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    From Conception to Birth – The Three Trimesters

    Most obstetricians determine the duration of pregnancy from the time elapsed since the mother’s last menstrual period. Of course, this is usually about 2 weeks before ovulation and pregnancy actually occurs. The normal duration of pregnancy is 280 days or 42 weeks from the last menstrual period. Pregnancy is also divided into thirds, or trimesters. The three trimesters are each about 13 weeks in length.

    The First Trimester

    Fertilization occurs when the male sperm enters the female ovum. Very soon after conception, the early placenta begins to develop. By 4 weeks of gestation, the embryo is about 3/8ths of an inch long. Early fetal eyes and limb buds are present by 1 month once the fetal heart is completely formed by 6 weeks and can be seen on an ultrasound. Blood begins to pump at this time. Also, a ridge of tissue, which will become the fetal brain and spinal cord, Read more


  • 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 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

    Nursery Necessities/Baby Gift Registry

    A “Buying for Baby” Checklist

    As you begin to prepare for baby’s arrival, don’t forget about the nursery! Before you start buying for baby, take a stroll through a local baby store and familiarize yourself with all that’s available.

    Baby Bedding & Nursery Accessories

    Bedding Manufacturer:

    Pattern/Theme:

    Color Theme:

    Baby’s Name:

    Boy or Girl:

    • __ Comforter/Quilt
    • __ Bumper Pad
    • __ Crib Sheet(s)
    • __ Diaper Stacker
    • __ Dust Ruffle
    • __ Canopy Cover
    • __ Mobile
    • __ Pillow
    • __ Cradle Set
    • __ Porta Crib Sheets
    • __ Wall Hanging
    • __ Lamp
    • __ Wallpaper/Border
    • __ Changing Table Cover

    Nursery Furniture

    • __ Crib & Mattress
    • __ Cradle & Pad
    • __ Chest
    • __ Dresser
    • __ Rocker/Glider
    • __ Porta Crib & Pad
    • __ Bassinet & Pad
    • __ Changing Table & Pad

    Infant Feeding Supplies

    • __ High Chair & Pad
    • __ Bibs
    • __ Booster Seat
    • __ Pacifier & Holder
    • __ Dishwasher Caddy
    • __ Sterilizer Kit
    • __ Bottle Brush
    • __ Bottle Warmer
    • __ Plastic Bottles
    • __ Disposable Bottles
    • __ Glass Bottles
    • __ Nipples
    • __ Bottle Caps
    • __ Breast Pump Set
    • __ Nursing Pads

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  • Baby & Family

    Life Insurance: Protect Your Family’s Future

    Do you know if your family would have the financial resources to maintain their standard of living if something happened to you? According to the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association, approximately 60 percent of Americans lack individual life insurance coverage and 33 percent have no life insurance protection whatsoever.1

    The very thought of premature death may make you worry about the changes your family would need to make if your income were no longer available. A good way to protect your family’s future is with life insurance.

    Why do I need life insurance?

    Life insurance provides protection from financial loss if you or a family member dies prematurely. Each situation is different, but life insurance is commonly used for final expenses, taking care of dependents and continuing business activities. Final expenses may include an illness, burial expenses, legal fees or outstanding debts.

    Life insurance is especially helpful if your family exists on Read more


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