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  • Pregnancy Articles

    Designing a Non-Toxic Nursery

    You spend your entire pregnancy taking care of your body for baby and eating right, the next step is to make their new environment healthy. Newborns spend a large portion of their early life in their nursery, so keeping it as healthy as possible is an important task. Designing a non-toxic nursery environment for your baby can help to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.

    Crib

    Since newborns sleep approximately 12 to 16 hours a day, the crib is the first place to reduce or remove toxins. Choose a crib that is made of non-toxic materials and finished with no or low VOC paints and stains. Cribs are usually made of solid wood, stacked plywood or MDF. Not all MDF is considered non-toxic. Classifications are given to MDF depending on their degree of formaldehyde emission. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are sometimes emitted as gases from certain solids or 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

    Newborn Family Life

    Newborn Family Life: Strategies for Baby’s First Weeks

    The first few weeks at home with your newborn can be both joyful and overwhelming. Knowing a few things about newborn family life will help everyone heal, rest and enjoy this most precious time. Here are some practical strategies for getting through those first few days with a little grace and a lot of peace.

    Everybody Needs Sleep

    Newborn parents require at least 8 hours of sleep per day. Newborn babies sleep an average of 14 hours per day. So, why is every newborn parent so tired? The answer is because newborn babies only sleep in 2 -3 hour stretches for the first few weeks.

    Strategy

    Parents need to sleep almost every time baby sleeps in order to get enough rest. Select one or two of baby’s naptimes to get something done, like taking a shower, returning some phone calls or entertaining visitors. Lie down Read more


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