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Remember Your Nurses!

When preparing for the birth of your child you make choices about your medical care (OB or Midwife?) and which hospital to deliver at, if you want a doula supporting …

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Cloth Diapers – The Down and Dirty

Lately there has been a huge movement towards sustainability and reducing one’s carbon footprint. With so much baby gear out there, there aren’t too many ways to cut down on …

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Z is for ZZZzzz…

Sleep! It is essential to life and, yet, do any of us really get enough? If you’re towards the end of your pregnancy or have a new baby in your …

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Y is for Yoga

Humans began practicing yoga approximately 5,000 years ago! I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that yoga can be beneficial during all seasons of life. There are yoga …

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W is for Water

Have you heard of hydrotherapy? It’s basically a fancy name for an aspect of alternative medicine involving the use of water for pain relief. In today’s blog we will only …

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V is for Vernix

When we think of new babies, we tend to think of perfectly pink, clean bundles of love. So it may be surprising when your baby is born with white goo all over …

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U is for Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging is a prenatal test that uses sound waves to obtain images of your unborn baby. It may be used to check the health and development of your baby, …

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T is for Thrush

You probably know thrush as a fungal infection that breastfeeding mothers may have to worry about, but did you know that your bottle-fed baby can develop it, too? Thrush is …

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S is for Sex

We’ve all heard it (and some of us may have tried it): sex induces labor. So we did some research, looked at the facts, and found that this may be true, …

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R is for Rh Factor

The Rh Factor is an inherited protein that may be found on the surface of your red blood cells. If your blood cells contain this protein, you are said to …

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P is for Placenta Encapsulation

What is Placenta Encapsulation? Placenta encapsulation is a process whereby your freshly birthed placenta is turned into a shelf-stable supplement that can help you have an easier recovery and better …

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O is for Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a hormone that plays a role in regulating: social interaction, sexual reproduction, maternal-child boding, labor, and milk production. It is produced by the hypothalamus and released by into …

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Q is for Queasiness

If you’re reading this, you’re likely pregnant or planning to become pregnant. I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone reading this that morning sickness is common during …

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N is for NICU

When you find out you’re pregnant, you may begin preparing: hiring a doula, booking a birth planning session, reading about breastfeeding and car seat safety. But nobody prepares for the …

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M is for Meconium

Meconium is the first substance that occupies your baby’s bowels. Unlike stools that will form and be passed after baby has begun eating, meconium is composed of substances your baby …

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L is for Lochia

Lochia is the term used for the bleeding occurring after giving birth. It is composed of blood, tissue, and bacteria and is akin to a very long, heavy period. You …

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K is for Ketosis

With all the buzz about keto diets, I thought i would take some time to discuss the original ketogenic diet – breastmilk! Did you know that newborns are born in …

J is for Jaundice

J is for Jaundice

Jaundice occurs when bilirubin, a metabolic product of the breakdown of red blood cells (RBCs) builds up in the blood. It manifests as a yellow tine to the skin and …

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F is for Formula

How you feed your baby is a personal choice that, depending on circumstances, you may or may not have much control over. If your baby will be formula fed, whether …

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E is for Epidural

Epidural anesthesia is the most common form of pain relief during labor and delivery. An epidural is a medical procedure whereby a catheter is inserted into the epidural space of …

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D is for Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping is the prolongation of time between the delivery of your baby and the clamping and cutting of their umbilical cord; the delay can range from 30 seconds …