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Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford to now owning a home on the Cincitucky side of the river in Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006 and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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It's all about the prints this season! Read on (and watch!) as our style guru shares a few must-haves to add to your wardrobe, especially if you're traveling.

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Learn about a free app that keeps you connected to local businesses, free Wi-Fi hotspots, and savings on things like food, activities and even Cincy Chic events!

 

Like being in the know about cool places and events in town? Like saving money? Well, then you need to know about the Connect Cincinnati app! It’s seriously AWESOME! Cincy Chic posts ALL its events there, and a little insider tip, we ALWAYS offer a discount code when you find our events through the Connect Cincinnati app!

We’re just one of TONS of other local businesses doing the same — posting about what’s new and exciting, and offering exclusive discounts and offers to check it out that you can ONLY get through the Connect Cincinnati app!

So, here’s what it is. The Connect Cincinnati app is a free mobile app developed by Cincinnati Bell to connect Greater Cincinnati residents with local businesses, community events, and exclusive offers, deals
and sweepstakes. The Connect Cincinnati app also provides users with access to our network of Fioptics Free Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be found at some of the most popular gathering spaces and major attractions around town, such as Riverbend, Fountain Square, Washington Park, Smale Park, US Bank Arena, and many more. Be sure to download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Learn more here.

FYI: This post is sponsored by Cincinnati Bell, but content and opinions expressed are my own!

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Mama-to-be, considering au naturel? A local expert shares seven savvy tips to decrease discomfort and increase joy in the experience.

 

St. Elizabeth will help guide moms-to-be through unmedicated births at its Family Birth Place in Edgewood.

Melissa Wills had an epidural during her first pregnancy. But, she opted to deliver her second and third babies without the use of medication.

While she experienced the joys of childbirth with all three of her children, she said that joy was intensified when she chose the natural route.

“With the unmedicated births I experienced greater joy and personal strength,” Wills said. “The bond between my husband and I also grew as he coached me through contractions, pushing, and the fear and doubt I had in myself. In essence, unmedicated birth enables women and their families to have all of the ‘feels’ of the miracle of birth.”

In addition to being a mother who has experienced natural birth, Wills is also a labor and delivery nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Family Birth Place in Edgewood.

Both Wills and certified nurse-midwife Sr. Kay Kramer – also at Edgewood – offer these tips for women considering a natural birth:

Choose a provider who has experience with and will support natural birth.

Be willing to ask your providers about their experience: What is their cesarean section rate? What is their episiotomy rate? How many natural childbirths have they done? What are they willing to do to help you through the birth of your child? Will they let you have intermittent fetal monitoring? Will they let you get up and move? Will you be able to eat? When would they induce you?

“The answers to these questions will assist you in making the decision about which obstetrician or midwife provider will best meet your needs. Also, keep in mind there are multiple providers within a practice with varying opinions. Ensuring everyone is willing to support your vision of birth is within your rights as a patient,” Wills said.

Take care of yourself.

Good prenatal care is important for all pregnancies. Take care of yourself and your baby. Exercise and get proper nutrition throughout your pregnancy to help prepare your body and your baby to experience birth, Wills said.

Understand that labor isn’t a nonstop experience of pain.

Kramer said many women think of labor as constant pain for hours and hours.

“It’s important to understand that, in the space of an hour, most women experience no more than 20 contractions that last one minute,” Kramer said. “So, that’s 20 minutes out of 60 that she might be experiencing pain.”

Wills often reminds her patients that the pain of delivery is only temporary.

Plan to have continuous labor support.

Having a supportive person by your side coaching you through the pain can make a huge difference, said Wills.

Learn about natural options to ease discomfort.

St. Elizabeth’s Family Birth Place recently installed three birthing tubs, Wills said. Many laboring women find comfort in the water of the tubs or in the show to help ease their pain. Wills also encourages her patients to try the birthing balls, squat bars, peanut balls and birthing stools to assist women to find a more comfortable position.

“Ambulating, massaging, breathing techniques, music, a focal point – these all make a difference in the experience of pain,” Kramer said.

“Without medication, you have the advantage of mobility. Being mobile assists the baby in finding its way out, Wills said. “Positioning and movement of the mom help the baby descend into the pelvis and rotate to an optimal position for delivery. Optimal positioning and controlled and coached pushing decreases the incidence of tearing of the perineum, which ultimately decreases healing time and recovery.”

Educate yourself.

Wills suggests reading books such as, Birthing from Within, Birthing without Fear, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Bradley Method Classes and Hypnobirthing. Find the method you think will work best for you.

Believe in your body.

“I try to help women to understand that their bodies are strong,” Kramer said. “Women have been having babies forever and anesthesia is really a recent development. Be aware of your own strength.”

For more information on natural childbirth options at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, including midwives, visit the Family Birth Place.

 

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Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can't wear a vest! Check out this week's episode of Styling with Amy and Amy to learn more about elevating your outfit with a vest!

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Three new t-shirt designs help to show off your style and your local love while also supporting four important area causes.

 

I wanted to do a quick shout out to Cincinnati Bell for my new favorite shirt that lets me show off my hometown pride!

Because Cincinnati Bell has been a part of the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 140 years… yes, 140… and they have 3,200 employees who call the region home, Cincinnati Bell wanted to do something that shows their love for, and supports, the Tri-State in a fun new way.

That’s why they launched #CincyGive, a community campaign that gives Greater Cincinnatians a way to showcase their hometown pride, while also giving back to four local charities dedicated to improving lives throughout the region: CancerFree KIDS, The Dragonfly Foundation, USO of Southern Ohio, and SPCA Cincinnati.

Through the #CincyGive campaign, there’s a series of limited-edition t-shirts designed by Covington-based My State Threads (nationally known for their state-themed “Home” shirts). I have their first t-shirt that debuted in early February with this cool image of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The second shirt was revealed just before Reds Opening Day and features a baseball-themed HOME design. The third one just launched and is inspired by the Flying Pig marathon and the “little piggies” in our city’s history. The shirts retail for $20 and ALL proceeds from their sale go directly to the charities.

T-shirts can be purchased at any Cincinnati Bell retail store or at www.CincyGive.com while supplies last. Props to Cincinnati Bell for truly supporting community – I know it makes me feel even better about doing business with them! So, definitely check ‘em out, show your Cincinnati pride and share with your friends so they can #CincyGive too!

FYI: This post is sponsored by Cincinnati Bell, but content and opinions expressed are my own!

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Last week we brought you a 13-piece travel capsule of all the must-haves you need on your next trip. Now we're talking about the accessories you need to take, too!

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

 

 

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