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    From Conception to Birth – The Three Trimesters

    Most obstetricians determine the duration of pregnancy from the time elapsed since the mother’s last menstrual period. Of course, this is usually about 2 weeks before ovulation and pregnancy actually occurs. The normal duration of pregnancy is 280 days or 42 weeks from the last menstrual period. Pregnancy is also divided into thirds, or trimesters. The three trimesters are each about 13 weeks in length.

    The First Trimester

    Fertilization occurs when the male sperm enters the female ovum. Very soon after conception, the early placenta begins to develop. By 4 weeks of gestation, the embryo is about 3/8ths of an inch long. Early fetal eyes and limb buds are present by 1 month once the fetal heart is completely formed by 6 weeks and can be seen on an ultrasound. Blood begins to pump at this time. Also, a ridge of tissue, which will become the fetal brain and spinal cord, Read more


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    Homebirth and Midwifery

    Homebirth and Midwifery: A Gentle Birth Option

    Recently, Missouri became the 28th state to allow midwives to practice the art of homebirth midwifery. In July 2008, Missouri joined these other states across the nation in supporting a woman’s right to choose the site of her birth and a credentialed care provider. The CPM credential, or Certified Professional Midwife Credential is issued through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). The CPM credential focuses on developing core competencies and standardized testing for midwives practicing in an exclusively out-of-hospital setting.

    CPMs are not lay midwives. “Laypersons” implies an ignorance of lack of training in a specialized field of knowledge. By contrast, CPMs are specifically trained in the management of low-risk pregnancy and birth, and in the differentiation of low risk versus high-risk pregnancy. The CPM, unlike the doctor or nurse midwife, must attend a majority of the clinical component required for her certification Read more


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    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

    Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

    Breastfeeding :From a New Mom’s Perspective

    I am a strong proponent of breastfeeding. It is the best thing for the baby and for you. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 1 year and longer if mutually desired by both the mother and child. The truth is – any amount of breastfeeding will be beneficial for you and your baby: 2 days, 2 months or 2 years. Stick with it as long as you can and know that you are doing the best thing for you and your baby. Breastfeeding mothers loose weight quicker, get protection against certain cancers, and have a host of other medical benefits. Breastfed babies are healthier and studies have shown that there are increases in their IQ scores as well.

    Breastfeeding is also easy – no need to think about packing bottles and no worries about staying out longer than planned –

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  • Shopping

    8 Must Have Baby Products

    It is easy to be overwhelmed by the huge “must have baby products” handed to you by employees of stores where you register for baby products. When it comes down to it, simplicity in baby products is the easiest and best philosophy. You should look for products that develop with your baby while also helping your baby develop. While it is easy to immediately get caught up in major stroller combos, matching wipe warmers, and busy bouncy seats, babies have survived for hundreds of years without those items, and sometimes starting small and purchasing items as you need them can be an advantage. Maybe your baby does not like swinging motion, or maybe there isn’t enough room in your home for a bassinet, crib, and pack and play. Give yourself time to learn your baby’s needs and wants, then purchase accordingly. Make sure you look at smaller retail outlets Read more


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    Life Insurance: Protect Your Family’s Future

    Do you know if your family would have the financial resources to maintain their standard of living if something happened to you? According to the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association, approximately 60 percent of Americans lack individual life insurance coverage and 33 percent have no life insurance protection whatsoever.1

    The very thought of premature death may make you worry about the changes your family would need to make if your income were no longer available. A good way to protect your family’s future is with life insurance.

    Why do I need life insurance?

    Life insurance provides protection from financial loss if you or a family member dies prematurely. Each situation is different, but life insurance is commonly used for final expenses, taking care of dependents and continuing business activities. Final expenses may include an illness, burial expenses, legal fees or outstanding debts.

    Life insurance is especially helpful if your family exists on Read more


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