First, please know that you are not alone in this very difficult journey. Losing a child is a traumatic situation that no one is prepared for. As a grief therapist, the best advice I can give you at this moment is to allow yourself to feel every emotion that comes throughout this journey. You do… Read More Infant Loss
The below paper was written as an assignment for FS468 Parenting in Contemporary Societies at Mississippi University for Women in Spring 2019. Bidirectional Relationships in Stepfamilies: Mutual Impact Between Stepparents and Stepchildren Ashley BarksdaleMississippi University for WomenApril 10, 2019 Introduction In the United States, approximately 9% of married couple households, and 12% of cohabiting households… Read More Bidirectional Relationships in Stepfamilies: Mutual Impact Between Stepparents and Stepchildren
Postpartum Support covers everything from newborn care, light housekeeping, breastfeeding support, meal prep, and more! The mother’s and newborn’s care is a top priority! Basic Postpartum Services offered: Postpartum Doulas offer many different services but below is a list of the most common: Breastfeeding Education/Latch & Positioning Help Understanding Baby Cues Diapering and Baby Care Light… Read More Postpartum Support
February is Congenital Heart Defect awareness month. 1 in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. In the United States, nearly 400,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect each year. [Read Part 1 Here] Providing Support to the Family Symone was discharged from the hospital on Friday, September 16, 2005. We… Read More Matters of the Heart – Heart Defects in Infancy (Part 2)
February is Congenital Heart Defect awareness month. 1 in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect. In the United States, nearly 400,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect each year. [Read Part 2 Here] In 2005, my oldest daughter was the 1 in the 100. Like my first pregnancy, all tests… Read More Matters of the Heart – Heart Defects in Infancy (Part 1)
There is a lot to labor and birth of a baby and many expectant mothers often fear contractions. Your body becomes a powerhouse the minute it begins forming your baby and it’s absolutely amazing to see how it works. Below is an excellent example of what happens during contractions. This video was going around on Facebook… Read More Contractions: What Are They and How Do They Work?
It’s important to remember that not all labor and childbirth are the same. What one person may experience, you may not experience. Every birth story is unique. There are four stages of labor: The first Stage of Labor is what happens when the cervix dilates to 10cm. The second stage of labor is the pushing… Read More Stage One of Labor – Early, Active and Transition
WARNING: Maternal and Infant loss is mentioned in this blog post. In the days following the death of Erica Garner, I’ve seen several posts, articles, and blogs written by people from all ethnic backgrounds. Each one speculates as to the root and getting to the root cause of the African American Maternal Mortality problem. Over… Read More Now That You Are Aware, Stay Aware!
WARNING: Infant loss is mentioned in this blog post. I am the mother of 4, 3 who are with me and one who rests in paradise. My 3rd child was stillborn at 39 weeks gestational age due to missed Preeclampsia. There were so many missed warning signs that lead up to her death. Many of… Read More Count Those Kicks
You have questions. We have answers. Let The Birth Chat team answer your questions! Submit your questions to us below and we will provide the question (anonymously) and the answer for all to see. Even if you feel it may be a silly question, someone else is more than likely wondering the answer to the… Read More Ask for Help & Advice