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Did you find strangers came up to you during your pregnancy to touch your growing belly without invitation?  I’ve heard many soon-to-be moms complain about this overstep in boundaries, but women in PA won’t be dealing with it much longer.  A new Pennsylvania law has made it illegal for a stranger to touch an expectant [...]

While I always encourage raising awareness about postpartum mood disorders, I was saddened that it took a women being shot to death in front of her baby to get the topic in the media.  As you probably know, last week Miriam Carey was involved in a chase with Washington D.C. police, leading to her crashing [...]

Earlier this week, placenta encapsulation was discussed in the Yahoo article, Are Placenta Pills a Miracle Cure or Just a Scam? The article discussed one mother’s amazing testimony that placenta capsules helped her postpartum recovery significantly.  In the article, the mom states that she recovered from birth more quickly, had energy, and an overall feeling [...]

Earlier this week, on the Labor Day holiday, thousands of women, men, and children rallied across the country in over 170 locations in an effort to improve birth. The Improving Birth rally is a national event held annually with the mission to educate families about the gap between evidenced-based practices and the typical, standard of [...]

It’s World Breatfeeding Week and what better way to celebrate than to talk about the impact breastfeeding has on a baby’s brain.  It’s not a new concept that breastfeeding helps with brain development.  Studies have shown before that cognitive function in adolescents and adults is better if they were breastfed, but now a new study [...]

The placenta, the organ responsible for for nourishing your baby and regulating maternal-fetal interactions, may be a contributing factor in a child’s autism diagnosis.
“There is increasing evidence implicating the placenta in autism risk. For example, abnormal inclusions of trophoblasts, the cells that comprise the placenta, are found more frequently in placentas from [...]

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
A new mother should be enjoying the precious moments following birth. A new mother should be taking in the sweet smells of her new baby, bonding, and, most importantly, [...]

A couple of days ago, there was a negative blog post in the New York Times regarding placenta encapsulation, entitled “I Regret Eating My Placenta”. The post was written by Nancy Redd, author of “Body Drama” and “Diet Drama”. She’d had her placenta encapsulated and was unhappy with her experience.
The author states that she [...]

Facebook is deleting pictures of placentas. They are generally being flagged as “violent imagery”. I am at a loss to understand how a placenta, a product of birth, a bringer of life, can in any way be construed as “violent”.
Birth itself can be violent. Women have been strapped down (whether with actual restraints or [...]

Just came across this great article, Delayed Cord Clamping Explained!(Video) written by Christie Haskell, which includes a video of Penny Simkin explaining the physiological benefits of delayed cord clamping- very cool little video.  I have wanted to blog about delayed cord clamping for awhile, it is the first opportunity to honor [...]

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