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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 [...]

We often hear that we should delay the clamping of the baby’s umbilical cord until it stops pulsing after birth.  We know that the placenta has 1/3 of the baby’s blood volume and by delaying clamping, we are giving our baby the oxygen-rich blood needed to thrive. But what if I were to tell [...]

Stop Hemorrhage Naturally

July 11th, 2013

One of the biggest causes of maternal mortality is postpartum hemorrhage. Interestingly, animals very rarely hemorrhage after giving birth. Are you wondering what the difference is between human birth and other mammalian births? Using the placenta! Animals innately consume their placenta after they give birth making postpartum hemorrhage a rare occurrence.
Nature equips us [...]

Researching topics like circumcision can be a daunting task for expectant parents.  Sifting through the contradictory information can be overwhelming, especially when parents only have the best interest of their child in mind.  We would like to share some information on circumcision to assist families in their research.
Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin [...]

Mentally Preparing For Birth

March 24th, 2013

From my personal experience, mentally preparing for birth is just as important, and maybe even more important than physical preparation.  We exercise and eat right to prepare for birth.  We make playlists and pack bags for overnights stays.  We might set up nurseries and buy baby goods designed to make a [...]

The birth world was abuzz this week with the release of a recent review of birth center outcomes by the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.  The study followed more than 15,000 moms-to-be who were planning to give birth within a midwife-run birth center.
The conclusion of the review showed birth centers to be a safe [...]

We’ve all heard stories, some of us have even lived them.  Your newborn has lost more than 10% of their birth weight, causing concern in hospital staff.  The concern is that your milk production is not adequate and you are told to supplement with formula.  As you can imagine, this can be a huge blow [...]

New research from Yale has identified that vaginal birth prompts the secretion of a special protein that promotes the development of the baby’s hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and stress response.  This protein is also a key component of breastmilk, possibly explaining the link between early nurturing from the mother [...]

It is believed in Ayurvedic medicine that if a baby is born appearing lifeless, the placenta can be warmed to restore life in the child. The practice of warming an attached (unclamped and uncut) placenta in hot water or by massage is thought
to restore the jeeva, or life force, that is stored in the placenta. [...]

Don’t Bathe That Baby!

April 15th, 2012

Babies are born covered in a thick, white, cheese-like substance called vernix caseosa.  In the hospital it is typical for babies to be bathed immediately to remove the vernix.  However, an immediate postnatal bath may not be the best option for a baby and should be reconsidered.
Vernix Caseosa has many benefits.  Produced during the third [...]

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