Posts Tagged ‘midwife’

Daily Mom Book Club: A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for 8 Societies

From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.

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The First Step in Postnatal Care You Should Be Taking

If you’re like most moms, you probably took your prenatal vitamin religiously during your pregnancy (well, when it didn’t make you gag during the throes of first-trimester morning sickness!).

Then after delivery, you were discharged from the hospital with a brand-new baby, super-sore, with a barely recognizable body — and an appointment to see your OB in 6 weeks. So, was your body just magically supposed to return to “normal” by then?

Not exactly — while your uterus has generally contracted back to its pre-pregnancy size by the 6-week check-up, it can take several months to shed the baby weight, or feel up for exercise or intimacy. And if you’re breastfeeding, your body’s hard work continues as it works to support your baby!

So what if we told you there was something that would help your beaten-up, postpartum body? Something that would give you more energy? That would help with healing, mood and even milk supply?

Postpartum vitamins, friends. These powerful pills are just as important as your prenatals — and here’s why.

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Cord Blood banking: The facts

Cord blood banking the facts
The moment you realize you are about to become a mother, or a parent, everything changes. You suddenly become second, and the amazing miracle growing inside you quickly becomes number one. Before you know it you have to make a million different decisions and some are much harder than others. One of those questions that may come is whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood. This can be a complicated and confusing question, but we are here to help you find an answer. Read on to see the facts and weigh the pros and the cons of cord blood banking.

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