How to Create a Birth Plan Step-by-Step

How to Create a Birth Plan Step-by-Step

my original stance was to be like those little monkeys...

You know…see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil….

In other words to just kind of go with the flow at my birth!

But then I started doing some research…and the magical world of episiotomies, fundal pressure, and forceps appeared in front of me.

I was shocked honestly…nobody really warns you about these things and they don’t seem to be that widely known outside of the mommy world.

So I did some research and watched a million birth stories…only to come to the conclusion that it probably wouldn’t hurt to have a birth plan after all.

So, like I do with everything else in my life, I dove in head-first.

The following is a compilation of the crazy amounts of research I did reading through first-hand accounts of moms who recently gave birth + hospitals + labor & nurse delivery recommendations!!

All pieced together for your viewing pleasure :D

Enjoy!

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

When I started the creation of the “prepare for baby” challenge...surprisingly (to me) there was only one thing on most mother’s minds...

Finances!

I mean I asked like five times to be sure, cause I thought mommas would be more preoccupied with cute onsies…or how to set up a birth plan…but again and again the #1 response was FINANCES.

So I heard you mommas & don’t worry I got your backs.

Below are the five steps I’ve outlined to prepare your house financially for the arrival of a new member.

I did A LOT of research for this post, so you can rest assured this will be your basic step-by-step guide to planning financially for your little kicker.

These are the categories in case you’re a read-ahead type:

  1. Savings Accounts & Budget Cushions

  2. Calculate Costs & Ways to Save Money

  3. Creating a Budget & Reducing your Spending

  4. Earning Extra Money & Finding Help

  5. Insurance

Absolutely Everything Momma Needs for Labor, Delivery, & Postpartum

Absolutely Everything Momma Needs for Labor, Delivery, & Postpartum

The day of, and the weeks following your delivery are gonna be some of the hardest you’ll ever experience!

So you’ll notice a theme all about momma’s necessary gear: comfort!

The following article talks about the things to pack in momma’s hospital bag, what momma needs postpartum, and some comforts for the breastfeeding stage as well.

Read on momma!

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

Being a first-time mom is terrifying...

Like staring off the edge of a cliff terrifying….I mean you’re strapped in probably…but all there is left to do is jump!

And hope to God that your bungee chord whips you back up to safety…instead of falling flat on the canyon floor below.

How can you build in a safety strap?

By preparing yourself as best as you possibly can before baby arrives.

The article talks about fun ways to relax and prepare yourself before baby comes + more practical stuff you’ll want to get out of the way so you can truly enjoy your time with your little one when they arrive.

Keep reading for more info…

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

picture this:

It’s 3:24 am, Junior is crying once again…you roll over and punch your husband in the arm, “your son wants you,”

Part of the turmoil (which quickly turns into desperation) of being new parents is the constant battle of who’s turn it is, or who changes more diapers, or who spends all day with the baby.

Save your relationship the trouble. Seriously…all it takes is a 30-minute sit down with your partner to suss out the details so you both have the peace of mind knowing that the other one is duing their part.

AND the self-awareness to know that sometimes you just don’t feel like it, BUT that doesn’t mean that you can blame, manipulate, or otherwise coerce your partner.

Will you guys always stick to the plan? Nope.

Definitely not…BUT having a plan, like having a budget is an essential part of being a well-working couple.

First start by ahdering to the rules, then you can freestyle.

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

during my hours and hours of research, I came across this amazing youtube video

It’s of an awesome midwife who’s been delivering babies for many, many years (I’m putting the video in below for you).

She talks about A LOT of stuff…

But one of the main takeaways for me was that we need to be more understanding of a dad’s role in the delivery room.

I mean to old way to look at things was dad pacing outside the door waiting to light his cigar.

But times have certainly changed.

And the role of daddy has certianly changed! So let’s get with the times and discuss how to empower our partners during the birth process.

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

When I was explaining a babymoon to my spanish friend...she was a little confused.

“A baby moon?! What is that?”

“It’s like honeymoon, but you know instead of marriage it’s baby….baby. moon.”

She smiled and nodded but wasn’t all that convinced!

So it got me thinking…I mean I only heard the term babymoon like maybe a few months ago…but I totally jumped on the bandwagon!

I mean, who wouldn’t want a chance to chill & relax with their hubby (partner, so, etc.) before the shit hits the fan (…or at least you know the changing table…)?

This girl!!

Read on if you’d like a step-by-step guide to planning out your perfect babymoon. Ripe with pictures of gorgeous beaches & cute preggo bellies!

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

preparing for your baby is possibly the scariest most rewarding thing on the planet.

I mean what’s the little thing gonna be like?

What toys will they like? What colors? Are all the cute cowboy and cowgirl outfits gonna stay hidden in the closet after one disastrous outing to the zoo?

Times this by a million if you’re a first time mom…like little old me…*nervous laughter….

SO! I did what any newbie would do, and turned to the experienced moms for their best advice!

Below you’ll find some kick-a** tips from moms who have been there, done that when it comes to prepping for baby.

They talk about topics like:

  • Organization

  • Finances

  • Food Prep

  • Breastfeeding

  • Bottle Feeding

  • Second Child Tips

  • Baby Gear

  • & Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Tips for your new little one!

So read on you sexy pregnant thing you!

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

there’s a lot to talk about before baby comes!

And a lot to do!

Below is a list of 10 things you can do with your partner, significant other, husband, baby daddy, or idk maybe your neighbor to prepare for a little baby!

Some of ‘em are fun stuff to enjoy your last few, poop-screaming-milk-and-sleepless-nights-free moments, and some are more serious…like important talking points and more.

Ok! Stop talking Simone and let’s get into it…

20 Experienced Moms Share Their #1 Labor & Delivery Tip

20 Experienced Moms Share Their #1 Labor & Delivery Tip

I am currently pregnant with my first

And like any other type A, first-time moms out there I decided to do some research about labor and delivery.

Only to quickly realize that I don’t know what the hell I’m in for!

So apart from reading articles, upon articles with generic information, I wanted to get a first-hand account of labor from the badass mommas who have been there, done that.

20 amazing ladies offered to share their #1 tip, and it’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth (or a more flattering animal…like the butterfly’s mouth! yeah butterflies!!) and a lot of these lovely contributors are professionals as well as mothers!

Enjoy and don’t forget, in the comments below, to tell us what your #1 tip about labor and delivery is :) Cause this momma needs all the help she can get.

First Trimester Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Nausea and Morning Sickness

First Trimester Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Nausea and Morning Sickness

In the movies, pregnant women get sick maybe once…

And it’s usually cute and/or funny…and then in the next scene she’s 4 months pregnant battling some other cute pregnancy symptom.

WRONG!

Don’t f*cking believe it, its a lie!

Hahah ok yes I know that some women do make it through their pregnancies without ever facing that morning sickness demon, but for those of us unlucky enough to find our heads in the toilet several times a day…here are some tips, tricks, & hacks for morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, and generally feeling like crap!

7 Moms Share Their Stories: Anxiety, Depression, & Mental Health in Pregnancy

7 Moms Share Their Stories: Anxiety, Depression, & Mental Health in Pregnancy

One of the most surprisingly difficult parts of pregnancy has been my mental state.

Seriously…I did not expect this!

Before I got pregnant I just assumed that it would be this magical time in my life. Little did I know, that your mind actually goes through almost as many changes as your body during pregnancy.

So for those who have experience mental health issues before (or even those who haven’t) new issues might crop up!

What helped me the most? Hearing that other women go through it too. Because then a little click happened in my brain and I was able to see these problems not as problems with myself, but as just another strange, and or even debilitating pregnancy symptom.

3 Easy Steps to Create Life-Changing Good Habits

3 Easy Steps to Create Life-Changing Good Habits

we only get one shot at this

You know the whole life thing. And I’ve seen so many people waste their time thinking that their lives have to be a certain way.

Or that the only way to survive is to stay stuck where you are in life. Like that job is the only way you can make money. Or that person is the only one who will make you happy.

The truth is, that the big changes that we secretly want, are 100% possible.

They lie just beyond 3 super easy to comprehend, yet slightly harder to make happen concepts:

  1. Goals

  2. Habits

  3. The Subconscious Mind

Today, in this article, I’m gonna walk you through these three concepts so you can ultimately make the big changes you want to make in your life.

Like, where is your career heading? Are you in a job because it feels safe?

What about those talents you’ve had since birth, that you’ve never really developed? A book you want to write? A song you want to sing?

It’s all possible, it just takes a lot of determination. Notice I didn’t say “a little bit” I said a lot, because that’s what it takes.

The Incredibly Easy Roadmap to Changing Your Habits

The Incredibly Easy Roadmap to Changing Your Habits

Let’s take a journey today!

A journey to making some seriously simple changes in our daily lives, so that a year from now, those new years goals come true!

Cause I know last year’s new years goals, went unfinished.

Maybe written down in a gorgeous little planner that has also gone unused during the year.

So let’s make this year different. With a simple step-by-step plan to change up how you look at your goals, and how to change your habits to actually make your goals happen.

In this article:

  1. What Habits Are (how they work)

  2. The Step-by-Step Plan to Changing Your Habits

  3. How the Subconscious Mind Sometimes Interferes

Organizing Tips to Keep your Home and Mind Free of Clutter

Organizing Tips to Keep your Home and Mind Free of Clutter

There’s nothing more satisfying than finally getting round to sifting through the clutter that’s accumulated in your home over time. As the new year rolls in, it's important to cleanse your living space. An organized space leaves plenty of room for free-time and mental clarity. Research shows that an organized home and workspace helps creativity. Clean space, clear mind, right? Whatever the reason for your decluttering, we’ve got home (and mind) organization tips for you.

Why Setting Goals is Useless Without First Changing Your Habits

Why Setting Goals is Useless Without First Changing Your Habits

I love new years.

And I love spring cleaning…and setting new goals in the fall.

Basically I love any excuse to set new goals & start afresh.

But there would always be this pattern in my life. I’d get really stoked about my new goals, write them down, maybe even make a vision board or two, but then a few months down the road…I would find myself back at start…do not pass go…do not collect 200$.

It took me a while to figure this sort of obvious thing out:

Just writing down your goals doesn’t mean you’ll actually acheive them.

How to Change Your Life Using the Power of Your Habits

How to Change Your Life Using the Power of Your Habits

If you’re like me, setting goals is a monthly habit.

But if you’re also like me….they don’t always work out.

Sometimes I write them down, sometimes I even make a plan to reach those goals…you know…like daily, weekly, and monthly habits.

Only to find that by next month nothing has changed. I’m back to square one, and things aren’t really any different.

It took me a while to figure out what was going wrong.

And when I finally did, things changed. Because I wasn’t just writing down those daily, weekly, and monthly habits. I was building them into my life in a methodical way that meant my goals really did come true.

In this article I’m gonna break down:

  1. How to understand habits

  2. How to change your habits

  3. How to ultimately change your life using small, daily habits

How Your Subconscious Mind Might Be Sabotaging Your Goals

How Your Subconscious Mind Might Be Sabotaging Your Goals

If you’re wondering what the hell your subconscious mind has to do with losing 17lbs, or writing that book you’ve always wanted to write, you’re probably not alone!

That’s where I come in…

A year ago I was suffering from a slew of bad habits, but have since learned to rock some amazing systems to make sh*t happen in my life and business.

I dove deep into my subconscious mind, guys it was scary in there, and now it’s what I teach, because it really revolutionized my life.

So my question to you now is….what’s your biggest goal?

Close your eyes, yes right now, and just let the first image that comes to your mind show up.

What was it?

Did it surprise you, or is this something you’ve known that you wanted for a long time?

Either way…there is only one path to reaching that goal, and that is to make small daily changes with the help of your subconscious mind.

Habit Tracker & Subconscious Mind Freebie

Habit Tracker & Subconscious Mind Freebie

With the dawning of every new year, or new season….we always get this itch…

…to change, reformulate, declutter, & start afresh.

Maybe we even make a big list of shiny goals!

…Pay off debt, get thinner, clean the house more.

But usually, after just a few weeks have passed. The goals lie on a forgotten page in our journals, or a stack of papers on our desk.

And we’re back to square one…until the next season change or new year.

Read more on how to change your habits with this habit tracker, and subconscious mind workbook.

How to Get Clients Using Your #1 Business Asset: Your Intuition

How to Get Clients Using Your #1 Business Asset: Your Intuition

Have you ever paid for an expensive course thinking that it would revolutionize your business?

Like you’d be a millionaire…or at least making 6 figures in the next 90 days or whatever.

Then you get into the course feeling really fired up about it!

Put things on your calendar.

Fill up your to-do list.

Start dreaming about how you’re going to spend that money….etc.

Only to then find yourself, two months into it, extremely overwhelmed with the products you have to purchase to make it happen, or the difficult things the course is asking you to do, or your own mind telling you that it’s impossible.

And then you find yourself 6 months down the road, the course half-finished and a couple of serious attempts at “making instagram work” or “booking out your practice.”

Am I saying that online courses are useless?

Well…yes and no…but mostly no.