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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

    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

    Sleep Deprivation & Postpartum Depression

    Caring for newborns can be exhausting. Adults normally need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested. New moms rarely have that luxury. A newborn typically wakes every two to three hours at night to feed. By the time you get them fed, burped, changed and comforted, it feels like it is time to start it all over again. Double or triple that time if you have been blessed with twins or triplets! Good advice we have all heard is to get as much rest as you can whenever you can and ask for help. Utilize family and friends whenever they offer, and ask for help when they don’t. The idea of “it takes a village to raise a child” is still true, but harder to come about. Many of today’s new families have less support. Some have followed the “job” and find themselves 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

    Photographing Your Children: How to Capture Meaningful Images/Baby Photography

    There is a certain quote by Gretchen Rubin that I feel sums up motherhood quite well. It states, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I am both a mother and a professional photographer and that phrase rings true in both professions. In a blink of an eye these little babies are going to be off to college and the photographs that you capture today will be your most treasured possessions tomorrow.

    I have put together 7 simple steps to help you capture more meaningful images of you children as they grow, and not one of them has anything to do with getting a fancy camera or learning about aperture.

    The Details Count

    Take a minute and think about what you love about each stage your child is in? Is it how your baby sucks his two fingers? Do you love those little feet walking in their first pair of Read more


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