Giving birth the first time was terrifying, traumatic, messy and beautiful all at the same time.
I was totally unprepared for the episiotomy, gigantic, postpartum mommy diapers, hemorrhoids, sleep-deprivation and cracked and bleeding nipples. And the emotions, oh, my!
I felt like I was alone in my suffering, because it’s human nature to feel that way in the midst of such shocking and excruciating changes.
Hey new-to-be mama!
Your about ready to pop and feeling all the emotions about having a baby….trust me, I remember!
I also remember how frazzled I was about packing my hospital bag for labor and birth. I wanted to include IT ALL and with with my first son, I did just that. We had two, yes count them TWO bags with us during our whopping one-night all-inclusive stay at resort hospital.
People often compliment my premature son because they haven’t seen a 1-year-old so active.
I always smile, and with wholehearted joy, I explain that my son is actually 2 years-old. And then I say, out of habit, “He’s just small.”
But he’s not just small.
My son was born at 31 weeks of gestation after many complications with my pregnancy.
What would you need if you had to stay at the hospital an extra 14 days while your newborn was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)?
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides 24 hour care by trained health care providers and specialized equipment to help your premature or sick baby get optimal care.
Giving birth is your own right.
But, that doesn’t make it any easier to decide how you will give birth.
The options we have for birthing our babies today (hospital, birthing center, home, natural, medicated, water) can be a bit overwhelming.
For me after 3 traumatic hospital births I was ready to try something new – reenter the documentary The Business of Being Born.
So you’ve had your baby and spent your two blissful days in the hospital.
Nurses and doctors have been in and out of your room to help you feed and change your newborn.
You’ve had people waiting on you hand and foot.
Bringing a new life into this world can be overwhelming all on it’s own.
Many new moms have no clue where to begin when making a baby registry.
I remember spending THREE hours on our first trip to Buy Buy Baby to make a registry.
Is your newborn waking up multiple times throughout the night?
Does your newborn seem restless and irritable at night? Does your newborn startle every time you lay him or her down to sleep? These are all common complaints of many new moms.
Imagine being a newborn baby.
To the new mama who cried this morning out of pure exhaustion.
To the new mama whose seemingly, sole responsibility is to attend to her newborn’s every little whimper.