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May 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For the longest time, we have been told that the cure for preeclampsia, a condition that happens during pregnancy and postpartum and is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is birth. In other words, once baby is born, both parent and baby are free from the risks of... Read More
May 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are pregnant and in a relationship, there are many factors at play that determine how easygoing -- or not -- your relationship will be during this time. This includes how strong your relationship and communication were pre-pregnancy; whether your pregnancy was planned or wanted; and what... Read More
May 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"I'm eating for two!" has often been said by many a pregnant person in the face of an extra helping at dinner, a late night ice cream/nachos/fast food run, or countless other times when a) ravenous pregnancy hunger strikes b) when food choices are less-than-ideal or c) when we feel like we need to e... Read More
May 15, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's National Women's Health Week, an awareness event created by the United States government to promote practices that support a woman's health and well being throughout her lifetime. As part of this effort, the Womenshealth.gov website has created checklists, fact sheets, and helpful resources to... Read More
May 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The second trimester of pregnancy is from 14 weeks to 27 weeks, and even though this time is often referred to as the "honeymoon phase" of pregnancy, you and your baby undergo several big changes. For starters, the second trimester is when you physically start to "show" your pregnancy to the world,... Read More
May 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In celebration and recognition of National Nurses Week, we're sharing with you a peak into the life and thoughts of labor and delivery (L&D) nurse Haley Personna. I met Haley during a birth where I served as a doula when I lived in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was so impressed and grateful for her skill and... Read More
May 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If time was all there was
And mothers kept the clocks,
There'd be less time running late
Over mismatched pairs of socks.

If time was all there was 
And mothers had their way,
There'd be lots of time for sleeping in... Read More
May 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May 5 is International Day of the Midwife, a day to recognize, celebrate, and call for more access to midwives across the world. The 2018 theme is "Midwives leading the way with quality care," and that's exactly what I want to share with you about my three pregnancy and birth experiences in the care... Read More
May 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day -- a time set apart to recognize and spread awareness about the maternal mental health crisis that exists around the world, and how it can be addressed.

First, let's take a look at the stats about maternal mental health, which includes disorders during preg... Read More
April 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Stillbirth and infant death are devastating experiences for a family. Grieving the loss of a child, while painful, is a required part of the healing process. There is never any "getting over" the death of a child, but there is moving through different stages and ways of feeling.... Read More
April 27, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Learn everything you can about VBAC - This is a good starting point for nearly anything new and important you take on in life. The more informed you are about VBAC -- from reputable sources -- the better off your chances of success and your experience will be. One of the easiest first ways to become... Read More
April 25, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In a helpful move in the right direction for women, mothers, parents, and birthing people's health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the guiding organization for OBs, has released a new "Committee Opinion" paper providing updated recommendations for improved... Read More
April 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lamaze International and the New York Baby show are pleased to be giving away 150 FREE TICKETS to the largest baby show ever -- the New York Baby Show! The event takes place May 19-20 at Pier 94 in New York City, and is a must-attend if you are planning to have a child, pregnant, or recently had a... Read More
April 18, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's spring allergy season! If you're an allergy sufferer, you know what this means, as you are one of thousands who dread this time of year.  If you're pregnant during allergy season, you may be wondering, "What can I do? What is safe to take?" Thankfully, there are a variety of options. ... Read More
April 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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No, you don't. 

You don't need to take a childbirth class, just like you don't need to hire a doula, and you don't need to have someone you love with you when you give birth, and you don't need to pack a hospital bag, and you don't even need to let your mother-in-law know you're in labor (maybe). ... Read More
April 13, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The title of this post is slightly misleading -- there's no me-telling-you how you'll feel during your first trimester of pregnancy. Only you will know how you'll feel, and it will likely be somewhat different from others in their first trimester. 

But if you're anything like me in my pregnancies,... Read More
April 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins the first day of Black Maternal Health Week #BMHW18, a week created to bring the issues that Black parents face during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood in significantly greater numbers to the forefront of our attention.... Read More
April 10, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Old habits die hard.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks. 
We are creatures of habit. 

We have more than enough sayings and plenty of hard evidence that show just how difficult it is to change old habits and stick with a new ones. But fear not! New habits can be made and eventually become part... Read More
April 6, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The second annual March for Moms event takes place in Washington, DC, on Sunday, May 6. Lamaze is proud to be an official partner for the event, which brings attention and change to the critical and dangerous issues people face in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, including rising maternal mortality... Read More
April 4, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Giving birth by cesarean brings with it a unique set of experiences and challenges that are specific to c-section. If you are pregnant, whether you expect to have a cesarean or not, it's critical to know what to expect during a cesarean birth, including short and long-term recovery, and postpartum... Read More
April 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During my second pregnancy, my mom loved to tell me that I was born in the emergency room without time for an epidural; she hoped (that for my sake) I would deliver my baby just as quickly. Neighbors shared their concern that I designated a friend who lived 45 minutes away to watch my toddler during... Read More
March 30, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We've shared before the alarming statistics of high maternal mortality (mothers and birthing persons dying) in the United States. The United States has the highest (worst) rate of maternal mortality in the developed/industrialized world, and while other countries' maternal death rates are going down... Read More
March 28, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After giving birth to a baby, your body goes through a tremendous amount of change. At the same time, your body also is adapting to many new ways it's needed to care for a baby. Just like if you started a new exercise routine or new job that required different physical adaptations, you will likely... Read More
March 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week is World Doula Week, an annual time to recognize and celebrate the work that doulas do for families during pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This year's theme is "Doulas Help Make It Happen," which means that doulas are there to support, inform, encourage, and facilitate the... Read More
March 20, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This Saturday, March 24, is the DC Baby Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. This event is the place to be for pregnant and new parents who want to be in the know about the hottest and must-have baby products and gear. And here's the kicker: Lamaze has a coupon code... Read More
March 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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TV and films have conditioned us to believe that once the pushing is over and the baby is born, most of the hard work is over. Clearly, those hot-shot execs have a lot to learn about parenting. Because after leaving the hospital, we then have to take care of our little... Read More
March 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've never heard of the term "cankles," chances are high that you will know all about it in your third trimester. Swelling (aka "edema") in your feet, ankles, and hands throughout pregnancy and especially as your pregnancy nears the end is very common and normal. 

During pregnancy, your body p... Read More
March 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Eating healthy is important throughout life, but perhaps especially so when you're working to sustain your life and the life of your growing baby! Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive, even though it is generally thought to be. You can eat healthy during pregnancy on a budget -- even a very... Read More
March 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy is time of great physical and emotional change. Everything from the size of your belly to the speed at which your heart beat changes over the months leading up to childbirth is affected. With changes caused both by hormonal fluctuations and the physical strain of carrying extra body weight... Read More
March 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you just read the title of this post and were like, "Huh??" Why would green tea be off limits? I thought caffeine in moderation was fine during pregnancy." Don't worry. I felt the same way before learning about green tea! It turns out, green tea during pregnancy is fine, both for its caffeine... Read More
March 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breastfeeding, like most new endeavors in parenthood, isn't without challenges. Even parents who don't experience significant difficulties with breastfeeding often find that it's not exactly what they had expected, or more time involved than they had imagined. ... Read More
March 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Spring is (sort of) in the air (for some places), which means that many of us are looking to plan spring trips, either for spring break, Easter, or to go find warmer climates! If you're planning an air travel vacation while breastfeeding, and need to carry breast milk with you, it helps to know the... Read More
March 2, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Sunday, May 6 1-4pm

Join the March for Moms at the DC Mall for fun and family-friendly experiences as we peacefully demonstrate the critical need to address the maternal health of families in our country. We are a multi-diverse group of professional organizations and consumer groups who are passion... Read More
February 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth and the time after birth is a safe and healthy event most of the time for most people. For a small percentage of people, severe complications happen in the hours, days, and weeks after giving birth. With quick, proper medical attention, many of these complications can be treated and corrected... Read More
February 23, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not a myth that eating multiple daily servings of fruits and vegetables is good for you. Fruits and vegetables provide necessary vitamins, minerals, fiber, sugars, carbohydrates, all of which do things like provide energy, promote healthy digestion, boost immunity, fight disease, and maintain o... Read More
February 21, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For some things in life, it makes sense to go fast, like when you're in a race and the ultimate goal is how quickly you make it to the finish line. 

The same theory is not best applied to having a baby. And yet, in hospitals across the United States, and increasingly in countries worldwide, there... Read More
February 16, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For expectant and new moms, it’s the unexpected that can quickly change the course of normal pregnancies.  That’s why the Preeclampsia Foundation is dedicated to providing education about preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a serious disease related to high... Read More
February 14, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's Valentine's Day, you've recently had a baby, and you're scrambling for ways to celebrate your partner and your love amid the changing diapers, round-the-clock feedings, and limited alone time. Here's the good news: in the days, weeks, and months after you've had a baby, you get a pass for nearl... Read More
February 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard of "feeding on demand," but what does that mean, what does it look like, and what do the experts say about it? You'll find a variety of opinions and schools of thought on how to feed your baby, from newborn stage through to her first table foods and beyond. One of the most prevale... Read More
February 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's no longer being kept quiet  -- the risk of Black mothers dying during pregnancy, birth, or postpartum is four times higher than it is for white mothers. In the last six months, news articles keep popping up to share the statistics and the reality of maternity care and outcomes for Black... Read More
February 7, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, a time to spread information and support further research and advocacy for the most common birth defect. Congenital heart defects (CHD) affect... Read More
February 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Early labor, which is also known as the first phase of stage 1 of labor, is the time from the very beginning of labor (when contractions begin to follow a pattern) up until 6cm of dilation, or "active labor." How do you know it's early labor? Typical signs of early labor include:... Read More
January 31, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've just found out about your pregnancy, take a few moments to let it sink in... now go find an amazing OB or midwife! Talk to several care providers before making choosing one. Discussing the topics below will help you determine if they are a good match for you. 

 

Tell me about how you par... Read More
January 29, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Since winter isn't showing any signs of letting up or slowing down, it's a good time to talk about how to deal with the ups and downs of winter weather during pregnancy. Many of the safety precautions you normally heed in winter weather also apply while pregnant, with a few subtle differences or... Read More
January 26, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The first trimester of pregnancy can be so... boring. For those who have eagerly anticipated pregnancy, there's a big rush of excitement and joy over finding out about being pregnant. And then, there's nothing. Or at least, it often feels like nothing. There's no belly to show for, no kicks to feel,... Read More
January 24, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A concern for some parents after having a baby is the condition, appearance, and strength of their mid-section, aka the core or abs. Of course, pregnancy is responsible for stretching out and displacing skin, muscle, connective tissue, and organs over the course of 9-10 months and while the body... Read More
January 22, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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What if I told you there as a special kind of milkshake (yes, a milkshake) that could help you have a shorter and easier labor? There is. It's called the "date shake." And it's amazing. Before you go raising an eyebrow over the idea that 1) there's a milkshake that can help your in birth and 2) date... Read More
January 19, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the new year, many of us are looking for ways to give back or get involved in helping the greater good. Volunteering your time and resources can provide tremendous help to those in need and to organizations that are working toward the advancement and empowerment of specific groups. Sometimes, the... Read More
January 17, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You gotta love it when research proves something we already knew. On the one hand, it's nice to feel validated by science. On the other hand -- duh! This time, researchers from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, revealed evidence showing that "baby brain" is real.

If you're reading this and... Read More
January 12, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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One of the things I love about the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, is the collection of real-life stories and comments from people who have experienced pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. When you know that you share some of the same thoughts and feelings as others, you feel... Read More
January 11, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Oh Google -- you plethora of information overload, you. This morning, in preparing to write today's post, I found by accident the top questions people search for when it comes to childbirth. This is what appeared:... Read More
January 9, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. As a woman who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or will one day get pregnant, it's important to know what current research says about preventing birth defects. According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), birth... Read More
January 5, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With the start of the new year, there's lots of talk about planners. Seriously, you could scroll through Facebook comments about day planners for, well, days. Rest assured -- this post is not about the typical planner.... Read More
January 3, 2018 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many people, the new year often comes with feelings of recharge and renewal, which encourage us to lay out new goals, desires, or intentions. Yes, January 1 is "just another day," but the symbolic and real new beginning of the year prompts us to review and consider how we want to live in the yea... Read More
December 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As 2017 comes to a close, it's the ideal time to take stock of the events, accomplishments, challenges, and missteps from the year. Doing so helps give perspective on the past and input for the future. Here at Giving Birth with Confidence, we like to review and share the top viewed posts on the blog... Read More
December 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Ahhh! Christmas is only three days away! We can't help you with everyone on your list, but we can give you some awesome last-minute gift ideas for the new moms on your list. And really, most of these ideas would be great for any mom on your list. All of these ideas can be picked up easily, locally... Read More
December 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Sometimes it feels overwhelming to consider how you can help bring about change with some of our biggest problems in the United States. "But I'm just one person," you think. "How will something I do make a real difference?" But consider this: What if everyone on your block did "just one thing"?... Read More
December 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, millions of people will be gathering together to celebrate the season with family and friends. If you're pregnant for the first time during this time of year, you may experience the gatherings differently. You may feel a little like you're missing out if you can't toast with a glass of... Read More
December 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to the 2011 (most recent info available) Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from 24 states, approximately 10% of pregnant people smoked in the last three months of their pregnancy.  It is quite possible that this number would be higher if all 50 states in the US w... Read More
December 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Newborn babies are amazing, cuddly, and deliciously adorable, which is what makes near round-the-clock care for them more bearable. But the reality is also that taking care of a new baby creates stress for parents.

Stress is an inevitable component of the newborn period (and parenting in general) -... Read More
December 8, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Eric Farlow, Awareness Advocate, The Recovery Village

For many, using prescription opioids is a day-to-day reality that can help relieve chronic pain for a functioning life. Your doctor may write a script if you deal with prolonged back pain or are still recovering from an accident. There are a... Read More
December 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have long known the benefits of holding, touch, and skin-to-skin care with infants -- it improves baby's immune system, regulates temperature, promotes calm and sleep, and is essential for development and growth. Now, new research from scientists at the the University of British Columbia and BC... Read More
December 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Yesterday, I read a shared post on Facebook in which a mother ranted about all the advice thrown around for "self care," with suggestions for yoga, manicures, and long, hot baths. She expressed frustration at this kind of advice, which she deemed useless unless it came with a "concrete babysitting... Read More
December 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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End of pregnancy often brings with several bouts of "nesting," the common urge to clean all the things, do all the things, organize all the things. Instead of spending time reorganizing your medicine cabinet, make your nesting moments more productive and practical by arranging your house to be... Read More
November 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are those who can't imagine a day without hitting the gym. And there are those who can't imagine "going for a run" unless they were being chased. Just because you fall into the latter camp does not mean you're stuck there. It just means you may need some extra motivation and tricks to get you... Read More
November 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thanksgiving is over! Now you can... relax? If you're like many of us in the United States, the end of Thanksgiving signals the beginning of... the next, very busy, often hectic, holiday season. From the end of November to the beginning of January, we are hurled into a mix of celebrating and long li... Read More
November 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Looking for a Cyber Monday deal on Black Friday? Lamaze has got you covered. Don't wait for Cyber Monday -- start preparing for your baby now! Save 20% off ALL Lamaze online classes with the code SAVINGS20 through Monday, November 27.


Lamaze offers convenient, online classes from pregnancy plannin... Read More
November 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Every year in November, the March of Dimes recognizes Prematurity Awareness Month by sharing vital information with families in an effort to share information and reduce the rate of prematurity in the United States. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen. ... Read More
November 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Thanksgiving approaches this week, we want to give our own kind of "thanks" to the many organizations that work with and support women, men, persons, parents, babies, and families through pregnancy and birth. Through work, advocacy, information, and resources, these organizations improve the heal... Read More
November 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During the average pregnancy, you'll visit your care provider's practice about 15 times or more. Apart from the expected routine care, you'll have approximately 15 opportunities to ask questions, learn about your prenatal health, and get to know your care provider(s). Whether you go to your... Read More
November 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to a new study, fear of childbirth may be a driving cause in wanting or choosing an unnecessary c-section. The study surveyed women with healthy pregnancies from eight countries, and looked at responses that indicated the level of fear toward birth. Respondents' fears included fear of pain... Read More
November 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most of us in the US, the beginning of November marks the entry into a fun -- albeit sometimes stressful -- season. We have friend and family gatherings to look forward to, traditions to enjoy, and good food to overeat. If you're pregnant and due on or near Thanksgiving, however, the beginning o... Read More
November 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The standard, average suggested recovery time for vaginal birth is six weeks. Surprisingly, it's suggested to be about the same for a c-section at 6-8 weeks. I'll preface what I'm about to say by telling you that I could use this blog space to debate the absurdity of the short recovery time guidelin... Read More
November 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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'Tis the beginning of the season to be thankful and giving, and we are thankful to be able to give to you a free online class to get you started off on the right foot for your labor and birth! The Lamaze online class, "Labor Confidence from Lamaze" teaches you six proven ways to improve your... Read More
November 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The 3rd edition of the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, has everything you need to help support and inform you throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum (check out our full review here!). Since the book's re-release earlier this year, we've been sharing little snapshots of... Read More
November 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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What if you had the power to influence and improve the future of health care for pregnant people across the United States? What if, by simply tracking your pregnancy, you could help disprove common pregnancy myths and re-create what we know about pregnancy?

You can!

PregSourceTM is a research proj... Read More
October 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Finding the perfect name for your new baby can be so much fun! On the other hand, it can be a huge challenge and source of frustration. Maybe you've had your baby's name picked out since you were 16 and just can't wait to finally use it. Or maybe, you just found out you're having a little boy and ar... Read More
October 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Tuesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the organization responsible for producing practice guidelines for obstetricians and gynecologists, released new guidance that aims to make VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) available to anyone who wants... Read More
October 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Will you be towing along a nursling to your Halloween festivities this year? No need to let it stop you from getting dressed up and having fun with the occasion! There are so many costumes you can wear that will either easily incorporate your baby into the costume, or make breastfeeding easier.... Read More
October 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you thought about what you'll use to keep you hydrated and energized during labor and birth? There are lots of ready-made products you can buy that work great in labor, like granola/protein/energy bars, electrolyte drinks, coconut water, and endurance sport snacks. There are also things you can... Read More
October 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you keep up with Hollywood news or not, you’ve probably heard mention of reality star Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy. Understandably, she’s trying to maintain some privacy during this special time. We did learn, however, that she’s planning on attending Lamaze childbirth classes (!) based on recom... Read More
October 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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When a child dies, fathers grieve. Culturally, men grieve in different ways, often because of how they are taught -- or not taught -- to show grief and sadness. Because of the perceived need to "stay strong" and hide emotions, it's imperative that dads actively seek ways to process and deal with... Read More
October 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Weaning a child from breastfeeding can be a tricky, confusing, and emotional time for parents and children. There are questions about when to do it and how to do it. There are intense emotions from both parent and child, and of course there's the physical changes to contend with. In a new guide book... Read More
October 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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October is ICAN Accreta Awareness Month, an event created by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) to bring attention to the condition of "placenta accreta," which is when the placenta attaches too deeply into the wall of your uterus. In a normally developing pregnancy, your baby's pla... Read More
October 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are many baby gear products on the market -- and widely sold! -- that are, in fact, unsafe for babies and can increase the risk of infant death. Do you know what those products are?... Read More
October 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The loss of a child has profound and long-lasting effects on a parent and within the family. Whether a parent experiences loss through miscarriage at anytime during pregnancy, stillbirth, infant death, or older child death, the impacts, grief, and difficulties people experience are similar in intens... Read More
October 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In just a few weeks, thousands of pregnant people, parents, and new families will flock to the 2nd Annual LA Baby Show, a gathering and presentation of the top, must-have baby gear brands, along with giveaways, expert speakers and educational seminars. The show takes place November 4-5 at Magic Box... Read More
October 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As someone who works for Lamaze and teaches Lamaze childbirth classes, I hear a lot of misguided and outdated information from parents who think they know what a Lamaze childbirth class is all about. I want to set the record straight and tell you that a Lamaze childbirth class isn't all that -- it's... Read More
September 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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September is Baby Safety Month, an event sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to increase parents' and caregivers' awareness of baby products safety. The 2017 theme is "Strap Safety," which highlights the many critical and proper uses of safety straps in baby items lik... Read More
September 27, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Taking a pregnancy yoga or fitness class is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit. A pregnancy-specific class focuses on preparing both your body and mind for birth. Lamaze teaches that birth is normal and healthy event in a person's life... Read More
September 25, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I’ve been enthusiastic about fitness for more than 10 years and have continued my interest in exercising while I’m now in the third trimester of my second pregnancy. I realized how many benefits I gained by staying active during my first pregnancy and chose to continue the habit.... Read More
September 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth plans catch a lot of flack. And sometimes, it's for good reason. Like, when a parent hands over a two-pager (front and back) to the hospital nurse, or when a birth plan is intended as an impossible play-by-play script for the big day. Birth plans also can be immensely helpful when they are use... Read More
September 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Being mindful -- or mindfulness -- is more than just a trendy buzzword. In fact, mindful practices have been around for thousands of years. Now, seemingly all of a sudden, you're hearing all the time about how being more mindful can positively impact your mind, body, emotions, and health. And it's t... Read More
September 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Over the last eight months, Serena Williams has been in the spotlight more often than normal, and it has very little to do with her tennis career. From her surprise pregnancy announcement and growing baby bump photos, to her most recent birth announcement of baby girl Alexis (congrats!), we've... Read More
September 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many options when it comes to choosing a breast pump! Apart from a vast array of brands of pumps, there's the type of pump to consider, which can be confusing and overwhelming. That's why Lamaze, in conjunction with Aeroflow Breastpumps, which specializes in helping pregnant and nursing... Read More
September 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Are you in the throes of life after birth and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared for your own emotional and physical survival and recovery? Or perhaps you're prepping to have baby #2 and worried about what to expect this time around after birth, especially if you had a rough postpartum the first... Read More
September 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We apologize for the gap in posts; posting on time has been a challenge since the blog administrator herself evacuated Florida with family in tow to ride out Hurricane Irma on safer ground! Thankfully, all is mostly well in my neighborhood and I can return home soon. As you know from news reports, o... Read More
September 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida just weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, TX, people everywhere are in various states of intense preparation and recovery. For those who are pregnant, especially late in pregnancy, and those who have just given birth living in affected areas, it's... Read More
September 1, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Are you pregnant with twins or more? As they say, it's double the blessings and later on, double the trouble! But is it double the nutrition efforts and calories? People pregnant with multiples often wonder just how many calories they should be eating. Is it double the amount of food? Double the wei... Read More
August 30, 2017 by Lamaze International
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My mother used to talk about “BK” and “AK”—what life was like “before kids” and “after kids.” And she was right. When you stare into your baby’s eyes for the first time, it’s a milestone moment—the ultimate “after” to your life “before.” Becoming a parent, and understanding ho... Read More
August 28, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Considering I literally asked out loud, “Why is there a baby crying in the other room?” the day I brought my first-born home, I’m hoping to be more prepared as I look forward to welcoming baby number two in a few months.

Becoming a mother was such a... Read More
August 25, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins Black Breastfeeding Week, an awareness event created to address the breastfeeding gap and share the distinct challenges and obstacles experienced within the African-American community. This year's theme is #BetOnBlack because, as the website describes, that's "how our families and those... Read More
August 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast milk is the best first and exclusive food for babies for the first six months of life. Yet, despite this message having been widely shared across the United States, we still struggle as a nation to keep breastfeeding beyond the first few weeks and months. Let's take a look at the most recent... Read More
August 21, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Even though it's commonly referred to as a "joyful time," the truth is, pregnancy is a mixed bag of emotions and experience that is very personal and different for each person. Depending on a variety of factors, from health to personal life, one person's ecstatic pregnancy could be another person's... Read More
August 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Mothers are dying before, during, and after giving birth at significantly increasing rates in the United States. In fact, more than half of all mothers' deaths happen after giving birth, after baby goes home from the hospital. For many, this is surprising and shocking news. In fact, one of the main... Read More
August 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With stressful and fearful events taking place right now in the United States and across the world, aired daily on the news and online, it's likely that people of all races, ethnicities, and genders -- some significantly more than others -- are experiencing stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and upset. I... Read More
August 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of our book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out our full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of what's inside -- you can view all the posts in this series here. Throughout the month,... Read More
August 11, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Breast Pumps Direct, an online marketplace for breast pumps, has launched their "Chance to Choose Program," a breast pump “trade-up” program that allows parents to trade in their insurance-provided pump in exchange for a brand new pump of their choice at a heavily reduced price. The traded-in pumps... Read More
August 9, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I was all geared up and ready to breastfeed when I had my baby a year ago. While I was not necessarily excited about it, I knew that it was what I wanted for my baby.  My personal goal was to exclusively breastfeed for one year and then switch the baby to whole milk.  I read books, looked up article... Read More
August 7, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Billy Doidge Kilgore

My second child is due next month and I’m excited about many things but one sticks out in my mind: wearing the baby wrap again. I’m looking forward to the feeling of a baby pressed against my chest. I love the closeness, the smell of a fresh scalp, and fingers jabbed into my... Read More
August 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On third babies and simplicity...

Simon is doing great. He is growing like a weed and by his 11th day had already surpassed his birth weight. Nursing has been the area in which I've felt the most comfortable, and I feel that we had a very good rhythm from the get go. Luckily, my milk came in on day... Read More
July 31, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Laura Ward, PT, DPT, MTC

As a physical therapist (also known as a physiotherapist) who specializes in women’s health physical therapy and treating the pelvic floor, I was particularly interested in the blog post from The Subtle Mummy about her "broken vagina." First, I really enjoyed Zoe’s blog... Read More
July 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A former "Great Expectations" writer, Julie, shares thoughts on preparing for her upcoming birth by reviewing her first birth.  

As a soon to be second time mom, and hard on the heels of my last baby (the two girls will be 18 months apart), I was asked to give some advice on what helped and... Read More
July 26, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Mindy Cockeram, LCCE

Serena William’s pregnancy has raised many questions about what level and types of fitness are safe to do during pregnancy.  Exercise during pregnancy is no longer taboo, in fact it is now promoted for its overall health benefits and in the prevention and management of gesta... Read More
July 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As you prepare for your upcoming birth, have you given thought to what, if any, music you'll play during labor? Whether you're a music aficionado or not, you might be surprised at how adding music to the environment of your labor and birth can help change your mood, reduce your pain, and increase... Read More
July 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza
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It's well known that the rate of c-section in the United States is higher than it should be at 32 percent. It's also clear that the United States' high rate of death for moms and babies is not being helped by the amount of c-sections performed and that current maternal medical practices are not yiel... Read More
July 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this year, Lamaze released the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) Since it's release, we've been sharing little snapshots of the book's content. This month, we're talking labor pain management and finding... Read More
July 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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How would you feel if I told you that today, you would stub your toe over and over for a span of a few hours? (Panic? Fear? Dread?) On the other hand, what if I told you that, today, you would experience a period of discomfort -- perhaps even a long period -- that would start off slow and mild, offe... Read More
July 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's late in your third trimester and you're gathering things you'll want for the big day. You've packed a change of clothes and your travel toiletries, of course, but what are you taking with you to the hospital that will help bring you comfort -- and relieve pain -- in labor?... Read More
July 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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You may have heard about a baby show or "expo" before. But do you know what it is? We can't speak for all the baby tradeshows around, but we can tell you that the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show is like no other event -- it provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from... Read More
July 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Rounding out our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth, we're talking today about number 10: episiotomy. As with each of the fears we've addressed, this too is a hot topic that's always addressed in a good childbirth class. (You can view the whole list and links to the first 9 articles here.)... Read More
July 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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I was recently contacted and asked if I would review a new memoir book called Second Chance: A Mother's Quest for a Natural Birth After Cesarean by Thais Nye Derich. I'm not able to review all the books that come through my inbox, but I was glad I answered "yes" to this one. Following is my review a... Read More
July 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Whether you're planning on getting an epidural or not, planning on an induction or not, have a scheduled cesarean or not, chances are likely that you will have to experience some of the contractions and process of labor. As a childbirth teacher, I tell families that no matter what you think your pla... Read More
June 30, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For this last day in June, we thought we'd share some of the best posts and articles that came out this month (there were many!). From humorous to tender, and light-hearted to serious, we combed the 'net for the most recent dad-related content. Enjoy the good reads!... Read More
June 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study out of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder shows that the pain of labor and birth can be reduced simply by a partner holding hands with the laboring person. Researchers studied 22 heterosexual, long-term couples using simulated labor pain scenarios and found that w... Read More
June 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Listen up, men: pre-pregnancy health and fertility isn't just a concern for women! If you and your partner are actively trying to get pregnant or are planning to get pregnant in the near future, there are steps you can -- and should -- take for the health of your child. Lamaze has teamed up with the... Read More
June 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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ACOG - The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - is the guiding professional organization for obgyns in the United States and is responsible for producing guidelines and recommendations for care of families in labor and birth. Earlier this year, the organization released new recommend... Read More
June 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I am five months and some change into being a parent and I have to say... it's not as hard as I expected. I don't believe in "good babies" because no baby is bad, but I can say that Mae is easy; she's happy and easygoing, a decent sleeper, has a great personality, and seems to get cuter every day.... Read More
June 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study from the Netherlands reveals that even if a person experiences an unexpected intervention or complication during labor and birth, they are less likely to suffer trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they experienced good communication and support from care providers. Dutch... Read More
June 16, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In our third and final "quick guide" mini-series this week, we celebrate fathers for Father's Day by providing some of the most important tips to prepare for, understand, and support breastfeeding. While fathers aren't doing the breastfeeding (in most cases, though there are exceptions!), they can p... Read More
June 14, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This week, we're focusing on all things dads, birth, and beyond in celebration of Father's Day. First we posted A Dad's Quick Guide to Childbirth with a few, targeted and essential tips to know for birth. Today, we're talking post-birth, er, postpartum, that is. The postpartum period is generally de... Read More
June 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In honor of the upcoming Father's Day, this week at Giving Birth with Confidence, we're celebrating dads by providing a few quick reference guides for all things birth and beyond. It's common for dads to get lost -- and feel lost -- in the shuffle of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. As the non... Read More
June 9, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Welcome back to our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth that are addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first articles, click here. Today, we're talking about the dreaded fear -- and very rare occurrence -- of making it to the hospital (or birth center) in... Read More
June 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As a new parent, the experience of bringing home and caring for your new baby in the first few months is the first true lesson in co-parenting, compromise, and communication. Now, as a parent of older children, let me also add that parenting in a child's first few months involves an extraordinary se... Read More
June 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For some, finding out the sex* of their baby is one of the most exciting moments of pregnancy. With the availability of blood tests and high-tech ultrasound imagining, people are able to find out if they're carrying a boy or girl much earlier in pregnancy, though some still wait until the standard 2... Read More
June 2, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many who are in labor and giving birth in a hospital, an IV with hydrating fluids is part of the routine package. If your pregnancy and birth is low risk and you are not receiving other interventions like an epidural or pitocin, however, IV fluids may be unnecessary and in fact, cause more harm... Read More
May 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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There are so many things a doula will help with during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. A doula will provide excellent resources for you (like local childbirth classes, mental health services, where to go if you have difficulty breastfeeding, and the best websites and books for information),... Read More
May 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preeclampsia is one of the most common pregnancy, birth, and postpartum complications, occurring in 5-8% of all pregnancies and behind the leading cause of maternal and infant deaths each year. May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and we're doing our part in spreading the word to our readers about pr... Read More
May 24, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Earlier this spring, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out International Doula Month, we would like to share with you excerpts from the book about the importance and benefits of... Read More
May 22, 2017 by Lamaze International
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For some women, the moment their child is born a timer seems to begin ticking. There is the return to work that will be on the back of her mind at all times; an unavoidable countdown. It can be hard to let go of the looming feeling and emotions that can weigh a new mother dow... Read More
May 19, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're at the end of National Women's Health Week and to celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite -- and fun -- ways to get in your 30 minutes a day of fitness, as recommended by the Office on Women's Health and many leading health experts around the country.... Read More
May 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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May is International Doula Month, and if you're a parent who's had a positive experience with a doula (and there are many!), you'll understand why we celebrate doulas! If you're hoping to be a parent soon or expecting a baby currently and haven't made up your mind about hiring a doula, you'll want t... Read More
May 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Unless you regularly eat "clean" and health-fully, making dietary changes during your pregnancy can be difficult. Eat this, not that, drink this, not that, more water, less saturated fat, cut sugar... gah! It's overwhelming. While it is optimal to make several changes at once and overhaul your diet,... Read More
May 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy our special tribute to newly minted moms. Can you relate to these five stages after birth?

A baby is born. 

What follows next are the five stages of new motherhood after giving birth. Of course, mileage may vary.  ... Read More
May 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nurses are often the unsung heroes of health care; during birth, they are typically the ones supporting and tending to families the most! This week, in honor of National Nurses Week, we wanted to let birthing families know just how awesome your nurse can be during labor and birth, as well as provide... Read More
May 8, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Eight years ago I almost lost my life giving birth to my daughter. Preeclampsia could’ve destroyed a family. I kissed my newborn as they whisked her out of my arms and into the NICU. It felt like a dream, or maybe more like a nightmare. My husband... Read More
May 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you are trying to get pregnant, just found out you are pregnant, planning for a pregnancy in the future, or seeking a new provider, it's important for you to know that -- like most things in life -- you have options. In honor of the International Day of the Midwife, we are presenting key facts an... Read More
May 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and this week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week -- events supported by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, which was formed in 2014 to address the critical public health crisis impacting women and families in the U.S. This May, they are... Read More
May 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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With pregnancy comes an onslaught of decision-making points. As someone who often struggles with making decisions on the silliest of things (I was the type of pregnant person to Google tbe stats on which pregnancy tests were most accurate and least expensive), I remember feeling overwhelmed with the... Read More
April 28, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, Lamaze relaunched the revised, 3rd edition version of their flagship book, Giving Birth with Confidence. (You can check out a full review here.) In closing out the month on cesarean awareness, we would like to share with you an excerpt of information in the book about cesarean births, sp... Read More
April 26, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Your birth is an event you will remember forever. Need proof? Call up your mother or grandmothers and ask them to recount their birth stories (if you haven’t already) – you’ll be amazed at the details they can recall! In addition to those memories, recording and preserving your birth story in writte... Read More
April 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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By Sharon Muza, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE

You may find yourself headed for a cesarean birth, even when that was not what you planned. A cesarean might have been in the cards all along for a variety of reasons; or this change in plans might occur before labor begins or during labor, when you,... Read More
April 21, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The 2017 New York Baby Show, May 20-21 at Pier 94, will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 7th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring countie... Read More
April 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Congratulations at long last to April the Giraffe and baby [yet-to-be-named] giraffe! We are thankful for her sake (and ours) that the wait is over and mother and baby are doing well. As healthy birth advocates, we're also thankful and thrilled for this awesome example of how, by sticking to using t... Read More
April 14, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Though it's not the top story any longer (thank you, politics), the Zika virus still exists and continues to present a threat to healthy fetal development in pregnant people. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a comprehensive, up-to-date report that describes... Read More
April 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Birth

In a cosmic instant
New life bursts forth.
One journey folds, giving way
To the next one.
Unfolding,
Moment by unstoppable moment.... Read More
April 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Any experience of birth involves a mental processing and reflection on the event afterward. For those who experience trauma during birth, usually due to unexpected events, extreme emotions, or unresolved past experiences, it is important to formally process the experience in order to heal from the t... Read More
April 7, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Lots of links to share and we're only one week into Cesarean Awareness Month! Clearly, there are lots of voices to be heard and shared about this very important topic. Enjoy your Friday and your weekend with some reading around the 'net!

16 Points to Consider for Your Cesarean Birth Plan (Attach... Read More
April 5, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We have shared with you before the work that Consumer Reports has done on behalf of expectant families, including publishing hospital c-section rates, ways to avoid a c-section, and examining routine tests and treatment for children. Consumer Reports' investigation and advocacy for childbearing fami... Read More
April 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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April is Cesarean Awareness Month. On the blog, we talk throughout the year about healthy birth practices, which also include the best, research-based ways to avoid cesarean. This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on specific things you can do to increase your chance of avoiding a c... Read More
March 31, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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After a sneaking suspicion or a hopeful wish, you peed on a stick and saw two lines! (Or you saw "pregnant" if you had the fancy test.) Now what? After the excitement and early announcement activity dies down, it's time to start thinking about your birth. Wait-- what? You just found out you're pregn... Read More
March 29, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Do a quick search on Amazon and you'll find thousands of books about pregnancy and childbirth (21,701 to be exact, according to my most recent search). You'll even find a ton rated at four stars and up! So how do you choose? You can read some of the reviews to see what others liked about the book.... Read More
March 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality (mothers dying within 42 days after the end of pregnancy) among all industrialized countries. The highest. More than 50% of those maternal deaths are preventable. The state of maternal and infant care in the United States is a national cri... Read More
March 24, 2017 by Lamaze International
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The following post comes from our previous Great Expectations blogger, Pamela. She writes the following letter to her doula (for all 3 births!) in honor of World Doula Week. 

"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to supp... Read More
March 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today begins World Doula Week -- a time to recognize, celebrate, and spread the word about the critical role doulas play with families across the world. Lamaze recognizes the role of doulas as vital toward our own mission of advancing safe and healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.

Oft... Read More
March 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Spring is in the air (unless of course, you're buried in snow -- sorry!), and for some, the fresh air and budding flowers prompt the need to clear out and clean out the house. Of course, preparing for the arrival of a new baby can also make you feel like you need to prep, clean, and organize (nestin... Read More
March 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Nutrition resources for pregnant people on the 'net are seemingly endless, which is great -- and totally overwhelming. Below we're sharing some of our favorite links to these resources, with a variety of ideas, tips, and topics.

 

10 Surprising Prenatal Power Foods (Fit Pregnancy) - Some of these... Read More
March 15, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you are pregnant. You are excited, you’re glowing, and you may be outrageously hungry or a little bit nauseous. Whatever the case, being pregnant can be an amazing time, but also an overwhelming and uncertain experience; after all, you are bringing a new life into this worl... Read More
March 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a condition that affects about X percentage of those who become pregnant and causes you to vomit and/or feel nauseous throughout the day, during your entire pregnancy. Those who have experienced HG will tell you, "No. It is NOT the same as 'morning sickness.'"... Read More
March 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's not easy to know the best course of action to take when caring for your child's health. All this time spent preparing for pregnancy and birth, then baby is born and a whole new world of questions and confusion opens up! From common childhood illnesses and ailments to routine and unexpected test... Read More
March 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today is International Women's Day -- a celebration of the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. This day hits close to home for Lamaze, as we have been a champion for change -- and improvement in -- the treatment of and care for women during labor and bir... Read More
March 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Today, March 6 is IBCLC day, and in recognition, we're giving you the scoop on IBCLCs. If you're pregnant or recently gave birth and plan to/are breastfeeding, an International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiner (IBCLC), is important to know and work with to provide care, support, and troublesho... Read More
March 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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March is National Nutrition Month and throughout the month, we'll be sharing helpful -- and healthy -- resources on the role that good nutrition plays in a healthy pregnancy and birth. Today we address healthy fats, otherwise known as unsaturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These kin... Read More
March 1, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit group striving to improve health care quality and safety, released its 2017 Maternity Care Report yesterday. While there were some promising improvements found in the report, like a significant reduction in the hospital rate of early elective bir... Read More
February 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Research shows that moving freely in labor improves your perception of control and satisfaction, decreases your need for pain medication, and may reduce the length of labor. These reasons are precisely why the second Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice is entitled, "Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions... Read More
February 22, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your goal is to "get things moving along" in labor, there are certain helpful positions you should know about to use in labor that are known to do just that. Now, there's no guarantee, of course -- much of the time, labor takes the time it needs to take. Gravity and movement play key roles in the... Read More
February 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new review of studies ("systematic review") released last week and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that it is not only safe for women to eat during labor, but it is associated with shorter labor times! Though the study can't prove if eating during labor was the specific ca... Read More
February 15, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we're sharing a lot about labor positions. The good news is that there are many different labor positions to use throughout labor, in nearly any birth scenario. Today, we're covering labor positions that help during back pain or "back labor." Often, back labor pain occurs when baby is fa... Read More
February 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For matters of childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum health during Black History Month, we want to highlight the disparity between white and black mothers and families -- and what you can do to help. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women die during pregnancy, childbirth... Read More
February 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you 6 of the most important and my personal recent favorite posts from the net. Enjoy!

New fish consumption guidelines during pregnancy - The FDA has released new guidelines for which fish to eat and how much during pregnancy, according to mercury lev... Read More
February 8, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's true that you could give birth in a bare room if needed, but it certainly wouldn't be ideal! There are a number of props (that can be both purchased and made) that can be very useful when getting into more comfortable or ideal positions for laboring as well as for giving birth. Some of the prop... Read More
February 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According to retailers, February is the month of love. Instead of bucking this seasonal trend, we're going to run with it at Giving Birth with Confidence -- but with a twist. We're going to focus less on chocolates and jewelry and more what's at the heart of love. Today we're talking "love languages... Read More
February 3, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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During labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum, the hospital bed can be a very useful and versatile tool in helping you cope with contractions and find optimal comfort. Throughout this month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on labor positions (there are so many!) that can be used duri... Read More
February 1, 2017 by Lamaze International
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I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Marian Alice Elmer, aka Mae, born Tuesday, January 17 at 2 pm. She weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces and measured 18 inches long, and is in every way perfect. Here's our birth story. At my 40 week appointment, my midwives were concerned that Mae's position felt different... Read More
January 30, 2017 by Lamaze International
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This is the third in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue until we reach the end of the 20th century. The last post looked at birth in the 1920s. Today we hear from... Read More
January 27, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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On Wednesday this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which is the non-profit organization responsible for researching, reviewing, and releasing current and new practice guidelines for OBs, released new recommendations (called a "Committee Opinion") called "Approach... Read More
January 25, 2017 by Lamaze International
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You are what you eat- these words are even more true when it’s in reference to when you are pregnant! In all honesty, right now, the phrase should be “Your baby is what you eat.” Your body is growing cells and processing at a rapid rate, literally what you are eating is becoming your child. There ar... Read More
January 23, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month -- an observance aimed to spread critical information about the prevention, screening, and early detection of cervical cancer and HPV (human papillomavirus).... Read More
January 20, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If your new to this blog or Lamaze, you may not know that we have a sister blog written for researchers and maternal-child health professionals called Science & Sensibility. From time to time, we'll review their posts and write up summaries that are more accessible to parents. Today, we're sharing t... Read More
January 18, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're following our new, short little series, we're sharing the ins and outs of different birth settings. Last week, we shared about hospital birth and today we talk about home birth -- what to expect and what's important to know. 

Giving Birth at Home 
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January 13, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Before I get into the juicy details about the awesome new birth plan template from Lamaze, let me say this: there is no such thing as "planning" your birth, anymore than you can plan a snowstorm. "Birth plans," as they are identified by most people, refer to a set of preferences and desires for one'... Read More
January 11, 2017 by Lamaze International
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Well, today is my due date with no baby in sight, so I won't be one of the 5% who delivers "on time." I'm as comfortable as any full-term pregnant woman has a right to be, which is to say I'm pretty uncomfortable but I know it could be a lot worse. Mae keeps inching her way down and then leaping bac... Read More
January 10, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In this new, short series, we will describe the different kinds of places where you can give birth -- what to expect, what's common, and tips for communicating and navigating. First up, we will review the hospital birth, which is where the majority of families in the United States go to give birth. ... Read More
January 6, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, an awareness event that helps spread information to parents about the most effective ways to prevent birth defects. This month, MotherToBaby, a service of the international non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), rele... Read More
January 4, 2017 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Immediately after a baby is born, the umbilical cord -- the lifeline that connects baby to your placenta and allows for vital oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood flow -- is still filled with blood. The remaining blood, as it turns out, isn't just insignificant leftovers, but very beneficial for baby to... Read More
December 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My apologies if you noticed that I missed my 37 week update and thought I might have delivered early. The combination of my last week at work and Christmas got in the way of everything else, and I’m just now getting my bearings. I’m still very pregnant and not feeling particularly ready to pop; I ha... Read More
December 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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2016 is coming to an end, but before it does, let's take a look at what happened here on the Giving Birth with Confidence blog from Lamaze. I'll share with you the most popular posts according to the number of views, my personal favorite posts, and the top 10 search terms. 

 

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December 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you ever considered how a birth plan might differ according to where you give birth? Whether it's a home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth, a birth plan serves a similar purpose across the board -- to help you better research and understand your choices, prepare you for different sce... Read More
December 19, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Dearest Santa,

Hi there -- long time, no talk! You see, we're new parents. And yes, technically you're not supposed to be coming around these parts for another year or so, but this isn't about our precious child. It's about us. Call it selfish, but we're desperate. If there's room on your list, we'... Read More
December 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Virtual instruction can be a great place to start on your journey toward childbirth education. Webinars are usually about an hour long and include a recorded presentation from a professional in the field. I've provided a list of a handful of free recorded webinars available from Lamaze and other res... Read More
December 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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It's that time of year again! The time when we offer up important information on induction -- why and when it's medically necessary and how "the holidays" is not a complication of pregnancy requiring induction.

Around the holidays, many pregnant people experience pressure from family or healthcare... Read More
December 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If a planned cesarean is necessary for your birth, it is helpful to write a birth plan just as parents do for vaginal/unplanned births. Of course, both the process for writing a cesarean plan as well as its contents, is notably different. First let's look at how to go about crafting a cesarean birth... Read More
December 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many, the weekends are all about getting together with friends, catching up on household to-dos, and sleeping in. But what about if you're pregnant? Of course, those things will likely still be on your list, but let's take a look at the other helpful things you can do during the weekend if you'r... Read More
December 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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My only major pregnancy update from the last two weeks is that Mae is now responding to outside stimulus - when I press on her foot, she generally kicks back. It's also very easy to see when she's moving around in there, and it has been fun to share that experience with Carson and others. I play and... Read More
December 5, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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So you've decided to write a birth plan, which is great because a birth plan can be a helpful tool and resource in the process of preparing for your birth. But now what? What do you do with a birth plan once you print it? How do you use it and when? Writing a birth plan is a great first step, but th... Read More
December 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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This month, we'll be sharing new and existing resources on the oft-talked-about, much loved and sometimes loathed birth plan. We'll address what a birth plan is -- and what it isn't, resources on different kinds of birth plans, and critical tips for communicating your birth plan (perhaps the most im... Read More
November 30, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Have you talked with your care provider about induction? Do you know others who have had an induction? Do you know the risks, benefits, and when it's medically necessary? Lamaze has several resources on induction to help inform, educate, and equip you with evidence based information to make decision... Read More
November 28, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The holiday season is full of fun, nostalgia, merriment, and -- let's face it -- stress. Being pregnant during this time can bring added excitement -- and also more stress. (Do you see a pattern here? Where's there's excitement, there's likely to be stress!) And we are learning, more and more, the i... Read More
November 25, 2016 by Lamaze International
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This week's post is going to be a hodgepodge of topics because I'm not feeling clever enough to tie them together into a theme other than "Whoa all of a sudden I'm super pregnant." I am starting to adjust to the reality of dressing my larger body. I took being small for granted for so long, and it's... Read More
November 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For most people in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day -- a time-honored holiday tradition that recognizes history, provides opportunity to give thanks for the good things in life, and encourages people to overindulge on comfort foods. If you're pregnant this Thanksgiving, your holiday c... Read More
November 18, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Adorable Preemie Clothes Made & Donated to Babies in NICU

 

Look But Don't Touch - Life After Neonatal Care

 

Tips for getting through the days in the NICU from a dad who’s done it

 

Prematurity in 2016: Concern, Hope, and the Landscape of Unknowns

 

5 Things That May Help Your Process Your... Read More
November 16, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 is World Prematurity Awareness Day, a recognition day promoted by several organizations in the World Prematurity Awareness Network to raise awareness of the fact that premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. It is a global health cr... Read More
November 14, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For many parents, premature birth is unexpected, scary, and overwhelming. It's true that medically, we have made many advances to help premature babies survive and thrive, but even so, it can be a time of great uncertainty and heightened anxiety caused by the many ups and downs that are often the ha... Read More
November 11, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Cara... the second half of this might be hard for you to post, but I had to write it.Well, it happened. I "popped." That is a word that has been used in reference to my stomach at least a dozen times in the past week, almost always accompanied by how "cute" I look. Guess how much I love this new com... Read More
November 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Pregnancy lasts nearly 10 months. (Oh, you thought it was 9? Sorry to disappoint.) During that span of time, it's inevitable that you will experience an event or multiple events that will cause emotional distress. For some, today, it may be the presidential election results. For others, it could be... Read More
November 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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According the the March of Dimes' most recent report card, the United States scored a "C" on premature birth rates. For the first time in eight years, the percentage of premature births in the United States increased, and what's most alarming is the widening difference in prematurity rates for diffe... Read More
November 4, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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For your Friday, below are recent articles from the collective world-wide voice of parents. These days, your village often includes those you find support and solace in online as well as in person. 

"They Should've Warned Me" (Huffington Post)

This sweet twist on the warnings many parents get duri... Read More
November 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that every day and week of pregnancy is critical for baby's development. In a news release about the study, Children's National Health System reports:

"During the third trimester -- the final 13 to 14 weeks of gestation -- fetuses' brains grow e... Read More
October 31, 2016 by Lamaze International
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How to get your nutrients during pregnancy Last month we stressed the importance of not only taking your prenatal vitamins, but the importance of eating a sound and nutritious diet during pregnancy. That, unfortunately, though prenatal vitamins are a great addition to fulfilling nutritional needs du... Read More
October 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You may or may not have noticed that I skipped the 27 week blog. My apologies! Carson and I were in Seattle for my sister's wedding and our baby shower, and we took a mini road trip in between, and blogging went by the wayside. I'm happy to report that both the wedding and shower were great successe... Read More
October 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Early this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines for safe infant sleeping practices as part of their ongoing efforts to reduce the rate of infant death like SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. Up until this point, the AAP has maintained guidelines that show p... Read More
October 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you've been on Pinterest searching Halloween costume ideas, no doubt you've seen a ton of cute ideas for Halloween costumes during pregnancy. With a week left to go, you'll easily be able to pull off any of the following fun ideas.

 

Belly paint - A classic that leaves room for so many options!... Read More
October 21, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Whether it’s diet, medicines, or daily practices, our habits influence which microbes are in and on us. Our health is intricately intertwined with the health of our microbiomes. The first few years of life are particularly important, as the human and microbial “self” of a person is developing. Our m... Read More
October 20, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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"You think pregnancy is hard?? Just you wait until the real work begins!" This phrase, and others that echo the same sentiment, are frequently offered from well-meaning (maybe) family members and friends to a mother or father who is expecting their first child. And while I vehemently disagree with... Read More
October 17, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We all know what pain feels like, in varying degrees. But what does pain look like? What do we do with our bodies when we experience something painful? Some of the instinctive responses we use to respond to everyday pain (think stubbing your toe, papercuts, bumping into a piece of furniture, going t... Read More
October 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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If you're not using Pinterest on the regular for all things pregnancy, birth, and babies, get thee there ASAP! Seriously, Pinterest is a fantastic resource for so many things related to parenting and children. Plus, the visual layout is super helpful to spot targeted resources quickly and easily.... Read More
October 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Preparing to give birth for the first time will, for most expectant parents, cause some anxiety and fear -- that's normal. There are many factors, however, that only serve to increase and feed into those worries, and sometimes, parents unknowingly engage in activities and habits that do just that! T... Read More
October 6, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the Southeastern U.S. coast, people who live in the projected path are making preparations for safety, like filling up on gas, purchasing non-perishables, protecting valuables, and securing their home. Pregnant women, especially those in the late stages (7-9 mon... Read More
October 3, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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People often refer to a sleeping infant as "precious," but all new parents know that the most precious thing about it is that their baby is SLEEPING! The issue of infant sleep is one that so many parents lose sleep over -- literally and figuratively. Are they getting enough? When will they wake? Whe... Read More
September 30, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Carson and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary (4+ years as a couple, though; it's weird to "start over" at 1) last weekend. We went to the county fair, which is where we started our honeymoon, and watched sheepdog trials and the rodeo. We also won first place for our wildflower honey! It's f... Read More
September 28, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Wrapping up National Yoga Month, we have guest writer, yoga instructor, and Lamaze educator Leslie Lytle providing us with simple and effective yoga poses to help with common pregnancy discomforts. 

 

By Leslie Lytle, MS, LCCE, RPYT, ERYT500

 

The capacity of the female body to shift and change... Read More
September 26, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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In the second of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational on babies and the importance of facial recognition, as well as ideas to use this as a way to play and interact. To read the first two pos... Read More
September 23, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Take a look at the following top 5 reads for your Friday. We think our own resources are great, of course, but love sharing other worthy, evidence-based tips and articles, too!... Read More
September 21, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Last month, we reported on new research that questions the purported benefits of prenatal vitamins. Our in-house nutrition expert told us about how obtaining nutrients through diet is critical. That said, there are still some important nutrients that are recommended to be taken in supplement form, a... Read More
September 19, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In the second of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational and practical tips for bonding with your newborn baby. Often, parents find it hard to know what to "do" with a baby other than meeting th... Read More
September 16, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Before I got pregnant, I worried that people would comment on how big I was getting. I assumed that since I had a short torso I would pop out like a balloon. However, at 5 1/2 months pregnant, if I wear a flowy top or you look at me from the front I don't look pregnant at all. I went to a wedding ov... Read More
September 14, 2016 by Lamaze International
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In the first of this three-part series, guest contributor Dr. Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist who specializes in child development, provides informational and practical tips for bonding with your newborn baby. Often, parents find it hard to know what to "do" with a baby other than meeting the... Read More
September 12, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Things are going by crazy fast. When people ask Joe and I how things are going we both agree- this is easier than being pregnant! Every time I feel like I can’t survive the exhaustion, I remember how miserable I was during the pregnancy. Plus, even when things are hard, there is a sweet, precious ba... Read More
September 9, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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The benefits of prenatal yoga are solid, so I'm not going to spend any time here explaining why you should make it a priority during your pregnancy. Instead, let's talk about how to better access yoga. Some would argue that yoga is only for [already] fit, non-working, affluent women. But that couldn... Read More
September 7, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Hello from week 21! (Or, by the time this is posted, almost 22 – time flies.) This post is going to seem off-topic for a bit, but bear with me. Years ago, I discovered that a woman who had been using my computer didn’t sign out of her email account. We were both teaching abroad and had only known ea... Read More
September 2, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We're reviving this series to bring you the last three of the fears listed in our top 10 fears about birth addressed in a childbirth class! To view the whole list and links to the first seven articles, click here. Today, we discuss the fear nearly everyone has but no one likes to discuss: illness an... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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Happy Hump Day! Why not celebrate with some fun and informative internet reading on pregnancy and birth? I love combing the net for new resources and posts to share, spending time carefully choosing just the right content (because there is a plethora of bad content, let me tell you!). 

 

How to Su... Read More
August 29, 2016 by Lamaze International
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You just found out you’re pregnant, about 2 or 3 weeks along. Your pediatrician will mention what to expect during the first trimester, how much weight you’ll expect to put on... and don’t forget those prenatal vitamins! But, are prenatal vitamins as beneficial as we think they a... Read More
August 26, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Just as planning carefully for pregnancy and childbirth is important, so too is thinking about how you will protect your family’s economic security once the baby arrives. That responsibility falls most often to families because,... Read More
August 24, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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We would like to share our favorite, most helpful, evidence-based breastfeeding resources for parents. It's easy to find breastfeeding information on the internet -- a LOT of it. It's harder to weed out the good from the bad, which is what we provide for you below!

 

Kellymom.com doesn't sound lik... Read More
August 22, 2016 by Cara Terreri, LCCE, CD(DONA)
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As I write this, I am five days past my due date with my third baby. I'm no stranger to being "overdue." With my last pregnancy, I gave birth five days after my estimated due date. I was lucky enough with my first to go into labor three days before being due. Despite the fact that a perfectly health... Read More
August 19, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's official - the world can tell I'm pregnant! I hadn't really noticed a difference until two friends in one day commented that I was finally showing.
I had a minor meltdown on my first day in Los Angeles (if you recall, two weeks ago I wrote about taking 11 teenagers to LA for a college access re... Read More
August 17, 2016 by Lamaze International
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Well, he came early after all! My entire labor and birth experience was so different than what I thought it would be….

I was up late with insomnia on Sunday, July 17 while my husband was out hanging out with friends and having a guy’s night.  When he came home, we chatted a bit and didn’t turn out... Read More
August 15, 2016 by Lamaze International
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It's often said that the only thing that's needed for breastfeeding is a breast and a baby! For the most part, that's very true. In it's simplest form, breastfeeding is a free, ready-to-eat built-in system that works simply and naturally without the need for anything extraneous.... Read More
August 12, 2016 by Lamaze International
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My daughter is now two and a half months old and this will be my last blog entry for this site. I thought a lot about how I would like to explain this part of my baby journey, what kind of "ending" might capture being a new mother. If you have been reading my entries since the beginning, you'll reme... Read More

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