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

Just after birth

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

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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

Natural Birth FAQ for Families


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Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members.  Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a natural birth. Read more

What should I take to my birth place?

What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)?

When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things:

1)  all the things you will need for your birth

2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor

True, you might not use everything in your bag, but knowing it is there can be incredibly comforting! Read more

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