Childbirth Trauma Can change The Way You Experience Postpartum

Motherhood is filled with the conflicts of beauty and terror, you feel love beyond measure but challenges you never knew were coming. This experience may bring a new mother unanticipated feelings of depression or anxiety. As much as women feel this, it isn’t common to expose it. Women feel obligated to be thankful for a healthy baby or happy about the birth of her new baby. 

Why You Shouldn’t Choose An Elective C-Section

There are more than just physical problems that newborns are at risk for when born via cesarean. There are potential psychological problems that will show up later in their life. However, many of these problems are often missed as something correlated to the birth. What the newborn experiences in the womb creates predispositions, expectations, and vulnerabilities in their future. If you knew this, would you still elect for an unnecessary cesarean?

Oxytocin: More than meets the eye

In this blog you will be introduced to the truth about oxytocin. Most people are familiar with oxytocin as the hormone that causes contractions for birth, but did you know that it is also a part of the calm and connection system we have that not only reduces our reactions to pain, but also helps in healing and has anti-inflammatory effects?

How to Have a Good VBAC

The World Health Organization Multicountry Survey (WHOMCS) collected data on pregnant women who had a previous cesarean in facilities across 29 countries. The incidence of uterine rupture was 0.5%, meaning out of 37,366 women, 170 experienced uterine rupture. Though the risk is low, there are some risk factors you should speak with your doctor about while you are deciding if a VBAC is right for you. 

Planning a VBAC? Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

As a labor and delivery nurse for over a decade, I have helped many women achieve their goal of having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). With my insight of knowing my providers and behind the scenes discussions, I want to let you in on a little secret, not all doctors are bad, not all doctors “won’t let” you, and not all doctors have a choice. There is more to it than meets the eye.

The Invisible Process at Birth

It seems to be pretty common practice these days to encourage skin-to-skin contact directly after birth. The benefits have been shown to calm and relax the mother and baby, regulate the baby’s heart rate, breathing, temperature, and blood sugar. It stimulates their digestion and interest in feeding, and stimulates the release of hormones to support breastfeeding and mothering. 

How To Birth a Big Baby

When you're having a bigger baby, it is very important to be able to have as much mobility and freedom inside your pelvis as possible, because you have to create enough space for your baby to navigate through. One part of your soft tissues is a connective tissue called fascia. Fascia weaves all through your muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, even your bones. Fascia is actually what allows these soft tissue in your body to stretch and contract. 

About the Author

Hi, I'm Marya Eddaifi

I was only 22 when I had my son. It wasn't the best experience but I didn't know better.

It wasn’t until after I became a Labor and Delivery nurse did I realize how badly I was treated and grieved over my birth. Did I tell you this was 15 years later?

After realizing how nurses and medical providers impact such a huge life event, it became my mission to change the world through beautiful birth experiences!