Childbirth

What You Need to Know About Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery (VBAC)

Mothers who have given birth via cesarean delivery (C-section) are not automatically reserved to deliver the rest of their children in the same way. Many of my patients come to me asking about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) as an option for their next delivery. I often field a number of questions from my patients regarding the viability and safety of VBAC. Here are a few of the most popular: Do I qualify for VBAC? Many of my patients who gave birth via C-section qualify for VBAC. Perhaps the most important qualification for VBAC is the type of incision made on the uterus during your previous delivery. Moms wanting to give birth vaginally after a C-section must have given birth with the assistance of a low transverse incision. Performed in a majority of C-sections, a low transverse inc...

Q&A: Top reasons for a “C-Section”

Childbirth is physiology of the human body at its best. While the weeks are counted down, pregnancy books are perused and nursery items are assembled, when it comes time for the birth, labor and delivery do not always go as planned. Dr. Shan Shan Jiang, an OBGYN specialist at Consultants in OB/GYN, sheds light on important elements of labor that are vital for keeping both mother and baby healthy and safe.  Why should expecting mothers strive toward a vaginal birth when possible? There are a number of potentially positive consequences from a vaginal birth, including: Less risk of internal organ damage to the mother. Breastfeeding may be more effective. Mother is much less likely to require a C-section delivery in subsequent pregnancies. What are the top medical indications for a C-sect...

Giving birth is a lesson in motherhood: The one thing you can control

The very first lesson we ever learn as mothers is that it’s not always up to us. Giving birth for the first time makes it clear that we are not in charge of every outcome.  When we are pregnant, we do our research.  Maybe we had friends who were already moms and we trust them to tell us the truth about birth.  Sometimes we’re at the mercy of the Internet. No matter where we get our information, we make plans for what we will do when we go into labor. We write up directions for everyone around us and think that these birth plans tell exactly how it will happen. As if we can produce this event, and tell that baby to just follow the script and enter the scene on cue. If you have seen a baby enter this world with your own eyes, you know that there are no scripts. I have a nearly...

Is Your Local Hospital Birthing Center Adoption-Competent?

Just about everyone knows an adoptee. Or an adoptive family, or someone who has placed a baby for adoption — or is involved directly in one. We continually improve so many aspects of patient care. What improvements are being made in the way we “do” adoption? Pioneered in Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital, the Family to Family Support Network is going national in helping families create child-centered open adoptions from the very beginning, through adoption training in hospital labor and delivery wards. Here’s an interview with founder Rebecca Vahle on why she’s made it her mission that more and more hospitals answer this headline with a “yes.” What is the Family to Family Network? How is the Family to Family Program good for nurses? How is the ...

Orgasmic birth: the unicorn of childbirth?

Once upon a time, I wrote about orgasmic birth on my personal blog. At the time, I was only slightly pregnant and figured it was just something that would make for humorous content. But since then, I’ve been thinking about the topic more and more. Orgasmic birth: the unicorn of childbirth? I wanted to start my investigation by asking someone who has personally witnessed and attended several thousand live births: my mid-wife. The group I go to are an especially open and friendly bunch, so I knew that when I posed my question about orgasmic birth, they would be the least likely to laugh. I was right about their reaction. According to the midwife that I spoke to, she has

Don’t Bypass Your Child’s Handwriting Struggle – 5 Signs They May Need Support

Imagine for a moment that when you write on a piece of paper the letters on the paper do not look like the image in your head. Every time you write you feel totally confused and frustrated. This is a typical event for a school aged child with handwriting struggles. Now think about all of the things you couldn’t do if this was your handwriting experience. When Max entered Preschool at age 4 he loved having books read to him and showed great interest in reading and writing. Activities that used his gross motor skills were difficult like catching a ball, balancing, and running so he had developed a passion for reading. During his first year of preschool his teacher introduced letter formation. This is when it became obvious that Max was struggling with handwriting and he began to avoid writin...

Baby+Company’ new childbirth center: meet the midwives

Baby+Company is thrilled to be open in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Their grand opening welcomed 200+ people into the birth center. If you weren’t able to make it they invite you to stop by for tour and complimentary consultation. In the meantime get to know their team of midwives: Laura Thielke MSN, CNM I am very excited to be onboard with Baby+Company and getting back to where my passion is with natural childbirth. My nursing journey started at The Children’s Hospital on the Oncology/BMT unit where I felt blessed to take care of such incredible children. Following the birth of my first child, I knew midwifery was where I was suppose to end up. After 10 years of working with children, I made the switch to the other end of the life spectrum which has been just as equal of a blessing. As a CU gra...

The Mama Sagas: Don’t be conservative with the stool softeners

As anyone who’s gone through it will tell you, preparing for your first childbirth experience isn’t just about setting up a nursery and packing a bag. There are a few (WAY) more important items to have on hand for when the big day arrives. The Mama Sagas is a Denver-based online video series dedicated to empowering moms through shared experiences and expert solutions. With humor, honesty, and raw emotion as our foundation, we’re building a supportive community of mamas who celebrate the beauty of the imperfect moments. Becoming a mom doesn’t happen in 9 months; it happens constantly – and continuously – every day after giving birth. Using our stories to break down stigmas, The Mama Sagas redefines what it means to be Super Mom and celebrates the hero in every woman. Find them on their ...

Is Natural Childbirth All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

The short answer is, Yes! The long answer… I was just 12 weeks pregnant, when our mid-wife asked about our birth plan. I responded, “What is a birth plan”? Before becoming pregnant, I always had planned on getting an epidural a.s.a.p. Why on earth would I want to experience such pain, if there is miracle drug to take it all away? My husband encouraged me to make my own choice, but challenged me to do a bit of research on natural childbirth before I made my decision. After researching and talking to other moms about their birthing experience, I decided natural childbirth was my “birth plan.” For your sanity, your partner’s sanity and your midwife, doula or doctor, I encourage you to create a birth plan. Use your birth plan as an outline or a goal, but be okay with failing. There are b...

My 4 Month Old Weaned Himself….But I Wasn’t Ready

 Breastfeeding. This word encompasses feelings of attachment, exhaustion, bonding, frustration, love and imprisonment. For some moms, breastfeeding comes easily, others find it more difficult and many choose not to breastfeed at all.  After a battle of infertility due to hormone abnormalities, I was relieved that I was able to nurse and become part of the “breastfeeding is easy” group. That is, until our son Declan turned four months old.  At first I thought, could it be a cold, teething, four-month regression or is he simply hungry?  My sweet baby boy went from happy smiles and sleeping through the night to almost constant crying and waking up 3-4 times a night. After a week my husband and I decided it was time to call the pediatrician and lactation consult. Both said ...

The Don’ts of Being a Birthing Partner: 15 Things I Wouldn’t Do If I Were You

Now that I’m working on baby number three, I’m kind of an old hat at this pregnancy/childbirth thing—Literally. I have AMA (advanced maternal age) on my file. I’m 35.  I know what to expect this time around when I go waddling into that delivery room in anticipation of pain, exhaustion, nausea, and the promise of a cold turkey sandwich at the very end. However, during my first pregnancy, I simply had no idea what to expect when it came time to deliver my baby. Like most first time moms I was plagued with wonder and worry. But, out of everything I experienced the single most surprising thing about giving birth was how easily annoyed I got.  Having the lights on was annoying. Having people whisper was annoying. Having my cervix checked was annoy...

Forget the kids: try summer camp for moms with Vela Adventures Camp!

Do you have kids heading to camp this summer? Well, why should they have all the fun? When I heard about Camp Via, Colorado’s all-inclusive, five-star summer day camp just for women, I was hooked! With exciting and fun outings like Standup Paddleboard & Yoga, Whitewater Rafting & Wine Tasting, Horseback Riding & Spa Party, you can love your summer again.  Camp Vela Denver runs from Tues., June 17 to Fri., June 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Camp Vela Boulder runs from Tues., July 15 to Fri., July 18. You can select to join the entire four-day week or join them for just one day. Don’t let this summer be just about the kids. Enjoy some time for yourself, embrace your inner child and make this a summer to remember. For more information go to Camp Vela.