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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.

 

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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
November 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you type "Thanksgiving and pregnancy" into Google, you'll find scores of articles about food, drinks, and activities to avoid this Thanksgiving. While some of that information is helpful for your health and safety, it can feel deflating. It's no fun to hear (time and again) all the things you can... Read More
November 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This 3-part series has reviewed the in-depth details of vaginal birth, including what it feels like physically and the emotions that go along. In today's post, we describe helpful tips for partners and labor support persons. Each stage and phase of labor brings different sensations and therefore, ch... Read More
November 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month, as designated by the March of Dimes, and November 17 was World Prematurity Day. Families and organizations around the world are celebrating life and life saving measures for babies born too early. More than 15 million babies around the world are born prematur... Read More
November 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, Lamaze International responded to the release of a new report from the United Nations Population Division, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank Group, that shows a lower rate of worldwide matern... Read More
November 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a family prepares for and attempts to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), there is a considerable amount of thought, planning, and cautious optimism that goes into the process. While the percentage of successful VBACs is high (60%-80% of women who attempt will be successful), there are... Read More
November 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In Part 1 of this series, we talked all about the physical aspects of vaginal birth, from contractions to coping and pushing to perineums. But in describing the physical experience of vaginal birth, we left out a huge component: emotions. Emotions are so important in the process of birth that they d... Read More
November 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Exercise during pregnancy isn't about losing weight or prepping for pool season -- exercising while you're pregnant can improve your overall state of well being, help relieve common pregnancy discomforts, physically prepare your body for the hard work of labor and birth, help your body recover faste... Read More
November 6, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Coming in at number six on our list in the Top 10 Childbirth Fears series is "Will I really poop when I give birth?" This fear, though it has nothing to do with the health or safety of mom or baby, is HUGE in the minds of many expectant mothers. The idea that an act that is considered very private w... Read More
November 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As we inch closer to two of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, we're also creeping into what could also be called the season for induction. While induction can happen any time of the year, statistically speaking, there is an increase in the number of scheduled inductions aroun... Read More
November 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're pregnant and haven't been on Pinterest lately, it's time to take a second look. Pinterest is a picture perfect curated collection to assist you in your pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. Just take a look:



Search "document pregnancy" for creative ways to memorialize your pregna... Read More
October 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've been presented with the option of having labor induced instead of waiting for your baby and body to start labor on its own, and if the induction is for reasons other than a medical emergency (learn more about true medical reasons for induction), you may want to reconsider and wait. Though... Read More
October 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We talk a lot about birth at Giving Birth with Confidence. We've discussed choices, fears, providers, healthy birth tips, interventions, and lots more. With this new series, we want to take a step back and help describe to expectant families what birth is like. Of course, as many people say, "you'll... Read More
October 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This past weekend at the Anesthesiology 2015 annual meeting, researchers presented information to show that in fact, it is beneficial and safe for women to eat during labor (see the press release here). For many years, people laboring and giving birth in hospitals have routinely been told not to eat... Read More
October 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In our ongoing "Top 10 Childbirth Fears" series, we continue to talk about the most talked about fears families have about labor and birth, all of which are covered in a quality childbirth class. Today's topic is a big fear for most women -- the fear of having cesarean, whether it's unexpected or pl... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has released another great infographic! This time, the topic is "Who Should Be My Pregnancy Care Provider?" also known as "The first and most important decision in pregnancy." This couldn't be more true! Who you choose to care for you in pregnancy and birth will dictate how you and your baby... Read More
October 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many women giving birth, the hospital environment is foreign territory. Add to that the "laboring brain," in which a person is wholly consumed with the physical aspects of labor and birth, and has difficulty accessing the thinking and decision making part of the brain. These aspects combined can... Read More
October 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For nearly any woman who breastfeeds, at some point during her breastfeeding relationship, breast engorgement will happen. Engorged breasts happen when there is an overabundance of breast milk in the breasts, leaving them to feel full, heavy, and often painful. The most commonly shared piece of advi... Read More
October 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The all-time most popular post on Giving Birth with Confidence is an article written four years ago by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator Jessica English, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, and owner of the thriving doula and childbirth education business Birth Kalamazoo in Michigan. The piece is c... Read More
October 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last Week, October 4-10, the world celebrated National Midwifery Week with a formal recognition and awareness campaign to share information about the difference of midwife-led care. Hiring a midwife to care for you during pregnancy and birth can be an exellent choice for safe and healthy birth. Midw... Read More
October 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this continued series, we're rounding up and breaking down the top 10 fears of childbirth, all of which are addressed in a good childbirth class. Today, we're talking about fear number four (in no particular order), which is the fear of labor stalling or "petering out." Let's address this first b... Read More
October 7, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, along with SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) awareness, and Pregnancy After a Loss Awareness. Losing a child -- no matter what the cause -- is devastating. Families whose babies are stillborn, who miscarry, or who lose an infant face unique cha... Read More
October 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The short answer is, it depends. In general, women report needing to buy maternity clothes between four months and 6 months. While you might be tempted to give in to your excitement and run out to buy cute new maternity outfits after your positive pregnancy test, you might do better waiting until yo... Read More
September 30, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this series, we are reviewing the top 10 childbirth fears often discussed in childbirth classes. In last week's post, we talked about the fear of "losing control" in labor and birth, which can mean different things to different people. A pregnant person's fear of not having the birth plan followe... Read More
September 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast pumps are an expensive -- and important -- piece of equipment for many breastfeeding parents. But what happens when you're done with your breast pump -- like not going to have more children done? Do you sell it? Donate it? Recycle it? Trash it? Let's take a look at the options. 

 

Selling Y... Read More
September 25, 2015 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE 

Last week, Lamaze International, in conjunction with ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), held their annual (joint) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the conference, Lamaze awarded Giving Birth with Confidence community ma... Read More
September 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this series, we are discussing the top 10 childbirth fears that are discussed in childbirth classes. for women and families. In our last post, we talked about the fear of pain in labor and how to cope. You can view the complete list here -- stay tuned for a discussion on each of these fears. Toda... Read More
September 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most birthing moms use some kind of noise -- or lots of noises -- as a way to cope with contractions during labor and birth. It may seem odd or even a little concerning that you could make loud noises in labor, in front of your partner and "strangers" like nursing staff and your care provider. But a... Read More
September 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nearly all families plan and decorate a new baby’s nursery well before she is born. Many expectant families also plan and purchase baby’s going home outfit. Some families even make plans for a newborn photo session in the first week! Few families, however, make plans to specify or limit the number o... Read More
September 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy is a time of joy! And wonder! And beauty! But not every pregnant woman feels joyful, wonderful, or beautiful during their pregnancy --or certainly not all throughout pregnancy. In fact, for some women, pregnancy is downright difficult. For others, pregnancy, like many things in life, has i... Read More
September 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many women, pregnancy seems to last a lifetime. It's not until they have their baby in arms that they say things like, "I can't believe he's here already!" or, "My pregnancy flew by!" It doesn't take long to forget the many moments during pregnancy that seemed to drag on and on.... Read More
September 11, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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September is Baby Safety Month, a national annual campaign created by The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the national trade organization that works to improve children's product safety. 

This year's theme is "A Room with a Safe View." The JPMA says:

A Room with a Safe View see... Read More
September 9, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you were out and about in your town yesterday, you may have encountered a group of women and families carrying signs with messages relating to birth and maternity care. The 2015 Rally to Improve Birth took place in several cities around the world yesterday, and will also take place this coming Sa... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Everyone loves something for free, right? How about something incredibly useful and high quality for free? Lamaze International offers a large variety of helpful, evidence-based materials and resources for families during pregnancy and in preparation for labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and... Read More
August 31, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Some say that the only thing predictable about birth is that it's unpredictable. Of course, we spend time and effort writing a birth plan (for good reason!), taking a childbirth class (so important!), and hiring the right care providers (critical!), but in the end, there are so many aspects of birth... Read More
August 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last Friday, we wrote on the importance of preparing for the postpartum period, and how a postpartum plan can help you do just that. Today, we share with you the ins and outs of postpartum doula care. By now, many families are familiar with the job of a labor and birth doula, but many people are una... Read More
August 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Beginning today, August 25 through August 31, the world is celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week, with the theme "Lift Every Baby." This week, which also marks the final week in National Breastfeeding Month, is about bringing attention to the glaring gap in the number of white women who breastfeed ve... Read More
August 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Unless you've done extensive reading and research (not counting 8th grade sex-ed class), conception can be a confusing an somewhat mysterious topic. But when you're TTC (trying to conceive), it becomes an all-consuming topic! OvulationCalendar.com together with Professor Allan Pacey, BSc, PhD, FRCOG... Read More
August 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I know, I know -- you're probably thinking, "First a birth plan, now another plan?! I want to be done with this planning stuff!" But hear me out. Planning for your postpartum period is time well spent. When you're in the foggy trenches of early parenthood, you'll thank your pre-birth self for the ad... Read More
August 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breastfeeding is natural, economical, beautiful, and a wonderful gift. It can also be challenging, frustrating, and disappointing. Some women will have a blissfully easy breastfeeding exerience with no major challenges or setbacks. Others may experience major hurdles on the path to achieving their b... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So much of what you learn about breastfeeding will be "on the job" training -- that is, you'll learn and grow as you go along. However, there are key steps you can take to better prepare and inform yourself before baby even arrives -- and doing so will help you tremendously in the long run! Below ar... Read More
August 14, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Like many women desiring a birth without the use of narcotic or analgesic pain relief, a recent doula client of mine planned to use water immersion (ie, a "waterbirth") during labor and anticipated remaining in the tub for her baby’s birth. She chose a provider who assured her the that giving birth... Read More
August 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Monday, we shared the many resources Lamaze has available for breastfeeding moms and families. Today, we're sharing our favorite outside resources from around the net and what you can find at each of them.... Read More
August 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August is National Breastfeeding Month, as declared in 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. As an expectant or new parent, you will find that the web is chock full of several, awesome breastfeeding resources. We'll share s... Read More
August 5, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Lamaze is creating helpful videos from president Dr. Robin Elise Weiss with tips for pregnant and nursing families. In the first video, learn about how to get breastfeeding off to a great first start, beginning in the first few minutes and hours after birt... Read More
August 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week, a week of awareness hosted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Alliance. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work!" The goal behind the theme is to not only raise awareness about breastfeeding, but more specifically, br... Read More
July 31, 2015 by Lamaze International
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As a birth doula, I work with some pretty fantastic parents, both newbies and veterans. I like to devote a large portion of time before labor to help mom and dad/partner decide on their birth preferences and how to communicate them in a concise manner. From time to time, one or both parents will ask... Read More
July 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
July 27, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're new to this blog or to Lamaze and if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant soon, listen up. I'm going to share with you vital -- and SIMPLE -- information on how to have are more satisfying, safe and healthy birth. This information not only helps you achieve a healthy mom and baby, b... Read More
July 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I'm so excited to share with you the news that not only does Lamaze have a new online class called Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right, but right now through Labor Day, it is FREE! This go-at-your-own pace online class, which is normally offered at $29.95, is the perfect primer to help you get y... Read More
July 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze has designed and released a new mobile app just for expecting and new parents! The "Pregnancy to Parenting" free mobile app from Lamaze brings you the same quality of evidence-based information you can always expect from us, now available as an app you can access any time and customize to you... Read More
July 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Current medical guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) state that low-risk pregnant women may receive one to two ultrasounds during their pregnancy (generally one before 13 weeks to date the pregnancy and one between 16-20 weeks). There is growing inconsisten... Read More
July 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Wondering what's happening during this week of your pregnancy? Lamaze offers a free weekly email called "Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week," and we've also published this helpful information on our blog! Browse below to find your week and click through to learn more. Be sure to also sign up for our free... Read More
July 15, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
July 13, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The following information -- and much more -- can also be found in the free weekly email "Lamaze Pregnancy Week by Week." Sign up now to receive helpful information for your stage of pregnancy. Subscribers will be given the opportunity to complete a Lamaze Parent Satisfaction Survey and receive a La... Read More
July 10, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A couple of weeks ago, we posted the "Top 10 Fears Addressed in a Childbirth Class," and reassured you that it's normal to have fears about giving birth and becoming a parent. It's when those fears feel overwhelming, insurmountable, or begin to control your thoughts, actions, and prevent you from mo... Read More
July 8, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"Seeding" a newborn's gut recently appeared in mainstream media with an article in the Daily Mail. The topic and practice has been studied and reported on significantly in the last few years. The following guest post from Toni Harman, professional documentary filmmaker and co-creator of Microbirth,... Read More
July 6, 2015 by Lamaze International
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The thought of caring for your newborn may intimidate you. Perhaps you wonder if you’ll know how to nurture such a little child. Be assured, you already know.... Read More
July 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Depending on where you live, summer can bring on some extremely hot and humid temperatures that will test even the most seasoned outdoorsy people. Being pregnant during the summer heat, especially for those in the third trimester, can be especially challenging. We have some simple tips to help you g... Read More
July 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Nothing can describe the moments when you first gaze at your newborn’s face and the following hours when you marvel at everything your baby is and does. This time is more than a sequel to birth—it’s another part of the beautiful, unique dance between mother and child.... Read More
June 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Most first-time moms I encounter have one thing in common: they have fears about childbirth. Of course, it's normal to fear the unknown. You may have experienced the same kinds of feelings the first time you rode a bike, drove a car, went off to college, tried sushi, started a new job, or swam in th... Read More
June 26, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy the second time around looks a little different than the first time. You are more aware of what to expect (although every pregnancy can vary in its symptoms), you aren't as likely to know the exact week and day of your pregnancy, and -- this is a big one -- you already have a child to care... Read More
June 24, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
June 22, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“When the apple is ripe, it will fall.”
– Margaret Charles Smith, midwife... Read More
June 19, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the lead-up to Father's Day this weekend, it's all about dads this week at Giving Birth with Confidence. Dads are an important part of the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum equation. But because so many resources, media, and information tend to be geared toward moms, dads often get overlooked and... Read More
June 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Like new moms, new fathers also have unique needs to support them in the early days, weeks, and months of the postpartum period. While it's true that moms experience the brunt of the physical experience of birth and postpartum healing, dads go through their own experience, often with little support... Read More
June 16, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process.”
– Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife’s Story... Read More
June 12, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you sign up for any Lamaze childbirth class, you can expect to learn thoroughly about labor, birth, and postpartum through the use of evidence-based resources and instruction. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. A Lamaze class can be taught in a group or privately; a Lamaze class... Read More
June 10, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Have you ever heard an old-forgotten song or smelled a familiar smell and found yourself thinking of a particular place or time? Stimulating your senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell can be a powerful way to focus or distract your mind.... Read More
June 8, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Just as you begin to prepare for baby's arrival by finding a pediatrician (see Wednesday's post), it's also key to begin thinking about choices, challenges, and changes that come with parenting a new child -- whether it's your first or fifth. In particular, new parents are experiencing a new path an... Read More
June 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With so much emphasis and focus on preparing for labor and birth during your pregnancy, it's easy to overlook preparing for baby! It's just as important (if not more) to spend time preparing for baby's arrival and the early weeks and months of parenthood. One of the steps involved is choosing your b... Read More
June 1, 2015 by Lamaze International
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“Do not force nature, do not insult it, for it is as if you were to open the ears of corn to make the stalks grow.”
– Chinese Medical Review (1852)... Read More
May 29, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The modern day celebration of the anticipated birth of a new baby -- otherwise known as a baby shower -- is often filled with friends, family, games, gifts, and refreshments. Much of the focus during a baby shower is on, well, the baby. Mom typicall receives an abundance of baby gifts while attendee... Read More
May 27, 2015 by Lamaze International
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Can you see a little arm or leg moving about when baby stretches?... Read More

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