Parenting

October 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a child dies, fathers grieve. Culturally, men grieve in different ways, often because of how they are taught -- or not taught -- to show grief and sadness. Because of the perceived need to "stay strong" and hide emotions, it's imperative that dads actively seek ways to process and deal with... Read More
October 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Weaning a child from breastfeeding can be a tricky, confusing, and emotional time for parents and children. There are questions about when to do it and how to do it. There are intense emotions from both parent and child, and of course there's the physical changes to contend with. In a new guide book... Read More
October 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are many baby gear products on the market -- and widely sold! -- that are, in fact, unsafe for babies and can increase the risk of infant death. Do you know what those products are?... Read More
October 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The loss of a child has profound and long-lasting effects on a parent and within the family. Whether a parent experiences loss through miscarriage at anytime during pregnancy, stillbirth, infant death, or older child death, the impacts, grief, and difficulties people experience are similar in intens... Read More
October 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In just a few weeks, thousands of pregnant people, parents, and new families will flock to the 2nd Annual LA Baby Show, a gathering and presentation of the top, must-have baby gear brands, along with giveaways, expert speakers and educational seminars. The show takes place November 4-5 at Magic Box... Read More
September 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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September is Baby Safety Month, an event sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to increase parents' and caregivers' awareness of baby products safety. The 2017 theme is "Strap Safety," which highlights the many critical and proper uses of safety straps in baby items lik... Read More
September 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida just weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, TX, people everywhere are in various states of intense preparation and recovery. For those who are pregnant, especially late in pregnancy, and those who have just given birth living in affected areas, it's... Read More
August 30, 2017 by Lamaze International
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My mother used to talk about “BK” and “AK”—what life was like “before kids” and “after kids.” And she was right. When you stare into your baby’s eyes for the first time, it’s a milestone moment—the ultimate “after” to your life “before.” Becoming a parent, and understanding ho... Read More
August 28, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Considering I literally asked out loud, “Why is there a baby crying in the other room?” the day I brought my first-born home, I’m hoping to be more prepared as I look forward to welcoming baby number two in a few months.

Becoming a mother was such a... Read More
August 7, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Billy Doidge Kilgore

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

Simon is doing great. He is growing like a weed and by his 11th day had already surpassed his birth weight. Nursing has been the area in which I've felt the most comfortable, and I feel that we had a very good rhythm from the get go. Luckily, my milk came in on day... Read More
July 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard about a baby show or "expo" before. But do you know what it is? We can't speak for all the baby tradeshows around, but we can tell you that the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is like no other event -- it provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from... Read More
June 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For this last day in June, we thought we'd share some of the best posts and articles that came out this month (there were many!). From humorous to tender, and light-hearted to serious, we combed the 'net for the most recent dad-related content. Enjoy the good reads!... Read More
June 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I am five months and some change into being a parent and I have to say... it's not as hard as I expected. I don't believe in "good babies" because no baby is bad, but I can say that Mae is easy; she's happy and easygoing, a decent sleeper, has a great personality, and seems to get cuter every day.... Read More
June 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a new parent, the experience of bringing home and caring for your new baby in the first few months is the first true lesson in co-parenting, compromise, and communication. Now, as a parent of older children, let me also add that parenting in a child's first few months involves an extraordinary se... Read More
April 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The 2017 New York Baby Show, May 20-21 at Pier 94, will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring countie... Read More
March 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not easy to know the best course of action to take when caring for your child's health. All this time spent preparing for pregnancy and birth, then baby is born and a whole new world of questions and confusion opens up! From common childhood illnesses and ailments to routine and unexpected test... Read More
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
May 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a family gives birth, life changes in an instant. New joy, new challenges, new responsibilities -- it's a beautifully exhausting whirlwind. When a family gives birth to a premature baby, life also changes instantly. But the challenges are infused with confusion and uncertainty, and the joy is f... Read More
May 8, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Dear Mom: It's OK

 

To feel stressed.

To be too exhausted to be joyful. 

To love being a mommy with all your heart. 

To Pinterest plan your baby's first birthday. 

To hate changing diapers. 

To ask for help. 

To fix toast for dinner.

To trust your gut.

To worry about the little things.

An... Read More
February 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Linda Salazar

With Valentine's Day happening tomorrow, love is in the air and on the minds of couples everywhere. For new parents, relationship love may not be top of mind, as it has lots of competition in the first days, weeks, months, and years of parenting. But it's important not to let yo... Read More
February 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During pregnancy and leading up to birth, couples often are so consumed with excitement over the thought of meeting their new baby, that they take little time to think about what life will look like after baby comes home. Indeed, babies do change your life -- in many beautiful, positive, never-thoug... Read More
October 29, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, 

As an expectant parent, new parent, or caregiver of an infant, it is important to understand ways in which you can keep your baby safe, including -- and especially -- during sleep times. SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, is when an infant under the age of one dies suddenly and th... Read More
September 26, 2014 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 "Making Baby Safer, Room By Room!" The JPMA says:

Being more aware... Read More
August 25, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Babies don't get enough credit. Sure, it's true they depend 100% on someone else for food, shelter, and safety, but you might be surprised to learn how much they already know, fresh from the womb! Test your newborn knowlege: did you know...

 

1. Newborns can recognize their mother's voice and scen... Read More
August 8, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The following resource is reposted with permission from the Lamaze for Parents website, which is chock full of information and tips for expecting and new parents.

 

By Sharon Marcus



Before your baby is even born, it is very likely that you will need to make a decision about when, or if, you wil... Read More
June 13, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With Father's Day right around the corner, now is a great time to think about all the different ways that fathers can connect and bond with their babies.... Read More
February 10, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this six-part series, we are sharing 10 tips for each of the Lamaze six Healthy Birth Practices that help guide women toward a safe and healthy birth. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices are supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices.... Read More
December 6, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You took Lamaze classes. Your doula checked in on you, sometimes daily. You knew that you were going to give birth at your local birthing center, where you could move around and hold your baby immediately once she was born.... Read More
November 18, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, November 17, marked World Prematurity Day, an event created as part of the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign along with several other participating organizations to raise awareness of premature birth and remember premature babies who died.... Read More
August 23, 2013 by Admin User
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By Jeannette Crenshaw, DNP, RN, IBCLC, NEA-BC, FAAN, LCCE, FACCE, and Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE Ask anyone how much sleep you're likely to get after your baby is born and they'll all tell you the same thing: "Not much."... Read More
July 1, 2013 by Admin User
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By Allison Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE Adapted from the original article by Joy Rittmayer, PhD, LCCECongratulations! You are beginning one of life's most exciting journeys parenthood.... Read More
May 20, 2013 by Admin User
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By Wendy Davis, PhD The proper support of new mothers, babies, and their families requires a whole chain of care that goes from the earliest prenatal care all the way through the first early year... Read More
May 15, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Mental Health Month. As childbirth education advocates, Lamaze believes that mental health during and after pregnancy is critical to the health and safety of moms and their babies.... Read More
May 6, 2013 by Admin User
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By Jennifer Marshall There has been a lot of talk on the interwebs lately about women and work and family and can we really have it all? Some argue yes, we definitely can.... Read More
February 22, 2013 by Meagan Church
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The following is written by our former Great Expectations columnist and regular contributor, Meagan Church. Seven years ago, I was newly pregnant and, honestly, a bit freaked out.... Read More
February 1, 2013 by Pamela Lurie
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Simon is six weeks old. Not sure how that happened, but we've been taking it one day at a time.Postpartum care has been more difficult this time for me, maybe because I have two kids already or maybe because it was a birth followed directly by the holidays with family in town.... Read More
January 28, 2013 by Admin User
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By Lauralee Moss Colds and the flu always surrounded my poor babies. Before I stayed home with them, I taught high school language arts.... Read More
January 18, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Choosing your baby's name can be so much fun. It isn't everyday that you get to pick the lifelong name for another person!... Read More
December 31, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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New Year's resolutions may take on more meaning if you're preparing for the birth of a child in 2013. This year, perhaps for the first time, "join the gym and lose 10 pounds" isn't on the list.... Read More
December 21, 2012 by Admin User
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In light of the horrific and tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Giving Birth with Confidence will be dedicating our posts this week to providing resources related to mental health and wellness.... Read More
November 28, 2012 by Admin User
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By Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSWAs with pregnancy, bonding with baby develops over time. It, too, is a process that, with your care and attention, will deepen and progress with each passing day.... Read More
November 16, 2012 by Meagan Church
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It's hard to believe that Adelyn has now been living outside the womb for longer than she was inside. She's reaching such a fun age. She's well beyond the helpless newborn stage, but not yet to the sassy toddler time.... Read More
October 17, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Common sense tells us and research confirms that the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices featured in these video clips and print materials are tried-and-true ways to make birth as safe and healthy as possible.... Read More
October 10, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A Voice of Strength I Didn't Know I Possessed: An Interview with Ivy Shih Leung, author of One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!... Read More
October 3, 2012 by Admin User
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By Deena H. Blumenfeld, RYT, RPYT, LCCE Adapted from the original article at Science & Sensibility, Parental Autonomy in Decision Making: A Follow-Up to the AAP's Newborn Male Circumcision Policy Statement... Read More
September 19, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This weekend, I was with two of my best friends who both had babies around the same time Adelyn was born. One baby is two months older than her and the other is about four months younger.... Read More
September 10, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Coming home with a new baby is so exciting! But without adequate support, it can also be so overwhelming. Preparing in advance of baby's arrival will go a long way to making the postpartum period (and beyond) that much more enjoyable. So, how do you prepare for support?... Read More
September 5, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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As happens between women who have experienced postpartum depression (PPD), we find our ways to each other.... Read More
August 29, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're a new breastfeeding parent (or a parent newly returning to breastfeeding), you may have been instructed to keep your baby swaddled or otherwise tuck her hands down whilst breastfeeding.... Read More
August 22, 2012 by Meagan Church
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Adelyn hit her six-month growth spurt last week and I have to say, it was great. Her growth spurts have been her best feeding times.... Read More
August 6, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that you don't need a breast pump to express milk? "Hand expression" refers to the act of manually pumping milk from the breast using your hands.... Read More
August 1, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's World Breastfeeding Week and one of the best ways we like to celebrate -- all year long -- is by offering support to breastfeeding moms.... Read More
July 30, 2012 by Liz Abbene
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Imagine a world without finicky eaters, where even infants readily devour broccoli, kale, garlic, and onion.  Sound too good be true?... Read More
July 25, 2012 by Admin User
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
July 18, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
July 13, 2012 by Meagan Church
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Adelyn is five months old today and it seems fitting that one of my best friends just had her second baby yesterday. It has gotten me to thinking about how far we've come in just a few months.... Read More
July 11, 2012 by Admin User
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This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 18, 2012 by Admin User
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 8, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders is a highly readable, and respected book recommended by childbirth educators... Read More
June 6, 2012 by Admin User
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By Jordan Glover, CD (DONA), PCD (DONA), LCCE1. Swaddle your baby! Swaddling your baby will not only help your baby fall asleep, it will help him stay asleep.... Read More
June 4, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) are proud to announce the newest resource on Giving Birth with Confidence, the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide. ... Read More
June 1, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I'm going to be completely honest: I'm ready to have my body back. I know I talked about this in my last post, but we're four months out now and I'm ready for all of this weight and softness to be forever gone.... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May celebrates Mother's Day. Throughout the month, Giving Birth with Confidence is posting on The Wonder of Mothers, a series dedicated to sharing some of the many ways mothers' bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nourish her baby.... Read More
May 14, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thanks to all of you who entered our giveaway and for your thoughtful answers. The winner is......Varsha, who said: "The one moment that transformed me from a woman to a mom was the time when I felt my son's hairy cheeks for the first time..."... Read More
May 4, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I am now three-months post-partum. In some ways it is sad to think that three months ago, I felt baby kicks and flips from inside the womb for the last time.... Read More
May 2, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May 13 is Mother's Day and to celebrate, Giving Birth with Confidence will post throughout the month of May on "The Wonder of Mothers," a series dedicated to sharing some of the many ways mothers' bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nourish her baby.... Read More
April 20, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I just got back from Adelyn's 2-month-check up. I was looking forward to this appointment because a few weeks ago she started giving me some problems breastfeeding.... Read More
April 13, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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While pregnancy and birth are such an important portion of the journey into parenthood (hey, it's what Giving Birth with Confidence is all about!), once your baby comes into the world, there is much to know and learn about baby care and parenting.... Read More
April 2, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Sometime in your baby's first year of life, you'll make the leap from liquid nourishment (breastmilk or formula) to solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends introducing solids around 6 months of age.... Read More
March 23, 2012 by Meagan Church
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It has been seven weeks since Adelyn was born. In some ways, it seems like she has been with us much longer. In other ways, it seems like it was just yesterday. So how is it going?... Read More
March 21, 2012 by Admin User
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By Debra Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500 and Director of the Prenatal Yoga CenterNot long ago, I was speaking with a friend about her experience right after her babies were born.... Read More
February 29, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If leap year day marks the day that you brought new life into the world, how will you celebrate the special, once-every-four-years occurrence of your child's birthday?... Read More
January 25, 2012 by Admin User
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By Alfred Romeo, RN, PhDAs a health care professional, few things are more rewarding than when a new health-promotion program emerges. This is true especially in cases where the program has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of children.... Read More
January 18, 2012 by Admin User
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By Christine Krauth, reposted with permission from Simple Life Movement I recently taught a "Pilates and Running" workshop to some members of Moms Run This Town: a very cool group of gals who run.... Read More
December 30, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In a recent article on Slate, Sharon Lerner discusses the variations in length of maternity leave and the ensuing effect on moms and babies. In the United States, the standard time off is as little as four weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks, often unpaid.... Read More
October 10, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that Lamaze offers a free week-by-week e-newsletter for expectant parents?... Read More
September 14, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Liz Friedman is the Program Director at MotherWoman, Inc. and the Founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative.What do you remember from your experience of postpartum depression?... Read More
July 13, 2011 by Admin User
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Please Note: Lamaze does not endorse any particular practice in terms of childhood or prenatal vaccination nor does the organization specifically teach childbirth educators how they should guide expectant/new parents in this topic.... Read More
July 8, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood (Kleiman & Wenzel, 2010) is a courageous and compassionate examination of the scary thoughts that may accompany anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum.... Read More
July 6, 2011 by Admin User
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By Ann Marie Rodgerson, Vice President, Babywearing International "Babywearing" is the term used to describe wearing your child in a soft carrier.... Read More
June 15, 2011 by Admin User
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By Katie Wise, reposted with permission from the Mother's Advocate blog.So, you just had a baby.  You are still basking in the heroic act of welcoming your child into the world and you were stunned by... Read More
May 25, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Nadia Mohamedi, OTIS Teratogen Information SpecialistMay is a beautiful month. Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and BBQ's are firing up.... Read More
May 20, 2011 by Danielle Buffardi
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"Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them.... Read More
April 22, 2011 by Admin User
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By Liam Crowe If you are expecting a baby and you have a dog, you will want to prepare your dog for the day you bring home your child.... Read More
April 6, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A Survivor's Story of Transformation and Growth Vanessa is an amazing example of not only surviving Postpartum Depression (PPD), but of being able to speak to the gifts such a difficult experience can bring... Read More
March 4, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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In this second part of my interview, Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress offers her unique insight into the growing prevalence of depression/anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum, and the role of chi... Read More
February 28, 2011 by Admin User
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Last week we discussed remembering to take care of yourself after baby arrives. Today, Meagan Church--mom of two, blogger at Unexpectant and author--talks about thinking beyond pregnancy and birth to prepare for taking care of baby outside the womb. ... Read More
February 25, 2011 by Liz Abbene
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My darling Isadora is three weeks old!  She is a fabulous baby, nursing well and sleeping for long stretches at night (don't hate me--I have three others to chase after and need the rest)... Read More
February 23, 2011 by FitPregnancy User
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By Hillari Dowdle Pregnancy was the healthiest time in my life. With baby on board, I finally found the motivation I needed to eat right, get enough rest and exercise.... Read More
February 16, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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At a recent mental health conference, I sat in a ballroom filled with the leading experts in the field of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.  A heated topic emerged.... Read More
January 31, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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When Tony and I had Ziggy, the first few months were nightmarish. It was Christmas time in Seattle, and I remember having insomnia so bad I thought I had lost the ability to sleep.... Read More
January 24, 2011 by Admin User
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Earlier this month, Postpartum Progress (www.postpartumprogress.com), the most widely-read blog in the United States on postpartum depression, launched a new service to help pregnant and new mothers get through the difficulty of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.... Read More
January 17, 2011 by Linda Salazar
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Here's the third and final installment of tips to keep your relationship thriving as you raise your children, excerpted from my booklet, 52 Tips for a Magical Marriage After Your Child Is Born. If you... Read More
January 14, 2011 by FitPregnancy User
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The real experts -- moms from around the country -- share their best advice on everything from morning sickness to post-baby sex. By Kate Neale Cooper... Read More
January 3, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week marks the first week in the new year, 2011. For many of you, this will be the year that you welcome a new baby into your family. Whether it's your first, second or fifth, preparing for a new baby is an exciting and special time…... Read More
December 23, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A pivotal moment of my life came when I was a new mother suffering from postpartum depression/anxiety: I hit the proverbial wall and had finally gotten treatment.... Read More
December 15, 2010 by FitPregnancy User
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By Carole Anderson LuciaTaking care of a baby can be less stressful than you fear. Here are the 10 most important things you need to know (including what you don't need to do).... Read More
December 13, 2010 by Linda Salazar
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I hope you had a chance to check out the first 5 tips I shared with you in my last post, Having Kids & Staying in Love: 5 Tips for a Strong Relationship. If not, be sure to take a look and bring t... Read More
December 3, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I imagine you've either heard of or actively participated in bringing a meal to a family who has recently given birth to a new baby.... Read More
December 1, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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For this month's entry, I interviewed a wonderful woman, mother, and reproductive psychiatrist, Emily Dossett, MD, MST.... Read More
November 15, 2010 by Linda Salazar
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Following is a guest post from Linda Salazar, a Certified Life Coach and relationship expert.... Read More
October 5, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This past week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to stop using infant sleep positioners.... Read More
September 22, 2010 by Danielle Buffardi
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I see questions and concerns pop up all the time regarding diaper rash -- how to prevent it, how to treat it, and how to get rid of it for good.... Read More
September 20, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The following is a guest post from Denise Pelky, an infant teacher for the University of Michigan. Denise helped to start the infant program two years ago. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education.... Read More
September 15, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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 Imagine you are sitting in your care provider's office, and next to the scary "universal pain chart" with the not-so-happy faces getting progressively more distressed and discolored, is this chart:... Read More
August 2, 2010 by Danielle Buffardi
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Beginning in the womb, your child becomes used to your touch. The swishing of the amniotic fluid and your gentle movements sway your child toward the warmth of your body.... Read More
July 21, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today's post is the second in this week's series devoted to pregnancy and disabilities. Giving Birth with Confidence is contributing these posts as part of the Bloggers Unite event, People First: Empowering People with Disabilities.... Read More
July 20, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Check it out: Giving Birth with Confidence is appearing in a guest blog post on Nature Moms Blog! Nature Moms Blog provides information about natural and green living as it relates to raising a family... Read More
July 19, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today's post is the first in this week's series devoted to pregnancy and disabilities. Giving Birth with Confidence is contributing these posts as part of the Bloggers Unite event, People First: Empowering People with Disabilities.... Read More
July 14, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A child's work is never done! This cute photo was submitted by Lamaze Accounting Manager, Russell Nuzum.For more Wordless Wednesday photos, take a few minutes and vist 5 Minutes for Mom and Seven Clown Circus.... Read More
July 12, 2010 by Danielle Buffardi
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My son is turning four this month and we have co-slept since his birth. It not only felt natural to co-sleep, it was a deep-rooted intuition that sparked as soon as I gave birth.... Read More
July 10, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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 "Natural" doesn't just start and end with pregnancy and birth... natural living can apply to your everyday actions, purchases and habits.... Read More
July 7, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When we last checked in (on this blog) with Jenn over at Baby Makin(g) Machine, she was 37 weeks along and journaling her pregnancy with a weekly photo and letter to her baby-to-be, "Lil' J."... Read More
July 6, 2010 by Amy Romano
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Welcome to the July 2010 Carnival of Nursing in Public This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Nursing in Public hosted by Dionna and Paige at NursingFreedom.org.... Read More
June 26, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ah, breastfeeding. Such a beautiful and wonderful thing. And while it is the most healthy and natural thing to do, it's not always simple...... Read More
June 23, 2010 by Rachel Bohn
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QMy baby and I seem to be off to a great start with breastfeeding- her latch is great! But my biggest concern is milk supply. How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat?... Read More
June 19, 2010 by Amy Romano
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We've hosted Blog Carnivals for each of the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices at our sister blog, Science & Sensibility.... Read More
June 17, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Quick note to let you know that Belle Baby Carriers is offering a Dad's Day Gear Giveaway with some cool stuff for dads and moms! Visit the Belle Baby Carrier site to enter to win.... Read More
June 12, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Long before becoming pregnant with my first, I decided that I would be a stay at home mom. As it turned out, before giving birth, I was doing regular freelance work from home.... Read More
June 5, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you're a new mom or one that's been around the block, finding time for yourself -- alone -- is tough.  Parenthood is a demanding job that stretches the limits of your mind, body and spirit.... Read More
May 29, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Depression runs in my family, but I have been fortunate never to have experienced it personally. I do, however, know women who have lived through postpartum depression, including members of my family.... Read More
May 22, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's easy to get so wrapped up in your pregnancy and thoughts about birth that you overlook one small detail: your BABY!... Read More
May 7, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ah, the power of hindsight. As a mother of two, I often think about the many silly things I agonized over during the pregnancy, birth and newborn days of my first baby.... Read More