Natural Childbirth

Your Baby is Born! What Happens Next Might Break Your Heart. Guest Post by Jennifer Margulis

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We are excited today to share a guest post from Jennifer Margulis, PhD.  An investigative journalist, activist for children and mother of four, she has gained increased recognition recently for her eye-opening new book, “The Business of Baby.”

 

(Photograph credit Jennifer Margulis)

When Taylor Hengen Newman had her baby at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City four years ago she had just a few minutes with him, skin-to-skin, as she had requested, and then he was taken out of her arms to be examined by a pediatrician, weighed, have a PKU heel prick, and warm up in an incubator. The obstetrician instructed her to push harder to deliver the placenta. Read more

Tips for Finding a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

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During your Birth Boot Camp classes, your instructor will teach the importance of your birth team. The birth team isn’t just mom and dad and their care provider, but includes many other helpful people such as a doula and a Chiropractor.

In our years of combined teaching, our instructors have found that employing a skilled Chiropractor can make a world of difference in a woman’s birth.  From simply increasing comfort during pregnancy, to aligning the body so that a baby can turn itself into an optimal position, Chiropractic can make a huge difference in achieving a vaginal, unmedicated birth. Read more

10 Tips to Gently Help Baby Sleep

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For new parents, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Are you getting any sleep?” What is a new couple to do when everyone wonders how you and your baby are “performing” in this area?  Here are a few simple tips that can help in those early days without resorting to less “baby-friendly” methods.

Understanding the basic needs and patterns of a newborn is very helpful.  This does not sound like a tip to help baby sleep, but it will guide you and lend wisdom. Flexibility and realistic understanding of newborn needs can help your baby make more sense to you.   Read more

Cytotec in Birth

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Once you begin researching birth, you will probably stumble up the product known as Cytotec. Because of a powerful ability to cause uterine contractions, Cytotec has found its way into obstetric practice. What should you know about Cytotec before your birth?

Basic facts about Cytotec

Cytotec is a medication used to prevent gastric ulcers, specifically those caused by NSAIDS. Cytotec is not approved for use in labor induction, despite its common use. Cytotec is also known as Misoprostol or Miso and is a synthetic prostaglandin. Natural prostaglandins are produced and found in many places in the body, including  seminal fluid, which helps show how Cytotec can act as a labor induction agent, like a natural prostaglandin might. Cytotec is also sometimes used in conjunction with mifepristone to cause abortion. Read more

Birth Story


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We are excited to share today an inspiring birth story from a couple that took a live Birth Boot Camp class.  Their story is wonderful, honest, and triumphant. The right birth team (including a doula!), a confident partner, and serious preparation can make a world of difference in your birth. Enjoy reading!

  

PREGNANCY

Nothing about my pregnancy was textbook. I had no morning sickness, suffered no constipation and my boobs were never sore. My appetite never changed and I had no weird cravings. In addition, I ended up giving birth to my son at 13lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight (and 7 weeks postpartum I am over 40lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight). Read more

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