Balanced Families Birth Blog

Balanced Perspectives on Childbirth and Beyond

​What’s normal & not normal with breastfeeding

What’s normal & not normal with breastfeeding In past cultures, breastfeeding was a normal thing and often took a village, literally. Moms, grandmas, aunties and other women would teach new moms how to do it. Girls would grow up watching breastfeeding - it was a normal part of their lives....

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4 Types of Pregnancy Pelvic Pain & What to Do

If you’re pregnant & in your second or third trimester, you’ve probably experienced some sort of pain. The most common pain we hear about is pelvic pain - which can range from a dull ache to a “I-cannot-walk-or-move” pain. There are also many types of pelvic pain, which can be...

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​3 Daily Activities for the BEST Baby Positioning

Most of us are concerned about whether our baby’s head is down or not. However, head down doesn’t guarantee a smooth labor. We outlined some positions that are not optimal in our Instagram post here. But not all is lost! There are some things you can do to DAILY to help encourage the best...

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I Survived a Postpartum Hemorrhage: Maternal Death Rate & What You Need to Know

The hospital room was mostly quiet, except for the quiet murmuring of my husband talking to his parents on the phone as he held our third child - a baby girl we named Josephine. My labor was long, and I was tired. I felt the urge to go to the bathroom, and I didn’t want to bother my husband, so...

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Is it True or False Labor? How to Tell.

Is it True or False labor? How to tell. That first contraction a mama feels is so exhilarating (and also a little nerve-wracking, if I’m honest). I still remember the first time I felt a Braxton Hicks contraction. It was such a strange sensation - an uncontrollable tightening of my uterus and a...

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7 Things I Wished I'd Been Told About C-Section Recovery

Photo by Jonathan Borba After my emergency c-section with our second daughter, Camille, I was so unprepared for c-section recovery. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d need a c-section, especially since I already had a successful vaginal birth with our first daughter. Needless to say, I...

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Is Childbirth Painful? 5 Ways to Deal with Pain Naturally

As my husband sat next to my bulging baby belly, we nervously laughed as our childbirth class discussed labor pain. We were instructed to get ice from our freezers, and for me to hold the ice cubes in my hands to see how long I could withstand the pain. I thought it would be easy-peasy - but a...

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How Can I Induce Labor, Naturally? 5 Proven Ways

If you’re visiting this page, I can guess a few things about you: you’re probably 36+ weeks pregnant, feel like a massive, beached-whale, and are OVER. IT. Am I right? I’m here to give you some ideas on how to induce labor. But before I do that, I do need to say something that you may not...

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The Absolute WORST (and best) Baby Positions

The position of your baby is SO KEY for a smooth and quick labor. All three of my labors involved a baby positioning issue - 2 were super long (24+hours) and the other was a breech birth that resulted in a c-section. Let’s dive into the different positions a baby can be in while they’re snug as a...

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8 Incredible Facts You Never Knew About Placentas

I had heard about “birthing” a placenta. I mean, my childbirth class talked about it. But after I gave that final push and heard my precious baby crying - I completely forgot about it. Then all of a sudden, when the nurse told me to flip over so they could deliver the placenta, I remembered and...

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