Where to Have Your Baby: Hospital, Birth Center, Home
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by Lo Mansfield
3d ago
Choosing where to have your baby is just as important as choosing a birth provider! I often tell friends to choose their location before they choose a provider. And I know – that sounds a little backwards. But if you are really wanting a home birth or a birth center birth, there’s a good chance that there are only certain providers (like a midwife) who can deliver you in those spaces. Knowing where you want to have your baby can actually help narrow down the list of providers to interview or consider. Why where you deliver your baby matters Did you know that when you feel unsafe or interfered ..read more
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Coffee When Pregnant: Is Caffeine Safe?
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by Lo Mansfield
2w ago
Raise your hand if you feel like there are so many rules when you become pregnant? Rules on how to sleep, how to advocate, how to exercise, how to eat, how to care for our bodies, and how to care for our skin. If you choose to breastfeed or pump, the rules continue postpartum, as your body works hard to make the milk to nourish your little one. And for many in the middle of all of these are the questions: “can I drink coffee when I’m pregnant?” and “is caffeine safe when I’m pregnant?” I understand how annoying the rules can be, how frustrating it might feel to constantly have “right” numbers ..read more
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Placenta Encapsulation: Should I Eat my Placenta?
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by Lo Mansfield
3w ago
Eat your placenta? Yes – it’s true! Placenta encapsulation is a relatively newer trend that some choose to do postpartum. Curious why – or interested in doing it yourself? Let’s chat about the what, why, and how of all of it. What is a placenta? You probably already know what a placenta is. It is the amazing organ (that your body grows in a few months!) that nourishes your baby while they’re inside. The placenta is delivered during the 3rd stage of labor, usually within 5-30 minutes after baby is born. If you don’t ask to keep your placenta, the hospital or birthing center will dispose of it a ..read more
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Black Friday Mama + Baby Deal Guide: 2022
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by Lo Mansfield
2M ago
Ok, let’s do this. Online shopping really is my favorite thing ever – but that’s probably because I’ve always hated in-person shopping. I know there’s a lot going on and all of the spending can feel incredibly overwhelming. The flip side? The deals this weekend are a great way to save some money on what you need or in an upcoming newborn or postpartum phase.  Hope you have a cup of something hot and you are curled up on your couch right now. Thanks for shopping with me. Cheers! The Labor Mama Courses: Yep, that’s right! From 11/24 – 11/28, all TLM courses will be 25% off. Use the code: B ..read more
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What Are The Stages of Labor & Birth?
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by Lo Mansfield
2M ago
Did you know that labor and birth has multiple stages and phases? Have you heard this? Does it matter? Do you need to know more? I think you do. Why? Because one of the most common questions pregnant mamas ask me is: “how long am I going to be in labor?” But I think understanding the answer to this question really starts with understanding all of the stages and phases of labor. What are the stages of labor? You may have noticed that I just talked about stages and phases of labor. Good catch – and yes, it’s important. I’m going to give you a quick overview of all of it here, and then we’ll go i ..read more
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What Does a Midwife Do & Are They Right For You?
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by Lo Mansfield
3M ago
If you’re pregnant (or thinking about it), you probably know what an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) is. If you aren’t pregnant, I’m going to guess that you may be seeing an OB-GYN right now for your basic preventative women’s health care (menstrual cycle issues, contraception help, pap smears, etc.). I want to put another type of provider on your radar who can do all of that stuff and deliver babies too – a midwife. What is a midwife? Ok, so let’s assume you are pregnant and are wondering what type of provider is best for you and your pregnancy. Maybe you’ve heard of midwives and need mor ..read more
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Epidural for Labor: What, Why & How Explained
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by Lo Mansfield
3M ago
Whether or not you have children, you are probably familiar (at least a little) with an epidural for labor. And if you’re pregnant right now, my guess is you may have an idea of whether or not you’d like to use one. Regardless of where you are in your decision-making process, let’s answer the questions: What is an epidural? What does an epidural do? How does an epidural work? What are the risks and benefits of an epidural? What is it like to get an epidural? Hopefully, this information will help you make a decision (or affirm the decision you’ve already made) about an epidural for labor. Wha ..read more
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Foremilk & Hindmilk: Which Milk is Better?
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by Lo Mansfield
3M ago
Ok friend, never heard of foremilk and hindmilk? Good. You probably don’t need to! But if you have, you may have learned the wrong things. Foremilk and hindmilk are terms that circulate often in the lactation world. They refer to the milk that empties out of the breast during milk expression. Hindmilk gets a lot of “praise” for being the rich, fatty milk that baby needs. Foremilk is often believed to be less attractive or desirable because it is waterier, less fatty, and less nutritive. Basically, there’s this odd hindmilk vs foremilk debate – and really, our babies need all of it. What are f ..read more
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Breaking the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle in Birth
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by Lo Mansfield
4M ago
When I talk to a mama about how she is feeling as her birth approaches, I usually get a lot of answers. There’s excitement. Joy. Fear. Worries about other children, labor pain, and sleepless nights. And honestly? It all makes sense. To have a child and to become a mama (whether it’s your 1st or your 6th) is a life-changing experience each time. I think it makes sense that we give this monumental change the respect and reverence it deserves. If I could steal back one emotion from you though – it’d be that fear. Especially fear about childbirth. Though labor and birth are processes that can seem ..read more
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Eating During Labor: Is it Really Not Okay?
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by Lo Mansfield
4M ago
If you are pregnant and doing some learning, you have likely googled the question why can’t you eat during labor? No eating during labor is a common rule in many hospitals, but a lot of people accept the rule without really understanding where it is coming from or if it is evidence-based. I want to change that. Maybe, you’ve already had someone tell you that they couldn’t eat during their labor. Maybe, your provider has already loosely mentioned in a prenatal appointment that you can’t eat either. Or maybe, all you remember from your first baby is how hungry you were during your 26-hour marath ..read more
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