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December 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Organic is everywhere. From carrots to candy and everything in between. Most of us understand the reasoning and argument for eating organic. But what about clothing? If your face scrunches up in confusion (like mine) when you see something labeled "organic cotton," then this post is for you.... Read More
December 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Welcome to your second trimester! For many, the second trimester is where the magic happens. It's commonly a time when challenging symptoms like nausea and peeing all the time go away (don't worry, the peeing thing shows up again in your third trimester), while you get to experience new and exciting... Read More
December 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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IV stands for "intravenous," and though many of use it as a noun ("Did you have an IV?"), it's technically an adjective and often paired with a noun like fluid, drip, medication, or injection. I promise this post is not about grammar, but it's important to understand the language and usage of... Read More
December 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Step 1: Open computer.

Step 2: Buy online.

All done! The end.

Ok, so you opened this post wanting some real tips for holiday shopping while pregnant, and I promise I'll give them to you! But seriously, you cannot underestimate the power, convenience, and simplicity of online shopping, especially... Read More
December 3, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've landed here, you probably just found out about your pregnancy. That, or you're having yet another unfamiliar symptom and wondering, what in the world?? Either way, congrats and welcome to your first trimester! The good news is, you won't be in your first trimester for very long - at just 1... Read More
November 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's no secret that popular comedian Amy Schumer is going through a rough pregnancy. A few weeks ago, we learned that she landed in the hospital for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the dangerous and debilitating condition that's like morning sickness on steroids. Many of us learned more about HG during... Read More
November 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit organization that works to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in the United States. They are made up of more than 50 national professional, educational, and governmental organizations that share a common mission,... Read More
November 27, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is "Giving Tuesday," a day designated to benefit organizations that help the greater good -- and a great way to end on a high note of giving back after all the shelling out on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.... Read More
November 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you one of the nearly 51 million people traveling to see loved ones this week? Awesome! Are you also pregnant? Fantastic! In general, traveling during pregnancy is not so different than traveling not pregnant. With just a few extra simple tips, you can have a comfortable and happy ride and help... Read More
November 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not easy being pregnant, in your third trimester, near your due date... and approaching a major holiday like Thanksgiving. Of course, there's the typical discomfort most everyone experiences in late pregnancy. Then on top of that, you have your holiday plans to consider. What if you have your... Read More
November 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Let me start this post by saying: your first trimester of pregnancy can be brutal. The waiting, the not knowing, the nausea, the stress... whoever says pregnancy is beautiful is probably not referring to the first trimester (or the third, but that's a story for another post). 

The question that pas... Read More
November 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you've had a baby 6 weeks ago or 6 years ago, being pregnant and giving birth (no matter if it's vaginal or c-section) causes changes in your body. Some of these changes can go undiagnosed and untreated even though they cause pain or negatively affect your quality of life. I'm not talking... Read More
November 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Imagine buying a whole new wardrobe that you only wear for about six months. Sounds silly, right? And yet, that's exactly what happens when you're forced to buy maternity clothes during pregnancy. Of course, you may be able to get longer wear if you plan on being pregnant again in the future, but... Read More
November 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're due in December or January and you haven't created a plan for tackling the holiday season to-dos, a) you're not alone and b) it's time to get started. Nobody wants to be scrambling around, going store to store, making last-minute decisions on gifts and food and plans days before a holiday... Read More
November 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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One of the reasons the second trimester is so exciting, aside from the fact that morning sickness usually starts to go away, is the excitement of the 20 week ultrasound. This is especially true if you are dying to find out your baby's sex. Here's the truth, though: the purpose of the routine 20 week... Read More
November 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month, hosted by March of Dimes, the organization long known for raising funds for premature babies and campaigns for preventing prematurity. While you can't always do things to prevent preterm labor and premature birth, one of the simplest things you can do is... Read More
October 31, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Halloween! If you're pregnant on Halloween, do you consider it a terrible trick or a terrific treat? You may not be able to whoop it up all hours of the night and sip on spiked punch, but you can still have fun. Just to be sure, we prepared a how-to guide of sorts to make sure you find a treat... Read More
October 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're questioning whether you should take a childbirth class in your pregnancy, you're not alone. Many pregnant people and couples worry about the time, the cost, and the real question: does it even matter??... Read More
October 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) is a network of 27 nonprofit milk banks throughout the United States and Canada.  Our milk banks screen milk donors and provide pasteurized donor human milk to babies in need.... Read More
October 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Picture this: you're in active labor (after six centimeters dilation) and working hard, but managing fine. Your water has not yet broken. You've been in labor for fairly long time... Read More
October 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're in your second or third trimester of pregnancy and you notice that sometimes your pregnant belly gets very hard, feels tight, and even causes mild discomfort, you're probably experiencing Braxton-Hicks contractions. These kinds of contractions, which are also called "practice contractions"... Read More
October 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My daughter lived for 33 days. After a healthy pregnancy and no indication to think otherwise, her death was unexpected. The grief I felt was inexplicable and I didn’t know how I would ever live life again. But, the immense love I had for her was deeper than the grief I felt. My husband and I had so... Read More
October 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A child’s early years are filled with firsts, and it’s important to know what the most crucial ones for his or her development are and when to expect them. Here is a basic timeline of developmental milestones in three critical areas of a child’s development.

 

 

Hearing and Understanding

 

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October 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If my tears could talk I would have been heard throughout the entire universe, but my tears were silent, they had no sound, no voice, even if they had they may have been heard but not listened to for fear of what they had to say. What they would tell anyone  would possibly have brought discomfort... Read More
October 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My daughter was just over two when I got pregnant for a second time. Supported by a great prenatal practice with Barefoot Yoga in Oakland and a local doula group, I had a healthy and smooth pregnancy with her.
 

My labor started about a week past term. After a full labor and four... Read More
October 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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One thing many pregnant people anticipate the most is being able to show their pregnancy -- literally -- to the world via their growing baby belly.  I vividly remember checking my stomach profile every morning before getting dressed when I was pregnant. It was part excitement, part confirmation,... Read More
October 8, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you're trying to conceive (TTC) or you're done having babies (or anywhere else in between), knowing for certain if you are pregnant is a big deal. People who are actively trying to get pregnant are especially eager to know if they are pregnant as early as possible into the process.... Read More
October 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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To most of us, the thought of staying fit while balancing the day’s activities and demands is a hefty undertaking, especially when you’re pregnant or have recently given birth. Typical cardio fitness is often too intense for... Read More
October 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week is National Midwifery week, and so OF COURSE we are celebrating! Lamaze believes that midwives play a critical role in the health and well being of women during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond. If you are pregnant and have never considered a midwife for your care, or have unclear... Read More
October 1, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Despite what you might think after strolling down the aisles of your nearest baby gear depot store, devices that monitor your baby's breathing, heart rate, and movement aren't actually approved for or proven to prevent unexplained infant death, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). ... Read More
September 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Currently, 15.5 percent of the United States population -- more than 50 million people -- are uninsured. No matter the reason why, being pregnant and uninsured can feel scary and overwhelming. Getting prenatal care throughout pregnancy, and especially early pregnancy (by 8 weeks or once your... Read More
September 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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September is National Yoga Month and as advocates for a healthy pregnancy and birth, we couldn't love yoga any more! Yoga is an exercise that can be done at any time during pregnancy and after birth, and works well with all levels of physical ability. Time and again, research has proven the many... Read More
September 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month -- a time to raise awareness and educate parents and caregivers on practices that help all children reach their first birthday. It's not always possible to prevent or correct the reasons why some babies die in their first year, but there are many proven... Read More
September 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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At Fit Pregnancy Club (FPC), New York City's premier gym for pregnant and postpartum moms, we firmly believe that it takes more than waiting six weeks to get back into exercise after birth. In reality, your body’s “critical healing period” ranges from 12-14 weeks post birth. Jumping back into your... Read More
September 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, parts of the internet were aflame with new research suggesting that social media -- in particular expectant parent forums -- is partly responsible for increasing women's fear of childbirth. Senior research fellow Catriona Jones of University of Hull, United Kingdom, came up with this find... Read More
September 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preterm labor, or premature labor, is when labor begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Before 38 weeks it's referred to as late preterm labor. While it is generally true that babies "know when to be born," sometimes labor and birth happen before a safe time, for a variety of reasons.... Read More
September 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The 2018 LA Baby Show will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. No other event offers a broader range of brands, education, buying opportunities, and activities. This is a must-attend event if you are planning, expecting or recently... Read More
September 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As news of Hurricane Florence threatens the coastal Southeast this week, many people are preparing for potential power outages, stocking up on supplies, and planning for the possibility of evacuation. If you are pregnant and live in an area along the projected hurricane path, you may have extra... Read More
September 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A tight, baby-blanket-bundled newborn is one of the most universal images we associate with new babies. Historians believe that swaddling has been around, in various forms, since the caveman days (aka, Paleolithic period). Over the centuries, swaddling has been used for purposes of protection, sooth... Read More
September 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Can you believe it?? Third trimester. Home stretch (a long one, but STILL). In weeks 28-42 of your pregnancy, you're really feeling all the feelings -- excitement, exhaustion, aches and pains, nervousness... it's all wrapped up in your day-to-day in this last phase of pregnancy. More than likely,... Read More
August 31, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yay, you're in the second trimester! Now what? More waiting and growing, of course, but there are also things you can do during weeks 13-27 of your pregnancy that will benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health now, in birth, and beyond. Think of this list as helpful suggestions, not as... Read More
August 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Who doesn't love a good checklist?! Ok, so some people don't, but this post isn't just for us type-A, list-checker-offer, to-do-list-lover types. These first trimester of pregnancy to-dos are meant to serve as practical, sensible tips and reminders to help guide you with good health and ease through... Read More
August 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We are in the midst of Black Breastfeeding Week, which closes out a full month of breastfeeding celebration and awareness. Now in its sixth year, Black Breastfeeding Week continues its strong and very much needed presence. ... Read More
August 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The last thing you want to read in pregnancy is another "what not to eat" post -- I get it. Currently, the United States allows more than 10,000 food additives to preserve, package, or alter the taste, appearance, texture, or nutrients in foods. Increasingly, studies are revealing that many of these... Read More
August 22, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Feeling baby kick for the first time is an exciting and memorable milestone in pregnancy. I can still remember where I was and what I was doing when I felt my first baby kick for the first time (in my car, driving to the grocery store). I also remember wondering when I would feel it and what it... Read More
August 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By now you may have heard that not only is it nice to bring someone with you for support in labor and birth, but it's actually beneficial for your birth. Continuous labor support has been shown to increase your chance of having a "spontaneous" (without intervention) vaginal birth, and decrease the... Read More
August 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It wasn't until my third and final birth that I was able to successfully use natural coping techniques to deal with the discomfort and intensity of contractions. The difference, thanks to hindsight, was better preparation during pregnancy and a strong motivation to do things differently after two... Read More
August 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When to take baby out in public and around others is a pressing and sometimes worrisome topic for most new parents, and especially first-time parents. According to pediatric health experts, infants can be taken out in public or outside right away. There's no need to wait until 6 weeks or 2 months... Read More
August 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many around the United States, August is back-to-school season. Lots of supplies being bought, lots of cute first day photos circulating around social media. If you're pregnant and due soon or if you're parent to a new little one, back-to-school can create some added challenges. Here are a few... Read More
August 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Results from a large study -- the ARRIVE Trial -- released this week and showed that people in the study who were induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting until labor begins on its own had a lower chance of having a c-section. Results of this study are significant because it has been long believed... Read More
August 8, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When you breastfeed, your body burns about an extra 500 calories per day. For some, that means a quicker than normal baby weight loss. For almost everyone, it means that breastfeeding makes you hungry. Very hungry. But what should you eat? The quick answer is whatever is most available/convenient... Read More
August 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast cancer screening and detection is a critical part of maintaining good health throughout your lifetime. This is true even when you're breastfeeding. The good news is that it is completely safe to have a mammogram, ultrasound, and an MRI while breastfeeding. Also, there is very little risk with... Read More
August 3, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week, and later this month, Black Breastfeeding Week! This month, we celebrate and inform on all things breastfeeding. Lamaze encourages parents to become informed on the benefits of breastfeeding as well as the how-tos and potential challenges... Read More
July 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Your third trimester, weeks 28-42, is the home stretch -- and it often feels like a looooong one. That's because the third trimester is a time when, physically, your body is being stretched and pushed to the farthest in this last phase of pregnancy. Fatigue, back pain, sleep challenges, frequent... Read More
July 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you read last week about the woman in San Antonio, TX, who gave birth in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom on her way to the hospital? Mom, dad, and baby (who will get free food for life) are all doing great after their thrilling adventure, and of course, their story went viral. 

After reading through the... Read More
July 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new report published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings tells us that heart attacks during pregnancy and in the first six months after birth have increased by 25% since 2004. While a person's risk of heart attack during this time is overall a low risk, the rise is worth talking about. 

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July 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you haven't yet come across this term, let me first start by defining it. "Obstetric violence" is the physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse, bullying, coercion, humiliation, and/or assault that occurs to laboring and birthing people by medical staff, including nurses, doctors, and midwives. In... Read More
July 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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People who are in labor, from early labor up to the point of pushing, often instinctively find ways to cope with contractions as a way to reduce pain. This is true for those who do not use pain medication as well as for those who do. In labor, a person's natural coping techniques may start to... Read More
July 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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One of the most noticeable and more challenging symptoms in the first trimester of pregnancy is fatigue. This run-over-by-a-truck, let-me-just-lie-down kind of exhaustion often catches first-time parents by surprise -- how could you be this tired when your baby is barely the size of a blueberry?... Read More
July 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When done right, a salad can be a complete, hearty, and nutrient-dense meal -- and a perfect addition to your daily diet during pregnancy. The great thing about a salad is that you can pack in a loaded combination of your favorite foods, which also gives you a variety and multitude of different... Read More
July 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Summer is a crazy time for a lot of us -- lack of routine and consistency, more travel, and general business. So take some time to enjoy some great posts other sites have shared! ... Read More
July 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Group B strep is a term and point of discussion that everyone comes across during pregnancy, and often, there is confusion over what it means and its significance. Group B strep -- otherwise known as GBS or group B streptococcus -- is a common bacterial infection in the vagina or rectum that is... Read More
July 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Many cities in the United States are experiencing high temperatures and humidity right now, which is fairly typical for July 4th celebrations. If you're pregnant, however, these outdoor conditions are less-than-ideal for the upcoming Independence Day festivities. If you love taking part in outdoor... Read More
June 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The 2018 Chicago Baby Show, August 25 & 26 at Navy Pier, will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. No other event offers a broader range of brands, education, buying opportunities, and activities. This is a must-attend event if you are planning, expecting, or... Read More
June 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy, 0-12 weeks, is often a more emotionally charged time in pregnancy, with highs, lows, and everything in between. The most common, prevalent worry a person has during this time is: "Is everything ok with my pregnancy/baby?" Being so early in pregnancy, there isn't the... Read More
June 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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From now until this Thursday, you can have free access to 27 different interviews from leading experts and professionals talking about the most important topics in childbirth preparation, safety, satisfaction, healing, and more. Better Birth 360 World Summit is the free online interview series from... Read More
June 22, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The simple answer to this question, of course, is: whenever you want! With cheap and effective pregnancy tests sold at dollar stores, it's fairly accessible for people to test whenever and as often as they want.

But wouldn't it be great not to waste time, money, and hope on taking a home pregnancy... Read More
June 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are a few resources we share on this site that, while tremendously helpful, I hope you'll never have a need to use them. Stillbirthday is one of them.

If you are pregnant and expecting a child who will not survive, or if you are the survivor of a recent or long ago stillbirth, first let me... Read More
June 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Setting up a baby registry has seriously never been easier than it is right now. No more up-and-down the aisles at the local baby depot, barcode scanner gun in hand, and then leaving your friends and family to pore over pages of items, hoping to find them in stock. 

Ok, so the barcode scanner was k... Read More
June 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Father's Day is this Sunday, which means you still have time to get the new dad in your life exactly what he wants! The life of a new parent often feels like a paper plane in a wind storm -- hectic, out of control, and chaotic, but if you happen to catch just the right tail wind, you'll really soar!... Read More
June 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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June is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) awareness month. PTSD is often thought of as a condition that affects members of the military after experiencing traumatic events in war and combat. The reality is that PTSD can occur in any individual after any traumatic event. This includes birth. ... Read More
June 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Black Mamas Matter Alliance, in collaboration with the Healthy Families Project, is conducting a national online survey to learn about Black women’s maternal care experiences, and access to health services. The results of this online survey will be shared in a report format with the Healthy... Read More
June 8, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, the Google Doodle honored Dr. Virginia Apgar, the American anesthesiologist and first female full-time professor at Columbia University who is most remembered for her invention of the Apgar Score, a simple first assessment test performed on babies all over the world to determine if they a... Read More
June 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we're going to spend some time focusing on dads. Not just because Father's Day is coming up, or because it's Men's Health Month, but because dads often report feeling left out and lost in the mix of their partner's pregnancy and birth. 

Many couples will learn about and hire a doula for... Read More
June 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Does your attitude about food ingredients influence what you buy on your weekly grocery shopping trip (organic or standard, carbs, vegetarian or meat, natural, low fat, etc.)? Of course it does! Well, what if you could get an inside look into your doctor/midwife/practitioner's attitude and views on... Read More
June 1, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Am I in labor?
How do I know if I'm labor?
Signs of labor
What are the signs of labor?
Symptoms of labor... Read More
May 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For the third year in a row, Giving Birth with Confidence was awarded a spot on Healthline's Best Pregnancy Blogs! Healthline is the fastest growing consumer health information site that provides informative, easy-to-understand, and engaging tips and information, which is regularly reviewed by their... Read More
May 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Even the act of typing this post's title made me shudder. Why? Because I've been there -- three times, to be exact. Well, I guess the first two were technically late spring, but we lived in the South, so yeah, summer.... Read More
May 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As if a secret society has been exposed, the NPR article released earlier this week on parents who share beds with their babies and what the experts say, has parents coming out of the woodwork to talk about their covert practices in co-sleeping.... Read More
May 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For the longest time, we have been told that the cure for preeclampsia, a condition that happens during pregnancy and postpartum and is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is birth. In other words, once baby is born, both parent and baby are free from the risks of... Read More
May 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are pregnant and in a relationship, there are many factors at play that determine how easygoing -- or not -- your relationship will be during this time. This includes how strong your relationship and communication were pre-pregnancy; whether your pregnancy was planned or wanted; and what... Read More
May 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"I'm eating for two!" has often been said by many a pregnant person in the face of an extra helping at dinner, a late night ice cream/nachos/fast food run, or countless other times when a) ravenous pregnancy hunger strikes b) when food choices are less-than-ideal or c) when we feel like we need to e... Read More
May 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's National Women's Health Week, an awareness event created by the United States government to promote practices that support a woman's health and well being throughout her lifetime. As part of this effort, the Womenshealth.gov website has created checklists, fact sheets, and helpful resources to... Read More
May 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The second trimester of pregnancy is from 14 weeks to 27 weeks, and even though this time is often referred to as the "honeymoon phase" of pregnancy, you and your baby undergo several big changes. For starters, the second trimester is when you physically start to "show" your pregnancy to the world,... Read More
May 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In celebration and recognition of National Nurses Week, we're sharing with you a peak into the life and thoughts of labor and delivery (L&D) nurse Haley Personna. I met Haley during a birth where I served as a doula when I lived in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was so impressed and grateful for her skill and... Read More
May 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If time was all there was
And mothers kept the clocks,
There'd be less time running late
Over mismatched pairs of socks.

If time was all there was 
And mothers had their way,
There'd be lots of time for sleeping in... Read More
May 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May 5 is International Day of the Midwife, a day to recognize, celebrate, and call for more access to midwives across the world. The 2018 theme is "Midwives leading the way with quality care," and that's exactly what I want to share with you about my three pregnancy and birth experiences in the care... Read More
May 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day -- a time set apart to recognize and spread awareness about the maternal mental health crisis that exists around the world, and how it can be addressed.

First, let's take a look at the stats about maternal mental health, which includes disorders during preg... Read More
April 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Stillbirth and infant death are devastating experiences for a family. Grieving the loss of a child, while painful, is a required part of the healing process. There is never any "getting over" the death of a child, but there is moving through different stages and ways of feeling.... Read More
April 27, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Learn everything you can about VBAC - This is a good starting point for nearly anything new and important you take on in life. The more informed you are about VBAC -- from reputable sources -- the better off your chances of success and your experience will be. One of the easiest first ways to become... Read More
April 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In a helpful move in the right direction for women, mothers, parents, and birthing people's health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the guiding organization for OBs, has released a new "Committee Opinion" paper providing updated recommendations for improved... Read More
April 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze International and the New York Baby show are pleased to be giving away 150 FREE TICKETS to the largest baby show ever -- the New York Baby Show! The event takes place May 19-20 at Pier 94 in New York City, and is a must-attend if you are planning to have a child, pregnant, or recently had a... Read More
April 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's spring allergy season! If you're an allergy sufferer, you know what this means, as you are one of thousands who dread this time of year.  If you're pregnant during allergy season, you may be wondering, "What can I do? What is safe to take?" Thankfully, there are a variety of options. ... Read More
April 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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No, you don't. 

You don't need to take a childbirth class, just like you don't need to hire a doula, and you don't need to have someone you love with you when you give birth, and you don't need to pack a hospital bag, and you don't even need to let your mother-in-law know you're in labor (maybe). ... Read More
April 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The title of this post is slightly misleading -- there's no me-telling-you how you'll feel during your first trimester of pregnancy. Only you will know how you'll feel, and it will likely be somewhat different from others in their first trimester. 

But if you're anything like me in my pregnancies,... Read More
April 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins the first day of Black Maternal Health Week #BMHW18, a week created to bring the issues that Black parents face during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood in significantly greater numbers to the forefront of our attention.... Read More
April 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Old habits die hard.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks. 
We are creatures of habit. 

We have more than enough sayings and plenty of hard evidence that show just how difficult it is to change old habits and stick with a new ones. But fear not! New habits can be made and eventually become part... Read More
April 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The second annual March for Moms event takes place in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 6. Lamaze is proud to be an official partner for the event, which brings attention and change to the critical and dangerous issues people face in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, including rising maternal mortality... Read More
April 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Giving birth by cesarean brings with it a unique set of experiences and challenges that are specific to c-section. If you are pregnant, whether you expect to have a cesarean or not, it's critical to know what to expect during a cesarean birth, including short and long-term recovery, and postpartum... Read More
April 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During my second pregnancy, my mom loved to tell me that I was born in the emergency room without time for an epidural; she hoped (that for my sake) I would deliver my baby just as quickly. Neighbors shared their concern that I designated a friend who lived 45 minutes away to watch my toddler during... Read More
March 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We've shared before the alarming statistics of high maternal mortality (mothers and birthing persons dying) in the United States. The United States has the highest (worst) rate of maternal mortality in the developed/industrialized world, and while other countries' maternal death rates are going down... Read More
March 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After giving birth to a baby, your body goes through a tremendous amount of change. At the same time, your body also is adapting to many new ways it's needed to care for a baby. Just like if you started a new exercise routine or new job that required different physical adaptations, you will likely... Read More
March 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week is World Doula Week, an annual time to recognize and celebrate the work that doulas do for families during pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This year's theme is "Doulas Help Make It Happen," which means that doulas are there to support, inform, encourage, and facilitate the... Read More
March 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This Saturday, March 24, is the DC Baby Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This event is the place to be for pregnant and new parents who want to be in the know about the hottest and must-have baby products and gear. And here's the kicker: Lamaze has a coupon code... Read More
March 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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TV and films have conditioned us to believe that once the pushing is over and the baby is born, most of the hard work is over. Clearly, those hot-shot execs have a lot to learn about parenting. Because after leaving the hospital, we then have to take care of our little... Read More
March 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've never heard of the term "cankles," chances are high that you will know all about it in your third trimester. Swelling (aka "edema") in your feet, ankles, and hands throughout pregnancy and especially as your pregnancy nears the end is very common and normal. 

During pregnancy, your body p... Read More
March 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Eating healthy is important throughout life, but perhaps especially so when you're working to sustain your life and the life of your growing baby! Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive, even though it is generally thought to be. You can eat healthy during pregnancy on a budget -- even a very... Read More
March 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy is time of great physical and emotional change. Everything from the size of your belly to the speed at which your heart beat changes over the months leading up to childbirth is affected. With changes caused both by hormonal fluctuations and the physical strain of carrying extra body weight... Read More
March 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you just read the title of this post and were like, "Huh??" Why would green tea be off limits? I thought caffeine in moderation was fine during pregnancy." Don't worry. I felt the same way before learning about green tea! It turns out, green tea during pregnancy is fine, both for its caffeine... Read More
March 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breastfeeding, like most new endeavors in parenthood, isn't without challenges. Even parents who don't experience significant difficulties with breastfeeding often find that it's not exactly what they had expected, or more time involved than they had imagined. ... Read More
March 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Spring is (sort of) in the air (for some places), which means that many of us are looking to plan spring trips, either for spring break, Easter, or to go find warmer climates! If you're planning an air travel vacation while breastfeeding, and need to carry breast milk with you, it helps to know the... Read More
March 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Sunday, May 6 1-4pm

Join the March for Moms at the DC Mall for fun and family-friendly experiences as we peacefully demonstrate the critical need to address the maternal health of families in our country. We are a multi-diverse group of professional organizations and consumer groups who are passion... Read More
February 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth and the time after birth is a safe and healthy event most of the time for most people. For a small percentage of people, severe complications happen in the hours, days, and weeks after giving birth. With quick, proper medical attention, many of these complications can be treated and corrected... Read More
February 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not a myth that eating multiple daily servings of fruits and vegetables is good for you. Fruits and vegetables provide necessary vitamins, minerals, fiber, sugars, carbohydrates, all of which do things like provide energy, promote healthy digestion, boost immunity, fight disease, and maintain o... Read More
February 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For some things in life, it makes sense to go fast, like when you're in a race and the ultimate goal is how quickly you make it to the finish line. 

The same theory is not best applied to having a baby. And yet, in hospitals across the United States, and increasingly in countries worldwide, there... Read More
February 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For expectant and new moms, it’s the unexpected that can quickly change the course of normal pregnancies.  That’s why the Preeclampsia Foundation is dedicated to providing education about preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a serious disease related to high... Read More
February 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's Valentine's Day, you've recently had a baby, and you're scrambling for ways to celebrate your partner and your love amid the changing diapers, round-the-clock feedings, and limited alone time. Here's the good news: in the days, weeks, and months after you've had a baby, you get a pass for nearl... Read More
February 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard of "feeding on demand," but what does that mean, what does it look like, and what do the experts say about it? You'll find a variety of opinions and schools of thought on how to feed your baby, from newborn stage through to her first table foods and beyond. One of the most prevale... Read More
February 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's no longer being kept quiet  -- the risk of Black mothers dying during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum is four times higher than it is for white mothers. In the last six months, news articles keep popping up to share the statistics and the reality of maternity care and outcomes for Black... Read More
February 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, a time to spread information and support further research and advocacy for the most common birth defect. Congenital heart defects (CHD) affect... Read More
February 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Early labor, which is also known as the first phase of stage 1 of labor, is the time from the very beginning of labor (when contractions begin to follow a pattern) up until 6cm of dilation, or "active labor." How do you know it's early labor? Typical signs of early labor include:... Read More
January 31, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've just found out about your pregnancy, take a few moments to let it sink in... now go find an amazing OB or midwife! Talk to several care providers before making choosing one. Discussing the topics below will help you determine if they are a good match for you. 

 

Tell me about how you par... Read More
January 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Since winter isn't showing any signs of letting up or slowing down, it's a good time to talk about how to deal with the ups and downs of winter weather during pregnancy. Many of the safety precautions you normally heed in winter weather also apply while pregnant, with a few subtle differences or... Read More
January 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy can be so... boring. For those who have eagerly anticipated pregnancy, there's a big rush of excitement and joy over finding out about being pregnant. And then, there's nothing. Or at least, it often feels like nothing. There's no belly to show for, no kicks to feel,... Read More
January 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A concern for some parents after having a baby is the condition, appearance, and strength of their mid-section, aka the core or abs. Of course, pregnancy is responsible for stretching out and displacing skin, muscle, connective tissue, and organs over the course of 9-10 months and while the body... Read More
January 22, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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What if I told you there as a special kind of milkshake (yes, a milkshake) that could help you have a shorter and easier labor? There is. It's called the "date shake." And it's amazing. Before you go raising an eyebrow over the idea that 1) there's a milkshake that can help your in birth and 2) date... Read More
January 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the new year, many of us are looking for ways to give back or get involved in helping the greater good. Volunteering your time and resources can provide tremendous help to those in need and to organizations that are working toward the advancement and empowerment of specific groups. Sometimes, the... Read More
January 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You gotta love it when research proves something we already knew. On the one hand, it's nice to feel validated by science. On the other hand -- duh! This time, researchers from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, revealed evidence showing that "baby brain" is real.

If you're reading this and... Read More
January 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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One of the things I love about the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, is the collection of real-life stories and comments from people who have experienced pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. When you know that you share some of the same thoughts and feelings as others, you feel... Read More
January 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Oh Google -- you plethora of information overload, you. This morning, in preparing to write today's post, I found by accident the top questions people search for when it comes to childbirth. This is what appeared:... Read More
January 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. As a woman who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or will one day get pregnant, it's important to know what current research says about preventing birth defects. According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), birth... Read More
January 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With the start of the new year, there's lots of talk about planners. Seriously, you could scroll through Facebook comments about day planners for, well, days. Rest assured -- this post is not about the typical planner.... Read More
January 3, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many people, the new year often comes with feelings of recharge and renewal, which encourage us to lay out new goals, desires, or intentions. Yes, January 1 is "just another day," but the symbolic and real new beginning of the year prompts us to review and consider how we want to live in the yea... Read More
December 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As 2017 comes to a close, it's the ideal time to take stock of the events, accomplishments, challenges, and missteps from the year. Doing so helps give perspective on the past and input for the future. Here at Giving Birth with Confidence, we like to review and share the top viewed posts on the blog... Read More
December 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ahhh! Christmas is only three days away! We can't help you with everyone on your list, but we can give you some awesome last-minute gift ideas for the new moms on your list. And really, most of these ideas would be great for any mom on your list. All of these ideas can be picked up easily, locally... Read More
December 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Sometimes it feels overwhelming to consider how you can help bring about change with some of our biggest problems in the United States. "But I'm just one person," you think. "How will something I do make a real difference?" But consider this: What if everyone on your block did "just one thing"?... Read More
December 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, millions of people will be gathering together to celebrate the season with family and friends. If you're pregnant for the first time during this time of year, you may experience the gatherings differently. You may feel a little like you're missing out if you can't toast with a glass of... Read More
December 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to the 2011 (most recent info available) Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from 24 states, approximately 10% of pregnant people smoked in the last three months of their pregnancy.  It is quite possible that this number would be higher if all 50 states in the US w... Read More
December 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Newborn babies are amazing, cuddly, and deliciously adorable, which is what makes near round-the-clock care for them more bearable. But the reality is also that taking care of a new baby creates stress for parents.

Stress is an inevitable component of the newborn period (and parenting in general) -... Read More
December 8, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Eric Farlow, Awareness Advocate, The Recovery Village

For many, using prescription opioids is a day-to-day reality that can help relieve chronic pain for a functioning life. Your doctor may write a script if you deal with prolonged back pain or are still recovering from an accident. There are a... Read More
December 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have long known the benefits of holding, touch, and skin-to-skin care with infants -- it improves baby's immune system, regulates temperature, promotes calm and sleep, and is essential for development and growth. Now, new research from scientists at the the University of British Columbia and BC... Read More
December 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, I read a shared post on Facebook in which a mother ranted about all the advice thrown around for "self care," with suggestions for yoga, manicures, and long, hot baths. She expressed frustration at this kind of advice, which she deemed useless unless it came with a "concrete babysitting... Read More
December 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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End of pregnancy often brings with several bouts of "nesting," the common urge to clean all the things, do all the things, organize all the things. Instead of spending time reorganizing your medicine cabinet, make your nesting moments more productive and practical by arranging your house to be... Read More
November 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are those who can't imagine a day without hitting the gym. And there are those who can't imagine "going for a run" unless they were being chased. Just because you fall into the latter camp does not mean you're stuck there. It just means you may need some extra motivation and tricks to get you... Read More
November 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thanksgiving is over! Now you can... relax? If you're like many of us in the United States, the end of Thanksgiving signals the beginning of... the next, very busy, often hectic, holiday season. From the end of November to the beginning of January, we are hurled into a mix of celebrating and long li... Read More
November 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Looking for a Cyber Monday deal on Black Friday? Lamaze has got you covered. Don't wait for Cyber Monday -- start preparing for your baby now! Save 20% off ALL Lamaze online classes with the code SAVINGS20 through Monday, November 27.


Lamaze offers convenient, online classes from pregnancy plannin... Read More
November 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Every year in November, the March of Dimes recognizes Prematurity Awareness Month by sharing vital information with families in an effort to share information and reduce the rate of prematurity in the United States. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen. ... Read More
November 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Thanksgiving approaches this week, we want to give our own kind of "thanks" to the many organizations that work with and support women, men, persons, parents, babies, and families through pregnancy and birth. Through work, advocacy, information, and resources, these organizations improve the heal... Read More
November 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During the average pregnancy, you'll visit your care provider's practice about 15 times or more. Apart from the expected routine care, you'll have approximately 15 opportunities to ask questions, learn about your prenatal health, and get to know your care provider(s). Whether you go to your... Read More
November 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to a new study, fear of childbirth may be a driving cause in wanting or choosing an unnecessary c-section. The study surveyed women with healthy pregnancies from eight countries, and looked at responses that indicated the level of fear toward birth. Respondents' fears included fear of pain... Read More
November 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most of us in the US, the beginning of November marks the entry into a fun -- albeit sometimes stressful -- season. We have friend and family gatherings to look forward to, traditions to enjoy, and good food to overeat. If you're pregnant and due on or near Thanksgiving, however, the beginning o... Read More
November 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The standard, average suggested recovery time for vaginal birth is six weeks. Surprisingly, it's suggested to be about the same for a c-section at 6-8 weeks. I'll preface what I'm about to say by telling you that I could use this blog space to debate the absurdity of the short recovery time guidelin... Read More
November 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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'Tis the beginning of the season to be thankful and giving, and we are thankful to be able to give to you a free online class to get you started off on the right foot for your labor and birth! The Lamaze online class, "Labor Confidence from Lamaze" teaches you six proven ways to improve your... Read More
November 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The 3rd edition of the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, has everything you need to help support and inform you throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum (check out our full review here!). Since the book's re-release earlier this year, we've been sharing little snapshots of... Read More
November 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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What if you had the power to influence and improve the future of health care for pregnant people across the United States? What if, by simply tracking your pregnancy, you could help disprove common pregnancy myths and re-create what we know about pregnancy?

You can!

PregSourceTM is a research proj... Read More
October 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Finding the perfect name for your new baby can be so much fun! On the other hand, it can be a huge challenge and source of frustration. Maybe you've had your baby's name picked out since you were 16 and just can't wait to finally use it. Or maybe, you just found out you're having a little boy and ar... Read More
October 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Tuesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the organization responsible for producing practice guidelines for obstetricians and gynecologists, released new guidance that aims to make VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) available to anyone who wants... Read More
October 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Will you be towing along a nursling to your Halloween festivities this year? No need to let it stop you from getting dressed up and having fun with the occasion! There are so many costumes you can wear that will either easily incorporate your baby into the costume, or make breastfeeding easier.... Read More
October 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you thought about what you'll use to keep you hydrated and energized during labor and birth? There are lots of ready-made products you can buy that work great in labor, like granola/protein/energy bars, electrolyte drinks, coconut water, and endurance sport snacks. There are also things you can... Read More
October 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you keep up with Hollywood news or not, you’ve probably heard mention of reality star Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy. Understandably, she’s trying to maintain some privacy during this special time. We did learn, however, that she’s planning on attending Lamaze childbirth classes (!) based on recom... Read More
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 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is ICAN Accreta Awareness Month, an event created by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) to bring attention to the condition of "placenta accreta," which is when the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of your uterus. In a normally developing pregnancy, your baby's pla... 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
October 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As someone who works for Lamaze and teaches Lamaze childbirth classes, I hear a lot of misguided and outdated information from parents who think they know what a Lamaze childbirth class is all about. I want to set the record straight and tell you that a Lamaze childbirth class isn't all that -- it's... 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 27, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Taking a pregnancy yoga or fitness class is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. A pregnancy-specific class focuses on preparing both your body and mind for birth. Lamaze teaches that birth is normal and healthy event in a person's life... Read More
September 25, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I’ve been enthusiastic about fitness for more than 10 years and have continued my interest in exercising while I’m now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy. I realized how many benefits I gained by staying active during my first pregnancy and chose to continue the habit.... Read More
September 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth plans catch a lot of flack. And sometimes, it's for good reason. Like, when a parent hands over a two-pager (front and back) to the hospital nurse, or when a birth plan is intended as an impossible play-by-play script for the big day. Birth plans also can be immensely helpful when they are use... Read More
September 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Being mindful -- or mindfulness -- is more than just a trendy buzzword. In fact, mindful practices have been around for thousands of years. Now, seemingly all of a sudden, you're hearing all the time about how being more mindful can positively impact your mind, body, emotions, and health. And it's t... Read More
September 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Over the last eight months, Serena Williams has been in the spotlight more often than normal, and it has very little to do with her tennis career. From her surprise pregnancy announcement and growing baby bump photos, to her most recent birth announcement of baby girl Alexis (congrats!), we've... Read More
September 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many options when it comes to choosing a breast pump! Apart from a vast array of brands of pumps, there's the type of pump to consider, which can be confusing and overwhelming. That's why Lamaze, in conjunction with Aeroflow Breastpumps, which specializes in helping pregnant and nursing... Read More
September 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you in the throes of life after birth and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared for your own emotional and physical survival and recovery? Or perhaps you're prepping to have baby #2 and worried about what to expect this time around after birth, especially if you had a rough postpartum the first... Read More
September 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We apologize for the gap in posts; posting on time has been a challenge since the blog administrator herself evacuated Florida with family in tow to ride out Hurricane Irma on safer ground! Thankfully, all is mostly well in my neighborhood and I can return home soon. As you know from news reports, o... 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
September 1, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Are you pregnant with twins or more? As they say, it's double the blessings and later on, double the trouble! But is it double the nutrition efforts and calories? People pregnant with multiples often wonder just how many calories they should be eating. Is it double the amount of food? Double the wei... 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 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins Black Breastfeeding Week, an awareness event created to address the breastfeeding gap and share the distinct challenges and obstacles experienced within the African-American community. This year's theme is #BetOnBlack because, as the website describes, that's "how our families and those... Read More
August 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast milk is the best first and exclusive food for babies for the first six months of life. Yet, despite this message having been widely shared across the United States, we still struggle as a nation to keep breastfeeding beyond the first few weeks and months. Let's take a look at the most recent... Read More
August 21, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Even though it's commonly referred to as a "joyful time," the truth is, pregnancy is a mixed bag of emotions and experience that is very personal and different for each person. Depending on a variety of factors, from health to personal life, one person's ecstatic pregnancy could be another person's... Read More
August 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mothers are dying before, during, and after giving birth at significantly increasing rates in the United States. In fact, more than half of all mothers' deaths happen after giving birth, after baby goes home from the hospital. For many, this is surprising and shocking news. In fact, one of the main... Read More
August 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With stressful and fearful events taking place right now in the United States and across the world, aired daily on the news and online, it's likely that people of all races, ethnicities, and genders -- some significantly more than others -- are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and upset. I... Read More
August 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of our book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out our full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of what's inside -- you can view all the posts in this series here. Throughout the month,... Read More
August 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast Pumps Direct, an online marketplace for breast pumps, has launched their "Chance to Choose Program," a breast pump “trade-up” program that allows parents to trade in their insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choice at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps... Read More
August 9, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I was all geared up and ready to breastfeed when I had my baby a year ago. While I was not necessarily excited about it, I knew that it was what I wanted for my baby.  My personal goal was to exclusively breastfeed for one year and then switch the baby to whole milk.  I read books, looked up article... Read More
August 7, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Billy Doidge Kilgore

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

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

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

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

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

A baby is born. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

10 Surprising Prenatal Power Foods (Fit Pregnancy) - Some of these... Read More
March 15, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you are pregnant. You are excited, you’re glowing, and you may be outrageously hungry or a little bit nauseous. Whatever the case, being pregnant can be an amazing time, but also an overwhelming and uncertain experience; after all, you are bringing a new life into this worl... Read More
March 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition that affects about X percentage of those who become pregnant and causes you to vomit and/or feel nauseous throughout the day, during your entire pregnancy. Those who have experienced HG will tell you, "No. It is NOT the same as 'morning sickness.'"... Read More
March 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not easy to know the best course of action to take when caring for your child's health. All this time spent preparing for pregnancy and birth, then baby is born and a whole new world of questions and confusion opens up! From common childhood illnesses and ailments to routine and unexpected test... Read More
March 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is International Women's Day -- a celebration of the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. This day hits close to home for Lamaze, as we have been a champion for change -- and improvement in -- the treatment of and care for women during labor and bir... Read More

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