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    Maternity Must-Haves: Top 5 Items

    So, you’re pregnant, and you cringe at the idea of giving up your designer jeans and Prada bag for frumpy maternity pants with a belly panel the size of Texas and a Winnie the Pooh diaper bag. Don’t fear! There is very stylish and flattering maternity wear out there. In fact, you may not want to give up these great wardrobe pieces after you have the baby. There are so many styles these days that you can wear during and after pregnancy. The main thing to remember is to start your wardrobe with key pieces you can build from, just like your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. Pick versatile and timeless maternity pieces that are interchangeable. But don’t be afraid to add trendy and funky pieces to your basics. After all, you’re only going to be pregnant for nine months, so you don’t run the risk of something going out of style 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

    Baby-Friendly Hospitals & Breast Feeding

    Breast Feeding: Protecting a Mother’s Feeding Choice

    All pregnant mothers will come to a point in their pregnancy when they make the choice as to how they will choose to feed their infant after birth. All information available on the benefits of human milk for human infants is explored and weighed. The same is true for the choice of formulas, as to the benefits and risks. All feeding decisions are personal and so, a mother takes many variables into consideration, after which, she can then make an informed choice as to what is best her infant and her family.

    Whichever choice a mother makes, the healthcare facility in which she delivers her child must strive to meet her choice and to meet her goal of being discharged home with that choice intact. A Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative meets her feeding choice goal. Baby-Friendly USA was formed to administer the World Health

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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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