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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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Postpartum discomforts we commonly don’t talk about

Postpartum discomforts we commonly don’t talk about

Mothers-to-be are well-versed in the fact that labor is going to be uncomfortable. Which is why women often take time to invest in how to be ready themselves for delivery. Whether it’s reading books, talking to other mothers about their experiences, or taking...

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6 Best cold remedies during pregnancy

6 Best cold remedies during pregnancy

Being pregnant is tough enough on your body. But being sick while you’re pregnant really takes a toll. Whether you realize it or not, your pregnant body is already doing so much every single day to nurture your growing baby, which is why trying to fight off a cold can...

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