Blooming Tree Maternity & Wellness Center had a new addition to the family on Friday, November 9th at 11:18am! Dad arrived back from deployment just in time to be present for the birth of his second son. Krystle had been having sporadic contractions off and on for a couple of days and we were excited when she called us in the morning to tell us her water had broken. Shortly thereafter, her contractions picked up and became more regular. We headed on out to her at that point and good thing, because his birth was fast! She did wonderfully and William was born just 38 minutes after we arrived, healthy and happy. Congratulations to the whole family!
About her home birth, Krystle said, "Brittany, Harmony, Ashley and Susanne helped me welcome our sweet boy, William, earth side on 11/9/18. I honestly cannot recommended these ladies enough and wish I had words that could adequately express the gratitude I have for their character as women. I went into this second pregnancy with a lot...
One of the most popular questions we get is, "What on earth do I pack in my hospital/birth center bag?!" (Even for home births, many midwives will suggest having an emergency bag in your trunk in case things change in the health of you or your baby suddenly.)
We advise our clients to pack their bag for labor between 35-37 weeks, but if you're late to the game DON'T WORRY!! It'll all get done, and Blooming Tree Maternity is here to help. No matter where you're delivering, from Austin to Temple, Killeen or Waco, our advice is to keep things simple!
For the birthing person:
Robe or open faced sweater or jacket
Full-bottomed cotton panties you don't mind ruining
Nursing bra (no underwire, TRUST US!) or soft cami-style bra
Nursing pads (whether you decide to chest/breastfeed or not, you will probably get some level of a milk supply after birth, and the pads will help keep you dry and comfortable)
Continuing in the vein of breaking the silence, doula and childbirth educator, Deb Bruin, speaks out about her own experience with 12 week old baby Ollie and the response she received in sharing her Postpartum Mood Disorder story, as well as her decision to join Blooming Tree Maternity and lead our new PPMD support group, Breaking the Silence.
In the blog post, I talk about the deafening silence we've created around postpartum mood disorders so in the spirit of breaking through that, I'll be leading a PPMD support group here at Blooming Tree Maternity.
My decision to join Blooming Tree Maternity was heavily influenced by the realization that I needed a team behind me to make sure that I wasn't spreading myself too thin trying to do and be all the things. If I could pinpoint one thing that really set me back in my experience with postpartum anxiety, it would be the fact that I try to be everything for everyone all of the time.