All Blog Posts from New Little Life

All things for you and your new little life! Becoming a parent can be challenging, but you don't have to do it on your own.

- Allison

Research on Cloth Face Masks – ARE THEY EFFECTIVE??

The big questions… are cloth face masks effective? In our current Covid-19 epidemic, there are many questions about what we should be doing to protect ourselves and others. Unfortunately, there is also a shortage…

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When is it safe to give your breastfed baby a pacifier?

That really is the million-dollar question, isn’t it! While finishing up a course on Research in Maternal-Child Health, I’ve spent hours and hours pouring over studies, trials, and systematic reviews on research about the…

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Animal vs Human Birth – What the animal kingdom does RIGHT!

YouTube is full of all kinds of birth videos! For my favorite list of birth videos, visit this link here. If watching human births is not your thing or you’d like a different perspective,…

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Tomasi’s Birth Story

I was 21 years old and still in university when my oldest son was born. One morning, I woke up to get ready for class and was just so extremely tired I decided to nap through my first class and then attend my other two later in the day. When I woke up at around 10:30 am, I felt like I was going to pee my pants like NOW! So I ran to the bathroom and all these fluids just gushed out into the toilet.

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Va’aulu Baby #2!

I firmly believe that birth is a natural, beautiful process that should not be hidden or whitewashed. I mean, we are all here because of birth. Because these are my personal beliefs, I have chosen to share some of the more raw, uncensored photos from my birthing experiences.

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10 Reasons to Share Your Birth Story – You can even share it HERE!

Childbirth is an incredible accomplishment, no matter how it happens. Every birth is SO different and no two women have the same experience, which is why your birth story is important and special. Do…

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What are Birth Affirmations? – Everything you need to know about affirmations during childbirth

Birth affirmations are a popular trend with birthing women and to some, these positive words of encouragement are what makes a big difference in their mental state during labor and childbirth. Women that use…

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Audible Books on Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Do you find yourself wanting to read all the pregnancy books but just can’t find the time to sit down and get it done? Or perhaps you don’t enjoy reading? Don’t worry! There are…

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Birth Doula Too Expensive? Here’s what you’re really paying for…

Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Now what? This can be both an exciting and nerve-racking time. There are so many things to do, things to learn, to prepare for. It can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are…

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Do you need a birth plan? Common questions and concerns about birth plans

Should you have a birth plan or is it a waste of time? How do you write one? Are you just setting yourself up for disappointment by writing a birth plan? Will the doctor…

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Extended Breastfeeding – How to mind your own business

I recently took a motorcycle course to get my endorsement and it was difficult but a lot of fun! Toward the end of the class, I asked the instructor how much longer the class would…

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas that Focus on the Mom-To-Be | Pregnancy & Postpartum

A baby shower is a great way to celebrate the new life that’s coming into the world! There are so many cute things to buy for the baby and it’s a great time to…

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An Unconventional Way to use an Epidural – Janice’s First Birth Story

“I felt the first contraction when I woke up from a nap at 7 pm Saturday night. I just knew this was it. I was so excited, because at 41 weeks I was just…

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How to make your own Fleece Liners from a Walmart Blanket

As a “lazy cloth diaper mom”, I’m not about to be sticking my hand in the toilet or dealing with poop everywhere. I love the benefits of cloth diapers especially the eco-friendly factor and…

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Birth Affirmations (nature theme) – Words of encouragement for the birthing time

Download Birth Affirmations – Nature Theme Words are a powerful tool and can be used to create positive or negative emotions, thoughts, feelings, and physical reactions. Words or mantas can be spoken, thought, or…

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Natural Birth Story, but no sense of empowerment or accomplishment

“July 18: Due date. Nothing happened. July 19: Went walking at the botanical gardens in the afternoon. Felt tired out. My husband proclaimed the baby would come on Sunday. After all, when my daughter…

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Why would a woman ever WANT to have a natural birth?

When a woman tells you she plans to birth her baby with no pain medication, a common reaction is “This lady is CRAZY. WHY on EARTH would someone CHOOSE to do that?? Have you…

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BengKung Belly Binding – The physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits

BengKung Belly Binding is an ancient technique of wrapping the abdomen of a postpartum woman to warm the area and provide support during healing. At first, I thought the idea was a little odd…

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Postpartum Cloth Pad DIY Tutorial – How to sew a Heavy/Overnight Menstrual Pad

Let’s be real, disposable menstrual pads are just the worst. Rashes, itching, small, and that terrible diaper feeling are all common complaints from new mothers during the first 6 weeks postpartum where pads are…

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DIY Reusable Nursing Pads – Washable Breast Pad Tutorial

I guess I didn’t realize after you had a baby there is milk just EVERYWHERE. No one ever told me that you could also start leaking breastmilk during the end of pregnancy too… so…

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Best Maternity Swimsuit List 2018 – Beat the Summer Heat in Style

It’s swimsuit season! Whatever point your at in your pregnancy, this may or may not be the time of year you’re looking forward too. In early pregnancy, you can still get away with wearing…

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5 Tips for the Birth Partner – Advise from a Doula for Dads and Partners

It can feel like a lot of pressure to be the main support person for a birthing woman, especially if you don’t know much about childbirth. As a pregnant first time mom, I did…

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Inside My Doula Bag! Packing your hospital birth bag – Tips From A Doula

As a 9 month pregnant expecting mom I had no idea what I actually needed to pack in my hospital birth bag! We made it through the birth just fine, but since then in…

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BengKung Belly Binding – An ancient technique, What, Why, and How

After your new little life is here, it can be easy to forget about the healing mother. During pregnancy and childbirth the hips open, the abdominal muscles separate, the uterus grows, the skin stretches,…

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