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    Myths About Pregnancy & Babies

    …You Heard What About Pregnancy?

    There are many myths about pregnancy that are heard by those planning a pregnancy, or are already pregnant. There may be a very slight truth to some of these myths, but for the majority of them, there is no truth to what is heard.

    Some of the more common pregnancy myths are:

    The baby’s sex can be determined by the position used for sexual intercourse

    There is no truth that a certain position will result in a specific sex – boy or girl. It is the father’s sperm carrying the X chromosome that fertilizes the egg that causes a daughter, or the Y chromosome that causes a son.

    You can’t get pregnant the first time you have intercourse

    Pregnancy can occur anytime that vaginal intercourse occurs without using a birth control method. The sperm and egg don’t know whether it’s the first time for intercourse or not.

    I can’t get pregnant

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  • Labor & Delivery

    Cord Tissue Collection

    MomBabyParents now have the option of collecting a piece of the umbilical cord after their baby’s cord blood is collected. The umbilical cord contains mesenchymal stem cells that give rise to muscle, cartilage, bone and cardiac cells. These cells have great promise for regenerative diseases. Currently, there are over 200 clinical trials using mesenchymal stem cells.

    <h2>Cord Tissue Collection</h2>

    Cord Blood Banking is one of the most important decisions for parents regarding the long term health of your baby so careful consideration must be given to banking before your baby is born. Currently, 28 states mandate cord blood education for pregnant women.

    Stem cells,which are master cells from the baby’s umbilical cord, are now helping families safeguard their future health. Cord blood is rich in hematopoietic (blood) stem cells which are the foundation of our blood and immune systems. Uses for cord blood stem Read more

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  • Postpartum

    Postpartum Care

    Postpartum Care: Taking Care of Mom After Baby Arrives

    Many women approach motherhood with a sense of wonderment and cautious optimism. What kind of mother will I be? What kind of baby will I have? How will my life change? Will I be a good mother? Some women try to prepare for these new changes by loading up on educational materials, seminars, self-help books or informal dialogues with helpful friends and neighbors.

    Surely, any new mother would agree that there are countless things to worry about, obsess over, or otherwise preoccupy your thoughts. But in the few weeks and months after giving birth, there is one imperative that stands out among the rest. No matter what else you do, no matter how hard you try to prepare and do your best — the very best thing you can do for your baby at this time is to take care of yourself. Read more

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  • Feeding

    Should I Breastfeed?

    Congratulations on the upcoming birth and arrival of your new baby! This is such an exciting time in your life. It’s also a time filled with decisions concerning the health and well being of your growing family.

    Should I Breastfeed?

    One of the decisions you are probably considering is whether to breast or bottle-feed your baby. Are you asking yourself “Is it really all that important to breastfeed?” and “Will I be able to do it?” The answer to both of these questions is YES! Making the decision to breastfeed your baby is the first step to starting your family off to “a life well lived.”

    The benefits of breastfeeding your baby are numerous and have been well researched and documented. Studies show that breastfeeding can decrease the risk of ear and respiratory infections, stomach and intestinal infections, type 2 diabetes and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breastfeeding also promotes better oral

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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

    Digital Cameras Tips to Help Preserve the Memories

    Digital Camera Tips

    Being pregnant and having a baby are life-changing events. Taking photographs will capture moments that you want to remember forever. These moments cannot be re-captured: they live only in images and in your mind. Whether you are photographing your baby’s first day on earth or his/her first steps, you are celebrating something that is beautiful; a child that brings you much love and happiness (and sleep deprivation, too—I am a mom, I know!). In all seriousness, there are so many wonderful scenes to photograph and celebrate! You are creating history: history that can be shared with your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so forth. But what happens to those images after you take them? Back when people were photographing with 35mm film, everything was printed, but that is no longer the case.

    Digital has many advantages and many drawbacks. The biggest drawback I see is people failing to follow through Read more

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