Surrender

By Melody Fetterman

A great deal of my pregnancy was spent anticipating birth. I was afraid of it for a long time, for most of the time. Luckily, my fears dissolved as I neared the end of my pregnancy and I felt peace. And though my son’s birth was not silent or simple, it was peaceful in its own way. I remember it as a storm. The lightning contractions, the thunderous moaning, the sounds so loud that the world seemed quiet. And then, just as a storm ends, it was over. My son was born. [Read more…]

Birth Recovery Tip: Soothing Witch Hazel “Ice Packs”

witch hazel pads for recovering from giving birth

Recovering from birth can be painful! Even with no tearing or stitches the vaginal area is sore for awhile. Here is a tip for some relief after all of the work you did. You deserve it!

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An Open Letter to Doctors About Birth and Breastfeeding

Dear Doctors,

I want to personally thank you for dedicating your lives to helping people maintain wellness. You have gone through a lot of schooling and gained a ton of experience to be able to guide people through sickness and to live healthy, fulfilling and long lives. You have literally saved the lives of family members. When I am sick or injured you are the first person I call. We would be in a terrible place without you.

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The Home Birth of Sweet Wyatt William

By Sally Sites

In October 2005, I met the first love of my life- my wonderful husband Jake.  On August 19th 2010, my second love was born (plans for a natural, relaxed birth center birth were derailed by a pitocin induction at the hospital…I still birthed as naturally as I could while tethered to an IV lying in a bed but it was everything I didn’t want).  My passion for all things pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding developed as I grew into my new role as a mom to my darling little man.   [Read more…]

11 Affirmations of Birth

Before Jack came along and I was introduced to the world of parenting I had never heard of things like midwives, doulas, home births or birth affirmations. I probably would have laughed at these things, called them “hippie” and said they had no place in modern society. Since then I have come to not only feel that they have more of a place in society than most of the things I went through giving birth to Jack, but also to feel a deep sense of empowerment as I internalize more of the values behind these concepts. [Read more…]

Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days: Introduction

Exif_JPEG_422I spoke with hundreds of women before writing this e-course. It was the responses I got from these women that motivated me to make this course as extensive as it is. What angered me more than the rare story of harassment was the level of fear that many hold about breastfeeding in public. [Read more…]

Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days: Day 7 – Know Your Rights

971538_603901836343999_326644191_nCongratulations! You have made it to the last day of How to be a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days! This course will end with a summary of laws protecting breastfeeding in public and a list of breastfeeding resources for you to have on hand anytime you need them.

Breastfeeding is not a lifestyle choice. It is a public health issue.

Breastfeeding in public is not a privilege. It is a civil right. [Read more…]

Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days: Day 4 – Breastfeeding and Babywearing

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, breastfeeding in publicBreastfeeding and Babywearing

Today is dedicated to nursing in baby carriers. I have enlisted the help from babywearing expert Jillian from Paxbaby.com. In my opinion she is the number one go-to person for babywearing. I will cover each baby carrier and provide you with videos with step by step instructions on how to successfully nurse in that type of carrier. I often hear from women that they struggle to figure this out. I encourage you to watch these videos and practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. Then practice some more. Comfort and ease nursing in a carrier is just around the corner for you. You can do it. I know you can! [Read more…]

Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days: Day 6 – Covering and Comebacks

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, breastfeeding in public. Covering and Comebacks

Today I will discuss tips on being discrete if you should so choose. You are not required to be discrete to make others feel more comfortable, but if it makes YOU more comfortable then I fully support you. I will also discuss some various comebacks if you should happen to run into undesirable comments while breastfeeding in public. [Read more…]

Become a Badass Public Breastfeeder in 7 Days: Day 5 – Support From Loved Ones

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, breastfeeding in public. Partner Support

One of the most important things to maintaining a breastfeeding relationship is unconditional support from your partner. Many women are lucky to have this support, but there are still a lot of women out there who struggle with criticism or friction from their partners. [Read more…]