What’s in Your Birth Bag?

What’s in Your Birth Bag?

by Christine Ghali A simple google search for “Birth Bag” brings up a slew of seemingly must-read articles on wildly popular maternity sites. Three pairs of warm, non-skid socks, pen and paper, and sugar-free candy are actually on more than one “must bring” list. Really? What makes these things essential to birthing our babies or providing the laboring mother the comfort measures she needs? It’s lists like this that serve to confuse birthing mothers, cause us to second guess ourselves and ultimately, bring us further from our birthing instincts and our internal locus of…Read more …
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 …