Practicing Self-Compassion: Parenting a Newborn in a Pandemic

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Parenting is one of the most exciting, challenging, joyful and exhausting times in a person’s life. The adjustment to bringing home a new member of the family is a time typically filled with big emotions and learning to understand one another in this new space together. Even if you’ve read all the books, taken all…

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COVID-19: What Birthways is Doing, What You Can Do, and How to Make the Most of Home-based Supports in the Face of this Pandemic

Updated 2.4.2021 The COVID-10 pandemic continues to require our attention and vigilance. As we move into flu season and the winter months, Birthways continues to ensure the highest standards of care and safety in providing in-person support to expectant and new families. We hope this information sheet will answer your questions and know that you…

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3 Steps to Address Common Fears of The Birth Partner

3 Steps to Address Common Fears of The Birth Partner Birthways

Contributed by Birthways Doulas As the partner to an expectant person, you are having your own experiences of pregnancy, preparation, birth and early parenting. While the focus during this time of growing your family is typically on the expectant person, it is very common for the partner to have their own questions, concerns, worries or…

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Statement of Solidarity

Statement of Solidarity, Birthways Chicago

Birthways has welcomed thousands of babies and their parents over the last years. Our aim is simple: to empower, inform and support families so that the rough edges of the transition into parenthood be softened by kindness, compassion and nonjudgmental care. We believe in and work towards creating peaceful beginnings for all babies and parents…

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Who should we worry about with COVID-19? It’s not our babies.

Who should we worry about? It’s not our babies. Coronavirus, also known as “SARS-CoV-2” is a viral pathogen that causes the respiratory infection “COVID-19” and it’s impacted hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. It has certain characteristics that are leading to its rapid spread and that lead us to take these precautions that have impacted…

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Calming the Mind: The Brain and Neural Pathways

It is a commonly held view that meditation is a way to shut off the pressures of your world or of your own mind, but this is not an accurate impression. Meditation is neither shutting things out or off. It is seeing things clearly and deliberately positioning yourself differently in relationship to them. —Jon Kabat-Zinn…

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Understanding Why Childbirth Classes Can Be Stressful

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Registering and then attending your first childbirth preparation class is often a significant, “this is really happening” moment. You’re reminded that the fetus that is kicking you and pushing against your ribs and bladder will actually want to come out of your body and that this will require a bit of coordinated effort. Partners are…

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4 reality checks when creating a birth plan

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Preparing for Birth It’s been over 25 years since I began working in maternity care advocacy and I’ve seen significant change including an increased awareness of choices, growth within health care systems, resistance within health care systems, and meaningful initiatives such as the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Some take hold while others come and go.…

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A newborn’s 6 states of consciousness and why they’re important

Newborn 6 states of consciousness-Birthways Doulas Services Chicago

Newborns cycle through 6 states of consciousness—2 are sleep states and 4 are waking states. Observing the external signs of these behavioral states, parents can learn how to understand and align with their baby’s needs and facilitate moving between the states, also known as regulation. These states are organized around a few key factors: Baby’s…

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