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Six ways to have a great first Mother’s Day

Six ways to have a great first Mother’s Day

Your first Mother’s Day is a day you’ll likely treasure forever. Whether your baby is six-weeks-old or six-months-old, you’re still a relatively new mom, and like the saying goes, it goes too fast. This year, you’re celebrating so much from growing and birthing a...

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5 Reasons home birth is fit for royalty

5 Reasons home birth is fit for royalty

Throughout her pregnancy, it was rumored that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, were planning to have their baby at home, rather than in a hospital. Of course, it was met with a fair amount of criticism and misunderstanding from the...

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5 Things midwives are doing better

5 Things midwives are doing better

Choosing your care provider is one of the most important (if not the most important) choice you’ll make when you’re pregnant. That’s because care models can differ drastically from provider to provider. It’s no big surprise that different policies, practices and...

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6 Ways to practice mindfulness in pregnancy and postpartum

6 Ways to practice mindfulness in pregnancy and postpartum

We hear about mindfulness all the time. Enough to know by now, that in theory at least, mindfulness is a good thing and we need more of it in our lives. But putting it into practice can be a confusion experience. How do we know if we’re being mindful or not? How can...

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What herbs and teas safe for consumption during pregnancy?

What herbs and teas safe for consumption during pregnancy?

In a standard model of care, it’s not uncommon for practitioners to advise pregnant women to avoid drinking herbal tea. But the truth is, most herbs are safe for consumption during pregnancy. Most providers simply aren’t trained in herbs and can’t properly advise...

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What not to say to a breastfeeding mom at the holidays

What not to say to a breastfeeding mom at the holidays

For most families, the holidays are a joyous time of year. Especially when there is a new baby in the mix, coming together with loved ones who may be meeting your child for the first time is exciting and likely, a tad emotional. But the holiday season for families...

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The 5 Best books to prepare for an empowered birth

The 5 Best books to prepare for an empowered birth

The 5 Best books to prepare for an empowered birth   There are plenty of quality books on the market about parenting and birthing. But what about the process of giving birth in a more natural environment? Few titles actually strike a balance between informative and...

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Perinatal Mood Disorders and the Holidays

Perinatal Mood Disorders and the Holidays

This week on Midwife Monday, Renee welcomed special guest Lorena Aynalem, who is a licensed clinical social worker in the Santa Clarita Valley. Lorena and Renee discussed Perinatal Mood Disorders, managing expectations and stress during the holidays as well as the...

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5 Reasons why delayed cord clamping is so important

5 Reasons why delayed cord clamping is so important

In many hospitals, cutting the umbilical cord as soon as a baby is born (known as ICC or immediate cord clamping) is still a fairly common procedure. But decades of research has proved that delayed cord clamping — waiting at least 60 seconds, or until the cord stops...

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