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You're Not Expecting This at the Hospital

You're Not Expecting This at the Hospital

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Written by Natalie McBride
As two mommas, we know what it’s like to give birth in a hospital. We were ready, having taken a 12-week birth prep course, the nursery arranged and the birth bag packed. Something that really shocked us both, happened after our first post-birth shower.
Epidurals can Fail - These 3 Pain Management Back up Plans Can't

Epidurals can Fail - These 3 Pain Management Back up Plans Can't

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Written by Natalie McBride
There are many ways to approach birth, and if you’re planning on an epidural for a more comfortable birth experience, you may want to consider a pain management back-up plan. Why? Did you know that the epidural could fail you? While unlikely, it’s empowering to go into birth knowing you’ve got options that you can rely on for your comfort.  
4 Reasons its worth taking more than a birth class

4 Reasons It’s Worth Taking More than a Childbirth Class

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Written by Natalie McBride
Birth involves all of our senses and our mentality, our spirituality, our physicality to labor and birth. A better birth can be achieved from a series of preparations. While a lack of preparation doesn’t ensure a terrible experience, a concerted effort at preparing for birth does create a more empowered mindset for birth. That, in turn, can make for a better birth experience
The Case for a Birth Plan: 4 Ways it can Transform Birth Experiences

The Case for a Birth Plan: 4 Ways it can Transform Birth Experiences

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
You might wonder “how on earth do you ‘plan’ for something like birth?” Creating a birth plan drastically changed my first birth experience. And it’s just as important to me the second time around. Here’s four reasons why.
The 1% Pregnancy Complication + Birth Story

The 1% Pregnancy Complication + Birth Story

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Written by Natalie McBride
Two years ago I went in for my last pre-natal visit on my second pregnancy. I was one day “past due” so a sonogram was done on my massive belly and then we saw the doctor. She let me know that I had “too much” amniotic fluid and that an immediate induction was necessary.
Five surprising maternal health facts

Five surprising maternal health facts

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Written by Natalie McBride

We’ve been off the page, lately, working hard on some exciting new business features and opportunities. It’s all we can do to contain ourselves about what is upcoming for Baby Boldly! We’re making new connections, forming our network, and developing new ideas that will truly allow us to empower growing families.

My Birth Story: Natalie

My Birth Story: Natalie

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Written by Natalie McBride

This is my birth story. Telling this story is a part of my healing.

I played by all the rules with my first pregnancy, including quitting my anti-anxiety prescription. Aside from the hours I spent researching every piece of baby gear I thought I needed, I intermittently wondered how I was going to give birth. It was a thought that seemed to linger in the back of my mind.

My Birth Story: Megan

My Birth Story: Megan

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino

I’m going to be honest, it hurt like hell – enough to make me vomit – and I’m sure I scared everyone on the floor with my moans/yells. But I never considered getting an epidural. It’s almost like I forgot it was an even option.

Belly & Bag: From Concept to Community

Belly & Bag: From Concept to Community

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
Here at Baby Boldly, we have been working behind the scenes for more than a year on our first product and it’s truly a game-changer for expecting mommas. In today’s post, Natalie shares how we’ve taken this idea from concept to community, culminating in a special event for Bold Mommas.
5 Unexpected Items to Pack in Your Birth Bag

5 Unexpected Items to Pack in Your Birth Bag

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Written by Natalie McBride
There are countless lists offering the ultimate guide to packing your hospital birth bag. We’ve even got one to share with you! There are many similarities across these lists, but we’re including five less common items that will make your labor and initial postpartum at the hospital more comfortable and ultimately more complete.
9 Ways Pregnancy and Birth is Different Around the World

9 Ways Pregnancy and Birth is Different Around the World

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
It is hard to imagine that what we consider “normal” in the USA can be so vastly different across the globe. While pregnancy and birth is the same biologically, how our cultures handle the experience varies quite a lot.
When My Water Broke During Labor it was Bright Green! What That Means and How it Changed My Birth

When My Water Broke During Labor it was Bright Green! What That Means and How it Changed My Birth

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Written by Megan Mangiaracino
“Is that normal?” I remember asking. “Not usually…” the timid new nurse replied. When the more senior nurse returned, she explained to me what it meant. My baby had a meconium (he pooped in the womb and it mixed with the amniotic fluid) and the fear was that he might inhale it (meconium aspiration).
President’s Day and FML…A: a brief summary of FMLA and how America is under-supporting growing families

President’s Day and FML…A: a brief summary of FMLA and how America is under-supporting growing families

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Written by Natalie McBride

According to this article from History Channel’s website, President’s Day became a national holiday in an effort to give workers more three-day weekends. Well that was a positive change made in the early 1970’s, because everyone loves a three-day weekend! When your child has no school, it’s nice to have the day off with them.

4 Ways To Improve Your Hospital Birth

4 Ways To Improve Your Hospital Birth

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Written by Natalie McBride
Preparing to birth your baby in a hospital can be both reassuring and unsettling at the same time. I found myself more unsettled than reassured and resolved to overcome my angst. I was amazed at how little I knew about my body’s capabilities to birth.  I was equally amazed to learn about the tendencies of medical staff.

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