The Second Pregnancy: Labor Induction; what’s the RIGHT thing to do?

The Second Pregnancy: Labor Induction? | The Blossoming Bump

Facing a second labor and birth is a lot like rerunning a marathon. Ideally, you’d like to do better than last time; be more physically capable, exercise a greater level of mental stamina, and beat out your personal time record. Also though, because you already know what to expect, you also know what’s ‘coming’. And that can be daunting. My … Read More

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD): On Feeling Like a Pregnant Rag Doll

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) In Pregnancy | The Blossoming Bump

SPD: AKA Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction “a condition that causes excessive movement of the pubic symphysis, either anterior or lateral, as well as associated pain, possibly because of a misalignment of the pelvis. Most commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth” If you’ve ever been pregnant, then chances are you’ve probably felt a ‘twinge’ or 5 in your pelvic area. It’s to … Read More

Why Midwife Care is for Me: My View on the US Birthing System

Why Midwife Care Is For Me: My View On The US Birthing System | The Blossoming Bump

We’re pretty darn blessed in this day and age, when it comes to choice aren’t we? Choice about what we eat, wear, do. Where we work, pray, gather, live, and which values we choose to instill in our offspring. And how we birth. We get a lot of choice on how we birth too. Or so we think. You see, while … Read More

Common Labor Interventions YOU Should Know About!

Common Labor Interventions You Should Know About The Blossoming Bump

Induction Labor can be induced for all kinds of different reasons; maternal health, fetal health, overdue, living far from the hospital or previous fast labors, waters broke but labor stalled. The list goes on. So many factors play a part in this decision – but just remember, induction IS an intervention and it’s possible it could lead to a more complicated … Read More

Restless Leg Syndrome & Pregnancy: AKA The Mega Curse!

Restless Leg Syndrome And Pregnancy | The Blossoming Bump

If you’ve ever felt that unrelenting, compulsive urge to wiggle your legs around then you know what I’m talking about. That constant, almost painful niggle to shift from one position to another, seeking out some kind of relief from the pressure of restless leg syndrome (RLS). It sounds made up, like it should the punchline to some naff joke, but … Read More

After Pains: What REALLY Happens Right After Birth

After Pains What Really Happens After Birth | The Blossoming Bump

Delivering the Placenta Technically this is the third stage of labor, but I figured I’m just gonna throw it in here since it’s post baby (and everything seems a million miles away after that!). For me it was pretty anticlimactic and honestly not uncomfortable, although some women do claim to experience pain with it. Occasionally your health care provider may have … Read More

Breast Pumps & US Insurance: What YOU Really Need To Know!

Breast Pumps & Insurance What You Really Need To Know | The Blossoming Bump

I found something very cool out today, first hand while ‘stalking’ my medical insurance company over the phone. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the law now requires that most private insurers cover breast pumps and lactation counseling. Since the high cost of buying a breast pump can vary anywhere from $40 for a manual pump (what I used with my first … Read More

The Ultimate List of Questions for Your Midwife or OB: FREE Printable

The Ultimate List Of Questions For Your Midwife Or OB Free Printable | The Blossoming Bump

I remember it well. The very first phone call to our local birthing center after those two pink lines shone excitedly back at us. That call was followed quickly by an in person consultation, a confirmation of pregnancy, a meet and greet with all 3 midwives at our practice, initial prenatal tests, and of course that all important sentence: “Do you … Read More