Breath of Life Blog

For women at all stages of motherhood

Breath of Life COVID-19 Safety Update

We will provide updates as they come available. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us directly at 727-216-1420. It is understandable that the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has left many people feeling unsettled. This situation continues to...

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“How Can I Be Sure Your Birth Center Is Safe?”

It is understandable that birth safety is a concern for an expectant mother. For women with low-risk pregnancies, birth centers offer an alternative to the typical, impersonal hospital maternity care. The birth center model emphasizes personal attention and...

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Your A-Z Guide to Normal Pregnancy Symptoms

Congratulations! You’re pregnant. You are most likely experiencing excitement mixed with many other emotions. Pregnancy can be the best of times and the worst of times for women. While being pregnant is an incredible experience, it comes with some very strange...

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Natural Birth: A Doula’s Perspective (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we interviewed doulas Jessy French-King and Jillian Camisasca-Lopina to understand how doulas provide support to expectant moms. At Breath of Life, a doula becomes part of your birth team. Together with...

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Natural Birth: A Doula’s Perspective (Part 1)

Doulas provide outstanding support to expectant moms. From the first signs of pregnancy to postpartum care,  a doula has been trained to provide continuous, non-medical assistance to a woman and her partner in labor.  At Breath of Life, a doula becomes part...

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From The First Breath of Life: Meeting Your Baby

It’s almost time to meet your baby.  From the moment you found out you were expecting, every choice you have made--and will make in the future--has been about giving the very best to your child.   For nine months your baby has been nestled safely and...

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Sarah’s Story: Is a Birth Center a Safe Choice?

Now that you’re pregnant, you’re probably considering how you want to give birth to your baby and safety is a top concern. Once you start telling people you’re pregnant, you’re met with a plethora of advice and warnings. How do you sort through all of them? More...

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Reducing Stress for Mom and Baby with Waterbirth

Many women are attracted to the idea of a waterbirth, and why not? The notion of laboring in warm water is soothing, comforting, and relaxing. Since the water provides a sense of privacy, laboring in water can reduce inhibitions, anxiety, and fears. The water also...

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Epidurals: You Are Stronger Than You Think

Ashley Whitney’s Birth Story Like many women, I worried about how I would handle the pain of childbirth. It is a pain no first-time mother has ever experienced before, so the fear is mostly about the unknown.  That’s why I want to share my story with you. I...

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“I Wish I Had Known My Birth Choices.”

Something unexpected happened. I got pregnant on birth control. I was 34 years old when I found out I was expecting my first child. We wanted to start our family soon, but I was working on losing about 30 pounds, so I would be healthier and feel better during my...

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Is This Feeling More Than Baby Blues?

I received a lot of advice before I had my baby and I forgot all of it once she arrived. I was one of those moms who got hit hard with Postpartum Depression. Adjusting to motherhood is tough for almost every new mother, but it seemed extra hard for me. I loved my...

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Ending the Mommy Wars

“Talking about parenting has become like talking about politics or religion or money - you just don’t do it.” - Denise Schipani, author of Mean Moms Rule, excerpt from parenting.com   Ever brought up vaccinations at a party? Now that’s how you clear a room. Who...

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