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  • Pregnancy Articles

    Preparing For Birth – Childbirth Education Classes

    Childbirth Education Classes

    Women have always prepared for birth according to their cultures and times. Historically, the pain which begins to build at the beginning of the birth process may itself have always served as a signal to a woman and her companions that the time to focus on moving through labor to the birth of her child is at hand. She must turn from other life activities to the important life-giving work of birth. A woman today should be able to give birth confidently, free to find comfort in a variety of ways, and supported by family and healthcare professionals who trust that she has within her the ability to give birth.

    So how does a mother-to-be get from sitting among a maze of pregnancy and birth magazines, birth facility forms and articles about rising cesarean birth rates and falling numbers of birthing agencies, get to that feeling of confidence Read more

  • Labor & Delivery

    Your Newborn’s Umbilical Cord Blood

    Your Newborn’s Umbilical Cord Blood: Preserving Stem Cells Provide a Life-long Medical Benefit

    What makes your baby’s umbilical cord blood so special?

    Your baby’s umbilical cord blood is so special due to a component of the cord blood known as stem cells. The stem cells serve as a “blood factory” and have the capacity to reproduce and to repopulate all types of blood cells, such as red blood cells which carry oxygen through the body, or white blood cells which protect from infections and help to fight diseases. Stem cells are extremely potent cell having the ability to permanently reconstitute the entire blood production system as well the entire immune system.

    Why should the decision about cord blood storage be made?

    Preserved cord blood stem cells may be considered a form of life insurance for your child. This may be especially true if past or present family members have a history of Read more

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  • Postpartum

    Postpartum Support for the Modern Family

    Women are faced with new challenges that make finding postpartum support more difficult than in proceeding generations. It used to be the norm for a woman to have her mother or ‘in-laws’ come and help out during the postpartum period. With families fragmented all over the country and women having children later in life, family support is not always practical nor does every new mom-to-be necessarily want her family to ‘move in’ while she is recuperating from the birth of a child. This gap in postpartum support can be filled with the help of a postpartum doula, or a night time baby nurse.

    What is a baby nurse?

    A baby nurse is a highly skilled newborn specialist who has extensive experience with multiples, (twins, triplets, etc.) and experience dealing with common special needs such as C-section recovery, premature infants, sleep problems, apnea monitors and infant reflux. A baby nurse is available Read more

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  • Feeding

    Breast-Pumping & Proper Milk Storage

    Congratulations! You’ve made it through those first few weeks with your newborn and he’s thriving on your breast milk. You’ve established your good milk supply during those important first two weeks by nursing your baby at least 8 to 12 times in 24 hours and sometimes even more often than that. You and your baby have gotten to know each other quite well as you’ve learned how to breastfeed together. Now your mind has turned to thoughts of you or someone else being able to offer your baby a bottle of your expressed breast milk.

    Although the idea of breast pumping has been around for a very long time, the apparatus for doing so has changed quite dramatically over recent years. This even includes small, interchangeable computer chips in the more sophisticated, hospital-grade electric pumps. These high-tech pumps have been a blessing for the many moms who’ve given birth prematurely Read more

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  • Shopping

    The Benefits of Organic Baby Clothing

    The What and Why of Organic

    Unless you have been in hiding for the past decade you know that the term “organic” has gained incredible status. What does organic mean? According to the National Organic Standards board, “Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on the minimal use of off farm inputs and on management practices that restore maintain and enhance ecological harmony.” Certified Organic is a title that is given to an item only when strict guidelines, made by The National Organic Standards Board, are met. Every step in the production of the item must meet the guidelines, from the soil where the item is grown to the processing facilities in which it is created.

    Even in local grocery stores there are often sections specifically created for organic products and foods. There is one sign Read more

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  • Baby & Family

    Rhythm and Routine for Babies

    Rhythm and Routine for Babies: The Importance of Finding Your Family’s Groove
    Before becoming parents you might have regarded routine as the opposite of joyful spontaneity, but once children enter our lives it transforms into something almost sacred. For adults, routine provides peace of mind, but for developing babies and children it is absolutely essential to healthy development.

    Perhaps a more enticing and accurate term for “routine” though, is “rhythm”. Rhythm refers to fluid movement and progression, peaceful synchronization, that (with practice) becomes almost effortless, and that’s exactly what routine does for our children and us when we make it part of our lives.

    What Do Rhythm and Routine Accomplish?

    When a baby is first born he mixes up his nights and days, there is little rhythm, daily life is unpredictable, and though joyous, can be exhausting. Soon, though, a baby will begin to sleep, wake and get hungry at more regular Read more

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