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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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  • 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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  • Prenatal Classes

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

    As it is the start of another new year I am struck yet again at how quickly the time passes. Our babies become toddlers and then pre-schoolers, grade-schooler and beyond. And it happens in what feels like a moment. I thought we would spend this week talking about all the possible classes that can prepare you for the new adventure of bringing home a new baby (or two).

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  • Memorable Holidays-Memorable Births

    Monday, January 2nd, 2017

    Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you were able to enjoy some down time with your partners, your babies, your families and all the people you love.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Happy Father’s Day

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

    I just lost my dad. Less than two weeks ago. There is no doubt in saying that it was expected, and he died of natural causes after a full and wonderful life. But as I have heard over and over, all of that kind of doesn’t matter. It’s my dad. No time is really an okay time.

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