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Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

Friday April 18, 2014

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, is expecting her first baby in the fall. She announced her pregnancy this week via her Facebook page. She married Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, in 2010. This is a first child for both. Bill Clinton said that he is excited to add grandfather-to-be to his Twitter bio.

Apparently, Hillary Clinton had been asking when she would be having a baby. (Many of us have to deal with this in our own families.) Last year Chelsea had told Glamour Magazine that this would be the year of the baby.

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Missing Classes?

Friday April 18, 2014

Missing lessons

If you are signed up for one of the dozen or more free online classes or newsletters, you may not know about this neat little trick. If you're missing a newsletter or class or simply want to work ahead, simply click the "Missing a lesson?" link at the bottom of any of the other course newsletters or classes and you can select which classes you need. They will be immediately emailed to you.

Which classes have you signed up for so far? Sign up today!

Easter is Around the Corner

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Baby with Easter Eggs

Easter is this weekend. This means that there are a lot of families that will begetting together for family functions. This is often a time when families decide to go ahead and throw a baby shower, because so many people are already gathered. If you're having a shower this weekend, here are some fun Easter inspired games:

What are you planning?

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Practice Contractions

Monday April 14, 2014
Mom holding Birth Ball to Belly

No one really wants to think about contractions as being for "practice." I mean, we talk about contractions, like they are really horrible and painful, so why would you want to play around with them? The truth is contraction, as a word, and as a thing to experience, has gotten a bad reputation. While typically we think about the contractions of labor, all of our muscles contract and extend all day and night long. These contractions don't get as much press, so why are uterine contractions so much more fun to talk about?

Well, the contractions of labor signal a huge change - the coming of a baby. The truth is, your uterus contracts all through your pregnancy, you just typically don't pay it much notice until it has gotten itself a rhythm (also known as labor). Sometimes you notice these contractions as cramps or Braxton Hicks contractions. The word practice comes into play, when it's not really labor but seems like it might be labor.

Do you know how to time contractions? This can show you whether you are practicing or expecting the real thing.

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Ode to a Tennis Ball in Labor

Thursday April 10, 2014

Tennis Balls for Labor Support

As a doula, I've had my fair share of tools that I can use in labor to help make a mom more comfortable.  The truth is, there is one labor support tool that has stood the test of time  - the tennis ball. I know, it's simple. It's iconic with it's yellow, fuzzy skin. It's amazingly helpful. It's easy to use and feels good to those in pain. So, do you want to know the secrets to using this inexpensive wonder tool? Here you go: 7 Ways to Use a Tennis Ball in Labor

Need some more ideas for ways to relieve pain in labor?

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8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Baby Shower Group Photo

I was talking to a friend who is pregnant with her first baby the other day. She said something that really surprised me. She told me that she was really worried about her baby shower. I was a bit confused, why would anyone worry about a baby shower?

So she started rattling off a list of things that could go wrong. I felt like maybe she was being a bit of a worrier. (She has a tendency to do that...)  And then I read a story where one of her fears really happened (to Jenna Bush Hager).

Do your baby shower fears make the list: 8 Things You Worry Will Happen at Your Baby Shower

If your fears aren't on the list, put them in the comments.

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Healthy From the Start

Monday April 7, 2014

Pregnant Mom in Maternity Clothes

April 7-14, 2014 is National Public Health Week. Each day they have a theme and today's theme is: Healthy From the Start. This is such an important topic when you think of pregnancy. There is so much influence that we can have over the health of our pregnancies and the future health of our children.

Here are some of the best tips:

It's not only about preconception and prenatal care, but also about setting a great example as parents. Thinking about how we show our kids about nutrition, exercise and more. This is something that many parents-to-be start to think about as they become pregnant and have children.

What are you working on as a family?

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Water Birth Data Shows Safety for Moms and Babies

Friday April 4, 2014

Midwife Listening to Baby at Water Birth

American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) has published data from nearly 4,000 water births. This data showed that largely most of the negative outcomes that many worry about with water birth were either not found at all or were lower than the non-water birth counterparts. What they did stress was that it was important to have training for the practitioner in water birth, but also in just general, anticipatory skills for caring for laboring women and helping those out of the water if problems were predicted to occur.


While a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggested that there was no data and that more studies were needed, this data, from those practitioners who do many water births suggest that, in absence of randomized control trials, that water birth is indeed safe for well screened women with trained practitioners.


Is water birth offered where you are planing to give birth?


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Signs You're Miscarrying

Thursday April 3, 2014

Sad Woman

When you're early in pregnancy, every twinge can send you panicking to the bathroom to check for blood. Spotting or bleeding are the signs that most people know to look for as a symptom of miscarriage. The problem is that there can be other signs or even no signs. This can make it difficult to tell when something is wrong with your pregnancy.

Sometimes cramping or low backache can be a sign that you're miscarrying. This is to be thought of like contractions. Though sometimes cramping and backache aren't signs of anything other than cramping and backache. This can be terribly confusing.

So the trick is to put it out of your mind as long as possible. I remember telling one OB that I wished I could sleep the entire first trimester away. She told me that was silly, but I'm not sure she understood how frightening every twinge was for me. In the end, I wound up trying to remember that I had no control over it. I couldn't wish away the symptoms, I couldn't prevent a miscarriage. And for the most part that's true of every pregnant woman.

So while we can't stop the worry or the twinges, we can choose how we respond to it.  That response can be trying to calm yourself down or seeking the advice of your midwife or doctor to help calm yourself.

What worked for you?

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Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Breastfeeding in the Hospital

Breastfeeding is an important topic for many mothers. If you're wondering what you can do to help get things off on the right foot, I've got six great tips for your from a lactation consultant and mom. I have to say that when I first started learning about breastfeeding, some of the things we know now weren't discussed. So read these tips and come back and tell me if a few don't surprise you (like #3).

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