We are here to help you thrive as you welcome your baby.
From the uncertainty and the excitement as you contemplate parenting, to the big questions that come up as you do, we’re here to support you. Browse our articles for information about pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding as well as other related topics.
Blog Author: Karen Laing is a mother, lactation consultant, midwife and educator and the founder and president of Birthways.
Nursing “Gear” If you’ve got a baby on the way, you are likely contributing to our economy with lots of ‘consumer activity’ aka ‘shopping’. If you’re hoping to save some resources for, say, college, or maybe even to support your breastfeeding goals with the right...read more
Signing up for and arriving at 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...read more
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Suzuki Roshi When you have a baby on the way, you inevitably put a fair amount of energy into planning, anticipating and preparing for what to ‘expect’. We help families both...read more
My daughter was born after a labor that had some twists and turns like most labors do. She was born about 36 hours after my first organized contractions. I was over the moon to meet my daughter! I recall napping for maybe an hour or so after she was able to nurse...read more
If you are considering becoming pregnant, this will be an interesting time as you relate to your body in a new way. If you’ve been having heterosexual sex, maybe pregnancy is something you’ve avoided for a long time. If you’ve not been partnered or are LGBTQ,...read more
We encourage you to reach out to us or another Lactation Consultant if you experience any of the following situations: Your newborn is feeding less than 8 times in 24 hours, or more than 12 times in 24 hours. Your newborn takes more than 45 minutes to feed and/or does...read more
Be honest. Sometimes we just don’t love the things we think we will love about being a mom-at least not all the time. In my work supporting women through the childbearing year, I believe that much of what we struggle with comes down to our expectations. A long labor...read more
Babies in tightly wrapped bundles are a common sight on hospital maternity wards. Many parents ask their doula for swaddling instructions upon coming home and hope to learn that tight burrito wrap that the nurses seem to master. But should you learn the swaddling...read more
Are you hitting the couch at 6pm, too tired to get to the grocery store or to walk the dog? For many women, pregnancy can bring a fatigue that is unlike anything they have experienced. You feel so overwhelmingly tired and yet you can't sleep. You are not alone;...read more
Our bodies demonstrate profound resiliency in the childbearing year. After giving birth, your heart, lungs, circulatory system, uterus, endocrine system…everything, are coming back into balance. Your spinal alignment, pelvis, pelvic floor, and abdominal muscles also...read more