Archive for 2016

  • Indelible Bonds

    Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    I’d like to share with you what it feels like to be so much a part of a family’s birth experience that an almost immediate and indelible bond forms. One that becomes forever etched in each of us. Birth is always magical for me but as with many things, some experiences are more powerful than others. Here is my story from this past Sunday.

    Read More »

  • Scheduled Birth – What’s It All About?

    Friday, November 25th, 2016

    Scheduled birth, labor induction, ever-increasing cesarean section rate, elective primary c/section…It’s enough to make your head spin.

    Read More »

  • Sex

    Friday, October 21st, 2016

    First there is sex – hopefully, really great sex. And sometimes sex ultimately leads to babies. There can be sex that results in a surprise baby. Or, there is “let’s make a baby while having great sex” sex.

    Read More »

  • Dogs & Kids : Sweet YouTube Videos

    Thursday, September 15th, 2016

    There’s no question about it. The love between kids and their pets can be remarkable. Take a look at five of my favorite YouTube videos showing the friendship of babies and their dogs.

    Read More »

  • When To Call Your Baby’s Doctor – Print Out Sheet

    Monday, September 5th, 2016

    One of the toughest and most nerve-racking things for new parent is figuring out when to call the doctor. As a general rule of thumb, trust your instincts. If you suspect something is not right, you should always call the doctor. Even small changes in eating, sleeping, and crying can be signs of serious problems for newborns.

    Read More »

  • Old Wives Tales

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016

    Although it is supposed to torrentially rain today, Spring is coming here in Northern California. We are all sneezing and walking around with itchy eyes from all the pollen in the air. Yesterday, a young mom asked me if sneezing and coughing too much would hurt her baby or cause her water bag to break early. I told her, “No” but her question got me thinking about all the old wives’ tales I’ve heard over the years.

    Read More »

  • Omega-3 and Mercury Matter Before Pregnancy

    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Fish oil is good for us. In recent years a lot of information has come out about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. DHA and EPA omega-3s are good for fetal brain development as well as other health benefits in adults. They can be found in fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and vegetable oils like canola, soybean and olive oil. Certain fortified foods such as milk, juice, bread and yogurt also have them.

    Read More »

  • Pregnancy Fitness

    Monday, March 14th, 2016

    There are so many great reasons to exercise. It helps all of us to feel better and to be healthier whether we are pregnant or not. During pregnancy, however, regular exercise and being fit can help decrease the incidence of gestational diabetes, help you to develop more stamina for labor and experience less post partum depression.

    Read More »

  • Postpartum Depression Also Happens To New Dads

    Friday, January 15th, 2016

    Depression frequently affects pregnant women and new moms. But a recent analysis of several studies involving over 2500 men, have shown that 10% of newborn fathers also experience postpartum depression.

    Read More »