Some information from Lamaze!
Giving women the freedom to eat and drink as they like is part of Lamaze International’s Six Healthy Birth Practices. Based on recommendations by the World Health Organization and backed by extensive research that supports a woman’s natural ability to give birth, these practices are:
• Let labor begin on its own
• Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
• Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
• Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
• Avoid giving birth on your back, follow your body's urges to push
• Keep mother and baby together; it's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding
Restricting women from eating and drinking freely is one of many routine interventions that has not proven a medical benefit to mothers and babies, and can impose harm. Other common routine interventions include continuous fetal monitoring, coached pushing, being positioned on your back in labor, and requiring repeat cesarean surgeries for women with a prior cesarean.
Highly recommended local businesses and parenting support:
Non-Hospital Midwifery Practices:
Hospital Midwifery Practices:
Maternity and Newborn Photography
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Therapy
Prenatal Yoga, Baby Massage, Parenting Support
Local Cloth Diaper Retailers:
We highly recommend that mothers (and their partners) attend a La Leche League meeting prenatally. This is an excellent educational tool and a resource you will already be familiar with if you choose to use it postpartum!
Click here for local meetings!
We also highly recommend that breastfeeding mothers watch these videos to help prepare!Youtube Playlist as well. We've compiled our favorite videos of laboring mothers and informative videos for you!
Certified Lactation Consultants:
Here are some links about different options you have right after your baby is born:
Cord Blood Registry
The Best Swaddling Demonstration
Pain vs. "Suffering" in Labor