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  • Pregnancy Articles

    How to Choose a Cord Blood Bank

    Many parents believe simply deciding to bank their baby’s cord blood is the end of the process. In actuality, cord blood banking requires all the research and decision making of monetary banking. All blood banks and blood banking services are not created equal so understanding what questions you should ask and what considerations you should take into account is imperative before parting with the significant amount of time and money associated with cord blood banking. Before signing the dotted line on a cord blood banking contract, ask these questions.

    Are You Contracting With a Marketer or an Owner?

    One of the most important questions to ask when interviewing cord blood banking companies is whether they own the blood bank or whether they are marketers that rely on another facility for laboratory services and storage. An owner-backed operation is more reassuring to prospective customers because they can access information about the cord Read more

  • Labor & Delivery

    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

    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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  • Baby & Family

    Homeopathy for Your Family: Safe, Sensible and Effective Medicine

    Homeopathy is a wonderful form of medicine to use in all stages of life. It is particularly well suited to the needs of young families, as it is non-toxic, cost-effective, and easy to administer to infants and children.

    Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was developed by a German physician over 200 years ago. Homeopathic medicines are specially prepared from substances from all the kingdoms of nature, including plants (e.g., chamomile [Chamomilla] and deadly nightshade [Belladonna]), minerals (e.g.,Sulphur and Phosphorus), animals (e.g., honeybee [Apis] and snake venom [Lachesis]), and also “imponderables” (e.g., sunlight [Sol] and X-Ray]).

    The medicines are produced in licensed laboratories and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During their production, the medicines are diluted to the point where any toxicity is removed, and serially shaken (a process called succussion), which brings out the ability of the substances to resolve and heal various conditions by assisting to body Read more

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