Pregnancy and Childbirth

Incontinence after Childbirth

Are you suffering from incontinence issues post childbirth? You are not alone.  Many Park Slope Parents describe this as a common but a rarely talked about experience.  In this article we share what membershave said in the past for dealing with incontinence.

 

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The PSP Guide to Starting a Preschool Co-op

 

The PSP Guide to Starting a Preschool Co-op

(download the PDF version HERE)

 

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Things to do BEFORE giving Birth

The top 10 things to do before Giving Birth

 

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Things to do AFTER the baby is born

10 Things to do AFTER the baby is born

 

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To Doula or Not To Doula

An extra set of caring hands or too many cooks? PSP members share their advice about hiring a doula.

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Pre-birth Advice from PSP Members

How do you prepare for birth? PSP parents share their real life experiences and perspective on getting ready for giving birth.

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Life After Birth: PSP Members share their Post-birth Advice

What happens after birth? PSP parents share their real life experiences and perspective about life after birth.

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Expectant Parent Quick Links

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now what do I do?

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Park Slope Parents has a wealth of information to help you during this exciting time. We've pooled tips and advice that fellow PSP members have shared over the years about having a baby. In this section you will find articles related to...

 

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Preparing for - and having - a C-section

A Cesarean section is major abdominal surgery, but it is also the birth of your child! Before you head to the OR, you’ll want to feel ready for the surgery, your hospital stay, and your baby! Here, Park Slope Parents member share their tips for preparing for a C-section.

 

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Pregnant on the Subway

PSP members share their experiences, tips and stories about riding the subway (and trying to get a seat!) while pregnant.

 

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Shoe Advice For Pregnant Moms

Tips and recommendations from PSP members for what to wear when your feet swell during pregancy.

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Prenatal Screening Tests

Many parents consider prenatal screening tests to check for abnormalities with their fetus, like Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome), Trisomy 13, Trisomy 13 and Triploidy (known as the "trisomies"). With some some tests more invasive and riskier than others, parents wonder if it's worth it. Here, PSP members share their experiences with the different types of prenatal screening tests available.

 

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How to Turn a Breech Baby

Information about turning a breeched baby.

 

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Tips on a Natural Childbirth

Tips for planning a natural or home childbirth, website links and advice from Park Slope Parents.

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Things to think about before you go into Labor

Advice to think about while you're still pregnant!

 

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Advice to Remember about Your Hospital Stay

Things to make your hospital experience better.

 

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Don't Freak Out Advice

Advice to help keep your blood pressure at bay!  This article covers parents experiences with epidurals, breastfeeding, PPD & more

 

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Birthing Affirmations

Things to visualize and think about as you go through labor to help you cope with pain and fear.

 

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How to bring on Labor

What to do when you're past your due date?

 

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To VBAC or not to VBAC

Advice about whether to have another C-section or try for a Vaginal Birth After C-section (VBAC).

 

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Bonding Schmonding!

Neither rooming in or rooming out but meaningful choice
Do we really need to be encouraged to bond with our babies and respond to their needs?

 

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Recovering from a C-section

C-section recovery can be full of challenges. You have to manage your pain, your scar, your movement—oh, and not to mention your new baby! Here, Park Slope Parents members share their Cesarean section recovery tips and experiences.

 

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Umbilical Cord Cutting

For parents to be, consider talking about umbilical cord cutting with your practitioner at your next check up.  Recent research found positive outcomes for babies with delayed umbilical cord cutting. Here are some articles that discuss the findings but be sure to do your own research...

 

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Things to do for new parents home from the hospital

Here PSP members share how to really help a new parent.

 

 

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Labor logistics with Baby #2

How do handle logistics of taking care of Thing #1 when you are in labor with Thing #2? PSP members share their advice.

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Advice on getting to the hospital on "D" day

How to get to the hospital.

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Having Another Baby - Later in Life

PSP Members who got pregnant later in life (late 30s and early 40s) share their experience of giving birth and being a parent at a more mature age.

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Cord Blood Banking

Wondering what to do with your baby’s cord blood? Park Slope Parents members discuss the pros and cons as well as deliberating public vs. private cord blood banks. Here are some tips and insights as well as some resources for further research.

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Stuff for Baby

Suggested list of items to buy for your new baby

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Belly Cast

What is a belly cast and should I care?

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What to Bring to the Hospital

A list of things to make your labor, delivery, and recovery comfortable.

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Morning Sickness/ Nausea

Help for Morning Sickness

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How To Take Beautiful Maternity Photos of your Pregnancy

Taking photos of your body developing, growing & expanding with your baby is a wonderful way to document your experiences as a soon-to-be-mother.  You don't need to be a professional to take beautiful images. Here are some photos & tips that will insprire YOU to take YOUR photos to the next level. Park Slope Parents' own Susan Fox shares her tips that will hopefully inspire you to take beautiful photos of your own.

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Tips for managing the family - before, during, after giving birth

Here are some tips and advice on how to strike the right balance of managing the family before, during, and after giving birth…

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Baby Resources - awesome advice from a PSP Member

Below are Resources offered by one of our Park Slope Parents members based on her journey. It was adapted from “MARA’S BABY RESOURCES” by Park Slope Parents Member, Mara Sheftel. Thanks Mara!

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Gift Ideas: Practical Baby Items

One PSP member asked their baby group: "I'm putting together a baby gift for my newly pregnant friend, and the theme of the gift is "highly practical baby items." (I suspect most of her other gifts will be highly impractical.) Thinking back to after you had your baby: what were highly practical, must-have items you wish you'd gotten in advance, rather than having to do a midnight Duane Reade run?"

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FAQs about NANNIES on the PSP Baby Groups

Here are answers to your Frequently Asked Question about NANNIES on the PSP Baby Groups...

 

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PSP Guide to Organizing a Meet Up

There's been a lot of talk about people wanting to meet up.  The only thing stopping you is an organizer, so how about YOU? Create the meetup you want to attend! Here are a few quick tips to make it happen.

 

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Pregnant Sloper in Subway Seat Shocker!

When I told friends and coworkers I was pregnant, after congratulations I got one of two responses: “New Yorkers are so nice; I was always offered me a seat.” Alternately, “New Yorkers are so rude; no one ever offered me a seat.” One friend, a problem-solver, said, “I was never offered a seat until I wore a t-shirt that said ‘Future Yankees Fan’, then I always got a seat.” I was tempted to buy a commuting t-shirt but came up with a different idea to figure out how nice New Yorkers really are. My last two weeks of work I’d log how often and who would offer me a subway seat.

 

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