Category: infant and maternal health

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Let Me Level With You About…Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Ah, American maternity care. High tech, low results. Here is the video: Vimeo YouTube  

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Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease

Last year, two babies in Arizona developed Legionnaires’ Disease after their mothers labored in birthing pools. Since then, I’ve seen parenting magazines and websites decrying water birth as dangerous and Legionnaires’ Disease as just one more piece of “proof”. These claims are not informed by current research or by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ stance on water immersion during labor.  So, the … Read More Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease

Video: Let Me Level With You About Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

I’ve often felt like much of the public health information parents get is filtered. When I was first advised about vitamin D supplementation for newborns, our son’s doctor at the NICU said that because our baby was exclusively breastfed he would get rickets if he wasn’t supplemented. Well, that was an extremely oversimplified and misleading statement that does not reflect the high degree of … Read More Video: Let Me Level With You About Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

Save a Life- Spread the Word About Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy

Sickle cell disease made the news earlier this year when rapper Prodigy died from complications related to SCD this past June at the age of 42.  It’s actually very common among African-Americans with 1 in 13 being carriers for the disease and 1 in 365 having sickle cell disease. There are other ethnic groups that are frequently affected as well. In some parts of Central … Read More Save a Life- Spread the Word About Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy

Adoption and Breastfeeding

YES!!! It’s possible! Even if you have never given birth. Even if you have never been pregnant. Even if you can’t get pregnant. You can breastfeed a baby! How it works… Lactation does not actually start with the mammary glands. It starts with the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland produces a hormone called prolactin … Read More Adoption and Breastfeeding

Becoming A Milk Donor

    Today I am officially a milk donor. After one phone interview, two paperwork packets, a visit to the rural health clinic, a blood test, 100+ oz. of milk, and several calls to FedEx Peri Ship, my donation arrived and was accepted today. I first started to consider becoming a milk donor during my breastfeeding educator certification when I did a handout on … Read More Becoming A Milk Donor

Let Me Ruin Your Day- Let’s Talk About Pertussis

Part of me feels like I should be saying, “Sorry!!!” for brining up this issue. No one really wants to hear about it. On the other hand, a bigger part of me thinks, “Why should I be sorry for telling people about an actual health threat that is backed up by current medical research and isn’t widely discussed? After all, it could potentially save … Read More Let Me Ruin Your Day- Let’s Talk About Pertussis

What is the right time for twins?

37 weeks is becoming the due date for twins- which is actually considered too early for an elective induction or c-section for singletons. There’s a reason for this. In 2016 a large, international study came out saying that allowing twin pregnancies to continue to 38 weeks dramatically increased the chances of still birth. But if you have been in the home birth community for … Read More What is the right time for twins?

Feeding a Baby When An Emergency Strikes

I realize that for my readers living in the American Tornado Alley this post might be a little late. But if you’re living near the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season is just getting started. (And NOAAA says this season is going to be a doozy.) And if you’re living on a fault-line the threat of an earthquake is ever present. After you’ve stockpiled your buckets … Read More Feeding a Baby When An Emergency Strikes

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Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days

My daughter was screaming at me because I had put her in the play yard after she tried to eat a piece of paper that was destined to become an orange origami rose. (I was having “Special Time” with my 7 year old. He said he wanted me to help him make an origami box and and an origami rose so that he could … Read More Feeding Your Body, Baby and Spirit During Fasting Days