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Becoming a Second Time Mom

Tweet Six weeks ago I gave birth to a daughter, my second child. One of the biggest differences I have found is how easy newborn babies seem to be to take care of this time. When I had only my son to care for as a newborn, it all felt overwhelming; the constant diaper changes, never-ending feedings,…

Depression in Pregnancy

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Tweet Depression in the United States is a hidden epidemic: roughly 9% of U.S. adults meet the criteria for depression,[1],and the same appears to hold true for pregnant women (8.5-11%), and women during the postpartum period (6.5-12.9%).[2] It is ironic that while obstetric care providers have gotten better at managing postpartum hemorrhage and infection –…

My Birth Story: Coming on Fast and Furious

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Tweet When I entered the Mind Body Birth class I was scared and nervous about labor. By the end of our class sessions, I felt calm and excited to share this experience with my partner and soon-to-arrive child (we didn’t know the gender). I had visions of early labor at home, my favorite music playing…

The Truth about Bed Rest

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Tweet “A business trip?” I was incredulous. “I’ll make sure to sit the entire time,” my patient assured me with great seriousness. “I guess, if you have to.” I admit it: there was a hint of disapproval in my voice. My patient’s cervix was 2.5cm at 20 weeks of gestation. I had prescribed progesterone, and…

Tips for Baby’s First Trip

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Tweet We asked Isis moms what tips and advice they have for new parents taking baby on their first trip. Here are some of the top suggestions: White noise and baby wearing! ~ Bethany B. Travel at nap time & bring lots of snacks. ~ Erica L. Start packing earlier than yourself and its better…

New Relaxation Research Findings: Any Relevance for Pregnancy, Labor & Birth?

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Tweet Aah, yes… exhale slowly, letting go, shoulders drop and tension releases… You know that feeling you get after a yoga class or engaging in deep breathing, meditation or mindfulness. You are experiencing the Relaxation Response, a term coined decades ago by Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in…

15 Cool Things You May Not Know About Kangaroo Care

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Tweet Kangaroo Care is a specific type of Skin to Skin care. The term “Kangaroo Care” is typically used to describe a position where mother is reclined and the infant is placed upright on the mother’s bare upper chest, with full skin-to-skin contact. Skin to Skin care could include other positions (such as cradled in…

Other Mothers: The Gift of Community

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Tweet I believe one of the most important gifts every mother should give herself is the loving presence of “other mothers” in her life. From that very first moment when you learn that you are going to be a parent, most of us reach out to share our good news. It may be with our…