How to care for your newborn baby

A Reflection on Working in Labor & Delivery

Working in Labor & Delivery can be extremely stressful and oftentimes overwhelming, but there’s a reason why we keep coming back. Watching women turn into mothers and men into fathers will never get old. ... more »
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Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

  You’re probably thinking there only three trimesters of pregnancy, right?  After all, “tri-“ means three but it could mean that there are five distinct three-month periods associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways. Sex and the Pre-Pregnancy Trimester ... more »
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How to Encourage Your Partner to Participate in Your Birth

Many women want their partner actively involved in their birth. For some women that means they want him to be their main source of physical and emotional comfort. For others, simply having him there to hold a hand and stroke their hair is enough. Whatever role a woman wants her partner to play, there are a few ways to encourage him to participate. ... more »
Natural Childbirth

10 Things Nobody Told You About Natural Childbirth

What could be more natural than childbirth, you might ask.  Unfortunately, like the “natural” claim on food labels, the natural claim on childbirth method means different things to different people.  Mothers, fathers, birth partners, grandparents, friends, doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas can all join forces to devise the very most excellent natural birth plan but the reality is that the b ... more »
Breastfeeding newborn

10 Things Nobody Told You About Breastfeeding

You already know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby.  It provides the highest degree of just-right-for-baby nutrition and both mothers and babies will reap lifelong benefits from nursing.  You may know women who’ve tried and eventually gave up before the child was weaning age.  Some women choose not to breastfeed and others simply cannot, for reasons that are nobody’s business bu ... more »
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I Don't Care About What Others Say I Must Do

I don’t care if you had a natural birth. I don’t care if you had an epidural. I don’t care if you got induced in week 40 or if you went 10 days past your estimated due date. ... more »
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Gate Control and How it Can Affect Your Birth

What’s the first thing you do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is. What does this mean for labor? ... more »
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Ten Tips for Birth Partners

A laboring mom’s job is to take one contraction at a time. But the partner can help by thinking ahead. ... more »