in the United States in 2017. It is the most up to date information available.
May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Preeclampsia does not go away after delivery in some cases. Childbirth educators and other birth professionals can play a key role in helping to spread this message and supporting families in being diligent in postpartum symptoms.
Lamaze was one of the MfM sponsors and it was great to see our organization's name up there on the huge center stage. I was proud of the role that my certifying body has taken in standing with other leaders in maternal-infant health to improve outcomes for families and supporting this event.