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  • Pregnancy Articles

    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

    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

    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

    Infant

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  • Baby & Family

    Going Homemade: Fresh First Foods for Baby

    Fresh Foods for Baby

    Early No-cook Foods

    • Bananas
    • Avocados
    • Mango
    • Peel, mash and serve.

    First Purees

    Apples or Pears

    • Peel, core and dice.
    • Cook in saucepan (add 1 tbsp of water per apple, pears need no added water) over low heat for 4 to 6 minutes (or until tender).
    • Blend to a puree (add water only if necessary).
    • Serve alone or in fortified infant cereal.

    Sweet Potato, Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

    • Peel and dice.
    • Steam for about 12 to 15 minutes (or until tender).
    • Blend to a puree (add water or breastmilk/formula if necessary).
    • Serve alone or in fortified infant cereal.

    Some Tasty Blends

    • Carrots, sweet potatoes & parsnips
    • Butternut squash, apples & sage
    • Peas & mint
    • Pumpkin, acorn squash, cinnamon & nutmeg
    • Apricots, apples & cinnamon
    • Blueberries, peaches & yogurt
    • Pears & rosemary
    • Bananas, mango & tofu

    Some Heartier Toddler Ideas*

    • Potato, leeks, peas & carrots
    • Red lentils, carrots, celery & sweet potatoes
    • Butternut squash & tomato risotto
    • Pasta with hidden veggies (puree onion, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms in red sauce)
    • Spinach in cheesy polenta or grits

    * add chicken,

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