All Posts in ‘Blog’

  • Pregnancy Fitness

    Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

    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.

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  • Should You Eat Soft Cheeses? Absolutely!

    Monday, July 24th, 2017

    Of course we want to be as safe as we can be as we are growing our babies. But why is it that common sense has lost out to fear and rationality? There is a new phenomenon of advising pregnant women to not eat soft cheeses and many types of deli meats. This is due to the extremely rare possibility of acquiring the bacteria Listeria. Lets talk about the myths and the facts about this disease and what the reals risks are.

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  • Childbirth Preparation Classes

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    Of all the classes, the most important for first-time parents is a class on preparing for labor and birth. Although it can be helpful to read books and watch a video or two on birth, books and videos don’t provide enough information to help you fully understand labor or learn effective coping skills. Taking a class will help you learn as much as you can about your new adventure (never forget that this is a wonderful adventure!).

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  • Springtime – Labor Coping Methods

    Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    Here in northern California spring-timehas arrived. Finally no rain, lots of sunshine, flowers blooming and the amazing California poppy is everywhere. All the spring flowers have me thinking about new birth. I thought this would be a good time to review some of my favorite labor coping methods. These are the the strategies I have found to be most helpful to women.

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  • Postpartum Depression… It’s Not the Baby Blues

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

    It’s normal to feel tired after giving birth, but how do you know if you’re suffering from depression? Let me try to explain the difference.

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  • Waves, Surges, or Really Big Pain

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    Decades ago when Dr. Fernand Lamaze wrote the book “Painless Childbirth” the natural childbirth movement was born. Thousands upon thousands of women diligently learned their breathing techniques and prepared themselves for their births. Unfortunately, what many women found out was that labor and birth actually did hurt for them. A lot.

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  • Sleep and Childbirth

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    It isn’t any surprise that I don’t sleep much. Years ago, when I was seriously deciding about whether to become and OB/GYN or a Nurse-Midwife, my biggest concern was sleep. My golden sleep and whether or not I was going to get enough of it. I was so concerned with having to be awake at night that I wasn’t sure I could do any kind of work that potentially involved my needing to be awake and/or functioning during non-daylight hours. My passion for childbirth created a dilemma there. Labor and birth, I’m afraid, do not necessarily, and conveniently occur around desirable sleep hours.

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  • What Is Your Maternity Medical Coverage?

    Monday, March 6th, 2017

    All the recent controversy over a new health care plan has reminded me about the maternity medical coverage items you’ll want to investigate with your own insurance company.

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  • Acupuncture Does Not Help Induce Labor

    Saturday, February 25th, 2017

    I was in a nail salon not long ago and a very pregnant woman was sitting with her feet soaking in hot water asking the woman working with her to be very careful so as not to put her into labor. She mentioned several acupressure points on the feet that induce labor. I was very tempted to launch fully into my “no, no, it does not” speech but instead decided to stay quiet.

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  • What Exactly Is An Ultrasound or Sonogram?

    Friday, February 17th, 2017

    Today I received a great question on Ask Tori, RN, about sonograms (ultrasound is the technique used to make the image) and whether or not they are harmful or have any effect on the unborn baby.

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