Taking Care of Mom After Baby’s Arrival

By Contributing Writer Brandy Ferguson Most moms will admit that those first few weeks after giving birth are the most challenging, and as a mom of a newborn myself, in spite of the fact that he’s our eighth, I am no exception.  Due to new demands of caring for a tiny baby and trying to figure out how to keep our home and family balanced, all while trying to recover, we very quickly find ourselves sleep-deprived, hungry, feeling run-down, perhaps lonely,  and often, can’t remember […]

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhere

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Seems that I have a pattern of prodromal labor and going late. My babies don’t seem late, though, nor do they get too large, so I think I’ve learned that I can easily let them bake away for an extra week or two with no concern. That said, I get impatient and very uncomfortable at the end and the prodromal labor wears me out (though my hubby tries to remind me that it makes my labors shorter and easier when they do happen, and I’m […]

A Healthy Real Food Diet for Pregnancy

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Written by Diana, Contributing Writer I remember being pregnant with my first child.  I was more concerned with the colors of his nursery rather than truly understanding the responsibility of growing a human being. I didn’t have anyone to stop and explain to me what my body was about to go through and the importance of a healthy diet to grow a baby and endure childbirth. Needless to say, I stayed within the average weight gain, however, I delivered via cesarean section and spent the […]

OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider that Works for You

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer If you’re expecting a baby (or hope to sometime in the future)–especially for the first time–your mind is probably spinning with questions. What supplements should you take? Should you exercise while pregnant? What’s the best pregnancy diet? And, of utmost importance, who should oversee your prenatal care and ultimately deliver your baby? Should you see an OB or midwife? And how do you find a birth provider that works for you? These are questions no one should take lightly. But […]

A Comparison of Birthing Settings: Home, Hospital and Birthing Center Births

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer With all this talk of birthing babies around here at Keeper of the Home, I asked Stephanie if I could compare three common birth settings: home, hospital and birthing center births.* Whereas a home birth may seem the most natural choice for natural mamas, all three settings have their pros and cons and should be compared, evaluated and prayed through thoroughly before making a decision on where to birth your baby.  Image by eyeliam Home Birth The most natural setting of all […]

Natural Ways to Recover from Pregnancy

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Post-pregnancy, there’s a lot going on.  You have a brand-new baby to get to know, learn to breastfeed, and care for.  You still have your home and possibly other children that need care.  And of course, there’s the physical recovery from pregnancy.  I always thought it seemed a little unfair that I was expected to be fully responsible for a tiny person when I was physically drained from pregnancy, labor, and birth!  (Although after three babies, the real drain […]

10 Decision of Newborn Parents, Part 2

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On Thursday, guest poster Christina began by sharing the first 5 decisions… today she continues on with 5 more decisions for parents of newborns. Please note: We do our utmost to offer the best and most accurate information that we can, but we also encourage you to take the advice from our site as entertainment and informational purposes only and to always seek the advice of your trusted healthcare professional. 6. Newborn Heel Prick Metabolic Disorders Screen Babies usually have a single heel prick to draw […]

Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way)

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Written by Natalie Klejwa, Contributing Writer The following question came in my e-mail box a couple of months ago: I am a mother of a one-year-old girl, and I am due with our second in June 2012. :) After I had my daughter, I was told to rest when I came home from the birthing center. Instead, I was going up and down our stairs, trying to upload pictures of our newborn to email to the grandparents. I was more worried about pleasing other people […]