As many soon-to-be moms do, I had a birth plan. It included a vaginal birth with no epidural, no unnecessary medications, a minimum of 1 hour of initial skin to skin contact bonding time, delayed cord clamping and of course my baby would latch on right away with no problems. Well, I quickly found out…

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In The Boob Group’s episode #127 Rumina Nursingwear’s founder Dawn Alva talks about her experience with advocating at her baby friendly hospital to do skin-to-skin and breastfeeding in the OR. Dawn talks with Sunny from New Mommy Media, expert panelist Rochelle McLean, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Doula and Child Birth Educator and Kristen Stratton Birth and…

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Postpartum Depression (PPD), some describe it as drowning, sinking, dark. No mother ever expects to experience PPD. We do not want to think about that while we are all glowing, magical pregnancy unicorns. We go through weeks of birth plans, choosing the right doctor, touring the hospital, and if you are anything like me, even…

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This is hard. One little statement, so many applications. I have said it while exercising, while attempting to tie my shoes while pregnant, while being induced, while struggling to breastfeed, and most notably the day I knew I needed help with postpartum depression and anxiety. If you knew my story, you would know better than…

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When I gave birth to my son 5+ years ago, it wasn’t what any first time mom would like to experience. I was having problems with maintaining my blood pressure and when my little boys’ heart rate dropped too low, I was rushed into an emergency c-section. It was an extremely frightening process that didn’t…

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