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Ohhhhh that beautiful bump. 😍 A baby on the way is becoming one of my favourite things! I go on call in a few weeks for this lovely mumma and I feel the excitement and anticipation starting to build. There's nothing quite like getting that call: "It's time for you to come! Baby's on the way!"
The best surprise ever. He’s home 🧡
We did it!! Last week we welcomed our sweet baby boy Liam into the world. So in love, so tired, so happy. We are blessed in so many ways. So thankful for an amazing husband who can do it all, literally.. he caught the baby that afternoon! Thanks babe❤👍😍 ➡️swipe left to check out Eric catching the baby! . . . . . #catchingbabies #forthelove #waitingforbaby #babytime #babyboy #embracethebump #maternity   #39weeks   #pregnantlife #pregnancyglow #bumplove #babybump #thehappynow #documentingyourdays #uniteinmotherhood #ourcandidlife #weeklypregnancyphoto #pregnancyphoto #ig_motherhood #pregnancystyle #pregnancyisbeautiful #inspirepregnancy #bumpbirthandbeyond #pregnantlife   #motherhood #preggolife #mumlife #momof4 #familyof6 #aheadofthecurve
Waiting for 👶🏼🐻 ~ Any other mamas feel like they don’t remember not being pregnant? Feeling like this bump is a part of me now 💫
MAY 24 SESSIONS ARE OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT! Thank you everyone who booked in - and for those who missed out, don't fret! I still have select spaces open for my June sessions. Please DM me or visit vannessabrown.com to schedule a shoot for your family! AND FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Book a Family Mini Session before midnight tonight and receive a gallery of 50+ images for the price of 15 with the promo code BEST MOM EVER. Offer expires at midnight tonight! . . . #yeg #yegphotographer #yeggers #momlife #blackandwhite #yegbiz #yegbusiness #yegmom #mommyblogger #photography #childbirth #birthbecomesher #yegbirthphotographer #yegbirthphotography #birthphotographer #homebirth #waterbirth #birthwithoutfear #homesweethomebirth #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #homewaterbirth #birthisbeautiful #canadianbirthphotographers #bumpbirthandbeyond #motherhood #midwife #birthphotography #edmontonbirthphotographer @birthphotogs @birthbecomesher @birthwithoutfear @birthofamama @birth_photography @tribedemama @bumpbirthandbeyond @thebump
Birth vibes from my heaven filled week 🌷
You guys. Last week, I got to photograph a birth for the very first time ever!! AND it was a surrogate birth, so that makes it doubly awesome. Mom got to help the doctor deliver her baby boy, and the little man’s dad was right there too. Such a cool moment. Doesn’t the look on the parents’ faces say it all?!Surrogacy is flippin’ amazing. #abcsurrogacy #surrogacy #birthphotography
To all my mamas out there, there is nothing on this green Earth, as wonderful as getting to stay home with your baby while providing the future that he deserves. From the day he was conceived, he’s never been away from me. You work so hard to grow a healthy little babe who is literally attached to you until he’s Earth side & now that he is, I can’t let him go. If you’re interested in a lifestyle where working & raising your babe can be done simultaneously, hand in hand, then that is what I was put in your life to help you do. This is your sign. 💕
Ladies..... Regrann from @th3littlestavenger - “Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is a tall paintbrush or a thin paintbrush or a stocky paintbrush or a scratched up paintbrush is completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that YOU HAVE A PAINTBRUSH which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life — where others can see it and be inspired and comforted by it.” –Glennon Doyle Melton . . . . This is eight weeks postpartum . A reminder that I need to be as kind to myself as I would be to a friend who doesn’t feel confident about their body. A reminder that the miracles of life most often leave their marks on our bodies. We are ALL madness and magic covered in skin, you guys ! . . . I’m wearing a shirt from one of my favs-@coveredhands ! . . . . . . . #cameramama #twiniversity #twinsandmultiples #stopcensoringmotherhood #twinpregnancy #37weeksgestation #twinmama #twinmom #magicofchildhood #ig_motherhood #p52radness #inspirepregnancy #siblinghoodlove #pixel_kids #familygoalz #cutekidsclub #momswithcameras #ramonandruby #bumpbirthandbeyond #jj_emotional #cm_intothelens #inspirepregnancy #coi_mamamonday #thejuggleisreal #cm_words - #regrann
The vast majority of the time, when allowed to progress at its own rate without intervention, birth will occur naturally and beautifully, without complication . ✺ Yes, it is wonderful that we have modern medicine to step in on those rare occasions when mum or baby needs help. However, in our society we have come to view birth as a medical event, instead of a perfectly healthy and natural process that very occasionally needs medical intervention . ✺ Over millennia our bodies have evolved very complex processes to make birth successful, and if they didn't work then our species wouldn't have made it anywhere near as far as we have. We have simply forgotten to trust our bodies. We over-think and over-manage birth, and interfering only messes with the body's natural processes so that one intervention generally leads to another and another . ✺ I wish that all mothers trusted their bodies implicitly and without reservation. We've got some work to do to get there . ✺ Video reposted from @badassmotherbirther . ✺ VideoCred: Sarah Schmid Sarah has delivered all 6 of her own children. You can visit her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/owakihi
I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of the Amazing line up of speakers from all over the world at the Better Birth 360 World Summit! Click on the link below for your Full Access Pass to my exclusive interview! http://www.betterbirth360.com/thank-you/
These two are getting harder and harder to photograph together. Etti rolls at the speed of light, Roux hates laying down so wriggles and moans as soon as he’s there, and if that isn’t enough they scratch each other’s eyeballs and fight like cat and dog if they’re in close proximity. So when I manage to snap them together, with slight smiles, I take it! So you must excuse my weird bendy toes in this one. I tensed up and held my breath when I took it...I think I clenched my bum hole too 😂 . . . . #ourbirdseyeview #worldoflittles #theheartcaptured #magicofchildhood #siblinghoodlove #enchantedchildhood #igbaby #motherhoodthroughinstagram #vscochildren #livethelittlethings #illuminatechildhood #simplychildren #ministyle #celebratechildhood #our_everyday_moments #bumpbirthandbeyond #justbaby #the_sugar_jar #ourwhimsicaldays #ourplayfulstyle #thisjoyfulmoment #make_more_magic #prettyforum #thebump
I feel like her face says “Oh no! You caught me!” How has 5 months gone by? She has rolled over both ways, she is babbling up a storm, loves tummy time and is in general my newest partner in crime. Today is also my first day as a stay at home mom! #littlegirlfashion #ministylekids
#Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond (@get_repost ) ・・・ ✨ BREASTMILK CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE FEED 💦 Early in the feed, the milk has a lower fat content. This helps to quench the baby’s thirst. As the feed goes on, the fat content of the milk rises, which satisfies the baby's hunger. A baby who is allowed to finish the first breast, so that he feeds until he comes off by himself before being offered the second breast, receives the higher fat milk. At times your baby may be satisfied with just one breast, at others he may also want the second side, or even a third. By switching which breast you feed from first, you will ensure each breast keeps making a good amount of milk. A well drained breast ensures more milk is made quickly. #bumpbirthandbeyond Source: Australian Breastfeeding Association PC @melissajeanbabies
Still keeping up with my weekly Moses basket photos- so I need help, what can I call my Moses basket series??? Help me name my hashtag?? . . On another note how darn cute are these brand new fern bummies and bows from @ashleyroseclothing ?! Perfect for summer. These babies will live in them !! . . . . . . . . . . #twinsandmultiples #inspirepregnancy #twinpregnancy #37weeksgestation #childofig #twinmama #twinmom #magicofchildhood #ig_motherhood #p52radness #cameramama #siblinghoodlove #pixel_kids #familygoalz #cutekidsclub #momswithcameras #ramonandruby #ministylekids #bumpbirthandbeyond #jj_emotional #postpartum #thejuggleisreal
"First morning together... moment from the birth story of baby T." By @avantgardestudio
✨ BREASTMILK CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE FEED 💦 Early in the feed, the milk has a lower fat content. This helps to quench the baby’s thirst. As the feed goes on, the fat content of the milk rises, which satisfies the baby's hunger. A baby who is allowed to finish the first breast, so that he feeds until he comes off by himself before being offered the second breast, receives the higher fat milk. At times your baby may be satisfied with just one breast, at others he may also want the second side, or even a third. By switching which breast you feed from first, you will ensure each breast keeps making a good amount of milk. A well drained breast ensures more milk is made quickly. #bumpbirthandbeyond Source: Australian Breastfeeding Association PC @melissajeanbabies
This guys 6 mo shoot should be any day now! Offering newborn lifestyle sessions at a discount to build my portfolio further in this area. Message me to book. A good time to book is while you’re still pregnant , that way there is for sure time set aside for when baby comes. Don’t wait until baby is born! #newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers #newborn #newborns #newbornbaby #baby #babies #babyofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babyoftheday #lifestylenewborn #babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyshoot #inspired_by_colour #bnwmagic #shootandshare #coi_weeksfav205 #coi_superdad #coi_mamamonday #childofig #monochromemotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bumpbirthandbeyond #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #bp4ublog
Can’t wait to share some from another new baby! Offering newborn lifestyle sessions at a discount to build my portfolio further in this area. Message me to book. A good time to book is while you’re still pregnant , that way there is for sure time set aside for when baby comes. Don’t wait until baby is born! #newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers #newborn #newborns #newbornbaby #baby #babies #babyofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babyoftheday #lifestylenewborn #babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyshoot #inspired_by_colour #bnwmagic #shootandshare #coi_weeksfav205 #coi_superdad #coi_mamamonday #childofig #monochromemotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bumpbirthandbeyond #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #bp4ublog
Love getting a sweet little smile, regardless of the reason ! Offering newborn lifestyle sessions at a discount to build my portfolio further in this area. Message me to book. A good time to book is while you’re still pregnant , that way there is for sure time set aside for when baby comes. Don’t wait until baby is born! #newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers #newborn #newborns #newbornbaby #baby #babies #babyofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babyoftheday #lifestylenewborn #babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyshoot #inspired_by_colour #bnwmagic #shootandshare #coi_weeksfav205 #coi_superdad #coi_mamamonday #childofig #monochromemotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bumpbirthandbeyond #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #bp4ublog
Babies babies babies !! Offering newborn lifestyle sessions at a discount to build my portfolio further in this area. Message me to book. A good time to book is while you’re still pregnant , that way there is for sure time set aside for when baby comes. Don’t wait until baby is born! #newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers #newborn #newborns #newbornbaby #baby #babies #babyofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babyoftheday #lifestylenewborn #babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyshoot #inspired_by_colour #bnwmagic #shootandshare #coi_weeksfav205 #coi_superdad #coi_mamamonday #childofig #monochromemotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bumpbirthandbeyond #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #bp4ublog
Offering newborn lifestyle sessions at a discount to build my portfolio further in this area. Message me to book. A good time to book is while you’re still pregnant , that way there is for sure time set aside for when baby comes. Don’t wait until baby is born! #newbornphotography #newbornphotographer #newbornphotographers #newborn #newborns #newbornbaby #baby #babies #babyofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babyoftheday #lifestylenewborn #babyphotography #babyphotographer #babyphotoshoot #babyshoot #inspired_by_colour #bnwmagic #shootandshare #coi_weeksfav205 #coi_superdad #coi_mamamonday #childofig #monochromemotherhood #aheadofthecurve #bumpbirthandbeyond #clickmagazine #clickinmoms #bp4ublog
"Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life." - Ina May Gaskin
Melissa, Montreal QC (3/4) "It took two days of testing to know if it was bacterial, with possible brain lesions and 50% chance of dying, or viral, with no repercussion. We got lucky. Everybody was relieved when they told us it was viral, but the whole experience was draining. I can still picture myself sleeping on a couch in his room at the hospital, breastfeeding him for almost a week while he was attached to a hundred tubes. He was over eight weeks old when we brought him back home. Then, little by little, he stopped sleeping. We thought it was just a phase, but he kept waking up every two hours. I quickly spiraled down into exhaustion. I even lost most memories of this time. There were also some difficulties with my family. We fought. I felt I couldn’t get a grip on anything. Then one week, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I cried and cried and cried. Hated everybody, my children included. My partner told me it wasn’t normal, that I should talk to someone. I mentioned my worries to the pediatrician at my son’s three-month appointment. She’s nice, but she’s young. Automatically she freaked out, said I was going through postpartum depression, and told me, ‘You go see a therapist or I’m giving you pills.’ She asked if I wanted to hurt my child. I said no, but I could see the urgency in her eyes, and it scared me so much. I had to reassure her, but I came back home with that. I was frightened."
I can’t work out how to repost multiple photos so I recommend going to the original link to have a look. We are so lucky to live where we do 😞 #Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond with @get_repost ・・・ BIRTH IN KENYA // "I wanted to give you a picture of what it’s like to give birth here. The first shows the birth room, with two tables (almost always occupied with moms who are pushing or have just given birth) the plastic sheets get wiped between moms, but the floors are usually dirty with puddles of blood from the previous deliveries. No pillows or blankets. _ Everything you use at the hospital, patients must bring themselves, including a roll of cotton (for bleeding after), a blanket for baby, a plate and cup if you want to eat, and a bar of soap to wash yourself. _ After they shower they must dump the bucket of dirty water into the toilet and clean up after themselves. _ I helped one mom from the birth table to the shower (to wash herself & her clothes) about 20 min after she had given birth. I asked her where her bag was so I could bring her her bar of soap. She said she didn’t have any. She only bought a baby blanket because she couldn’t afford both a baby blanket and a bar of soap. _ It was hard to hold it together. We take so much for granted." _ 💔 #bumpbirthandbeyond #dignifiedbirth Repost @mamapacksforkenya
Sunrise beauty 💫
Today has been an amazing day ~ Good news has come our way ⋒
COMMUNICATION NOT MANIPULATION // New mothers are often told that once they’ve fed, burped, and changed their baby they should leave their baby alone to self-soothe if they cry because all of their needs have been met. One day I hope all mothers will smile confidently and say, “I gave birth to a baby, not just a digestive system. My baby has a brain that needs to learn trust and a heart that needs love. I will meet all of my baby’s needs - emotional, mental, and physical. I will respond to every cry because crying is communication not manipulation.” Words by @lrknost . Photo by @cadencia #bumpbirthandbeyond Repost @ellenfisher Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond ・・・
I know nothing else but miracles. ~Walt Whitman
It's been such a long journey. Have I told you about the surrogate birth of Gabriel yet? Parents Véronique and Mikaël were so full of love as surrogate Heather gave them perhaps the most precious gift they have ever received: their beautiful son Gabriel. This photo series documents so many emotional and raw moments - here we see Véronique and Mikaël looking down on their child for the first time. I always tear up at the tenderness in Mikaël's eyes... You can tell how badly he's wanted this moment, how much he's prayed and wished and dared to hope. There is so much beauty in capturing the moment someone's dreams come true. Want to see more of Véronique and Mikaël's surrogate birth? The FULL Birth Video coming soon! Like me on Facebook so you don't miss it! . . . #yeg #yegphotographer #yeggers #momlife #blackandwhite #yegbiz #yegbusiness #yegmom #mommyblogger #photography #childbirth #birthbecomesher #yegbirthphotographer #yegbirthphotography #birthphotographer #homebirth #waterbirth #birthwithoutfear #homesweethomebirth #empoweredbirthproject #thebirthhour #homewaterbirth #birthisbeautiful #canadianbirthphotographers #bumpbirthandbeyond #motherhood #midwife #birthphotography #edmontonbirthphotographer @birthphotogs @birthbecomesher @birthwithoutfear @birthofamama @birth_photography @tribedemama @bumpbirthandbeyond @thebump
{ 2 7 • W E E K S ! } Although haven’t taken a pic lately, so here’s one from 26 weeks 😉 Lots of crazy kicks and alien-like tummy morphs going on with this little one, much to the kids delight! Glucose test tomorrow...blah 😒🤢 Mind you, I think I’m more loathing the fact I have to fast and not be able to eat until mid-morning 🤣 • n a t x x x
Pélvico! #Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond (@get_repost ) ・・・ BREECH // Simply a variation of normal ✨ #bumpbirthandbeyond PC @birthinfocus
Sorting through nursery stuff this morning and thinking how does my unborn child have better stuff than me ✨🍂 You really are so loved 🧡
How amazing is it that the cervix dilates from tiny little hole to the diameter of a melon?! We are capable of incredible things. Bodies know how to birth babies. ✺✺✺ Repost from @duvet_days ✺✺✺ Our cervix is located at the bottom of our uterus. Our cervix opens during cervical dilation as one goes into labour. This process helps accommodate your little ones passage from the womb into the vagina before it enters into this world.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ FIRST STAGE OF LABOUR - ACTIVE STAGE⠀⠀ Once your cervix has dilated to 3-4cm and your contractions become longer, stronger, and closer together. ⠀ ⠀ STAGE TWO OF LABOUR - DELIVERY OF BABY⠀⠀ Once your cervix has dilated to 10cm. Your little one may still need sometime to make its way down the birth canal so it can enter this world.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ STAGE THREE OF LABOUR - DELIVERY OF PLACENTA⠀⠀ The last and final step of labour is when you delivery your placenta. The placenta is delivered through contractions just like your little one, but the contractions are generally not as strong.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Again I am always in awe of how incredible our bodies are and how perfectly everything works together. Appreciate every part of your body…even the parts you cannot see and that so many people take for granted.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Shop: DesignsByDuvetDays.com ⠀ Buy 10 get 5 free! Discount is applied at checkout.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Design: © Designs By Duvet Days / All Rights Reserved⠀
Our 3rd tip for baby prepping is to start thinking about parenting styles...Making an effort to set up a feeding and sleeping routine ahead of time helps for when your baby comes. Click the link below for more info that can help you start planning your parenting schedule! https://spand-ice.com/baby-prep-steps-to-do-now/ . . . . #babyprep #pregnancytips #BellyBump #Bumplife #Catchthismama #Chooselovely #Femalefounder #inspiringothers #momitforward #Honestlymothering #Joyfulmamas #Keeponkeepingon #Lifewithbaby #Livelifehappy #Midwives #Mindoverbody #Motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodunplugged #maternalmentalhealth #bumpbirthandbeyond #mompreneur #Stopdropandmom #Workingmoms #Backpainrelief #Backpains #Backpainsucks #Chronicpain #Lowbackpain #Movemore #PainRelief
The other baby of our family 🕊
"Birth Matters... It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mother's bodies. It's the means from which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women's perceptions about their bodies and their babies' capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth." - Ina May Gaskin ~~~~~~ Outside birth~~~~~
The little bub that was making that bump has been outside with us for a week and a half! It blows my mind. Especially the fact that this is how every single one of us got here. We were all grown inside another person's body and were brought forth into this world through flesh and bone, through labour and love.
My sweet boy is 4 months old today. So many smiles. . . . . #babyboy #baby #boymom #4monthsold #letterboard #feltboard #bumpbirthandbeyond
“We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough, and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our partner gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice holiday, when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way!” . . . On Friday I read the above quote originally by @the.quinn.girls shared by @the.chbat.crew , that really stuck with me. I lived my weekend intentionally and the result was amazing and just what I needed. I laughed more, I cried more, I lived in the now and that makes a true difference you guys. Have you ever truly tried this? Not just talked about it but set out with intention? Did it work? . Regrann from @th3littlestavenger - . . . . #cameramama #twinmom #magicofchildhood #ig_motherhood #p52radness #honestmotherhood #postpartum #justbaby #pixel_kids #familygoalz #cutekidsclub #momswithcameras #bumpbirthandbeyond #the_sugar_jar #getin52 #inspirepregnancy #coi_mamamonday #thejuggleisreal #oem_me #jjitskids_moms #stopcensoringmotherhood #jj_emotional
Our children bloom in the light of our love.
And here lies my heart, right there on that floor. 💔My hearts desire, to hold these mommas, to help these mommas. I wasn’t prepared to ugly cry while having my coffee, in public. 😭#Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond with @repostapp ・・・ BIRTH IN KENYA // "I wanted to give you a picture of what it’s like to give birth here. The first shows the birth room, with two tables (almost always occupied with moms who are pushing or have just given birth) the plastic sheets get wiped between moms, but the floors are usually dirty with puddles of blood from the previous deliveries. No pillows or blankets. _ Everything you use at the hospital, patients must bring themselves, including a roll of cotton (for bleeding after), a blanket for baby, a plate and cup if you want to eat, and a bar of soap to wash yourself. _ After they shower they must dump the bucket of dirty water into the toilet and clean up after themselves. _ I helped one mom from the birth table to the shower (to wash herself & her clothes) about 20 min after she had given birth. I asked her where her bag was so I could bring her her bar of soap. She said she didn’t have any. She only bought a baby blanket because she couldn’t afford both a baby blanket and a bar of soap. _ It was hard to hold it together. We take so much for granted." _ 💔 #bumpbirthandbeyond #dignifiedbirth Repost @mamapacksforkenya
“We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough, and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our partner gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice holiday, when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way!” . . . On Friday I read the above quote originally by @the.quinn.girls shared by @the.chbat.crew , that really stuck with me. I lived my weekend intentionally and the result was amazing and just what I needed. I laughed more, I cried more, I lived in the now and that makes a true difference you guys. Have you ever truly tried this? Not just talked about it but set out with intention? Did it work? . . . . . . #cameramama #twinmom #magicofchildhood #ig_motherhood #p52radness #honestmotherhood #postpartum #justbaby #pixel_kids #familygoalz #cutekidsclub #momswithcameras #bumpbirthandbeyond #the_sugar_jar #getin52 #inspirepregnancy #coi_mamamonday #thejuggleisreal #oem_me #jjitskids_moms #stopcensoringmotherhood #jj_emotional
BIRTH IN KENYA // "I wanted to give you a picture of what it’s like to give birth here. The first shows the birth room, with two tables (almost always occupied with moms who are pushing or have just given birth) the plastic sheets get wiped between moms, but the floors are usually dirty with puddles of blood from the previous deliveries. No pillows or blankets. _ Everything you use at the hospital, patients must bring themselves, including a roll of cotton (for bleeding after), a blanket for baby, a plate and cup if you want to eat, and a bar of soap to wash yourself. _ After they shower they must dump the bucket of dirty water into the toilet and clean up after themselves. _ I helped one mom from the birth table to the shower (to wash herself & her clothes) about 20 min after she had given birth. I asked her where her bag was so I could bring her her bar of soap. She said she didn’t have any. She only bought a baby blanket because she couldn’t afford both a baby blanket and a bar of soap. _ It was hard to hold it together. We take so much for granted." _ 💔 #bumpbirthandbeyond #dignifiedbirth Repost @mamapacksforkenya
Melissa, Montreal QC (2/4) "I was five-months pregnant when my doctor put me on bedrest, and I had to stop working. I was drained. I couldn’t walk because my back was killing me. I had to take two baths a day, and I could already sense that this second baby was pushing me out of my comfort zone. The first time, I had done all this work in preparation for the birth. Not this time. I didn’t have the energy, I didn’t have the strength. I found a group of women who does Red Tent Circles. It’s beautiful. A safe space for women where we all gather in a circle and celebrate womanhood. There, I smoothly settled down and landed back on my feet. The birth went well. It was smooth and gentle. Completely different than with my first – more intense – but beautiful. He too was easy at the beginning. Slept five hours straight the first month. Breastfeeding took about two weeks. At the same time, I felt unsettled: the family dynamic was already there so I couldn’t solely focus on him. It was a significant adaptation. Then at seven-week-old, he had a fever. We went to the Urgent Care. Left with antibiotics for an ear infection. Three days passed, but not the fever. We went to the hospital, and they’re like, ‘It’s just a virus, go home.’ Two times like that. On our third visit, I demanded to meet with the ENT doctor. So we did. The word ‘meningitis’ was mentioned, and she told us to go right back to the ER and demand to be admitted. But the ER physician rejected her diagnosis. At that point, I simply refused to leave. I demanded a lumbar puncture. A mother shouldn’t have to ask for a lumbar puncture. The doctor obliged. Snootily, but he obliged. And I was right. When he gave us the results, he could barely bring himself to say the word ‘meningitis.’ He wouldn’t look at me in the eyes."
|hello third trimester✨|
3 8 🍂👶🏼
As my little G says, ‘snug a bug’
When your on call , phone staying close checking all the time -can't wait to capture this family . Soon baby boy !!! You got this mama @emma_sealie_ 💫🌿 #41 +4 • • • #Repost @bumpbirthandbeyond with @get_repost ・・・ INDUCTION VIA DANCE 💃 When you are 41+4 and have tried literally EVERYTHING to get this little boy to give the final exit call... 😂😂 All our 5 girls come running into our bedroom soooooo bitterly disappointed every morning when their brother isn’t born yet. We all thought it was happening last night and little man went off to sleep.. So this is our last ditch effort to entice him out.. We have hit Gemini territory.. Hands up Gemini’s!! 🤚🏼🤚🏼♊️ Tell me it’s a lie that you are stubborn and indecisive?? 😂😂 #bumpbirthandbeyond #itsdanceorcryrightnow Video credit @emma_sealie_
INDUCTION VIA DANCE 💃 When you are 41+4 and have tried literally EVERYTHING to get this little boy to give the final exit call... 😂😂 All our 5 girls come running into our bedroom soooooo bitterly disappointed every morning when their brother isn’t born yet. We all thought it was happening last night and little man went off to sleep.. So this is our last ditch effort to entice him out.. We have hit Gemini territory.. Hands up Gemini’s!! 🤚🏼🤚🏼♊️ Tell me it’s a lie that you are stubborn and indecisive?? 😂😂 #bumpbirthandbeyond #itsdanceorcryrightnow Video credit @emma_sealie_
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