As you prepare to welcome your second baby, you can help your first child anticipate a new sibling with excitement and realistic expectations, as well as encourage routines to help ease this transition. Continue reading to learn more about preparing for this exciting sibling adjustment period. Read More

We support mothers from pre-conception to birth and beyond. Breastfeeding is a learning curve for both mom and baby. Doing a little studying can help prepare you for your journey. Here are some of our favorite books about breastfeeding. The mother of modern midwifery, Ina May Gaskin, has a book, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding. Like Gaskin’s other books, it’s easy to relate to and filled with information on the basics of breastfeeding, the needs of mom and baby, breastfeeding while working outside the house, what happens as your baby ages, weaning, and even information on nursing multiples. Read More

“Birth hormones matter: Take precaution before intervention” could be the bumper sticker summary of Dr. Sarah J. Buckley’s new, in-depth report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. In her book, Dr. Buckley reviews the important role of birth hormones in helping expecting women prepare for birth, initiate labor, bond with their babies, and begin breastfeeding. The report also covers common practices that may create stress for the mother and interfere with natural hormonal processes during labor and birth, such as lack of privacy, loud noise, bright lights, and unnecessary or too frequent interventions, assessments, and monitoring. Read More

Many Americans do not eat a diet high in fish, despite the health benefits of eating seafood. Some folks avoid it because they see a burger as the tastier option, but others may be afraid of the mercury that is found in seafood, a concern that is especially prevalent for expecting and new moms. Yet seafood can be particularly beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as their babies. Read More

How Do You Know If Your Contractions Are the Real Thing? Check Out These 4 Signs! Your due date is approaching and you’re excited to meet your baby – you’re ready! You may have started experiencing some pre-labor symptoms such as diarrhea, pressure, bloody show, hot flashes, weight loss, moodiness, and Braxton-Hicks contractions. Read More

Now, more and more birthing sites across the U.S. are offering this option to their patients, joining 65% of countries across the globe that have been providing “gas and air” in post - World War II Europe for years and with great results. The self-administered gas is 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. It generates a relaxed state within which one experiences a diminished perception of pain. Nitrous is fast acting, achieving peak effect at 30 – 50 seconds after inhalation. The gas is often just enough to help a woman get through her labor or allow her to delay the use of the epidural, but it’s not for everyone. Read More

Did you know your teeth and gums are more vulnerable when you’re expecting? Pregnancy hormones cause swelling, bleeding, and inflammation in the gums, leading to gingivitis or a gum infection. In addition to gingivitis, you may also experience the erosion of tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities, due to the effects of stomach acids that are released from morning sickness. Essentially, pregnancy provides the perfect set up for periodontal disease. Read More

Most women know that, in fact, one isn’t really supposed to “eat for two” when pregnant. The enclosed post discusses weight gain during pregnancy and provides standard guidelines relating to Body Mass Index and risks associated with obesity and pregnancy. Read More

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