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  • Pregnancy Articles

    How to Choose a Cord Blood Bank

    Many parents believe simply deciding to bank their baby’s cord blood is the end of the process. In actuality, cord blood banking requires all the research and decision making of monetary banking. All blood banks and blood banking services are not created equal so understanding what questions you should ask and what considerations you should take into account is imperative before parting with the significant amount of time and money associated with cord blood banking. Before signing the dotted line on a cord blood banking contract, ask these questions.

    Are You Contracting With a Marketer or an Owner?

    One of the most important questions to ask when interviewing cord blood banking companies is whether they own the blood bank or whether they are marketers that rely on another facility for laboratory services and storage. An owner-backed operation is more reassuring to prospective customers because they can access information about the cord Read more

  • Labor & Delivery

    Homebirth and Midwifery

    Homebirth and Midwifery: A Gentle Birth Option

    Recently, Missouri became the 28th state to allow midwives to practice the art of homebirth midwifery. In July 2008, Missouri joined these other states across the nation in supporting a woman’s right to choose the site of her birth and a credentialed care provider. The CPM credential, or Certified Professional Midwife Credential is issued through NARM (North American Registry of Midwives). The CPM credential focuses on developing core competencies and standardized testing for midwives practicing in an exclusively out-of-hospital setting.

    CPMs are not lay midwives. “Laypersons” implies an ignorance of lack of training in a specialized field of knowledge. By contrast, CPMs are specifically trained in the management of low-risk pregnancy and birth, and in the differentiation of low risk versus high-risk pregnancy. The CPM, unlike the doctor or nurse midwife, must attend a majority of the clinical component required for her certification Read more

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  • Postpartum

    Baby Nurses & Postpartum Doulas

    Doulas: The Differences and Benefits
    As any parent will tell you, a typical newborn/infant is awake and in need of care for several hours every night for at least 3-5 months. In the past, most parents had extended family members to help with this 24-hour schedule, and mothers were able to remain in the birthing center or hospital to recuperate. Today, however, family members are geographically spread out or cannot leave work themselves, and most mothers are not given the chance to properly heal before being sent back home (and back to work!). In order to get the vital sleep needed to care for their family and function at work outside the home, some new parents choose to employ postpartum help such as baby nurses, newborn caregivers or postpartum doulas.

    Baby Nurse

    Traditionally, overnight nanny responsibilities have been held by women with the title of baby nurse. Usually this was family 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

    8 Must Have Baby Products

    It is easy to be overwhelmed by the huge “must have baby products” handed to you by employees of stores where you register for baby products. When it comes down to it, simplicity in baby products is the easiest and best philosophy. You should look for products that develop with your baby while also helping your baby develop. While it is easy to immediately get caught up in major stroller combos, matching wipe warmers, and busy bouncy seats, babies have survived for hundreds of years without those items, and sometimes starting small and purchasing items as you need them can be an advantage. Maybe your baby does not like swinging motion, or maybe there isn’t enough room in your home for a bassinet, crib, and pack and play. Give yourself time to learn your baby’s needs and wants, then purchase accordingly. Make sure you look at smaller retail outlets Read more

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  • Baby & Family

    Exercising After Baby

    Exercising After Baby:A Safe Return to Your Pre-Pregnancy Shape

    For a mother, there is nothing more breathtaking than holding her newborn child in her arms and experiencing the bond of unconditional love. As reality sets in, the emotional roller coaster of raising a new child begins. In addition to feeding and caring for an infant, every new mom is faced with the changes in her body after 40 weeks of pregnancy. Some women are genetically blessed and get back to their pre-baby shape without much effort. Others may go on extreme diets or hire personal trainers. For the majority of moms, however, returning to pre-pregnancy shape and size is not a quick or easy process.

    Having the expectation that it is possible to undo 40 weeks of change in two months creates an environment doomed for failure. On the other hand, understanding what changes have taken place in the body, and Read more

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