Recently there has been an article going around by Postpartum Progress called You Can’t Tell A Mom Has Postpartum Depression By Looking. I was browsing through some pictures from when my daughter was young and was struck by just how true this is. I suffered from severe postpartum depression but you'd never guess that from looking at our family photos. Remember, just because a mom looks "good" or "happy" doesn't mean she is ok. These pictures show a mom who looks incredibly happy but nothing could have been further from the truth.
If you’re expecting a baby, you know this baby business is expensive stuff! Doctor bills, nursery, stroller, everything adds up quickly. The last thing you probably want to do is pay for a birth class. Luckily there are a couple ways to make childbirth education more affordable.
One great way is to see if your insurance will cover the cost of a class for you. To do this, call the member service number on the back of your insurance card and ask if they cover birth classes. Many private insurance companies will reimburse you for all or part of a birth class. If your insurance company covers the cost of a class, you generally pay the teacher upfront and submit a claim to your insurance company after the class is complete.
Most of us (especially pregnant ladies) love a good massage. There’s nothing like it to relieve the stress of a long day or achy muscles and let’s be honest...pregnancy comes with lots of aches and pains. It’s no surprise that many women generally enjoy being rubbed, touched or massaged during labor, but did you know that utilizing some massage and touching techniques can actually trick your brain into feeling less pain during labor? Here’s how!
To really understand this concept, let’s delve into a little science for a moment. Your skin has many different types of receptors that transmit sensory information to your brain. The receptors that we’re interested in are called Merkel’s Disks and Meissner's Corpuscles. These receptors tell your brain what you’re feeling - hot, cold, light pressure, massage, vibration, pain, etc. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these can help you trick your brain into feeling less discomfort!
It may be the epitome of your fear as your due date nears, or even passes. You’ll be out somewhere and pop-gush-splash your water breaks, making a huge mess. Reality check here. It’s actually not like what you see in the movies (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the video I’ve included). In real life, labor does not usually start with your water breaking. In fact, only about 10% of women will have their water break before labor begins. Instead, most commonly your water will break at some point in labor when you are experiencing strong pressure and contractions. But if you are in the 10% whose water breaks prior to or very early during labor, use the acronym COAT to note a few key pieces of information that your care provider will want.
I’m going to let you in on a big secret about newborns. Ready? Here it is… newborns cry. A lot. The average newborn cries 2 hours a day, and by 6 weeks of age will cry for 3 hours a day. As a parent, this is exhausting and your natural instinct is to do everything in your power to soothe your upset baby. But how do you know what they need?
Getting breastfeeding off to a good start begins before birth. While there is absolutely no right or wrong way to have a baby, what many expectant parents don’t know is that some interventions during birth can affect breastfeeding. Here are a few common interventions you may experience during your birth and what you should know about their potential impact on breastfeeding. Having a solid education of labor, birth and breastfeeding can help get your experience off to the best start possible.
One of the things I love about Lincoln is that it is a thriving hubspot for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Six months ago I had the pleasure of meeting a particularly enthusiastic, caring one of these professionals, Dr. Matt Horak of Horak Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Being an avid supporter of chiropractic care myself, I recently sat down with him to talk about his practice and how chiropractic and acupressure use applies to pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Matt’s journey with chiropractic started when he was in 5th grade. He had a trampoline accident and hurt his neck. He saw a chiropractor for the injury and continued chiropractic care throughout high school. Going into college, he said knew he wanted to go into healthcare.
I wanted a natural childbirth. No epidural, no intervention - the whole, glorious nine yards. To that end, I took a (useless) 12 week Bradley class, religiously read books like Husband Coached Childbirth and practiced my relaxation techniques exactly as instructed.
Many of you are probably nodding your heads right about now. You all know what comes next; you’ve heard the story before.
Ask anyone who knows me: I love doulas and I love henna. I mean, I really love henna. My first henna design was done by the lovely Amanda Heath of Best Birth Doula Care and Henna Design. I recently sat down with her to talk about the henna and doula work she does in our community.
Now before we get too far here, you might be wondering what the heck henna is. Originating in the middle Eastern and African regions, it is a plant that has healing and cooling properties.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down to coffee with Vanessa, a licensed marriage and family therapist about the work she does in Lincoln, NE. I was drawn to her work because she is one of the few counselors in Lincoln who is thoroughly knowledgeable of perinatal mood disorders. I personally suffered with postpartum depression and I wish I would have known about Vanessa at the time because when you go to a counselor who doesn’t understand the complicated world of postpartum depression, it makes things much, much worse.
I had no idea what exactly a marriage and family therapist does, so Vanessa explained. Being licensed as a LMFT doesn’t mean that you only work with married couples - it is a way of viewing problems within the context of marriage, couples and family systems.