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How to prepare your dog for your new baby

Ever wonder what it’s like for your “first baby” (your dog) when your new (human) baby comes along? We’ve heard stories of sweet as well as challenging behavior as dogs adjust to a new baby, and wondered if it’s possible to avoid problems like anxious and even dangerous behavior.  So we asked an expert on the topic for her insight and… Continue Reading >




Tender tush?  Some tips for taking care of your perineum after birth

If you’ve had a vaginal birth, taking care of your (likely sore) bottom can be a bit of a job in the early days after your baby’s birth.  Here are some simple things you can do to relieve pain and bounce back quicker:*Cold compresses.  Many moms use ice packs to reduce swelling and soothe pain in the early hours after birth.  Be sure to… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  How to care for your c-section scar, with the author of Ending Female Pain

Did you know that in some countries in Europe all moms who have had c-sections get physical therapy to care for their incisions and recover from the surgery?Did you know that some women go for years with pain and other complications from their c-section scars, when some simple exercises make a big difference?Isa Herrera wishes that… Continue Reading >




Eat your own placenta?  The founder of Placenta Benefits answers our questions.

Did you know that some mothers consume their own placentas?We’ve been hearing about it, and while we know it’s not for everyone, thought it would be interesting to learn more.  So we asked  Jodi Selander, founder of Placenta Benefits to answer some questions.Jodi trains and certifies specialists who encapsulate placentas for… Continue Reading >




From Pavarotti to "Push It:" Your labor playlists

After hearing this story on National Public Radio about listening to music while in labor, we asked you on our Facebook page if you had a labor playlist.  Here’s what you told us.Music to give you an extra “push:” Five Finger Death Punch Aerosmith (“The nurses said it sounded like I was having a party in my room.”) Faith of the Heart… Continue Reading >




Help at the holidays with a new baby

As many of us head to holiday family gatherings, our thoughts have been turning to the challenges of caring for a baby at this busy time.True help - the kind that allows you to relax and enjoy the season while caring for your baby - can sometimes be a little hard to come by.  Here are our suggestions for a few simple things your family… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  How can you avoid getting "pushed" into a birth you don't want?

We’re very pleased to share a podcast interview with Jennifer Block, the author of Pushed: The Painful Truth about Modern Maternity Care.Pushed shines a bright light on the state of maternity care in the U.S., from record-high induction and cesarean rates, to the legal obstacles to midwifery.  Whether you’re expecting a baby or want to… Continue Reading >




Why waiting until at least 39 weeks is important for your baby.

We know that pregnancy, while wonderful, can also be tough.  The swelling, the waddle, the yearning to be out of maternity clothes, and of course the urge to meet your baby, can make us want to just get it over with!But the list of reasons to wait until at least 39 weeks of a healthy pregnancy to have your baby is long and powerful,… Continue Reading >




Breastfeeding, Take Two: Sucessful Breastfeeding, the Second Time Around

We’re very pleased to share an interview with Stephanie Casemore, author of Breastfeeding, Take Two:  Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around.*  This book is written for mothers who had a difficult breastfeeding experience with a first baby and are looking ahead to a new breastfeeding experience with a new baby.What were your… Continue Reading >




This Labor Day month, watch a free webcast of Birth, the play

Since 2006, communities across the country have been producing Karen Brody’s play, Birth, often (and appropriately) during Labor Day week.Birth is a play based on over 100 interviews conducted by Karen Brody about their birth experiences.  Eight birth stories are told in the play, with the intent of showing how low-risk, educated mothers… Continue Reading >




Podcast:  Lactation After Baby Loss

We’re very pleased to share an interview on the rarely discussed issue of lactation after the loss of a baby.Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC talked with Jessica Wellborn, a graduate student who studied milk donation after perinatal loss.  She is the donor coordinator at the Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose.Tanya and Jessica talked about the… Continue Reading >




Doulas' comfort measures for labor, and what to do if you can't afford a doula.

Are you preparing for your baby’s birth?  Looking for comfort measures you can use for labor and birth?Having a doula (a trained support person for birth and the postpartum period) present during your labor and birth can make it a much more comfortable experience.  Doulas have long been associated with shorter labors, less interventions,… Continue Reading >