Favorite Finds Friday: 7/15/16
Each Friday, I share five articles or resources that speak on fertility, pregnancy, doulas, labor, birth, postpartum, family life, and local happenings. Enjoy this week’s Favorite Finds Friday!
Joe was not sold on the idea of hiring a doula for his wife’s first child. After the birth experience, he has become doula’s number one fan. “The saying goes that the first time the wife hires the doula, but the second time the husband does.”
This is a beautiful letter one mother wrote to her nine month old baby. She was born premature and her mother was not able to hold her until she was four days old. This sweet, heart-felt letter describes the tender moments of holding her strong baby.
This mom shares a photo her husband had taken of her the birth of their child. Birth and motherhood are beautiful but there is also a side that isn’t always talked about. This mom decided to share one part of birth that you don’t seem to hear about as often.
After birth, the uterus continues to contract just as it did in labor in order to close off the blood vessels where the placenta was attached and to shrink down to it’s normal size. Oxytocin is the main hormone that drives labor and causes the uterus to contract. This hormone is also produced when breastfeeding. A mother can continue to feel contractions, especially at while breastfeeding, for several weeks. This mother lists a few suggestions as to how to manage these afterbirth pains. Always check with your physician or midwife before using any herbs, tinctures, oils, or other medications.
By now, I’m sure you have heard of the latest craze, Pokemon Go. My husband and I have actually had a lot of fun playing the game. I thought it was stupid at first but have met neighbors at our neighborhood park we would have never met and hung out with them for a couple of hours walking around town and getting to know each other. I’ve seen lots of parents out walking with their kids so it is a great family bonding game as well. I also like that our neighborhood is more heavily trafficked especially at night which makes us feel safer about walking at night when the temps become more comfortable and it has caused drivers in the neighborhood to slow down due to all the walkers, especially since there are no sidewalks in our neighborhood.
In a time where it seems fewer and few of us know our neighbors and the growing distrust and animosity towards people we do not know, I cannot get over how this little game has brought so many complete strangers together and created bonds. As with everything else in this life, some evil people have used it for evil. We shouldn’t live in fear but we should use wisdom when interacting with strangers and venturing out especially at night.
There are lots of cool places to hang out with friends and meet new friends around Denton. Check out this article for ideas and the social graces of hunting Pokemon.