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Do you leak when you cough, laugh, jump? Listen to our podcast on reversing incontinence after baby!

When you run, when you sneeze, when you lift something heavy…Millions of women experience stress incontinence after having a baby.  And millions more will develop incontinence as they age.  But there’s a lot you can do about it, and our podcast discussion this month is all about that.Tanya spoke with Tasha Mulligan, physical therapist… Continue Reading >




The connection between your "cankles," IV fluids in labor and your baby's early weigh

Did you have IV fluids during your labor and birth?  Did your baby lose a lot of weight in the early days of breastfeeding?  Did your ankles look more like cankles?A growing body of research is making connections between these things, and it’s important that moms understand these connections for ourselves.Getting IV fluids during… Continue Reading >




What is Baby-Led breastfeeding?

Have you heard terms like “baby-led breastfeeding,” or “laid back breastfeeding” used to describe certain methods of breastfeeding?  Wondering what they mean?A new book does a nice job of clarifying these concepts and describing how to use them to make breastfeeding easy and comfortable.Baby-Led Breastfeeding, by the authors of… Continue Reading >




Herbs and supplements for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders

What are Postpartum Mood and Anxiety disorders? It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the many responsibilities of having a newborn.  Feelings of fatigue, crying, insomnia, anger, feelings of being alone, and the inability to concentrate are all typical of the “Baby Blues.”   They’re usually short-lived, lasting for a few… Continue Reading >




Birth and breastfeeding in prison

Ever wonder what it’s like to be pregnant while in prison?  What it’s like to give birth and breastfeed?We asked Marianne Bullock of the Prison Birth Project to answer a few questions about what the experience is like in her area of the country.  The Prison Birth Project provides prenatal, labor and postpartum support to women who are… Continue Reading >




Birth Matters:  Ina May Gaskin's recommendations to improve maternity care

We’ve been reading legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin’s fascinating new book Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta.Unlike her other recent books, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, this latest book isn’t a practical guide for moms but a policy statement which spells out her recommendations for changing our… Continue Reading >




Herbs to support your pregnancy

Curious about using herbs to support your pregnancy?Several herbs used safely used by women for generations are an excellent source for the increased vitamins and minerals needed during pregnancy, and to prepare your the uterus for labor.These herbs can easily be made into teas and incorporated into meals on a regular basis. Every… Continue Reading >




Aaaah.  Pregnancy and labor massage techniques your partner can do.

We’re very happy to share an interview with massage therapist and trainer Lisa Gallauresi, LMT on partner massage for pregnancy and labor.Lisa is a massage therapist, parent educator and trainer.  She has been an instructor at massage schools, developed curricula for hospitals and training centers, and consulted on prenatal bodywork for… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Preparing for a VBAC, with the president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network

We’re very pleased to share a podcast interview on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) with Desirre Andrews, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network.Desiree and Tanya talked about the history of VBAC, barriers and access to VBAC, and how to prepare for one.  We also discussed ICAN’s research about hospital VBAC bans,… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Actress Mayim Bialik on attachment parenting “Beyond the Sling”

We’re very excited to share an interview with actress Mayim Bialik!Mayim is best known for her roles as Blossom Russo on the ‘90’s sitcom Blossom, as a young Bette Midler in Beaches, and currently as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.  She received a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007.But did you know that Mayim is also… Continue Reading >




What is a Baby Friendly Hospital?

At Motherlove, we strongly support the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.  We think that every expecting mom who is planning a hospital birth should know about Baby Friendly Hospitals, so we thought we’d answer a few common questions here:What is a Baby Friendly Hospital?The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a program sponsored by… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Birth on TV and in the movies

We’re pleased to present an interview with Vicki Elson, creator of the film Laboring Under an Illusion, on birth in the media.Vicki talked with Tanya Lieberman about common themes in birth on TV and in movies, the worst and best (and wierdest!) depictions of birth, and recent trends in reality TV and homemade birth videos on the web. … Continue Reading >