Well, here we are again at the end of another year. 2021, for many people, was a challenging year. A second year into the Covid pandemic created added difficulties across many of life's experiences. And yet, there also has been new and exciting opportunities, success, and many moments of joy! No matter your own mix of experiences this year, one thing is for certain: At Giving Birth With Confidence, we shared a lot of information about pregnancy and childbirth. Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to turn to Lamaze for resources, stories, and information on safe and healthy birth.
Like every year, we've compiled lists that summarize the blog's year in review. What was your favorite post? What would you like to see more or less of? Let us know in the comments! Interested in being a guest writer for the blog? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Labor support
- Childbirth classes
- Newborn care tips
- Birth terminology explained
- Childbirth videos
- ALL the tips about labor and birth
- Black health equity
- How to dress for pregnancy comfort
Some of the Questions Answered
Top 10 Viewed Posts of 2021
Safely Treat Allergies During Pregnancy
With the help of MotherToBaby, we provide a list of the allergy medications considered safe to take in pregnancy.
How a Doula Supports You During Cesarean Birth
When you hire a doula, it's important to have conversations about the details of doula support for the many variations labor and birth can take, including c-section. Learn how a doula can still be an invaluable support person in the event of cesarean.
Releasing Tension in Labor Helps Relieves Pain
Learn how to recognize when you're tensing up in labor and then release that tension in order to reduce the amount of overall pain and stress you feel.
Keeping Your Newborn Baby Safe & Cool in Extreme Heat
Learn the basics on how to keep your infant cool and how to recognize signs of overheating.
Make Sure Movement is Part of Your Labor
Research shows that moving around freely in labor provides pain relief, decreases the need for pain medication, may make labor/birth easier/faster, and improves your sense of control in labor, as well as overall satisfaction. Learn how to incorporate movement in labor.
Safety of the COVID -19 Vaccine for Pregnant and Lactating People
This post was released almost one year ago and talks about initial findings of safety of the Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant and lactating people. The vaccine still is recommended and has found to be safe for pregnant and lactating people.
Endometriosis, Fertility, and Pregnancy
If you have endometriosis, it's impossible to predict what you might experience when you try to conceive and during pregnancy. The more informed you are, the more prepared and supported you can be as you go through this stage in your life.
When in Labor Should You Go to the Hospital
Knowing when to leave for the hospital in labor so that you don't arrive too early and not too late is hard to determine. And while the answer isn't a perfect science, there are some general guidelines.
When Is the Best Time to Take a Childbirth Class?
For a general childbirth class, take it closer to your due month so the information is fresh, but not too close in case your baby comes early. If you're taking a more specific childbirth class, the ideal timing may be different.
What to Do When You're in Early Labor
Often, early labor becomes a mental and emotional game. It's easy to become impatient and frustrated. The ideas in this post will get you started with some ways to deal with the early phase of labor.
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