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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…

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…