Whether it is after you have met your breastfeeding goals, or when outside circumstances push you toward it, weaning is a topic every nursing parent will encounter.
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Katie Brenner is co-founder of Doulas of Cincinnati. Her second son was born in early September of 2016 at Family Beginnings at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Katie shares her birth story and video slideshow featuring birth photography and birth doula support from the Doulas of Cincinnati team.
Christy was a client of mine last year who overcame some seriously tough twists during her labor (You're 10 centimeters! Just kidding... still 7!) to birth her sweet baby boy, Ashby, at Mercy Hospital in Anderson. She blogs over on Eat Clean Live Simple (go give her some love) and she's kindly written her birth story for us to share and enjoy.
Whether you’ve just peed on the stick or your due date is quickly approaching, almost every pregnant person has fears leading up to their labor and birth. Let us remind you that you are not alone. At Doulas of Cincinnati we’ve helped prospective parents process a great deal of fears and questions.
Sleep. More specifically, sleeping-in. That's what I was afraid of while I was pregnant. HOW ON EARTH WILL I SLEEP-IN? My perfect Saturday: Sleeping in and brunch. I don't ask for much in life. I swear it. Girls just wanna have fun, ya know? But then you're pregnant, and thinking of everything you might miss out on...
Parenting is hard. Adulting is hard. Life is hard.
And since the universe is a sadist that enjoys watching us suffer, eating vegetables is also hard. Apparently, the so-called “experts” say that we’re supposed to eat at least three servings of veggies every day-- the greener, the leafier, the better.
That’s cute. Real cute.
Are these experts aware that most of us fancy grown-ups are barely getting one fruit or veggie in our diet in a day? Sometimes we manage to eat one of each, if we’re feeling like an overachiever. The pressures of modern life causes our time and energy to be consumed in other way more important things, like planning the most Pinterest-worthy baby nursery or getting in our daily kegels. (Or do squats if kegels aren’t your thing. Taking care of your pelvic floor health is the hottest new trend.)
So, what do we do when our doctor is giving us the “I’m not mad, I’m disappointed” face when they find out about our sub-par diet? What if we’re not “salad people” and we think that broccoli smells like farts? (It seriously does.) There’s hope, I promise. Let me share some things that I know about leafy greens to help transform you into a fancy grown-up that eats kale sometimes without having to put in much effort.
- Iceberg lettuce doesn't count.
I’m sorry, guys. I’m really, really sorry. Iceberg lettuce has practically no nutrients. It’s basically just fiber and water. Plus, it’s only really palatable when it’s raw. Don’t martyr your lunch for a bland salad with iceberg lettuce. If you really need some crispy greens in your life, swap iceberg for romaine lettuce. It still has the soft crunch, but it is way more nutrient dense. With prenatal nutrition, the name of the game is quantity and quality.
- Spinach is basically magic.
Think of your favorite dinner recipes to make at home. Chances are, you can wilt spinach into it. What if I told you that you could hide an entire 9 oz bag of raw spinach into your favorite lasagna, and no one would be able to taste it? When are you cooking the tomato sauce, throw the spinach or kale in the pan with the tomatoes and watch it wilt down to almost nothing. It’s like eating a salad that tastes like lasagna!
- Smoothies hide everything.
Even the most veggie-averse of us would likely agree that fruit smoothies are palatable. The next time you make a fruit smoothie, throw in a generous handful of spinach or kale. Don’t look at me like that, just do it. It’s a win-win situation-- you get to enjoy a yummy, fruity treat while still patting yourself on the back for tricking yourself into eating something green. (Take note: this trick also works well on toddlers!)
- Put it in a sandwich.
Sandwiches are basically an American pastime. We eat sandwiches like it’s nobody’s business. The next time you’re in line at Subway or making a melty grilled cheese at home, try adding spinach to your sandwich. The spinach is hard to notice when it’s stuck between toasty bread and cheese and tomatoes and pickles and sliced turkey and mayo and all those other things that make you go “mmm…”
- It can reduce your risk of perineal tearing.
The nutrients in leafy greens, mostly Calcium and Vitamin A, can help improve your skin elasticity and reduce your risk of stretch marks and perineal tearing. So, um...yeah. If that doesn’t make you want to eat a big bag of raw spinach right now, then I don’t know what else to tell you.
I get it. Green things are yucky and so much less tempting than a savory plate of french fries most of the time. But I believe in you! You are a fancy grown-up, and you can do hard things. And sometimes those hard things include adding a bag of raw spinach to your weekly grocery list.
You went to school here, got engaged with the Ohio River as your backdrop, and now, are ready to raise a family in one of the country's most livable cities.
Doulas of Cincinnati are experts on all things baby, and this is especially true for bundles of joy born in the City of Seven Hills.
If you are looking for a baby name that reflects your Porkopolis pride, Doulas of Cincinnati has got you covered. Read on for ten of our favorite names that are "so Cincinnati."
Ludlow - Although a bit heavy on the tongue, Ludlow is an English name to consider if your list also includes Landon or Declan. It also happens to be the name of one of the founders of the Queen City.
Harriet - Author of the best-selling book Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe lived with her family in Cincinnati for nearly 20 years.
Rosemary - Classic names have made a comeback and Rosemary is a lovely tribute to beloved entertainer Rosemary Clooney, who got her start in Cincinnati. (Visiting Rosemany Clooney's home is a nice day trip out of the city.)
Foster - Known as "the father of American music," Stephen Foster wrote some of his songs while living in Cincinnati. (It is prudent to mention that his music does not come free of controversy.)
Crosley - Former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Powel Crosley, Jr., was a pioneer in radio and broadcasting.
Othneil - An alternative to Nathaniel, Othneil is a nod to former Ohio Governor Othneil Looker, whose house is a historic site in Harrison.
Oxley - Another offbeat "O" name, Oxley pays homage to Dr. Lucy Oxley, the first African American woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Oscar - Oscar is regal, yet approachable. Sports fans will appreciate the link to one fo the greatest basketball players of all time, The Big O, Oscar Robertson, who played for both UC and the Cincinnati Royals.
Lillian - Lillian Wald spent her early life in Cincinnati. A public health advocate and nurse, Lillian helped to form the Women's Trade Union League and Children's Bureau. She also helped to found the NAACP.
Written by: JoEllen Noble, IBCLC and resident Cincinnati expert.
When it comes to breastfeeding, there is no shortage of advice dished out to new parents! Relatives, friends, doctors, and pins saved to your Pinterest baby board- who should you turn to when questions about breastfeeding arise? Doulas of Cincinnati offers expert lactation support from an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
Mother’s Day is this weekend and there’s no better way to celebrate than to enjoy beautiful Cincinnati. Here’s the Doulas of Cincinnati top ten list of things to do Mother’s Day Weekend.