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  There are rumors floating around about the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and her possibly suffering with postpartum depression. We hope that they are not true, but even more so, we hope that she is not suffering in silence. Postpartum depression has such a terrible reputation with the only face of it being the moms who kept silent and end up in the news with tragic outcomes. This is not postpartum depression. This will not be you if you seek out help for “baby blues.” It is possible to end up there without proper help, but make sure that you are asking for it. Right after you give birth to your perfect little baby, you feel like you can conquer anything. But, you did just give birth to a human being. Your body is going back from the slow and steady process of growing and becoming two humans to suddenly going back…

The Birth of Ivy Kate

Ivy’s story really started two days before her birth, on a Tuesday, when I was 39 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I was having some strong contractions that were about 2-5 minutes apart…all day. I finally contacted one of my midwives, Kaitlyn, around 3 in the afternoon, and she told me to go ahead and come in to see if things would progress. I have a history of my labors piddling around until about the last hour or so, and then things go from easy to serious quickly. I let everyone on my birth team know I was going in and I’d update them on whether she was going to keep me, or send me home. We had a great time that night. My friend Allyson brought food and rice crispy treats, and I got to enjoy being with them and laughing. My mom, sister in law, mother in law, and photographer/friend…

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping is something that is a top priority here at Origins!   Most of you have heard of the term by now, but you may still have questions about it.  So in an effort to educate the masses; here we go…… What is Delayed Cord Clamping (DCC)? It is when your care provider allows the umbilical cord to stay attached to the newborn baby immediately after birth, instead of clamping and cutting it right away.   Oh wait, what is an umbilical cord? GREAT question!  It is an integral part of the baby’s life source in-utero and immediately after birth.  The umbilical cord is made up of two arteries and one vein.  The two arteries carry blood away from the baby and delivers it into the placenta.  The placenta does its mighty job to nourish the blood, cleanse it, and oxygenate it.  Then the vein takes the “juiced up” blood back into the baby! …

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…