Oliver’s Birth Story (Baby #5!)

The weeks and days leading up to Oliver’s birth were a whirlwind.  We had only returned from 3 months of traveling/working/living in Europe 8 weeks before. Right on the tails of that, we were trying hard to finish up the homeschool year, do some decluttering around the house, and run two huge work events, right up to the week I was due.  And oh yes. Get ready to have a baby. Right.  My preparations were more meager than with other births. I did manage to […]

How to Naturally Boost Your Iron Levels

Though I’ve been somewhat low in iron in previous pregnancies, this was the first time I truly felt the physical effects of the deficiency. And in fact, this isn’t only a pregnancy-related issue, but being low in iron be a common struggle for women as we routinely lose blood (and therefore iron) with our monthly cycle. Many women are low or deficient in iron without actually realizing that’s the problem. Ensuring that we maintain strong iron stores is crucial for our overall health and well […]

Kepler’s Birth Story: Water, Water, Everywhere

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

10 Decision of Newborn Parents, Part 2

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 […]

10 Decisions for Parents of Newborns

Guest Post by Christina Szrama Getting to the birth of your child took a dozen medical decisions at least, some small, some large.  Well, your baby’s been born, you’re recovering (or trying to), and the decisions just won’t let up.  Welcome to parenthood! :) Let’s walk through each of the 10 decisions you will probably be asked to make before leaving the hospital, birthing center, or at your child’s first pediatric visit (if you delivered at home).  I’ll present each issue, ask the questions “Why […]

GAPS Diet While Pregnant

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about adrenal fatigue here, and one of the potential remedies Stephanie has mentioned is the GAPS diet.  Please go back and read her post on preparing for the GAPS diet to learn more about it, if you haven’t seen it yet! I’ll admit it: the GAPS diet is not the easiest in the world. But once you’ve done it a couple of times, it really is not that bad.  […]