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Interview with the Midwives

Thanks for stopping by our new blog! We thought we’d start it off with a fun interview about us to help you all get to know us a little bit better. Enjoy reading about the fun little quirks that make…

Plan B: an Origins Midwife’s Story Where do I begin?  As a midwife who has worked for years to help women achieve the birth they have always dreamed of and as a mother who has had the perfect home water-birth experience myself, I never dreamed that my son would be born via cesarean delivery. As many of you know, because I (Kaitlyn Wages, CM, LM) am no longer able to carry my own children, we chose the most ideal surrogate (Amanda), who also had a history of beautiful easy water-births with her own children.  The two of us spent hours envisioning and planning for the climactic moment she would deliver my son into my waiting arms.  It was going to be another beautiful water-birth for the both of us, and my son Shepherd. Neither of us would have ever imagined that Plan B would become our birth story. Amanda went into labor on July…

Here at Origins Birth and Wellness Collective the midwives understand that having a new baby, while being the most magical time in your life, can simultaneously be some of the most overwhelming times! Don’t worry though…HELP IS OUT THERE… Often times when people think of a doula, they envision someone offering pregnancy and labor support during childbirth.  But did you know there is such thing as a Postpartum Doula!?  Not a lot of people know about this gem and amazing resource available. Bringing home a new baby can be such an exciting and life changing experience for parents and other family members. It can also be a very vulnerable time in which parents need extra help and support transitioning to life with a newborn. There are new responsibilities, lifestyle changes, emotional adjustments, hormone changes, and so much more than brand-new (or even the most experienced!) parents anticipated. Did we mention the lack of sleep? Remember the…

Prenatal Perineal Massage: the Origins’ Way WHY in the world would I want to do that? Let’s be honest, perineal massage probably doesn’t sound like a good idea.  It’s hard to motivate yourself to be committed to do it regularly.  Research has shown that performing prenatal perineal massage can reduce your risk of having vaginal trauma at birth as well as several other benefits.   I think of it this way….if someone forced me down into the splits it wouldn’t be pretty!  I haven’t stretched those muscles that far in years.  My hamstrings would snap in half because I’m not limber enough to stretch that far.  However, if I were given the opportunity to stretch everyday for several weeks before hand, my muscles might be strained, but they wouldn’t tear.   Your vagina is made up of several muscle groups.  When giving birth they will be stretched farther than they have ever been stretched before.  It only…

A Note to Baby Joseph

  Dear sweet Joseph, Your birth story began 9 days after your due date.  Even though you were late, I was not feeling anxious or rushed about your arrival. A couple times I thought “today is the day” only to be mistaken. I started my leave on your due date, July 17th, and was sooo much happier. I slept a lot, but more importantly spent a lot of time hanging out with your daddy. He was nervous about me going too far so I pretty much just laid around the house. It was nice being off work together for those nine days (he took time off waiting for you also). Every night we would go for a walk. Or as much of a walk as I was up for, and only as far as your dad would let me go, so not more than a mile. The day before you were born I had my weekly…

To Cut or Not To Cut

Lord help me, I’m about to write something on circumcision.  It is such a hot topic.  I’m actually afraid of offending someone, so I’ll proceed with caution… (If you’re already upset then please stop reading now!) Okay, so I’ll start by saying I have three sons.  The first two I chose to circumcise, and my last son I decided not to circumcise.  Here is how I came to my final decision NOT to circumcise: When I found out I was having a boy with my last child his dad and I were faced with the difficult decision of whether or not we would circumcise.  At that point I had been a birth professional for a few years and I had come to some new beliefs about circumcision based on research I had encountered.  But to be honest with you, even though I knew in my mind circumcision wasn’t necessary, I still had a difficult time letting…

Breastfeeding 101: The Early Days

Over the years we have supported hundreds and hundreds of mommies with breastfeeding.  Collectively the Origins Midwives have nursed their own children for a total of 16 years.  Crazy, right!?  I guess you could say, we know a thing or two about breastfeeding. Sometimes breastfeeding is the most natural thing you have ever done.  The baby does the breast crawl up to the mother’s breast, finds the nipples as they bobble their head around, and latches right on.  OR it’s the most un-natural thing you have ever done! This tiny little baby has no idea what to do with this massive boob that is being shoved in its face.  Tired mommy feels awkward and little baby is frustrated. In these times it’s important to remember that there will always be a learning curve for your new baby.  (S)he has never nursed before, so they just need a little time and…

Vitamin K Shot: Consent or Deny?

The Case for Vitamin K As with most topics in the field of obstetrics, the Vitamin K injection is very controversial amongst midwives, doctors, nurses, childbirth educators, and doulas.  Many of you might be wondering what Vitamin K is and what function it has in our bodies.  Simply put, Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for blood clotting.  Our bodies can’t make Vitamin K, nor are they very good at storing it.  As you can imagine, it is very important that all of our blood-clotting factors are functioning well, or small injuries or internal bleeding can become a big problem. A Vitamin K deficiency makes it very difficult, or even impossible for our blood to clot and to stop active bleeding. There are three types of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB): Early VKDB happens in the first 24 hours of life. Early VKDB is usually seen in babies born to mothers who…

Origins Chiropractor

Here at Origins we are excited to introduce our newest chiropractor Rachel Moore, DC.   Rachel is a small town girl who married the love of her life, Gary, seven years ago.  She received a Bachelors in Bio-medical Science from Texas A&M in 2007 and achieved her doctorate in Chiropractics from Parker University in 2011.  She began her practice at an OB/GYN’s office specializing in maternity care and infant chiropractics.  She has since branched out to offer holistic care to everyone.  Rachel loves being able to care for the whole family! Rachel uses modified diverse techniques and is Webster Certified, which is great for expecting moms.  She believes that for the body to function at maximum capacity the spine must be in alignment for all the nerves to function optimally. She not only adjusts the skeletal structure, but she also believes that the muscles need to be addressed as well. She combines these two…

A Note from Mommy

It’s hard for me to know where to start?  I guess this journey really began the day I gave birth to my third child “The World Changer” Paxton, four and a half years ago.  It was an incredibly healing birth for me, and my first midwife-assisted waterbirth.  Two years after Paxton was born, our family suffered the loss of a late miscarriage.  Six months later we were excited to discover we were expecting twins, only to have our hearts broken once more with the loss of them – also due to a miscarriage.  Seth and I felt our hearts were too fragile to bear another loss so we decided that our family was complete with the 5 of us.  Seth had a vasectomy preformed and we felt at peace.  We had the perfect family, 2.5 kids, a beautiful home, an amazing marriage, fulfilling jobs, an incredible church family…..what more would anyone…

Eating nourishing foods during labor, especially early labor, can provide the energy and strength necessary for the intensive physical work ahead of you. Snacking can also help keep nausea, vomiting, headaches, and exhaustion at bay. During early labor, as anticipation runs high, resist the urge to skip snacks. As you enter more active labor and get closer to pushing, you may naturally lose your appetite. If you do get hungry during active labor, choose small portions that are light and stomach-friendly. Avoid foods and beverages that are sugary, fried, or carbonated. When it comes to choosing snacks to have on hand for labor, it is best to have a variety. Birth is a very primal, instinctual state, and we should listen to our body to determine the appropriate snacks. If you have a craving for something, eat it (within reason). The key is to choose small portions of easily digestible foods…