The Big Five

Based on my own postpartum experiences, and seeing my friends' and clients' experiences, I have identified what I call the Big 5 Postpartum Needs. Here I explore these needs, and how to help yourself and the new moms that you love in your life.

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Joyce Dykema
Nebraska Hospital Cesarean Rates

Research suggests the largest risk factor for a woman to give birth by Cesarean is not any health or demographic characteristic; it is the hospital where she goes for care. I was able to calculate hospital-level Cesarean rates for every hospital in the state of Nebraska that provides maternity care, and have provided them for you here.

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Joyce Dykema
Birth Plans

Recently on my Facebook page, I wrote a 5 week series on how to use a birth plan. Here it is all together on my blog for easy reference. What do you think? Did you use your birth plan this way? Would you in the future? What would you change?

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Joyce Dykema
Birthing in Nebraska

Making an informed decision on where to have your baby to get the best health outcomes is nearly impossible. It is far easier finding information on strollers than it is to find hospital-level statistics on childbirth practices and outcomes! Here is my experience finding hospital-level statistics on childbirth in Nebraska.

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Joyce Dykema