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August 21, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Even though it's commonly referred to as a "joyful time," the truth is, pregnancy is a mixed bag of emotions and experience that is very personal and different for each person. Depending on a variety of factors, from health to personal life, one person's ecstatic pregnancy could be another person's... Read More
August 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mothers are dying before, during, and after giving birth at significantly increasing rates in the United States. In fact, more than half of all mothers' deaths happen after giving birth, after baby goes home from the hospital. For many, this is surprising and shocking news. In fact, one of the main... Read More
August 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With stressful and fearful events taking place right now in the United States and across the world, aired daily on the news and online, it's likely that people of all races, ethnicities, and genders -- some significantly more than others -- are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and upset. I... Read More
August 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of our book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out our full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of what's inside -- you can view all the posts in this series here. Throughout the month,... Read More
August 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast Pumps Direct, an online marketplace for breast pumps, has launched their "Chance to Choose Program," a breast pump “trade-up” program that allows parents to trade in their insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choice at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps... Read More
August 9, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I was all geared up and ready to breastfeed when I had my baby a year ago. While I was not necessarily excited about it, I knew that it was what I wanted for my baby.  My personal goal was to exclusively breastfeed for one year and then switch the baby to whole milk.  I read books, looked up article... Read More
August 7, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Billy Doidge Kilgore

My second child is due next month and I’m excited about many things but one sticks out in my mind: wearing the baby wrap again. I’m looking forward to the feeling of a baby pressed against my chest. I love the closeness, the smell of a fresh scalp, and fingers jabbed into my... Read More
August 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On third babies and simplicity...

Simon is doing great. He is growing like a weed and by his 11th day had already surpassed his birth weight. Nursing has been the area in which I've felt the most comfortable, and I feel that we had a very good rhythm from the get go. Luckily, my milk came in on day... Read More
July 31, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Laura Ward, PT, DPT, MTC

As a physical therapist (also known as a physiotherapist) who specializes in women’s health physical therapy and treating the pelvic floor, I was particularly interested in the blog post from The Subtle Mummy about her "broken vagina." First, I really enjoyed Zoe’s blog... Read More
July 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A former "Great Expectations" writer, Julie, shares thoughts on preparing for her upcoming birth by reviewing her first birth.  

As a soon to be second time mom, and hard on the heels of my last baby (the two girls will be 18 months apart), I was asked to give some advice on what helped and... Read More
July 26, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram, LCCE

Serena William’s pregnancy has raised many questions about what level and types of fitness are safe to do during pregnancy.  Exercise during pregnancy is no longer taboo, in fact it is now promoted for its overall health benefits and in the prevention and management of gesta... Read More
July 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As you prepare for your upcoming birth, have you given thought to what, if any, music you'll play during labor? Whether you're a music aficionado or not, you might be surprised at how adding music to the environment of your labor and birth can help change your mood, reduce your pain, and increase... Read More
July 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza
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It's well known that the rate of c-section in the United States is higher than it should be at 32 percent. It's also clear that the United States' high rate of death for moms and babies is not being helped by the amount of c-sections performed and that current maternal medical practices are not yiel... Read More
July 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of the book's content. This month, we're talking labor pain management and finding... Read More
July 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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How would you feel if I told you that today, you would stub your toe over and over for a span of a few hours? (Panic? Fear? Dread?) On the other hand, what if I told you that, today, you would experience a period of discomfort -- perhaps even a long period -- that would start off slow and mild, offe... Read More
July 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's late in your third trimester and you're gathering things you'll want for the big day. You've packed a change of clothes and your travel toiletries, of course, but what are you taking with you to the hospital that will help bring you comfort -- and relieve pain -- in labor?... Read More
July 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard about a baby show or "expo" before. But do you know what it is? We can't speak for all the baby tradeshows around, but we can tell you that the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is like no other event -- it provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from... Read More
July 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Rounding out our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth, we're talking today about number 10: episiotomy. As with each of the fears we've addressed, this too is a hot topic that's always addressed in a good childbirth class. (You can view the whole list and links to the first 9 articles here.)... Read More
July 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I was recently contacted and asked if I would review a new memoir book called Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean by Thais Nye Derich. I'm not able to review all the books that come through my inbox, but I was glad I answered "yes" to this one. Following is my review a... Read More
July 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you're planning on getting an epidural or not, planning on an induction or not, have a scheduled cesarean or not, chances are likely that you will have to experience some of the contractions and process of labor. As a childbirth teacher, I tell families that no matter what you think your pla... Read More
June 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For this last day in June, we thought we'd share some of the best posts and articles that came out this month (there were many!). From humorous to tender, and light-hearted to serious, we combed the 'net for the most recent dad-related content. Enjoy the good reads!... Read More
June 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study out of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder shows that the pain of labor and birth can be reduced simply by a partner holding hands with the laboring person. Researchers studied 22 heterosexual, long-term couples using simulated labor pain scenarios and found that w... Read More
June 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Listen up, men: pre-pregnancy health and fertility isn't just a concern for women! If you and your partner are actively trying to get pregnant or are planning to get pregnant in the near future, there are steps you can -- and should -- take for the health of your child. Lamaze has teamed up with the... Read More
June 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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ACOG - The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - is the guiding professional organization for obgyns in the United States and is responsible for producing guidelines and recommendations for care of families in labor and birth. Earlier this year, the organization released new recommend... Read More
June 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I am five months and some change into being a parent and I have to say... it's not as hard as I expected. I don't believe in "good babies" because no baby is bad, but I can say that Mae is easy; she's happy and easygoing, a decent sleeper, has a great personality, and seems to get cuter every day.... Read More
June 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study from the Netherlands reveals that even if a person experiences an unexpected intervention or complication during labor and birth, they are less likely to suffer trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they experienced good communication and support from care providers. Dutch... Read More
June 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In our third and final "quick guide" mini-series this week, we celebrate fathers for Father's Day by providing some of the most important tips to prepare for, understand, and support breastfeeding. While fathers aren't doing the breastfeeding (in most cases, though there are exceptions!), they can p... Read More
June 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, we're focusing on all things dads, birth, and beyond in celebration of Father's Day. First we posted A Dad's Quick Guide to Childbirth with a few, targeted and essential tips to know for birth. Today, we're talking post-birth, er, postpartum, that is. The postpartum period is generally de... Read More
June 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In honor of the upcoming Father's Day, this week at Giving Birth with Confidence, we're celebrating dads by providing a few quick reference guides for all things birth and beyond. It's common for dads to get lost -- and feel lost -- in the shuffle of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. As the non... Read More
June 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Welcome back to our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth that are addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first articles, click here. Today, we're talking about the dreaded fear -- and very rare occurrence -- of making it to the hospital (or birth center) in... Read More
June 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a new parent, the experience of bringing home and caring for your new baby in the first few months is the first true lesson in co-parenting, compromise, and communication. Now, as a parent of older children, let me also add that parenting in a child's first few months involves an extraordinary se... Read More
June 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For some, finding out the sex* of their baby is one of the most exciting moments of pregnancy. With the availability of blood tests and high-tech ultrasound imagining, people are able to find out if they're carrying a boy or girl much earlier in pregnancy, though some still wait until the standard 2... Read More
June 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many who are in labor and giving birth in a hospital, an IV with hydrating fluids is part of the routine package. If your pregnancy and birth is low risk and you are not receiving other interventions like an epidural or pitocin, however, IV fluids may be unnecessary and in fact, cause more harm... Read More
May 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many things a doula will help with during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. A doula will provide excellent resources for you (like local childbirth classes, mental health services, where to go if you have difficulty breastfeeding, and the best websites and books for information),... Read More
May 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preeclampsia is one of the most common pregnancy, birth, and postpartum complications, occurring in 5-8% of all pregnancies and behind the leading cause of maternal and infant deaths each year. May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and we're doing our part in spreading the word to our readers about pr... Read More
May 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this spring, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out International Doula Month, we would like to share with you excerpts from the book about the importance and benefits of... Read More
May 22, 2017 by Lamaze International
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For some women, the moment their child is born a timer seems to begin ticking. There is the return to work that will be on the back of her mind at all times; an unavoidable countdown. It can be hard to let go of the looming feeling and emotions that can weigh a new mother dow... Read More
May 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're at the end of National Women's Health Week and to celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite -- and fun -- ways to get in your 30 minutes a day of fitness, as recommended by the Office on Women's Health and many leading health experts around the country.... Read More
May 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is International Doula Month, and if you're a parent who's had a positive experience with a doula (and there are many!), you'll understand why we celebrate doulas! If you're hoping to be a parent soon or expecting a baby currently and haven't made up your mind about hiring a doula, you'll want t... Read More
May 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Unless you regularly eat "clean" and health-fully, making dietary changes during your pregnancy can be difficult. Eat this, not that, drink this, not that, more water, less saturated fat, cut sugar... gah! It's overwhelming. While it is optimal to make several changes at once and overhaul your diet,... Read More
May 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy our special tribute to newly minted moms. Can you relate to these five stages after birth?

A baby is born. 

What follows next are the five stages of new motherhood after giving birth. Of course, mileage may vary.  ... Read More
May 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nurses are often the unsung heroes of health care; during birth, they are typically the ones supporting and tending to families the most! This week, in honor of National Nurses Week, we wanted to let birthing families know just how awesome your nurse can be during labor and birth, as well as provide... Read More
May 8, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Eight years ago I almost lost my life giving birth to my daughter. Preeclampsia could’ve destroyed a family. I kissed my newborn as they whisked her out of my arms and into the NICU. It felt like a dream, or maybe more like a nightmare. My husband... Read More
May 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are trying to get pregnant, just found out you are pregnant, planning for a pregnancy in the future, or seeking a new provider, it's important for you to know that -- like most things in life -- you have options. In honor of the International Day of the Midwife, we are presenting key facts an... Read More
May 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and this week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week -- events supported by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, which was formed in 2014 to address the critical public health crisis impacting women and families in the U.S. This May, they are... Read More
May 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With pregnancy comes an onslaught of decision-making points. As someone who often struggles with making decisions on the silliest of things (I was the type of pregnant person to Google tbe stats on which pregnancy tests were most accurate and least expensive), I remember feeling overwhelmed with the... Read More
April 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out the month on cesarean awareness, we would like to share with you an excerpt of information in the book about cesarean births, sp... Read More
April 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Your birth is an event you will remember forever. Need proof? Call up your mother or grandmothers and ask them to recount their birth stories (if you haven’t already) – you’ll be amazed at the details they can recall! In addition to those memories, recording and preserving your birth story in writte... Read More
April 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

You may find yourself headed for a cesarean birth, even when that was not what you planned. A cesarean might have been in the cards all along for a variety of reasons; or this change in plans might occur before labor begins or during labor, when you,... Read More
April 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The 2017 New York Baby Show, May 20-21 at Pier 94, will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring countie... Read More
April 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Congratulations at long last to April the Giraffe and baby [yet-to-be-named] giraffe! We are thankful for her sake (and ours) that the wait is over and mother and baby are doing well. As healthy birth advocates, we're also thankful and thrilled for this awesome example of how, by sticking to using t... Read More
April 14, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Though it's not the top story any longer (thank you, politics), the Zika virus still exists and continues to present a threat to healthy fetal development in pregnant people. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a comprehensive, up-to-date report that describes... Read More
April 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth

In a cosmic instant
New life bursts forth.
One journey folds, giving way
To the next one.
Unfolding,
Moment by unstoppable moment.... Read More
April 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Any experience of birth involves a mental processing and reflection on the event afterward. For those who experience trauma during birth, usually due to unexpected events, extreme emotions, or unresolved past experiences, it is important to formally process the experience in order to heal from the t... Read More
April 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lots of links to share and we're only one week into Cesarean Awareness Month! Clearly, there are lots of voices to be heard and shared about this very important topic. Enjoy your Friday and your weekend with some reading around the 'net!

16 Points to Consider for Your Cesarean Birth Plan (Attach... Read More
April 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have shared with you before the work that Consumer Reports has done on behalf of expectant families, including publishing hospital c-section rates, ways to avoid a c-section, and examining routine tests and treatment for children. Consumer Reports' investigation and advocacy for childbearing fami... Read More
April 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month. On the blog, we talk throughout the year about healthy birth practices, which also include the best, research-based ways to avoid cesarean. This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on specific things you can do to increase your chance of avoiding a c... Read More
March 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After a sneaking suspicion or a hopeful wish, you peed on a stick and saw two lines! (Or you saw "pregnant" if you had the fancy test.) Now what? After the excitement and early announcement activity dies down, it's time to start thinking about your birth. Wait-- what? You just found out you're pregn... Read More
March 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Do a quick search on Amazon and you'll find thousands of books about pregnancy and childbirth (21,701 to be exact, according to my most recent search). You'll even find a ton rated at four stars and up! So how do you choose? You can read some of the reviews to see what others liked about the book.... Read More
March 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality (mothers dying within 42 days after the end of pregnancy) among all industrialized countries. The highest. More than 50% of those maternal deaths are preventable. The state of maternal and infant care in the United States is a national cri... Read More
March 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The following post comes from our previous Great Expectations blogger, Pamela. She writes the following letter to her doula (for all 3 births!) in honor of World Doula Week. 

"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to supp... Read More
March 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins World Doula Week -- a time to recognize, celebrate, and spread the word about the critical role doulas play with families across the world. Lamaze recognizes the role of doulas as vital toward our own mission of advancing safe and healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.

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March 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Spring is in the air (unless of course, you're buried in snow -- sorry!), and for some, the fresh air and budding flowers prompt the need to clear out and clean out the house. Of course, preparing for the arrival of a new baby can also make you feel like you need to prep, clean, and organize (nestin... Read More
March 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nutrition resources for pregnant people on the 'net are seemingly endless, which is great -- and totally overwhelming. Below we're sharing some of our favorite links to these resources, with a variety of ideas, tips, and topics.

 

10 Surprising Prenatal Power Foods (Fit Pregnancy) - Some of these... Read More
March 15, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you are pregnant. You are excited, you’re glowing, and you may be outrageously hungry or a little bit nauseous. Whatever the case, being pregnant can be an amazing time, but also an overwhelming and uncertain experience; after all, you are bringing a new life into this worl... Read More
March 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition that affects about X percentage of those who become pregnant and causes you to vomit and/or feel nauseous throughout the day, during your entire pregnancy. Those who have experienced HG will tell you, "No. It is NOT the same as 'morning sickness.'"... Read More
March 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not easy to know the best course of action to take when caring for your child's health. All this time spent preparing for pregnancy and birth, then baby is born and a whole new world of questions and confusion opens up! From common childhood illnesses and ailments to routine and unexpected test... Read More
March 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is International Women's Day -- a celebration of the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. This day hits close to home for Lamaze, as we have been a champion for change -- and improvement in -- the treatment of and care for women during labor and bir... Read More
March 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today, March 6 is IBCLC day, and in recognition, we're giving you the scoop on IBCLCs. If you're pregnant or recently gave birth and plan to/are breastfeeding, an International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiner (IBCLC), is important to know and work with to provide care, support, and troublesho... Read More
March 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is National Nutrition Month and throughout the month, we'll be sharing helpful -- and healthy -- resources on the role that good nutrition plays in a healthy pregnancy and birth. Today we address healthy fats, otherwise known as unsaturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These kin... Read More
March 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit group striving to improve health care quality and safety, released its 2017 Maternity Care Report yesterday. While there were some promising improvements found in the report, like a significant reduction in the hospital rate of early elective bir... Read More
February 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Research shows that moving freely in labor improves your perception of control and satisfaction, decreases your need for pain medication, and may reduce the length of labor. These reasons are precisely why the second Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice is entitled, "Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions... Read More
February 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your goal is to "get things moving along" in labor, there are certain helpful positions you should know about to use in labor that are known to do just that. Now, there's no guarantee, of course -- much of the time, labor takes the time it needs to take. Gravity and movement play key roles in the... Read More
February 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new review of studies ("systematic review") released last week and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that it is not only safe for women to eat during labor, but it is associated with shorter labor times! Though the study can't prove if eating during labor was the specific ca... Read More
February 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we're sharing a lot about labor positions. The good news is that there are many different labor positions to use throughout labor, in nearly any birth scenario. Today, we're covering labor positions that help during back pain or "back labor." Often, back labor pain occurs when baby is fa... Read More
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
February 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you 6 of the most important and my personal recent favorite posts from the net. Enjoy!

New fish consumption guidelines during pregnancy - The FDA has released new guidelines for which fish to eat and how much during pregnancy, according to mercury lev... Read More
February 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's true that you could give birth in a bare room if needed, but it certainly wouldn't be ideal! There are a number of props (that can be both purchased and made) that can be very useful when getting into more comfortable or ideal positions for laboring as well as for giving birth. Some of the prop... Read More
February 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to retailers, February is the month of love. Instead of bucking this seasonal trend, we're going to run with it at Giving Birth with Confidence -- but with a twist. We're going to focus less on chocolates and jewelry and more what's at the heart of love. Today we're talking "love languages... Read More
February 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum, the hospital bed can be a very useful and versatile tool in helping you cope with contractions and find optimal comfort. Throughout this month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on labor positions (there are so many!) that can be used duri... Read More
February 1, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Marian Alice Elmer, aka Mae, born Tuesday, January 17 at 2 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces and measured 18 inches long, and is in every way perfect. Here's our birth story. At my 40 week appointment, my midwives were concerned that Mae's position felt different... Read More
January 30, 2017 by Lamaze International
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This is the third in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue until we reach the end of the 20th century. The last post looked at birth in the 1920s. Today we hear from... Read More
January 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Wednesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the non-profit organization responsible for researching, reviewing, and releasing current and new practice guidelines for OBs, released new recommendations (called a "Committee Opinion") called "Approach... Read More
January 25, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You are what you eat- these words are even more true when it’s in reference to when you are pregnant! In all honesty, right now, the phrase should be “Your baby is what you eat.” Your body is growing cells and processing at a rapid rate, literally what you are eating is becoming your child. There ar... Read More
January 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month -- an observance aimed to spread critical information about the prevention, screening, and early detection of cervical cancer and HPV (human papillomavirus).... Read More
January 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your new to this blog or Lamaze, you may not know that we have a sister blog written for researchers and maternal-child health professionals called Science & Sensibility. From time to time, we'll review their posts and write up summaries that are more accessible to parents. Today, we're sharing t... Read More
January 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're following our new, short little series, we're sharing the ins and outs of different birth settings. Last week, we shared about hospital birth and today we talk about home birth -- what to expect and what's important to know. 

Giving Birth at Home 
Like the name implies, a home birth offer... Read More
January 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Before I get into the juicy details about the awesome new birth plan template from Lamaze, let me say this: there is no such thing as "planning" your birth, anymore than you can plan a snowstorm. "Birth plans," as they are identified by most people, refer to a set of preferences and desires for one'... Read More
January 11, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Well, today is my due date with no baby in sight, so I won't be one of the 5% who delivers "on time." I'm as comfortable as any full-term pregnant woman has a right to be, which is to say I'm pretty uncomfortable but I know it could be a lot worse. Mae keeps inching her way down and then leaping bac... Read More
January 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this new, short series, we will describe the different kinds of places where you can give birth -- what to expect, what's common, and tips for communicating and navigating. First up, we will review the hospital birth, which is where the majority of families in the United States go to give birth. ... Read More
January 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, an awareness event that helps spread information to parents about the most effective ways to prevent birth defects. This month, MotherToBaby, a service of the international non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), rele... Read More
January 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Immediately after a baby is born, the umbilical cord -- the lifeline that connects baby to your placenta and allows for vital oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood flow -- is still filled with blood. The remaining blood, as it turns out, isn't just insignificant leftovers, but very beneficial for baby to... Read More
December 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My apologies if you noticed that I missed my 37 week update and thought I might have delivered early. The combination of my last week at work and Christmas got in the way of everything else, and I’m just now getting my bearings. I’m still very pregnant and not feeling particularly ready to pop; I ha... Read More
December 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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2016 is coming to an end, but before it does, let's take a look at what happened here on the Giving Birth with Confidence blog from Lamaze. I'll share with you the most popular posts according to the number of views, my personal favorite posts, and the top 10 search terms. 

 

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December 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you ever considered how a birth plan might differ according to where you give birth? Whether it's a home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth, a birth plan serves a similar purpose across the board -- to help you better research and understand your choices, prepare you for different sce... Read More
December 19, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Dearest Santa,

Hi there -- long time, no talk! You see, we're new parents. And yes, technically you're not supposed to be coming around these parts for another year or so, but this isn't about our precious child. It's about us. Call it selfish, but we're desperate. If there's room on your list, we'... Read More
December 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Virtual instruction can be a great place to start on your journey toward childbirth education. Webinars are usually about an hour long and include a recorded presentation from a professional in the field. I've provided a list of a handful of free recorded webinars available from Lamaze and other res... Read More
December 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's that time of year again! The time when we offer up important information on induction -- why and when it's medically necessary and how "the holidays" is not a complication of pregnancy requiring induction.

Around the holidays, many pregnant people experience pressure from family or healthcare... Read More
December 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If a planned cesarean is necessary for your birth, it is helpful to write a birth plan just as parents do for vaginal/unplanned births. Of course, both the process for writing a cesarean plan as well as its contents, is notably different. First let's look at how to go about crafting a cesarean birth... Read More
December 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many, the weekends are all about getting together with friends, catching up on household to-dos, and sleeping in. But what about if you're pregnant? Of course, those things will likely still be on your list, but let's take a look at the other helpful things you can do during the weekend if you'r... Read More
December 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My only major pregnancy update from the last two weeks is that Mae is now responding to outside stimulus - when I press on her foot, she generally kicks back. It's also very easy to see when she's moving around in there, and it has been fun to share that experience with Carson and others. I play and... Read More
December 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So you've decided to write a birth plan, which is great because a birth plan can be a helpful tool and resource in the process of preparing for your birth. But now what? What do you do with a birth plan once you print it? How do you use it and when? Writing a birth plan is a great first step, but th... Read More
December 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on the oft-talked-about, much loved and sometimes loathed birth plan. We'll address what a birth plan is -- and what it isn't, resources on different kinds of birth plans, and critical tips for communicating your birth plan (perhaps the most im... Read More
November 30, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you talked with your care provider about induction? Do you know others who have had an induction? Do you know the risks, benefits, and when it's medically necessary? Lamaze has several resources on induction to help inform, educate, and equip you with evidence based information to make decision... Read More
November 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The holiday season is full of fun, nostalgia, merriment, and -- let's face it -- stress. Being pregnant during this time can bring added excitement -- and also more stress. (Do you see a pattern here? Where's there's excitement, there's likely to be stress!) And we are learning, more and more, the i... Read More
November 25, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This week's post is going to be a hodgepodge of topics because I'm not feeling clever enough to tie them together into a theme other than "Whoa all of a sudden I'm super pregnant." I am starting to adjust to the reality of dressing my larger body. I took being small for granted for so long, and it's... Read More
November 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most people in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day -- a time-honored holiday tradition that recognizes history, provides opportunity to give thanks for the good things in life, and encourages people to overindulge on comfort foods. If you're pregnant this Thanksgiving, your holiday c... Read More
November 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adorable Preemie Clothes Made & Donated to Babies in NICU

 

Look But Don't Touch - Life After Neonatal Care

 

Tips for getting through the days in the NICU from a dad who’s done it

 

Prematurity in 2016: Concern, Hope, and the Landscape of Unknowns

 

5 Things That May Help Your Process Your... Read More
November 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 is World Prematurity Awareness Day, a recognition day promoted by several organizations in the World Prematurity Awareness Network to raise awareness of the fact that premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. It is a global health cr... Read More
November 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many parents, premature birth is unexpected, scary, and overwhelming. It's true that medically, we have made many advances to help premature babies survive and thrive, but even so, it can be a time of great uncertainty and heightened anxiety caused by the many ups and downs that are often the ha... Read More
November 11, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Cara... the second half of this might be hard for you to post, but I had to write it.Well, it happened. I "popped." That is a word that has been used in reference to my stomach at least a dozen times in the past week, almost always accompanied by how "cute" I look. Guess how much I love this new com... Read More
November 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy lasts nearly 10 months. (Oh, you thought it was 9? Sorry to disappoint.) During that span of time, it's inevitable that you will experience an event or multiple events that will cause emotional distress. For some, today, it may be the presidential election results. For others, it could be... Read More
November 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According the the March of Dimes' most recent report card, the United States scored a "C" on premature birth rates. For the first time in eight years, the percentage of premature births in the United States increased, and what's most alarming is the widening difference in prematurity rates for diffe... Read More
November 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For your Friday, below are recent articles from the collective world-wide voice of parents. These days, your village often includes those you find support and solace in online as well as in person. 

"They Should've Warned Me" (Huffington Post)

This sweet twist on the warnings many parents get duri... Read More
November 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that every day and week of pregnancy is critical for baby's development. In a news release about the study, Children's National Health System reports:

"During the third trimester -- the final 13 to 14 weeks of gestation -- fetuses' brains grow e... Read More
October 31, 2016 by Lamaze International
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How to get your nutrients during pregnancy Last month we stressed the importance of not only taking your prenatal vitamins, but the importance of eating a sound and nutritious diet during pregnancy. That, unfortunately, though prenatal vitamins are a great addition to fulfilling nutritional needs du... Read More
October 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You may or may not have noticed that I skipped the 27 week blog. My apologies! Carson and I were in Seattle for my sister's wedding and our baby shower, and we took a mini road trip in between, and blogging went by the wayside. I'm happy to report that both the wedding and shower were great successe... Read More
October 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Early this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines for safe infant sleeping practices as part of their ongoing efforts to reduce the rate of infant death like SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. Up until this point, the AAP has maintained guidelines that show p... Read More
October 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've been on Pinterest searching Halloween costume ideas, no doubt you've seen a ton of cute ideas for Halloween costumes during pregnancy. With a week left to go, you'll easily be able to pull off any of the following fun ideas.

 

Belly paint - A classic that leaves room for so many options!... Read More
October 21, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Whether it’s diet, medicines, or daily practices, our habits influence which microbes are in and on us. Our health is intricately intertwined with the health of our microbiomes. The first few years of life are particularly important, as the human and microbial “self” of a person is developing. Our m... Read More
October 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"You think pregnancy is hard?? Just you wait until the real work begins!" This phrase, and others that echo the same sentiment, are frequently offered from well-meaning (maybe) family members and friends to a mother or father who is expecting their first child. And while I vehemently disagree with... Read More
October 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We all know what pain feels like, in varying degrees. But what does pain look like? What do we do with our bodies when we experience something painful? Some of the instinctive responses we use to respond to everyday pain (think stubbing your toe, papercuts, bumping into a piece of furniture, going t... Read More
October 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're not using Pinterest on the regular for all things pregnancy, birth, and babies, get thee there ASAP! Seriously, Pinterest is a fantastic resource for so many things related to parenting and children. Plus, the visual layout is super helpful to spot targeted resources quickly and easily.... Read More
October 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preparing to give birth for the first time will, for most expectant parents, cause some anxiety and fear -- that's normal. There are many factors, however, that only serve to increase and feed into those worries, and sometimes, parents unknowingly engage in activities and habits that do just that! T... Read More
October 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the Southeastern U.S. coast, people who live in the projected path are making preparations for safety, like filling up on gas, purchasing non-perishables, protecting valuables, and securing their home. Pregnant women, especially those in the late stages (7-9 mon... Read More
October 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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People often refer to a sleeping infant as "precious," but all new parents know that the most precious thing about it is that their baby is SLEEPING! The issue of infant sleep is one that so many parents lose sleep over -- literally and figuratively. Are they getting enough? When will they wake? Whe... Read More
September 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Carson and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (4+ years as a couple, though; it's weird to "start over" at 1) last weekend. We went to the county fair, which is where we started our honeymoon, and watched sheepdog trials and the rodeo. We also won first place for our wildflower honey! It's f... Read More
September 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Wrapping up National Yoga Month, we have guest writer, yoga instructor, and Lamaze educator Leslie Lytle providing us with simple and effective yoga poses to help with common pregnancy discomforts. 

 

By Leslie Lytle, MS, LCCE, RPYT, ERYT500

 

The capacity of the female body to shift and change... Read More
September 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the second of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational on babies and the importance of facial recognition, as well as ideas to use this as a way to play and interact. To read the first two pos... Read More
September 23, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Take a look at the following top 5 reads for your Friday. We think our own resources are great, of course, but love sharing other worthy, evidence-based tips and articles, too!... Read More
September 21, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, we reported on new research that questions the purported benefits of prenatal vitamins. Our in-house nutrition expert told us about how obtaining nutrients through diet is critical. That said, there are still some important nutrients that are recommended to be taken in supplement form, a... Read More
September 19, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In the second of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational and practical tips for bonding with your newborn baby. Often, parents find it hard to know what to "do" with a baby other than meeting th... Read More
September 16, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Before I got pregnant, I worried that people would comment on how big I was getting. I assumed that since I had a short torso I would pop out like a balloon. However, at 5 1/2 months pregnant, if I wear a flowy top or you look at me from the front I don't look pregnant at all. I went to a wedding ov... Read More
September 14, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In the first of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational and practical tips for bonding with your newborn baby. Often, parents find it hard to know what to "do" with a baby other than meeting the... Read More
September 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Things are going by crazy fast. When people ask Joe and I how things are going we both agree- this is easier than being pregnant! Every time I feel like I can’t survive the exhaustion, I remember how miserable I was during the pregnancy. Plus, even when things are hard, there is a sweet, precious ba... Read More
September 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The benefits of prenatal yoga are solid, so I'm not going to spend any time here explaining why you should make it a priority during your pregnancy. Instead, let's talk about how to better access yoga. Some would argue that yoga is only for [already] fit, non-working, affluent women. But that couldn... Read More
September 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hello from week 21! (Or, by the time this is posted, almost 22 – time flies.) This post is going to seem off-topic for a bit, but bear with me. Years ago, I discovered that a woman who had been using my computer didn’t sign out of her email account. We were both teaching abroad and had only known ea... Read More
September 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're reviving this series to bring you the last three of the fears listed in our top 10 fears about birth addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first seven articles, click here. Today, we discuss the fear nearly everyone has but no one likes to discuss: illness an... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Hump Day! Why not celebrate with some fun and informative internet reading on pregnancy and birth? I love combing the net for new resources and posts to share, spending time carefully choosing just the right content (because there is a plethora of bad content, let me tell you!). 

 

How to Su... Read More
August 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you’re pregnant, about 2 or 3 weeks along. Your pediatrician will mention what to expect during the first trimester, how much weight you’ll expect to put on... and don’t forget those prenatal vitamins! But, are prenatal vitamins as beneficial as we think they a... Read More
August 26, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Just as planning carefully for pregnancy and childbirth is important, so too is thinking about how you will protect your family’s economic security once the baby arrives. That responsibility falls most often to families because,... Read More
August 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We would like to share our favorite, most helpful, evidence-based breastfeeding resources for parents. It's easy to find breastfeeding information on the internet -- a LOT of it. It's harder to weed out the good from the bad, which is what we provide for you below!

 

Kellymom.com doesn't sound lik... Read More
August 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As I write this, I am five days past my due date with my third baby. I'm no stranger to being "overdue." With my last pregnancy, I gave birth five days after my estimated due date. I was lucky enough with my first to go into labor three days before being due. Despite the fact that a perfectly health... Read More
August 19, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's official - the world can tell I'm pregnant! I hadn't really noticed a difference until two friends in one day commented that I was finally showing.
I had a minor meltdown on my first day in Los Angeles (if you recall, two weeks ago I wrote about taking 11 teenagers to LA for a college access re... Read More
August 17, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Well, he came early after all! My entire labor and birth experience was so different than what I thought it would be….

I was up late with insomnia on Sunday, July 17 while my husband was out hanging out with friends and having a guy’s night.  When he came home, we chatted a bit and didn’t turn out... Read More
August 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's often said that the only thing that's needed for breastfeeding is a breast and a baby! For the most part, that's very true. In it's simplest form, breastfeeding is a free, ready-to-eat built-in system that works simply and naturally without the need for anything extraneous.... Read More
August 12, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My daughter is now two and a half months old and this will be my last blog entry for this site. I thought a lot about how I would like to explain this part of my baby journey, what kind of "ending" might capture being a new mother. If you have been reading my entries since the beginning, you'll reme... Read More
August 10, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You often hear that, when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two. Though this is true, ironically, itactually takes less calories to create a child than to breastfeed one! When a mother isbreastfeeding, it is common to feel hungrier than you were when pregnant, have more cravings,and even need more... Read More
August 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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End of pregnancy and birth can be tough, hard work. And as many been-there parents will share, the hard work only continues from that point forward. While the postpartum time is not difficult for everyone, most parents describe feeling unaware of and unprepared for the many challenges that take plac... Read More
August 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I'm not going to lie, the last two weeks have been rough. On Friday, July 22 I got a weird virus that impacted a lot of pregnant women in my area. It manifested with mild flu symptoms - low grade fever and aches but no loss of appetite - with major vertigo. I went home sick and didn't come back to w... Read More
August 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today, August 3 is #BumpDay 2016, a day designated to raise awareness of maternal health care issues across the world. The cause urges women to share pictures of their "bump" (or pregnant belly -- current or previous) to help raise awareness of the maternity crisis that exists worldwide. More import... Read More
August 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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August 1-7 marks the annual World Breastfeeding Week for 2016. This year, the theme focuses on how breastfeeding is a key part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), established in 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals were created by the world's leaders, and are comprised on 17 goals that aim to... Read More
July 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There have been some helpful and interesting bits of information in the news this week on pregnancy and birth. Below is a round-up of current stories, research, and events. 

 

Induced Labor Not Linked to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) - Medscape

While there was once believed to be a link, a new... Read More
July 27, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Throughout the ages, pregnancy and childbirth has often been seen as a sort of mystical, magical experience. When you think about the awesomeness of creating and producing new, human life (a real, live, breathing and thinking human!), it's understandable that many view it as an experience of the div... Read More
July 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's likely a day you have imagined -- and reimagined -- a hundred times over. The day you discover you are in labor and decide to head to the hospital (or birth center). It can feel exciting, nerve-wracking, or like hard work if you are far along in labor. When you arrive, there are specific routin... Read More
July 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My post is a little late this week because I have struggled with how to write the truth of the last two weeks, which is that I have felt detached from my pregnancy. I’m still not showing, my symptoms are gone, and my brain isn’t occupied by the insistent thought “I’m pregnant!” every five seconds. I... Read More
July 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, hilariously awesome comedian and author Jessi Klein published an opinion piece in New York Times called, "Get the Epidural." In an unexpected and off-putting exchange with a stranger, Klein is asked whether she will get an epidural during birth, to which she replies, "At the very least."... Read More
July 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Moving your body throughout labor and birth has so many benefits. It can reduce your time in labor, reduce your pain, and reduce your risk of unwanted interventions. We've talked at length about how you can maintain freedom of movement during labor and birth. But how will you know what to do when it... Read More
July 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram,

On the first night of my Lamaze Class, we always discuss fears that women and men have about pregnancy and childbirth. One of the most consistently expressed fears is the worry over the health of the baby before, during and after the birth. It is common for members of the class t... Read More
July 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I am now in what I hope to be is my son’s birth month! Emotions are running high….I find myself crying over the smallest of things. I wasn’t really very emotional in early pregnancy, so my husband finds it super funny that I am crying so much now. And I don’t even tell him every time that I tear up-... Read More
July 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I am now one month postpartum. Wow, what a whirlwind! My daughter now weighs upwards of 8.5 pounds (up from her lowest weight at 5 pounds, 15 oz.) and has all but grown out of her newborn clothes and diapers. She seems so big and heavy compared to her earlier self. She had been doing these epic feed... Read More
July 8, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Good news! We got the blood work results back and everything looks healthy and normal. We also found out that we're having a baby girl! This came as a bit of a shock since we were convinced it was a boy, but we really should have known based on the evening we had spent discussing names. We talked fo... Read More
July 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many of us, summer is synonymous with sun, heat, and humidity. When paired with pregnancy, these conditions can be hard to tolerate. This is true for those early in pregnancy as well as in the late third trimester. And of course, summer also is a time where there are more outdoor activities, fam... Read More
June 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I’ll never forget the moment I saw my positive pregnancy test last year.
 

It was the day before Valentine's Day and I woke up early to go teach in the city. Before leaving, I decided to take a test even though I was still days away from a missed period. I had been trying to conceive for 6 long mon... Read More
June 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Deena Blumenfeld

This is the second in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.


Birth Stories of the Past: Josephine Ann, Born Dece... Read More
June 24, 2016 by Sharon Muza
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Sleep (or getting enough), infant sleep safety and newborn behavior are important topics that you may be worried about and have given lots of consideration to even before the baby arrives. If you are taking a childbirth class, no doubt your childbirth educator is providing information on these topic... Read More
June 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I've entered week 11 and we're just one week away from sharing the good news far and wide, so for my last week of relative pregnancy privacy I figured I'd share a smorgasbord of symptoms and experiences with the World Wide Web.
1) IRRATIONAL CRYING. I inherited my mother's ability to be very emotio... Read More
June 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The health and safety of you and your baby depends on you getting the best and right care at the right time. This is the basis behind the new "Choosing Wisely" initiative, developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in conjuction with the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).... Read More
June 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Father's Day is Sunday. And of course, many Fathers will be showered with love and gifts from adoring pint-sized fans and supportive spouses and partners. T-shirts, tools, gadgets, and good food are all great gifts for dad. But, in honor of Father's Day, consider a gift that free, precious, apprecia... Read More
June 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I’m now 33 weeks along, and I CANNOT believe how close that seems to 40! These last few weeks, our schedule was busier than I was planning on... we had a wedding reception, a baby shower, and my brother came in town and stayed with us, which of course called for extra family get-togethers. Surroundi... Read More
June 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Anna Glezer, MDThere is an essential connection between the mind and body. We cannot think of one without the other, and most distress comes from an imbalance in both. More and more patients are turning to mind-body interventions to treat various conditions – from major medical illnesses to menta... Read More
June 10, 2016 by Lamaze International
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On May 27th, my daughter came two weeks early at 38w2d. I had the intent of working until June 3rd, with an EDD of June 8th. That was not to be. Nor would I attend my friend's wedding or see my boss retire after 40 years of service. My feet were so swollen that work day that I left around 2pm and ju... Read More
June 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for so... Read More
June 6, 2016 by Lamaze International
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We'd like to introduce you to our newest Great Expectations blogger, Elizabeth, who is 9 weeks pregnant with her first baby. Welcome and congratulations, Elizabeth!

Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m nine weeks pregnant. My husband Carson and I live in Mendocino County in Northern California; I work for a n... Read More
June 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With recent research telling us that your choice of birth location (hospital, birth center, home) has the most impact on birth outcomes and interventions used, it's also important to point out the impact of your choice of care provider on your birth, whether doctor or midwife. Taking the time to cho... Read More
June 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Inspired by a similar article written this week by Kim James, ICCE, LCCE, BDT(DONA), on our sister blog, Science & Sensibility, today I present to you the critical differences between taking a childbirth class and hiring a doula. It's important to know that choosing one over the other does not fulfi... Read More
May 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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The last couple of weeks have been marked mostly by the same symptoms I’ve been having: nausea off and on, heartburn and acid reflux, fatigue, and feeling uncomfortably bigger. One new symptom: Braxton Hicks contractions. These are so weird to me! I’ve read about them, but I had to ask a friend and... Read More
May 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's no secret that moms experience anxiety and nervousness over their upcoming birth. Less talked about -- but just as common -- is the experience that partners go through leading up to the big day. Concerns like passing out, not knowing what to do or how to help, having a baby on the side of the h... Read More
May 23, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This is the first in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.



Birth Stories of the Past: Albert Jr., Born May 12,... Read More
May 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and the Preeclampsia Foundation has proclaimed this year's theme "The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy." As the name of the theme implies, any woman can develop preeclampsia, and any woman can develop preeclampsia during any pregnancy (whether or n... Read More
May 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Here we are, mid-May and I am nearing 37 weeks of my pregnancy. I am barely keeping up with my life. Or maybe I am expecting myself to keep up with it too much. I have no idea how women with multiple children handle the ups and down of carrying a new life. I guess you just have to do what it takes.... Read More
May 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The following is an interview with Esther Gokhale, creator of the Gokhale Method, a set of steps that center around healthy posture and movement to relieve back pain. Esther has spent years studying and researching integrative therapies, and after experienving crippling back pain after her first pre... Read More
May 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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The baby belly is really starting to pop now! I’m beginning to struggle with putting shoes on, picking up dropped items, and moving around in general. My husband is getting a kick out of seeing me waddling around and bumping into things, and I guess I’m just glad that someone is enjoying my new bumb... Read More
May 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy National Nurses Week 2016! Whether you are a nurse, know a nurse, have been cared for by a nurse, or plan to be cared by one soon for your upcoming birth, we know that the work and dedication from nurses impact the lives of many. Today, in tribute to nurses who serve in the Labor and Delivery... Read More
May 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze wishes all of the new moms, expectant moms, seasoned moms, and grandmas out there a Happy Mother's Day. As our treat to you, we created a little video that celebrates the very beginnings of the journey into motherhood. "Life Lessons Begin Before Birth" also shows how Lamaze can help expectant... Read More
May 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lots of big stuff has been happening since I last wrote in. First off, you are now reading the blog of a 41 year old woman! My birthday was fairly uneventful and was mostly celebrated at work with Greek food and a Carvel ice cream cake. My husband made tacos when I got home and brought me flowers. M... Read More
May 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mother's day is this weekend! If someone you know is pregnant, consider gifting this special mom-to-be with something that celebrates and honors their pregnancy. Even if they don't have a baby in hands yet, their journey to motherhood has already begun and is deserving of recognition. 



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May 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is a month designated for many "awareness" themes, one of which is International Doula Month, a time in which we celebrate, honor, and spread the word on the benefits of having doula support. 



International Doula Month Celebrations & Activities in May



Hire the Best Doula for You: 6 Questio... Read More
April 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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By Sherri Wilkerson, LCCE, CD(DONA)

Statistically speaking, most expectant couples will go through labor before the birth of their child, and a rising number of those couples will hire a doula for labor support. And the reality is that some of the births will, due to various reasons, result in a ce... Read More
April 27, 2016 by Lamaze International
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I’m now one week away from turning 41 years old and T-minus 10 days from my baby shower. I finally, finally have been able to get on “the ride.” For years, I watched my friends have children, while I struggled with my fertility issues. So having a baby shower has been sort of a right of passage and... Read More
April 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, I went out to my various networks on Facebook and posted this question: "For those who have had cesarean births, what surprised you or "shook" you the most?" The volume, depth, and breadth of responses from women in all walks of life surprised me. Those who responded agreed to share their... Read More
April 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Okay, I’ll give the bad news first: nausea the past two weeks has been awful! I’ve had to cancel and say no to many fun activities with friends and family, and I feel like I’m barely making it through the workday before collapsing at home. And then, I can only stomach one or two chores around the ho... Read More
April 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Childbirth classes prepare expecting families for the challenges, joys, and questions that will inevitably occur during labor, birth, and postpartum. As part of a quality, comprehensive childbirth class, you will also gain an understanding of c-section. Your childbirth class should include the follo... Read More
April 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month and around this time of year I always reflect upon the birth of my oldest son. He will turn eight in May; almost eight years since the birth that changed my life and my life's mission forever.



Obviously, the birth of your first child is a moment that you've plann... Read More
April 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Here I am, rounding out about 32 weeks of pregnancy (pun intended)…I have no idea how this happened. I mean, I remember the day that we drove out of state to have the IVF done. I remember seeing the little shooting star on the screen as they jettisoned the embryo, who is now our daughter, into me. I... Read More
April 13, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Just in time for Cesarean Awareness month, Consumer Reports is releasing an investigation into C-section rates of more than 1,200 hospitals across the country. And the results are sobering.

Six in ten hospitals had C-section rates above the national target for low-risk deliveries of 23.9 percent.... Read More
April 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that you have options during a c-section? Much like when parents research and prepare for important choices for vaginal birth, like those included in a birth plan, c-sections also have inherent options that also may be up to your preference, depending on your situation, provider, and pl... Read More
April 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When we had our first sonogram at about 8 weeks, my husband and I were told that our baby’s umbilical cord was not attached in a preferable location to the placenta. While they like to see it around the center of the placenta, ours is attached at the very “tip top”. We are going to have regular sono... Read More
April 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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New to the growing list of online Lamaze classes is "Bringing Home Baby," a self-paced course that addresses the most pressing newborn care topics for new parents, including safe sleep and co-sleeping, choosing baby’s health care provider, establishing routines, swaddling, bathing, car seats and mor... Read More
April 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you've just had a cesarean, had one years (or months) ago, are scheduled to have one, might have to have one, or just want to better inform yourself in case you have one, it's important to have the most credible, helpful resources. We're sharing our favorite, most trusted links and informati... Read More
April 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April 1 is, of course, April Fools' Day. It is also the beginning of Cesarean Awareness Month -- a campaign to make women, families, providers, and the general public aware of the current state of maternity care as it relates to cesarean birth, including the current evidence, prevalence, and the add... Read More
March 30, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I have gracefully entered my third trimester. Last week was appointment-laden. Monday: special egg donor recipient therapist. Tuesday: 28w midwife appointment. Wednesday: vascular neurologist at Johns Hopkins. Thursday: 28w growth scan at Maternal and Fetal health. And Friday? I’m trying my best not... Read More
March 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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With Spring approaching, we finally get to move away from the winter nutrition staples of squash, cauliflower, apples and pears, into the bounty that grows from now through the summer. This means our pregnant mamas out there can start to taste the fresh, local goodies becoming available in March and... Read More
March 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March 22-28 is World Doula Week, a worldwide celebration and recognition of doulas all over the globe. In honor of this week, I thought I'd share a little about my role as a doula (I wear many birthy hats!), as suggested by the World Doula Week 2016 Photo Challenge on Facebook. The Facebook challeng... Read More
March 23, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Join me in welcoming our newest Great Expectations blogger, Emily Cline! Emily joins us at 22 weeks in her first pregnancy. We're happy to have this new perspective and journey to follow along with in our Great Expectations series. -Cara Terreri, Giving Birth with Confidence Community Manager

 

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March 21, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As part of National Nutrition Month, we'd be remiss to overlook concerns in pregnancy over foods to avoid and why. Many foods on the "no-no"/caution list in pregnancy are on that list due to the food-borne illness called listeriosis, caused by bacteria called Listeria. Listeria is a type of bacteria... Read More
March 18, 2016 by Lamaze International
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At 27 weeks pregnant, I think I have made enough changes to clear up my mood a bit. A few weeks ago, and for many weeks prior to that, I was feeling pretty low. I just could not keep up with my life and all of my intentions. I had created a huge amount of internal pressure to achieve so much and jus... Read More
March 16, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Meet today's author and nutrition expert, Petra Colindres, Family Dietitian, Lactation Consultant and owner of Nutrition by Petra in Oklahoma City. Today, Petra hones in on the most important nutrients needed by trimester. Take a look and consider revising your grocery list! Also, be sure to join us... Read More
March 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Continuing our month-long spotlight on nutrition to celebrate National Nutrition Month, today we share some of the best online resources for nutrition during pregnancy.


Pregnancy Nutrition - American Pregnancy Association
Simple overview on nutrition during pregnancy, including key nutrients to in... Read More
March 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adding a baby to the family can sometimes come with mixed emotions from parents, but more likely from siblings. Even siblings who express excitement at the announcement of pregnancy and enjoy touching mom's belly and talking to the baby can later act out and experience difficult emotions over the ne... Read More
March 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For even the most health-conscious of people, pregnancy can bring out the best (er, worst?) in us when it comes to cravings and snacking. Pregnancy hormones are responsible for lots of things, including causing the irresistable urge to down a bag of Cheetos and sauerkraut (for example -- not that I... Read More
March 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you have been following along with my journey on the blog, you know that I have a lot of expectations for my life and myself. Those expectations have had to be readjusted over the course of this pregnancy. I was going to say that some important things have been let go of gracefully and others hav... Read More
March 4, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In January, we released a most-important-facts sheet about Zika and the current status based on reports and information from the CDC and World Health Organization. Today we give you an in-depth discussion on the current status of the Zika outbreak, its presence in the United States, and how to gauge... Read More
March 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is National Nutrition Month, and throughout the month on the blog, we will be sharing tips, ideas, and resources for making nutrition during pregnancy a priority. Many who are pregnant focus extra energy on what they eat during pregnancy for two reasons -- appetite often grows in pregnancy, an... Read More
February 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Leap Day! If you're one of the only 5 million people around the world who are lucky enough to call this day your birthday, then happy birthday! The leap year and extra day (leap day) was instituted officially in 1582 with the Gregorian calendar (though it dates back to ancient Egyptian times)... Read More
February 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, I had my first appointment with the midwives. My intent has always been to have a midwife birth. When I was in college, a very long time ago, I read a paper on the medicalization of birth and ever since that reading, had planned to not give birth on my back, with an epidural. Of course, I... Read More
February 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Rounding out our month-long theme on love, relationships, intimacy, and sex during pregnancy and beyond, let's talk about specific ways to keep your relationship strong and connected during pregnancy. As we discussed earlier this month, pregnancy is often like the "calm before the storm" of caring f... Read More
February 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In today's times, we are (generally) a culture that spends a lot of time doing activities that don't do many favors for the health and well being of our bodies. What am I talking about, specifically? Sitting. We sit to drive, we sit to work, we sit to rest. And for many of us (raises hand over here)... Read More
February 19, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're in the midst of planning your own or a friend or family member's baby shower, you might be interested in arranging some meaningful activities or gifts to bestow upon parents and baby. Not that there's anything wrong with playing the diaper pin game or guessing which candy bar is melted in... Read More
February 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are common myths that continue to circulate when it comes to sex during pregnancy. It's always in your best inerest for health to consider your relationship (Is it healthy? Am I doing this for me?) and to protect against STIs (sexual transmitted infections) before considering sexual contact. P... Read More
February 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Carolyn Pirak, LCSWFounding Director, Bringing Baby HomeHaving a baby is a profound life experience and one that changes the routines for every relationship. Whether a couple has been planning a pregnancy for years or if a new baby comes as a surprise, the transition from partners to parents happens... Read More
February 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We are back from Aruba. Baby girl has neared viability at 23 weeks. She is kicking like crazy, which I am enjoying a lot. Nothing like unexpected reassurance throughout the day (and night)! My uterus is just about up to my belly button and depending on which way I move and lay down, it forms a giant... Read More
February 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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An article released this week in the Boston Globe discusses a phenomenon that's been taking place for a little while now -- many maternity wards in hospitals across the United States are doing away with the traditional nursery where babies go to be watched while mom gets rest alone in her room.... Read More
February 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released a new public information campaign aimed to inform women about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy. While none of the information presented was new or based on new research, the CDC reiterated it's no-tolerance for alcohol use during pregnancy... Read More
February 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As promised in Monday's post, today I am reviewing the new online class from Lamaze: Sex During Pregnancy and Beyond. I'll review the objectives for the course as well as specific feedback on what I liked and found particularly useful. 

So let's dive right into this juicy, hot-button topic (I promi... Read More
February 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Being in a relationship can be wonderful! beautiful! amazing! fulfilling! And of course, complicated, confusing, and frustrating. And this is all before starting a family! Add pregnancy, trying to conceive, and parenting to the mix and WHOA! It's a whole 'nother ball of wax, as they say. As with any... Read More
February 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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(The first part of this title is in reference to this song. I fear I may be dating myself...) 

February is here! The month of love! Of course, there should be a celebration of love every month, but with Valentine's Day soon approaching, Giving Birth with Confidence is hopping on the love fest bandw... Read More
January 29, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I am now 21 weeks pregnant with my little girl. We had her 20 week anatomy scan last week and she’s doing great. She weighed 11 oz. and is in the 40th percentile. We got 20-25 minutes of staring up at her on the screen, endlessly moving as the tech went over each part of her body: her brain, palate,... Read More
January 27, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With news of the Zika virus spreading faster than the virus itself, there is a great deal of concern -- and even panic -- about what to do, especially as it pertains to pregnant families.... Read More
January 25, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and as one of the leading resources for healthy pregnancy and birth, we want to share with you important resources for cervical health. That National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a division of the American Sexual Health Association, seeks to highlight... Read More
January 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Expectations…I have had a lot of them over the course of my life and how pregnancy was going to be for me has been no different. I started running about six years ago and kept up with it throughout my first three pregnancies (that ended sadly). I lost forty pounds and kept it off through exercise, e... Read More
January 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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First trimester symptoms often come as a surprise to people, as it just doesn't seem possible that the body can experience so many changes before the belly even begins to show! But for most people, long before anyone notices your pregnancy from the outside, you feel pregnancy from the inside out. Fi... Read More
January 15, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hello! As you can see, this is my first blog post about my pregnancy. I am 19 weeks pregnant with my first child and we are expecting a little girl in early June. We could not be more thrilled about this baby, particularly as our fertility journey has been a long and arduous one.

 

A little about... Read More
January 13, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, organized by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). A birth defect is something no parent wants to think about, but it's important to talk about! Birth defects are common, and cause additional emotional, financial, and health issues... Read More
January 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy is the perfect time to be selective when choosing who will provide your prenatal care and attend your birth. Once you have decided on either a hospital, home, or birth center birth, you then must choose a care provider. It's not always the case that your existing obs... Read More
January 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I often say to expectant parents that how labor and birth unfolds is based on the rule of 25% -- 25% preparation, 25% labor support, 25% choice of care provider and place of birth, and 25% good ole' fashioned luck. The good news is that, most of the time, 75%* of how your birth unfolds is within you... Read More
January 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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An issue brief released yesterday by leading advocacy groups National Partnership for Women and Families and Choices in Childbirth calls on government agencies and private insurance organizations to provide coverage for doula service, citing the proven health benefits, lowered maternity care costs,... Read More
January 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Many who are about to be done with pregnancy or who have recently given birth are eager to get their "pre-baby body" back. For some, weight gain and body shape shifting in pregnancy can be hard to accept. Postpartum, then, may be looked at as a time to get back to pre-baby body, but many feel disapp... Read More
December 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If ever there's a time in life to start eating a more nutritious, balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables, it's during pregnancy. Nutritious foods will not only help your growing baby, but will also boost your well being and immunity, and reinforce good habits that will stick with you and yo... Read More
December 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most pregnant people, and especially in most first-time pregnancies, labor is like a marathon, not a sprint. And of course, this is just a comparison in terminology not in actual length of time, considering that even the slowest of marathoners can finish in under seven hours. But as in a maratho... Read More
December 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You peed on a stick and it was positive! Congratulations, you're pregnant! Now what? Of course, there are the typical things many people do after finding out they're pregnant, like telling close family and friends (or waiting until after the first trimester), scheduling a first appointment with thei... Read More
December 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you early on or in the middle of your pregnancy and wishing you had a way to record your experience, or perhaps, share it with others? Well then, we need to talk. In the past, Giving Birth with Confidence has followed along with women throughout pregnancy (every other week) through birth and ear... Read More
December 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a revised "Committee Opinion" paper on "Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period." The paper reflects the latest scientific research on the safety of, recommendations for, and reasons... Read More
December 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We are in the throes of the holiday season, and along with the joy and merriment often comes stress and exhaustion. This is especially true if you are pregnant this holiday season. Our friends over at MotherToBaby, the experts in teratology (the study of how medicinal and environmental exposures can... Read More
December 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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US Cesarean Rate Still Too High -- Know Steps You Can Take to Avoid a Cesarean

Last week, the Journal of the American Medicine Association (JAMA) released new research showing the correlation between the global rate of cesarean and maternal and infant mortality (that is, mother and infant death). W... Read More
December 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This holiday season, Lamaze is joining in the gift-giving fun. Now and throughout the early part of the new year, the Lamaze online class, Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right, is FREE! This go-at-your-own pace class, normally offered at $29.95, is the perfect primer to get your pregnancy on the... Read More
December 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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'Tis the season! If you're pregnant, this year's holiday gift wish list may look a little different than in years past. There are special items for baby, of course, but what about you? There are a whole host of items that can help make your pregnancy more comfortable and fun! When making your wish l... Read More
December 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After 41 long weeks, you're finally having regular contractions and you have come to the conclusion that you are, in fact, in labor! Yippee! Now what? It's likely too early to head to the hospital or birth center. And it's likely that you have several hours of this ahead (especially if it's your fir... Read More
December 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this continued series, we're addressing the top 10 fears many pregnant people have of childbirth. Continuous labor support is vital in a person's birth experience. Partners, dads, doulas, family members, and friends all can serve wonderfully valuable roles as a labor support person. But what if y... Read More
November 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If I had a dollar for every pregnant person who has said, "You know, I have this feeling I'm going to go into labor before my due date" and then went on to have a baby after the due date, I would be rich! Or at least I'd have a nice little rainy day fund. As a doula, I encourage clients to listen to... Read More

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