The incidence of suicidal thoughts and self-harm during pregnancy and after childbirth is on the rise. In fact, suicide is one of the leading causes of death of new parents (moms / birthing parent). The most significant risks are for those with a severe mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse disorder.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and as advocates for mental health and well-being, especially in the perinatal period, we want to share critical resources for those affected by suicidal ideation or self-harm. Whether for yourself or someone you know, use the following information to help.
Families feeding their babies human milk may be surprised to learn just how often their babies want to eat! How often an infant eats when breastfeeding/body feeding is not the same as how much time you will spend feeding your baby. Let's look at the details.
There is a lot of terminology thrown around when you enter the world of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, baby feeding, and early parenthood. In our "Terminology Explained" series, we help you break it down, bit by jargony bit.
The term for today is relaxin.
What is Relaxin?
When giving birth in a hospital, you can expect to stay in the hospital after birth for at least 24 hours. Staying beyond that time, however, depends on multiple factors.
Length of Hospital Stay Depending on Type of Birth
Routine vaginal birth
Many expecting parents find themselves watching video after video of real birth online. Videos can give you an idea of the sights and sounds commonly present during childbirth, which can help you feel like you have a better idea of what to expect during the big day.
If you're watching online birth videos, it's important to know that not all videos are created equal.