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A study found that the presence of the hormone, adrenomedullin, is crucial for a mom to avoid getting preeclampsia. The hormone, emitted by the developing fetus into the placenta, allows the mother’s blood vessels to dilate so that the increased blood flow can reach the fetus.  Without adrenomedullin, the vessels in the placenta can [...]

A study has found that exposure to BPA, a hormone disrupting chemical found in plastic and tin cans, while pregnant can impact the fetuses cancer risk when they mature into adults. The study found that increased day-to-day BPA exposure during development increased the risk for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is thought to be fueled by [...]

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 [...]

It seems that lately I have had more than a few clients who were induced due to low amniotic fluid levels.  I honestly didn’t know much about this particular topic and thought I’d dig up some info.  I was curious what the implications were for mother and baby if the pregnancy continued with low fluid [...]

Evidence suggests that babies at 28 weeks gestation can distinguish certain syllables such as “ga” and “ba” and identify male and female voices.

“Experts already know that babies are able to hear noises in the womb - the ear and the auditory part of the brain that allow this are formed by around 23 [...]

Are you having trouble with milk supply?  Could stress be to blame?  Studies suggest relaxed mothers makes more milk than their stressed out, anxious counterparts.
A 1989 study by Stephen Feher, published in the Cochrane Review, followed over 70 mothers with infants in the NICU.  All the mothers in the study pumped breast milk for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

In a report published this week, a child born to a mother with a thin placenta has twice the risk of sudden cardiac death later in life.  The study looked at birth records from Finland from the years 1934-1944.
“The researchers looked at cases of sudden cardiac death that occurred outside hospitals. They found that [...]

Laree Lindburg had an enjoyable and healthy pregnancy, but the hormonal crash following the birth left her feeling terrible.  Her postpartum experience was difficult due to rheumatoid arthritis, which seemed to flare up during her postpartum recovery, making her achy and sick.  When Laree discovered she was pregnant again, she was immediately attracted to the [...]

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