When we started out our own parenting gig we had big ideas: no plastic, no chemicals, lots of child-centered routines, whole organic foods, lots of breastfeeding, and independent play. Sounds perfectly holistic, right? We found ourselves a little sidetracked by the shear plethora of really noisy, really annoying toys from big brand names gifted from well-meaning family and friends. Despite the piles of beeping and booping plastic, we noticed that our kids were drawn to everyday household utensils and cheap crafting supplies. Who knew?! Welp, here are the Top 5 Toys My Kids Loved That Weren’t Toys:
The longer we do this thing called parenting, the more I feel like we're able to confirm our initial feelings: it doesn't have to be so complicate.
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Check out this guest post by Birth Doula Nichole Virag, MSW.
Should I Bother with a Birth Plan?
ARE YOU CONSIDERING A BIRTH PLAN?
Birth planning is much less about the written plan itself, than the information you must possess to create it. Many expecting women avoid birth planning because they fear possible confrontation with their doctors and nurses. I’ve met some doctors and nurses who commend a patient for not bringing a written birth plan. I’ve also met providers who encourage them. There are, of course, many aspects of labor that can’t be predicted.
Not having a birth plan can lead to rushed decision-making. Many women without a written plan have complete control over their birth, because they did research ahead of time and became familiar with their options. Whatever you choose, you deserve to feel empowered. It is after all, your body, your baby, and YOUR birth.
WHY I WOULD RECOMMEND CREATING A WRITTEN BIRTH PLAN:
“BUT I’M HAVING MY BABY AT HOME/IN A BIRTH CENTER."
The fact that you are having a birth at home or a birth center means that you are probably educated about the procedures you would like to have and/or avoid during your birth. I would also gather that you would like to maintain as many of your choices as possible should you need a hospital transfer. Even if your provider goes with you, there will be a whole staff of people, i.e. intake coordinators, labor and delivery nurses, pediatric nurses and recovery nurses who you will be meeting for the first time and who will not be familiar with your choices. If you are needing a hospital transfer, chances are that you won't be in an ideal state of mind to explain everything you want in detail.
WHETHER OR NOT YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A BIRTH PLAN:
DID YOU HAVE A BIRTH PLAN? ARE YOU GLAD THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO MAKE ONE, OR WAS IT A WASTE OF TIME? COMMENT WITH OTHER DO'S AND DON'TS THAT I MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!
Previously published on Nichole's website, Nichole to Doula. Go check her out on facebook and instagram.
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.