Category Archives: Your Healthy Pregnancy

Energy Balance – the Right Way to Gain Weight during Pregnancy

Pregnant woman measuring her belly.

Tweet You may be one of those women who has battled with weight issues most of her life – and now here you are, pregnant, and finally at the one point in your life when you can gain and gain and gain and not have to feel guilty at all, right? Unfortunately, no, it’s not…

Breastfeeding after Complications: Spinal Headache

maris photo

Tweet I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed my baby when the time came along. Once I was pregnant, I armed myself with The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, read everything else I came across about breastfeeding, and hoped for the elusive “perfect birth” where everything goes smoothly and the baby latches and nurses right…

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! Celebrate with Isis Parenting

New mom  Erin sent us this photo along with thanks for our online breastfeeding support webinars.

Tweet Every year during the first week of August, over 170 countries worldwide celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, with a focus on protecting a woman’s right to breastfeeding, providing information and education about breastfeeding, and supporting families through the process. 2012 is the 20th year of this global event! Isis Parenting is Boston’s Premier Breastfeeding Resource….

Birth – a Medical Condition or a Physiologic Process?

Perhaps the issue is that if one woman’s birth is considered natural because she had no medical interventions, does that mean the woman with the epidural had an unnatural birth?

Tweet Recently, three midwifery organizations – the American College of Nurse Midwives, the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and the Midwives Alliance of North America – put together a consensus statement defining normal, physiologic birth, describing its benefits, and discussing ways the U.S.maternity care system can better support it. In their statement, they use…

Motherhood & The Corner Office

The REAL news this week is much more about Marissa’s courage to step into something that’s been broken for so long than it is to enter the public debate on how many weeks off she’ll take for maternity leave.

Tweet The last ten days my inbox, Twitter account and Facebook feed have been on fire. From the frenzy created by Anne-Marie Slaughter’s piece in the Atlantic on “Having it All”(or why women can’t), to this week’s groundbreaking news about Marissa Mayer’s condition, media (traditional and social) contributors to the gender debate have taken up…

Carpal Tunnel and Pregnancy


Tweet Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life; however, your rapidly changing body can be accompanied by new aches and pains. A common condition that can plague women during pregnancy is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Pregnancy-induced CTS is different from the more traditional form of CTS, which can be caused by repetitive stress…

One Mom’s Story of “Drinking the Isis Kool-Aid”

Jennifer and her son Eli.

Tweet Someone recently said to me in an accusatory tone that I “drank the Isis Kool-Aid.” Naturally, a brilliant retort didn’t come to mind until days later, as I replayed the conversation in my head. Here it is: Why, thank you, yes I have. As my friends started having children I began to hear about…

Top 5 Items You’ll Be Glad to Have in the Diaper Bag

baby and mom with diaper bag

Tweet As part of a recent spring cleaning purge I decided to tackle my Mom Bag. (This is the parent-equivalent of a purse.) I’m embarrassed to say there was a lot of junk in there: old receipts, dried-up diaper wipes, and forgotten preschool crafts. But I also stumbled upon my true diaper bag gems—my top…