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5 ways you can be an advocate at your own birth

I imagine you hope that when you get to your place of birth in labor that all the people around you will say all the right things and make suggestions that are exactly perfect and in line with your birth plan. 

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Creating a postpartum plan

It is common for expecting parents to prepare for their baby's birth. They will take the classes and read the books and do the yoga and download the guided birth meditation. However, it is also common for them to spend less time preparing once they bring the baby home. This part of your journey deserves at least equal, if not more preparation and attention. It is good practice for you to create a postpartum plan so that you are prepared for those first six weeks after having a baby. 

This will significantly reduce the stress you can experience at this time. 

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IVF 101

You’ve tracked your ovulation, scheduled intercourse, and have been to all the doctor appointments… and still no baby. What now? If you have explored all options available to you, this may be the year you decide that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the way to make your family a reality. But there are more than a few things you need to know. Even reading about the medical and science terms involved in the process can be overwhelming but armed with the right information and team of doctors, it doesn’t have to be.

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Do you need a birth plan?

You may have wondered if you need to take the time to write a birth plan because you have been told by others that ‘it never goes according to plan.’ So, is there any point making a birth plan? In my opinion, yes, absolutely! A birth plan is more than hoping everything goes perfectly. It is digging deep into all the options in childbirth and preparing yourself to be the most informed consumer of your birth process.

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