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Doulas: Not Just for First Time Parents

“You don’t need a doula,” said the husband of a former client. “I’ll be there.” They were discussing the upcoming birth of their second baby, dreaming and planning. She made a note to call the doula in the morning, just to chat. A birth doula is a trained professional...

Physical therapy can fix common, troublesome body changes

By Sheree DiBiase A new baby, there is nothing better! Snuggling, loving and nurturing them becomes your new life. Suddenly, the aches and pains of pregnancy and delivery are forgotten. But don’t kid yourself – what your body just did to make this precious new...

A Real Mama’s Guide to Bedtime Routine (Or Lack Thereof)

If you’ve ever asked an expert about bedtime, they all usually have a common theme – routine, routine, routine. The details vary but the content tends to be similar. Bath time, pajamas, story time, feed, snuggle, et cetera. But what if you’re like my husband and I,...

Finding My Strength: Pelvic Floor Edition

Making babies: It’s all fun and games until you get a bladder hernia More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with a cystocele annually. When it happened to me, I went to the Internet to read about other women’s stories and was disappointed. It’s so common, but no one’s...

Accepting The Birth You Had And The Mother You Are

Motherhood comes with a lot of warnings. People warn you that childbirth hurts, that you won’t sleep, that you’ll fight with your partner, that you’ll hate going to work and that friends will be lost. Being pregnant was almost like wearing a billboard asking for all...

How to Pack a Cloth Diaper Bag

If you’ve got cloth diapering down to a science at home, it’s time to take the show on the road! Most of what you’ll bring with you is no different from what you’d have if using disposable diapers.   Start with a bigger bag! By nature, cloth diapers take up more...

Capturing the Moment : Choosing a Birth Photographer

Capturing the emotion and imagery of labor is a priority for many expectant mothers. Choosing a birth photographer to join your team can be a daunting task. How do you choose a photographer? What can you expect from the experience? Laura Fifield, a photographer from...

Are IV Fluids During Labor Affecting Establishment of Breastfeeding Relationships?

As a post-partum and labor and delivery nurse, it was a normal part of my day to keep my patient’s IV fluids running through their labor. On my side of the bed, it was standard of practice to give moms 1-5 liters of fluid during their labor, due to being on bedrest,...

A Midwife’s Calling: An International Journey for Women’s Wellness

An off-the-cuff Facebook comment caused a chain reaction that changed North Idaho midwife Kim Palmer’s life. “One of these days, I’m going to come see you and those giraffes,” she wrote on friend Marilyn Sorensen’s photo. The two had met at a midwifery conference...

Soothing Your Baby: The 5 S’s of Sleep

The Happiest Baby on the Block is Dr. Harvey Karp’s unique approach to infant care. His explanation of newborns is that their transition from the womb–a place of immense comfort, warmth, and safety–to the outside world should be considered an extension of...

Nursing Essentials Under $25

Breastfeeding is a natural process but sometimes you need the right supplies to make it easier! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite items for breastfeeding mamas. Check them out and give us feedback in the comments about what else made the early breastfeeding...

Soothing Your Baby: The 5 S’s of Sleep

The Happiest Baby on the Block is Dr. Harvey Karp’s unique approach to infant care. His explanation of newborns is that their transition from the womb–a place of immense comfort, warmth, and safety–to the outside world should be considered an extension of...

The Village Where Every Baby Nurses

If you had a hard time in the early days of breastfeeding, it’s time to give yourself a break. A recent survey of moms showed that 92 percent of new mothers struggled with latch issues, fears of low supply, and painful or cracked nipples during the early days of...

Not Just Bras: Nursing Moms Need Support

Motherhood comes with more than its share of change and responsibility. Community support during these changes is crucial for new moms, especially as they establish and build a breastfeeding relationship with their new baby. The World Health Organiziation (WHO) and...

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