Are You Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant?

Are You Pregnant or Planning to Become Pregnant?

by Judi Amico, Andrea Barbosa, Angela Bailey & Felicia Elston SWFLBN Chapter Leaders Childbearing women in Southwest Florida have a variety of options available when choosing how, where and the type of of provider to give birth with.  In preparing for your special day and the many decisions you will have to make, navigating options and knowing where to find them is easier with the help of a guide. Often maternity care providers are attending numerous women in a short period of time, minimizing opportunity for individualized care.  Individualized care allows the provider to…Read more …
Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

Helping Expectant Moms Learn About Childbirth Options

by Andrea Barbosa & Angela Bailey SWFLBN Chapter Leaders The way that a woman experiences childbirth can profoundly affect her mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  Postpartum Support International states that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth is experienced by 1-6% of women, most often caused by real or perceived trauma in labor or postpartum. Reasons can include poor communication and lack of support and reassurance during the delivery and/or having an unplanned cesarean. Many women are choosing to become informed about all of their childbirth options, yet there are many more that are…Read more …

When do babies sleep through the night?

Babies don’t sleep through the night until between two and three years of age. I wish this weren’t true. I wish I had a magic wand that would take away the challenge of night waking, but I’m afraid it comes with the territory. The good news is that it does get better; the bad news is that it’s not over as soon as we’d like. My personal experience with four children tells me that it takes about two years for the nervous and immune system of a child to mature enough to foster…Read more …