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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

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  • Postpartum Depression… It’s Not the Baby Blues

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

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  • Waves, Surges, or Really Big Pain

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017

    Decades ago when Dr. Ferdinand 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…

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  • Sleep and Childbirth

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    1034045_56715244_thumbIt 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…

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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.

    • Does your plan cover prenatal and maternity care? Federal law requires…

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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…

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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.

    Ultrasounds are considered to…

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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

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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.

    Alexander and I were in the Canadian Rockies enjoying vast amounts of…

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  • Indelible Bonds

    Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

    1111655_family_with_newborn_2 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…

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