Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, drool everywhere, fussy, and waking up at night? Is it a tooth, or teething? Is your baby starting to teethe? Hands in the mouth, chewing on everything, and non-stop drool is pretty common in the 4 month old baby set. These are developmental behaviors we commonly call “teething,” but most likely, it will still be three or four more months before the glint of the very first tooth ever pokes through. Read More

“Birth hormones matter: Take precaution before intervention” could be the bumper sticker summary of Dr. Sarah J. Buckley’s new, in-depth report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. In her book, Dr. Buckley reviews the important role of birth hormones in helping expecting women prepare for birth, initiate labor, bond with their babies, and begin breastfeeding. The report also covers common practices that may create stress for the mother and interfere with natural hormonal processes during labor and birth, such as lack of privacy, loud noise, bright lights, and unnecessary or too frequent interventions, assessments, and monitoring. Read More

Many Americans do not eat a diet high in fish, despite the health benefits of eating seafood. Some folks avoid it because they see a burger as the tastier option, but others may be afraid of the mercury that is found in seafood, a concern that is especially prevalent for expecting and new moms. Yet seafood can be particularly beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as their babies. Read More

How Do You Know If Your Contractions Are the Real Thing? Check Out These 4 Signs! Your due date is approaching and you’re excited to meet your baby – you’re ready! You may have started experiencing some pre-labor symptoms such as diarrhea, pressure, bloody show, hot flashes, weight loss, moodiness, and Braxton-Hicks contractions. Read More

Nothing stresses out new parents and newborns more than the dreaded baby bath. If your baby isn’t a fan of the daily bath, don’t despair. Our month-by-month guide to bathing your baby simplifies the process. Read More

Now, more and more birthing sites across the U.S. are offering this option to their patients, joining 65% of countries across the globe that have been providing “gas and air” in post - World War II Europe for years and with great results. The self-administered gas is 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide. It generates a relaxed state within which one experiences a diminished perception of pain. Nitrous is fast acting, achieving peak effect at 30 – 50 seconds after inhalation. The gas is often just enough to help a woman get through her labor or allow her to delay the use of the epidural, but it’s not for everyone. Read More

Did you know your teeth and gums are more vulnerable when you’re expecting? Pregnancy hormones cause swelling, bleeding, and inflammation in the gums, leading to gingivitis or a gum infection. In addition to gingivitis, you may also experience the erosion of tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities, due to the effects of stomach acids that are released from morning sickness. Essentially, pregnancy provides the perfect set up for periodontal disease. Read More

Most women know that, in fact, one isn’t really supposed to “eat for two” when pregnant. The enclosed post discusses weight gain during pregnancy and provides standard guidelines relating to Body Mass Index and risks associated with obesity and pregnancy. Read More

In part one of our series, we learn why massage is beneficial to your baby. Ready to try a short infant massage? A few minutes, warm room, and some oil are all you’ll need to get started. Baby can be undressed down to the diaper, or naked if you dare. Let’s get started! Greet your baby and ask if he’d like a massage. Sign “massage” by rubbing your open hands together. It’s respectful to start by asking permission: “Would you like a massage?”. As you speak, you can use the sign for “massage”, by rubbing your hands together as… Read More

Infant massage is a wonderful bonding activity for parents and infants, and is also a great way for grandparents or caregivers to “connect” regularly with their baby. For parents and caregivers, infant massage helps to foster emotional closeness and connection, and is a positive form of non-verbal communication. For a very young baby who is not yet ready to “play," massage can serve as a pleasant and positive interaction. As babies grow older, massage becomes a favorite part of a bedtime or post-bath routine. Read More

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