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What in the World is Wharton’s Jelly?

Written by Sarah, IBCLC, Doula No one ever really talks about the belly button.  Its significance, purpose, and overall function is pretty vague.  As babies and toddlers, we are taught about it as a body part, “touch your nose…touch your belly button”. Mostly just to see that we know the names a... Continue Reading >

Optimal Positions for Labor and Birth

By Sarah, IBCLC, CD, CBE   Let’s face it, labor is hard work and requires creativity and instinct to help move the process along. Giving birth is not a sedentary sport.  Active involvement can lessen your birth time, reduce pain and decrease the need for medications. Overall satisfaction with th... Continue Reading >

Selecting Your Birth Team

Written by Sarah, IBCLC, CD, CBE Doula, Midwife, Obstetrician – Getting to know your birthing team options You’re expecting – congratulations! Ah, but now you are conflicted with selecting your birth team, your birth plan, and probably a million other things that pop into your head once that pre... Continue Reading >

Sitz Bath Spray - A Hospital Must-Have!

Getting ready for a new baby is an exciting, but often overwhelming time. There seems to be a never-ending list of items for baby – blankets, clothes, toys, furniture, and accessories. But what about your postpartum needs?  In our experience at Motherlove, we find that new moms often aren’t give... Continue Reading >

What Can I Use for My C-Section Scar?

As many moms know, a c-section scar is a lasting reminder of your baby arriving via a caesarean delivery. While Motherlove doesn’t make a specific salve to use on a c-section scar, we actually recommend using Motherlove’s Nipple Cream after the incision has fully healed! Though this softening sa... Continue Reading >

Tender Tush? Some Tips for Taking Care of Your Perineum After Birth

Taking care of your 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 soothe muscles and prepare for what many call the ‘4th trimester’. Remember, you got this mama!   Cold compresses— Many moms use ice packs to reduce swellin... Continue Reading >

The Benefits of Vernix

Have you ever wondered what that thick, white, gunky layer is coating a newborn baby immediately after birth? This waxy substance is called vernix caseosa and it is a result of a secretion of oil from your baby’s sebaceous glands. Vernix typically begins to accumulate in the last trimester of pre... Continue Reading >

Skin-To-Skin and Breastfeeding in the Operating Room After a Cesarean Birth

Think it’s not possible to experience the magic of holding your baby skin-to-skin and breastfeed in the operating room after a cesarean birth? We are happy to share that, in many cases, it is possible!  Though it is not (yet) common practice, a growing number of providers are embracing skin-to-sk... Continue Reading >

The Benefits of Baby Sign Language

Have you considered teaching your baby to sign for ‘Mommy’s Milk’ or any other basic signs? In recent years, the growing trend of teaching babies sign language has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. The natural inclination for babies to gesture and express themselves is innate, an... Continue Reading >

Preparing to Settle in with Baby

You’ve brought your baby home and are ready to start an exciting new chapter in your life. Of course, managing the needs of a newborn as well as your own needs and those of your family can be challenging. Two key considerations to making your first few weeks with baby manageable (with no sleep!),... Continue Reading >

Could a placental issue be the cause of your milk supply problems?

Unless you've encapsulated your placenta, you probably haven't given it too much thought since your birth. But did you know that your placenta plays a key role in the development of your milk supply? Here are three lesser known ways that your placenta can affect your breastfeeding experience: Re... Continue Reading >

Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding

Heartburn, backache, morning sickness, insomnia, pain from tearing… the list of discomforts from the childbearing year can seem endless. But at Motherlove, we've long known that for each challenge there are herbs and essential oils that can provide gentle and effective relief.  We are therefore v... Continue Reading >