Most hospitals give newborns a routine bath in the hours after birth, which may seem like a simple, risk- free courtesy. After all, babies are born a bit slimy! However, there are many reasons that the newborn bath is perhaps the most harmful of all newborn procedures. Babies begin to establish a healthy microbial population after their exposure to their mother’s vagina, reducing the risk of … [Read more...]
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http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/medical/ub-study-finds-even-births-a-week-early-raise-risks-for-babies-20131003 For me, the conclusions found in the above article are simply common sense. Of course the baby is better at deciding its time of birth than we providers could ever be. Nature provides for good outcomes in most cases and we should be very cautious when intervening in the natural … [Read more...]
Most pregnant women are aware that there are benefits to prenatal exercise, including: lowered chance of c-section, less weight to lose after baby, improved self image, lowered risk of depression, joining in a community of pregnant moms, a healthier placenta and even shorter labors (one of the biggest pluses)! But what many soon-to-be moms may not know is that prenatal exercise actually benefits … [Read more...]
“Imagine if our culture told us that birth was one of the greatest things a woman might ever do. Imagine if the stories and images we were exposed to taught us that labour is an incredible and transformational experience, a rite of passage into motherhood.” ~Leonie MacDonald Childbirth education has fallen out of favor for most expectant parents these days. Most couples take a quick hospital … [Read more...]
Hey you! Yes, you…the new mom. You look tired. Haven’t slept much lately? Do you have questions on how often to feed your baby? Worried about nursing in public? Wondering what solids to start with? All these questions and concerns are totally normal for you to be having as a new mom. We have all been there. Trust me. Five years ago, when I had the first of my three children, I had all the … [Read more...]
Motherhood is a journey. One filled with bumps, hills, mountains and valleys, and lots of surprises. Summer was ending and we were getting ready for the first day of school. We had new outfits picked out and laid out on beds the night before, fresh haircuts, an earlier bedtime, and lunches packed with notes from Mom on the napkins. It was going to be the great start of a new school year. I’m all … [Read more...]