Pain


What To Ask At Your First Postpartum Check-up

Bringing babies into the world is hard work; it’s called labor for a reason! The first few weeks of caring for a newborn are no walk in the park either, especially as your body heals. Your little one isn’t the only one deserving care and attention after birth. Let’s prepare for your first postpartum check-up appointment so that you can continue to be your best self, for you and everyone around you....

Top partner massage* and touch tips for supporting birthing people during labor

What kind of touch do birthing people want in labor? If this is a question you’ve ever asked yourself as a loving partner or spouse, here are a few tips from an experienced doula and massage therapist who’s helped many couples like you find their way during labor. In some ways, the kind of touch birthing people want during birth is different and in many ways it’s similar to the kind of touch they appreciate when not in labor. Here’s what you should know. ...

Your pelvic floor in pregnancy, birth and beyond

Watch Jada Shapiro, boober founder, and maternal health expert, in conversation with physical therapist Dr. Sneha Gazi, PT, DPT, owner, and CEO of Sneha Physical Therapy, an expert with a passion for treating women with pre and postpartum issues such as incontinence, scar adhesions, diastasis recti, and pelvic pain. She is also the host of “Fit As a Fiddle with Dr. Sneha Gazi” a leading health and wellness Podcast. In this informative talk and Q&A, they talked about what to know about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and your pelvic floor....

Top Tips for Treating Plugged Ducts and Mastitis

Plugged ducts and mastitis are common conditions that can appear in lactating people. If you’re experiencing a hard, painful spot or lump it could be a plugged or clogged duct....

Tips for breastfeeding / chestfeeding with inverted or flat nipples

Many new parents worry that their nipples are not adequate for nursing their new babies. While breastfeeding/chestfeeding with flat and inverted nipples can be more difficult, especially if your baby also has challenges achieving a deep latch, nipple size and shape may be less of a concern than a parent may have anticipated. With ideal latch and positioning support, many people can nurse their babies just fine, despite non-protruding nipples. It might be reassuring to remember that babies latch onto the areola, not just the nipple and that they can even “pull” an inverted nipple out with good sucking....

How to have a positive and confident hospital birth during COVID-19

While giving birth has always included many unknowns for expectant parents, COVID-19 has created more questions and confusion for many parents-to-be. Educating yourself about what to expect during labor in the pandemic will help you feel more positive, confident, and ready to bring your baby to this world. This may not be what you envisioned, but you can do this! These COVID-19 birthing tips will support you in having the best hospital birth possible given the uncertain circumstances....

All things related to tongue-tie part 1

Are you experiencing pain while nursing? Cracked nipples? Super long or very short feedings? Slow weight gain? Shallow latch? Challenges with bottle feeding? Gassy/acid-reflux baby? Possibly combined with slow weight gain for your baby? Tongue-tie might be the cause of the problem. Medically known as ankyloglossia, this condition, present at birth, can restrict the tongue’s range of motion so it may interfere with compression and milk removal....

How to work with a Virtual Lactation Consultant

Even before the pandemic shifted our entire lives to Zoom, lactation consultants have utilized telemedicine to reach families in the comfort of their own homes. For many of us, all our training, experience and continuing education allows us the ability to assess and support families with expert care–even remotely. Seasoned lactation consultants have witnessed so many babies nurse and feed. We have seen many cases of damaged nipples and mastitis, and we have supported countless families in meeting their goals and overcoming challenges. Our experience means we know exactly what we are looking for when a three day old newborn latches or when a nursing parent is healing from an infection. ...

Top tips to get breastfeeding off to the best start

Jada, boober founder, and maternal health expert shares her top tips to help birthing parents get off to the best start with breastfeeding. Her top tips include:...

Coping strategies, pain management and Q&A for labor

Watch Jada Shapiro, doula & boober founder, in conversation with Jill Blakeway, a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, and clinical herbalist and founder of the Yinova Center. New York Times described her as a “fertility goddess” and named her as one of Manhattan’s top acupuncturists. They cover various pain perception and management techniques during pregnancy and labor including breathwork (including tips for coping with required mask use), acupressure points, and positions that can help. Acupuncture, visualization, and doula care (both in-person and virtual) are discussed. Pain-coping skills are life skills, not just labor skills. The more they are practiced, the more easily they can be accessed and used during labor. Acupressure requires physical pressure to be applied to points that run along the body’s meridian system. A number of recent studies have shown the ancient medicine’s effectiveness for making labor a little shorter and reducing pain....

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