Postpartum

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
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 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
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
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 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
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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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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
December 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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2016 is coming to an end, but before it does, let's take a look at what happened here on the Giving Birth with Confidence blog from Lamaze. I'll share with you the most popular posts according to the number of views, my personal favorite posts, and the top 10 search terms. 

 

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November 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adorable Preemie Clothes Made & Donated to Babies in NICU

 

Look But Don't Touch - Life After Neonatal Care

 

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

 

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

 

5 Things That May Help Your Process Your... Read More
November 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For your Friday, below are recent articles from the collective world-wide voice of parents. These days, your village often includes those you find support and solace in online as well as in person. 

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

This sweet twist on the warnings many parents get duri... Read More
October 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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People often refer to a sleeping infant as "precious," but all new parents know that the most precious thing about it is that their baby is SLEEPING! The issue of infant sleep is one that so many parents lose sleep over -- literally and figuratively. Are they getting enough? When will they wake? Whe... Read More
September 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Things are going by crazy fast. When people ask Joe and I how things are going we both agree- this is easier than being pregnant! Every time I feel like I can’t survive the exhaustion, I remember how miserable I was during the pregnancy. Plus, even when things are hard, there is a sweet, precious ba... Read More
August 12, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My daughter is now two and a half months old and this will be my last blog entry for this site. I thought a lot about how I would like to explain this part of my baby journey, what kind of "ending" might capture being a new mother. If you have been reading my entries since the beginning, you'll reme... Read More
July 11, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I am now one month postpartum. Wow, what a whirlwind! My daughter now weighs upwards of 8.5 pounds (up from her lowest weight at 5 pounds, 15 oz.) and has all but grown out of her newborn clothes and diapers. She seems so big and heavy compared to her earlier self. She had been doing these epic feed... Read More
June 8, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy and a new baby can bring a range of emotions. Many women feel overwhelmed, sad, or anxious at different times during their pregnancy and even after the baby is born. For many women, these feelings go away on their own. But for some women, these emotions are more serious and may stay for so... Read More
April 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you've just had a cesarean, had one years (or months) ago, are scheduled to have one, might have to have one, or just want to better inform yourself in case you have one, it's important to have the most credible, helpful resources. We're sharing our favorite, most trusted links and informati... Read More
February 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are common myths that continue to circulate when it comes to sex during pregnancy. It's always in your best inerest for health to consider your relationship (Is it healthy? Am I doing this for me?) and to protect against STIs (sexual transmitted infections) before considering sexual contact. P... Read More
February 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Carolyn Pirak, LCSWFounding Director, Bringing Baby HomeHaving a baby is a profound life experience and one that changes the routines for every relationship. Whether a couple has been planning a pregnancy for years or if a new baby comes as a surprise, the transition from partners to parents happens... Read More
February 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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An article released this week in the Boston Globe discusses a phenomenon that's been taking place for a little while now -- many maternity wards in hospitals across the United States are doing away with the traditional nursery where babies go to be watched while mom gets rest alone in her room.... Read More
February 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As promised in Monday's post, today I am reviewing the new online class from Lamaze: Sex During Pregnancy and Beyond. I'll review the objectives for the course as well as specific feedback on what I liked and found particularly useful. 

So let's dive right into this juicy, hot-button topic (I promi... Read More
February 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Being in a relationship can be wonderful! beautiful! amazing! fulfilling! And of course, complicated, confusing, and frustrating. And this is all before starting a family! Add pregnancy, trying to conceive, and parenting to the mix and WHOA! It's a whole 'nother ball of wax, as they say. As with any... Read More
January 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Many who are about to be done with pregnancy or who have recently given birth are eager to get their "pre-baby body" back. For some, weight gain and body shape shifting in pregnancy can be hard to accept. Postpartum, then, may be looked at as a time to get back to pre-baby body, but many feel disapp... Read More
December 16, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a revised "Committee Opinion" paper on "Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period." The paper reflects the latest scientific research on the safety of, recommendations for, and reasons... Read More
September 23, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this series, we are discussing the top 10 childbirth fears that are discussed in childbirth classes. for women and families. In our last post, we talked about the fear of pain in labor and how to cope. You can view the complete list here -- stay tuned for a discussion on each of these fears. Toda... Read More
September 18, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nearly all families plan and decorate a new baby’s nursery well before she is born. Many expectant families also plan and purchase baby’s going home outfit. Some families even make plans for a newborn photo session in the first week! Few families, however, make plans to specify or limit the number o... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Everyone loves something for free, right? How about something incredibly useful and high quality for free? Lamaze International offers a large variety of helpful, evidence-based materials and resources for families during pregnancy and in preparation for labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and... Read More
August 28, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last Friday, we wrote on the importance of preparing for the postpartum period, and how a postpartum plan can help you do just that. Today, we share with you the ins and outs of postpartum doula care. By now, many families are familiar with the job of a labor and birth doula, but many people are una... Read More
August 21, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I know, I know -- you're probably thinking, "First a birth plan, now another plan?! I want to be done with this planning stuff!" But hear me out. Planning for your postpartum period is time well spent. When you're in the foggy trenches of early parenthood, you'll thank your pre-birth self for the ad... Read More
August 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So much of what you learn about breastfeeding will be "on the job" training -- that is, you'll learn and grow as you go along. However, there are key steps you can take to better prepare and inform yourself before baby even arrives -- and doing so will help you tremendously in the long run! Below ar... Read More
August 3, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week, a week of awareness hosted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Alliance. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work!" The goal behind the theme is to not only raise awareness about breastfeeding, but more specifically, br... Read More
June 17, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Like new moms, new fathers also have unique needs to support them in the early days, weeks, and months of the postpartum period. While it's true that moms experience the brunt of the physical experience of birth and postpartum healing, dads go through their own experience, often with little support... Read More
May 22, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When it comes to changes in mood and behavior during or after pregnancy, one of the most common questions I come across as an educator, doula, and friend to other moms is, "How would I know if I need professional help, or if this is 'just hormonal' and something that I can manage on my own?" With re... Read More
May 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a family gives birth, life changes in an instant. New joy, new challenges, new responsibilities -- it's a beautifully exhausting whirlwind. When a family gives birth to a premature baby, life also changes instantly. But the challenges are infused with confusion and uncertainty, and the joy is f... Read More
March 20, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When it comes to pregnancy and birth, there's no shortage of well-intentioned folks (but are they really?) sharing scary stories, misguided advice, "just you wait"s, and discouraging comments ("your body will never be the same!"). But in today's world of viral videos and funny memes, we're seeing a ... Read More
February 13, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Linda Salazar

With Valentine's Day happening tomorrow, love is in the air and on the minds of couples everywhere. For new parents, relationship love may not be top of mind, as it has lots of competition in the first days, weeks, months, and years of parenting. But it's important not to let yo... Read More
February 4, 2015 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During pregnancy and leading up to birth, couples often are so consumed with excitement over the thought of meeting their new baby, that they take little time to think about what life will look like after baby comes home. Indeed, babies do change your life -- in many beautiful, positive, never-thoug... Read More
November 12, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Katie Wise, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor at Yo Mama Yoga Studio in Boulder, CO

If you’ve followed this three-part series, you now know how to receive help, you have your village gathered, including friends, family, co-workers and a professional postpartum doula, and y... Read More
November 7, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Katie Wise, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor at Yo Mama Yoga Studio in Boulder, CO

Picture this: Your milk came in two days ago, but it came in with a gusto that could likely feed two sets of twins. The milk is so abundant that it’s leaking all over your belly and sometim... Read More
October 27, 2014 by Lamaze International
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By Katie Wise, Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Prenatal Yoga Instructor at Yo Mama Yoga Studio in Boulder, CO

You’re staring over your alarmingly increasing baby bump, and your mom asks you “what can I do to help you after baby arrives?” then a co-worker says “you let me know if there’s anything we... Read More
May 14, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In recognition of Preeclampsia Awareness Month, we want to share critical information to help you recognize and treat this potentially
life-threatening pregnancy and postpartum condition. Preeclampsia affects approximately 5-8% of pregnancies, and is defined as the combination of having high blood ... Read More
January 24, 2014 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In my first year working as a doula and childbirth educator, I have found that what surprises women the most is not how tired they feel in the third trimester, not the intensity or duration of labor, and not the overwhelming joy they feel when they see their baby for the first time, but rather...... Read More
November 13, 2013 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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I am excited to introduce A'Driane Nieves to the Giving Birth with Confidence community. A'Driane is a well-known blogger and maternal mental health advocate.... Read More
October 10, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last week, a mother named Miriam Carey was killed after a succession of tragic events. We will never know what compelled Miriam to drive her car into the White House barriers. What we do know, however, is that Miriam suffered from a postpartum mood disorder.... Read More
September 30, 2013 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Community Support for New Families: A Guide to Organizing a Postpartum Support Network in Your Community, by Jane Honikman, M.S. Having a network of support is an invaluable resource for new parents.... Read More
August 21, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A recent article on The Daily Beast exposes the lack of importance Americans place on postpartum rest and care, and the pressure moms feel to get back to pre-pregnancy standards almost immediately.... Read More
May 20, 2013 by Admin User
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By Wendy Davis, PhD The proper support of new mothers, babies, and their families requires a whole chain of care that goes from the earliest prenatal care all the way through the first early year... Read More
May 15, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is Mental Health Month. As childbirth education advocates, Lamaze believes that mental health during and after pregnancy is critical to the health and safety of moms and their babies.... Read More
March 6, 2013 by Admin User
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If you're just tuning in piece, be sure to check out the first piece in this two-part post, Kathy's review of Wendy's book, "Nobody Told Me... My Battle with Postpartum Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder."By Kathy Morelli, LPC... Read More
February 27, 2013 by Admin User
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When Wendy Isnardi published her book, I had to read it. I love reading books in this genre: books written by real women in the perinatal mental health advocacy community. I love the real life stories about women putting themselves out there kicking the perinatal mental illness stigma!... Read More
February 15, 2013 by Admin User
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I am a childhood abuse survivor and so I didn't have confidence or trust in my body. That lack of confidence was reinforced when my first birth, a planned natural birth, resulted in a painful and highly medicated induction.... Read More
February 11, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In anticipation of Valentine's Day this week, we thought we'd cover one of the big fears that women have about life after baby: sex. Many women wonder if it will ever feel the same, how much it will hurt, and what their sex life will be like once baby comes into the picture.... Read More
January 4, 2013 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In continuing our discussion on fitness in the new year, we present a step-by-step piece on how to stretch your body while out and about with your baby. Christine Krauth, a pre- and postnatal Pilates instructor, shows us how to achieve an all-over body stretch using simple movements.... Read More
December 31, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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New Year's resolutions may take on more meaning if you're preparing for the birth of a child in 2013. This year, perhaps for the first time, "join the gym and lose 10 pounds" isn't on the list.... Read More
December 21, 2012 by Admin User
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In light of the horrific and tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Giving Birth with Confidence will be dedicating our posts this week to providing resources related to mental health and wellness.... Read More
December 19, 2012 by Admin User
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In light of the horrific and tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Giving Birth with Confidence will be dedicating our posts this week to providing resources relating to mental health and wellness.... Read More
December 17, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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In light of the horrific and tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, Giving Birth with Confidence will be dedicating our posts this week to providing resources relating to mental health and wellness.... Read More
October 10, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A Voice of Strength I Didn't Know I Possessed: An Interview with Ivy Shih Leung, author of One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!... Read More
September 26, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A Voice of Strength I Didn't Know I Possessed: An Interview with Ivy Shih Leung, author One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My! It is my pleasure to offer an interview with Ivy Shih Leung, author, and award winning blogger.... Read More
September 19, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This weekend, I was with two of my best friends who both had babies around the same time Adelyn was born. One baby is two months older than her and the other is about four months younger.... Read More
July 25, 2012 by Admin User
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
July 18, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
July 13, 2012 by Meagan Church
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Adelyn is five months old today and it seems fitting that one of my best friends just had her second baby yesterday. It has gotten me to thinking about how far we've come in just a few months.... Read More
July 11, 2012 by Admin User
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This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 25, 2012 by Admin User
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 18, 2012 by Admin User
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 This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 11, 2012 by Admin User
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This article is part of the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide by PATTCh. Access the complete guide to learn more about traumatic birth and find resources for women and families.... Read More
June 8, 2012 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders is a highly readable, and respected book recommended by childbirth educators... Read More
June 4, 2012 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) are proud to announce the newest resource on Giving Birth with Confidence, the Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide. ... Read More
June 1, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I'm going to be completely honest: I'm ready to have my body back. I know I talked about this in my last post, but we're four months out now and I'm ready for all of this weight and softness to be forever gone.... Read More
May 4, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I am now three-months post-partum. In some ways it is sad to think that three months ago, I felt baby kicks and flips from inside the womb for the last time.... Read More
April 23, 2012 by Admin User
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month. What should you be aware of? Be aware that a cesarean, while it can be a life-saving procedure for mom and baby, is often prescribed when vaginal birth is a safe and sound option.... Read More
April 20, 2012 by Meagan Church
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I just got back from Adelyn's 2-month-check up. I was looking forward to this appointment because a few weeks ago she started giving me some problems breastfeeding.... Read More
March 23, 2012 by Meagan Church
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It has been seven weeks since Adelyn was born. In some ways, it seems like she has been with us much longer. In other ways, it seems like it was just yesterday. So how is it going?... Read More
March 21, 2012 by Admin User
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By Debra Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500 and Director of the Prenatal Yoga CenterNot long ago, I was speaking with a friend about her experience right after her babies were born.... Read More
February 10, 2012 by Admin User
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By Debra Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500 and Director of the Prenatal Yoga CenterOne exercise that is unique to many prenatal or postnatal exercise classes, including yoga, is a round or two of pelvic floor exercises, also know as “Kegels.”... Read More
January 18, 2012 by Admin User
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By Christine Krauth, reposted with permission from Simple Life Movement I recently taught a "Pilates and Running" workshop to some members of Moms Run This Town: a very cool group of gals who run.... Read More
November 4, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Among first-time expectant moms, "after pains" are little known and seldom discussed. Ask any second-time (or beyond) expectant mom about after pains and she knows them all too well.... Read More
October 14, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thank you to everyone for submitting your beautiful and touching stories of birth and doulas at work. For those of you reading who have had a doula for your birth, the following details will resonate and bring back wonderful memories.... Read More
October 10, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Did you know that Lamaze offers a free week-by-week e-newsletter for expectant parents?... Read More
September 14, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Liz Friedman is the Program Director at MotherWoman, Inc. and the Founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative.What do you remember from your experience of postpartum depression?... Read More
September 9, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Belly Bandit binder. I first came across the subject of "belly binding" (or abdominal binding/compression) when I came across a product called the Belly Bandit.... Read More
September 2, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I imagine you've either heard of or actively participated in bringing a meal to a family who has recently given birth to a new baby. As someone who has been on the receiving end of such gifts, I can a... Read More
July 8, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood (Kleiman & Wenzel, 2010) is a courageous and compassionate examination of the scary thoughts that may accompany anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum.... Read More
June 15, 2011 by Admin User
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By Katie Wise, reposted with permission from the Mother's Advocate blog.So, you just had a baby.  You are still basking in the heroic act of welcoming your child into the world and you were stunned by... Read More
May 25, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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By Nadia Mohamedi, OTIS Teratogen Information SpecialistMay is a beautiful month. Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and BBQ's are firing up.... Read More
April 25, 2011 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Uncertain about your role as a birth partner? Follow these nine easy guidelines.1. Support is a key element to a woman having a positive birth and postpartum experience. As a birth partner, identify t... Read More
April 6, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A Survivor's Story of Transformation and Growth Vanessa is an amazing example of not only surviving Postpartum Depression (PPD), but of being able to speak to the gifts such a difficult experience can bring... Read More
March 4, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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In this second part of my interview, Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress offers her unique insight into the growing prevalence of depression/anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum, and the role of chi... Read More
February 25, 2011 by Liz Abbene
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My darling Isadora is three weeks old!  She is a fabulous baby, nursing well and sleeping for long stretches at night (don't hate me--I have three others to chase after and need the rest)... Read More
February 23, 2011 by FitPregnancy User
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By Hillari Dowdle Pregnancy was the healthiest time in my life. With baby on board, I finally found the motivation I needed to eat right, get enough rest and exercise.... Read More
February 16, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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At a recent mental health conference, I sat in a ballroom filled with the leading experts in the field of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.  A heated topic emerged.... Read More
January 31, 2011 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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When Tony and I had Ziggy, the first few months were nightmarish. It was Christmas time in Seattle, and I remember having insomnia so bad I thought I had lost the ability to sleep.... Read More
January 24, 2011 by Admin User
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Earlier this month, Postpartum Progress (www.postpartumprogress.com), the most widely-read blog in the United States on postpartum depression, launched a new service to help pregnant and new mothers get through the difficulty of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.... Read More
December 23, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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A pivotal moment of my life came when I was a new mother suffering from postpartum depression/anxiety: I hit the proverbial wall and had finally gotten treatment.... Read More
December 3, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I imagine you've either heard of or actively participated in bringing a meal to a family who has recently given birth to a new baby.... Read More
December 1, 2010 by Ph.D. Walker Karraa
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For this month's entry, I interviewed a wonderful woman, mother, and reproductive psychiatrist, Emily Dossett, MD, MST.... Read More
June 19, 2010 by Amy Romano
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We've hosted Blog Carnivals for each of the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices at our sister blog, Science & Sensibility.... Read More
June 19, 2010 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Body pillow, yoga-style pants, healthy pre-packaged snacks (plus the occasional box of donut holes) and naps were among my must-have items during both of my pregnancies.... Read More