Category: Is it safe???

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Let Me Level With You About…Ultrasound

Sonograms are everywhere for expectant parents! But there are some things you need to know about keeping your baby safe. Vimeo YouTube

Can I Consume It While I’m Breastfeeding?

The answer is yes… and no… and maybe under certain conditions… In no particular order, here are some of the most commonly questioned substances and the verdict on each one: Tobacco No. Obviously, no one should smoke. Ever. But there are certain risks associated with breastfeeding and smoking. Heavy smokers (20+ cigarettes a day) increase the likelihood of passing nicotine to the baby. The … Read More Can I Consume It While I’m Breastfeeding?

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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

Does Your Baby Really Need Zantac?

This is a new phenomenon I’ve been hearing about. Apparently in my area, there are many doctors prescribing Zantac for breastfed babies because the baby spits up after feeding. It sounds as though some doctors and parents are concerned that spitting up after feeding means the baby has gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD can be a big deal- but spitting up is normal. … Read More Does Your Baby Really Need Zantac?

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?

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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

Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

“Is your wife one of those people who will go along with it? Just sign him up for the surgery and you can go home and discuss it with her later.” My husband had come to a prominent teaching hospital in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist faith seeking orthotic braces for our son. Instead, he was getting a hard sell for … Read More Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

Note: This post is only looking at marijuana use in women who are not taking other drugs. Mothers who are taking marijuana in addition to drugs like cocaine, meth, heroin, etc. have more complicated issues and probably somewhat different perceptions of marijuana use than women who are only using marijuana, especially under legalized circumstances. OK, onwards… I had to write a paper for my … Read More Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And That Little Legalized Leaf

Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?

The last twenty years have not been kind to Louis Pasteur. He ordered that his laboratory notebooks be withheld from outsiders, but in the 1970’s one of his heirs left them to the Bibilotheque Nationale in Paris. In the mid-1990’s a researcher from Princeton went through the notebooks and then wrote a book on what he found. Since then embarrassing revelation after embarrassing revelation … Read More Public Health Mythbusters Edition: Raw Milk, Friend or Foe?