Postpartum

  • Ten most essential postpartum items for mom

    Your baby's due any day now. What will you need on hand those first few days post-delivery? Here's our 10 postpartum must-haves.

  • Plan ahead for baby's first weeks at home

    During your first weeks together, you and your baby may feel just as dazed and confused. What can you do to make it easier? Get ready! You owe it to yourself and your baby to prepare in advance and line up as much support as you can.

  • Surviving Postpartum Psychosis and Losing my Son...

    I survived Postpartum Psychosis, my Son did not...

    In March of 1999 I had just turned 25 and was about to give birth to my second child. My daughter was turning 6 later that month as well so there should have been a lot of celebrating to do. I went a week and a half past my due date, and my son was born on March 11th at 11:10pm; Hunter Macarthy Ramsey.
    Although I was excited, exhausted and not feeling quite right, little did I know a month later my little boy would be dead and I would be committed to the Augusta Mental Health Institute; responsible for his death.

    I grew up in a small coastal town in Maine. I always refer to my family as "Old Maine". I guess alluding to the fact that nobody talks about their feelings. We still banked the house in the winter with plastic and hay and things always went unspoken. We were strong Maine women. It would have been nice if we were half as strong as what we thought we were supposed to be.
    My mother was one of 6 children, very typical around here; they were Catholic. She had me when she was 17 and married my father I was told to get out of the house. Secrets, Secrets, Secrets...

    I bounced around from relative to relative after the divorced and started kindergarten late waiting for my mother to come back from where ever it was she had gone. Eventually she did and ended up in a co-dependent relationship with my Stepfather and they had my brother and sister. There were years and years of fighting, alcohol, staying, leaving, packing up and moving back.
    When I was 14, after a two day bender of not going to school, my Mom and stepdad fighting, packing and unpacking; my mother hung herself in our bathroom. I learned of this from her father (my grandfather) as she had sent me there to spend the night.
    He informed me since I was the oldest child it was my responsibility to plan the funeral. Looking back, I think he was just devastated and was doing the best he could in those moments. So, with my grandfather driving me around and footing the bill, I proceeded to plan my mother's funeral. I don't remember everything, just bits and pieces. What I do remember is finally demanding to see her at the funeral parlor as we were writing her obituary. I had to; I couldn't or wouldn't bel

  • Postpartum Nutrition for the New Mom

    If you're pregnant, you could be daydreaming about holding your precious baby for the first time or hopefully fitting back into your favorite jeans. Another topic that you'll want to consider is your body's post pregnancy needs.

  • Postpartum Anxiety

    Now that the baby's here, have you become a professional worrywart? One of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression is anxiety. Use these helpful suggestions to help keep it under control.

  • This is Your Brain on the Postpartum Blues

    Elevated levels of a brain protein known to deplete the body of feel-good hormones like serotonin may be responsible for triggering powerful feelings of sadness in new mothers.

  • C-Section: Not What They Were Expecting

    Experts say the advice women receive prior to discharge from hospital after c-section needs to be revised to consider the context of women's and their families' lived reality.

  • Selma Blair Gets Real About Postpartum Hair Loss and More!

    Selma Blair is refreshingly candid about the realities of postpartum hair loss following the birth of her adorable son, Arthur Saint.

  • Top Ten Tips for New Moms

    You may find that some of the expectations you had for your first weeks with new baby are far from the reality. Below you will find some of our favorite mom-to-mom tips for helping you through this initial honeymoon period with your new baby:

  • Normal Postpartum Cycle?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    I had my first child seven months ago. I have been breastfeeding her all along, and I introduced baby foods about two months ago.

  • Help Your Baby Breastfeed Before It's Even Born

    A growing body of research reveals profound connections between a woman's birth experience and her ability to get breastfeeding off to a good start. But if you think of putting your baby to your breast as the fourth stage of labor it can help you visualize this connection.

  • Laughing Through the Chaos - 5 milligrams is all it takes

    I've got a great support network of other moms online, and one day I told them that I was really irritable and stupid little things were really pissing me off. I told them that I'd cry really easily over stuff that never would have bothered me before. Postpartum depression was brought up. I shrugged it off and said - nope, not me, not depressed.

  • Placentophagy: "Ewww! Why Would You Eat That!

    Most mammals eat their placenta. Would you? Studies show eating the placenta can curb postpartum depression, replenish nutrients, increase milk production, and slow postpartum hemorrhage.

  • Selma Blair Gets Real About Postpartum Hair Loss and More!

    Selma Blair is refreshingly candid about the realities of postpartum hair loss following the birth of her adorable son, Arthur Saint.

  • C.C.: A Story of Courage

    by C.C. Howell

  • Pregnancy Hair Loss

    Telogen effluvium is the excessive shedding of hair that occurs one to five months following pregnancy. This is not uncommon, affecting somewhere between 40 to 50% of women

  • What is a Cesarean Section?

    What is a Cesarean Section? A cesarean section is the surgical delivery of the baby through an abdominal incision. Supposedly, Julius Caesar was delivered in this manner, hence the name.

  • 2 before 20

    So my first pregnancy was when i was 15 years old and it was during my sophomore year of high school. not really my fault or anything, just put myself in a bad situation but hey couldn't change the past. but i found out my child was gonna be a boy and i was happy. when i was 16 i had him. he was due may 1st but he came 2 wks and 4 days early. it was apr. 13th 2007. he was 7lbs 6 oz and 20.5 in. long. i named him trentyn xavier. his labor/delivery was really easy, only about 5 and a half hours long and with no pain meds and vaginal, with an episiotomy. i gained about 45 pounds with it.

  • Surviving Postpartum Psychosis and Losing my Son...

    I survived Postpartum Psychosis, my Son did not...

    In March of 1999 I had just turned 25 and was about to give birth to my second child. My daughter was turning 6 later that month as well so there should have been a lot of celebrating to do. I went a week and a half past my due date, and my son was born on March 11th at 11:10pm; Hunter Macarthy Ramsey.
    Although I was excited, exhausted and not feeling quite right, little did I know a month later my little boy would be dead and I would be committed to the Augusta Mental Health Institute; responsible for his death.

    I grew up in a small coastal town in Maine. I always refer to my family as "Old Maine". I guess alluding to the fact that nobody talks about their feelings. We still banked the house in the winter with plastic and hay and things always went unspoken. We were strong Maine women. It would have been nice if we were half as strong as what we thought we were supposed to be.
    My mother was one of 6 children, very typical around here; they were Catholic. She had me when she was 17 and married my father I was told to get out of the house. Secrets, Secrets, Secrets...

    I bounced around from relative to relative after the divorced and started kindergarten late waiting for my mother to come back from where ever it was she had gone. Eventually she did and ended up in a co-dependent relationship with my Stepfather and they had my brother and sister. There were years and years of fighting, alcohol, staying, leaving, packing up and moving back.
    When I was 14, after a two day bender of not going to school, my Mom and stepdad fighting, packing and unpacking; my mother hung herself in our bathroom. I learned of this from her father (my grandfather) as she had sent me there to spend the night.
    He informed me since I was the oldest child it was my responsibility to plan the funeral. Looking back, I think he was just devastated and was doing the best he could in those moments. So, with my grandfather driving me around and footing the bill, I proceeded to plan my mother's funeral. I don't remember everything, just bits and pieces. What I do remember is finally demanding to see her at the funeral parlor as we were writing her obituary. I had to; I couldn't or wouldn't bel

  • Which Blood Types Need a Rhogam Shot?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    Suppose if my male partner and I have same blood types (for example, O positive), should I have a baby? If I am pregnant from the guy with same blood type, will I have a shot to prevent further complications? Or can't I have a baby at all?