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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 >




Podcast:  How to "milk" your maternity leave and pumping rights

Few things are as important as figuring out how long you’ll be able to leave work to be at home with a new baby, but most moms find the web of state, federal, and employer policies about maternity leave confusing to downright mysterious.Enter Lauren Wallenstein.  Lauren is a former human resources manager who now helps moms decipher what… 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 >




Questions About Fenugreek for Low Milk Supply?

You probably know fenugreek as the most popular herb to increase milk supply, but fenugreek sure is one multi-tasking herb.It’s long been used as a cooking spice in East Indian and Asian cuisine and can be used externally to soothe wounds and sores. It can be gargled to relieve a sore throat and its seeds aid digestion.  It’s even… 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 >




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 >




Honoring the journey to motherhood with a blessingway

Looking for a special way to mark the transition into motherhood?  One that focuses on internal preparation and the support of other women?A blessingway may be just what you’re looking for.We have some special blessingway photos to share with you from Motherlove founder and owner Kathryn Higgins!  She had her own blessingway and… Continue Reading >




The Birth Survey:  Share your experience, learn from other moms

Are you pregnant and interested in other moms’ experiences at your area hospitals?  Want to know what they think about different OBs and midwives?Or have you given birth in the last three years and want to share your experience with your providers and hospital?Then check out The Birth Survey, a project of the Coalition for Improving… Continue Reading >