What’s So Special About Breastmilk? (And how to make formula feeding more like it)

What’s So Special About Breastmilk? (And how to make formula feeding more like it)

What’s So Special About Breastmilk? Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope (And how to make formula feeding more like it.) By Melinda Delisle As you may have heard, this first week of August has been World Breastfeeding Week. You have probably heard much of what is getting put out in the media before, about…
West Nile Virus and Pregnancy

West Nile Virus and Pregnancy

West Nile Virus and Pregnancy Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope Learn how you can reduce your exposure to the West Nile Virus. By Melinda Delisle This year, West Nile virus has become a serious problem in some areas of the country, such as Texas. Because there is no real treatment for West Nile virus infection, pregnant women may want to…
Natural childbirth causes PTSD in some moms? A closer look

Natural childbirth causes PTSD in some moms? A closer look

Natural childbirth causes PTSD in some moms? A closer look Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope It’s not just unmedicated birth – and you can reduce your risk. By Melinda Delisle Note: If you just want to know the risk factors for developing PTSD after giving birth, and what you can do to possibly prevent childbirth causing PTSD, scroll down to the end. …
Moms with gestational diabetes DO appear to have a higher cesarean risk

Moms with gestational diabetes DO appear to have a higher cesarean risk

Moms with gestational diabetes DO appear to have a higher cesarean risk Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope By Melinda Delisle Many childbirth educators and other childbirth professionals have suspected it for a long time, but now there is peer-reviewed proof (if there was not any already): just having the label of having gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) raises a woman’s risk…
How to Find the Best OB or Midwife for You

How to Find the Best OB or Midwife for You

How to Find the Best OB or Midwife for You Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope You have a say on your birth plan. By Melinda Delisle Once you are at your birth location, who has the most influence over how your birth turns out? Yes, you have a lot of influence. But your OB/Gyn or midwife has an equivalent –…
Health Insurance Now Covers Breast Pumps in the U.S.

Health Insurance Now Covers Breast Pumps in the U.S.

Health Insurance Now Covers Breast Pumps in the U.S. Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope Check with your insurance company to find out what pumps they cover. By Melinda Delisle Health insurance companies in the United States are now required to cover breast pumps (and lactation consultants!) for any woman who wants to breastfeed her baby. This section of Obamacare (the…
Flu or prolonged fever during pregnancy increases autism risk

Flu or prolonged fever during pregnancy increases autism risk

Flu or prolonged fever during pregnancy increases autism risk Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope It seems that getting the flu or having a fever for longer than a week during pregnancy increases the risk that baby will have autism. How to reduce the risk. By Melinda Delisle New research out of Denmark seems to show a higher risk of autism…
What to Do When Baby Is Coming And You Can’t Get to Your Doctor or Midwife – Emergency Childbirth

What to Do When Baby Is Coming And You Can’t Get to Your Doctor or Midwife – Emergency Childbirth

What to Do When Baby Is Coming And You Can’t Get to Your Doctor or Midwife – Emergency Childbirth Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope Knowing how to prepare can help get rid of the worry. By Melinda Delisle With the winter storm coming to the Northeast, and all the other severe storms occurring, it sometimes happens that mom goes into…
Do I Need a Cesarean? ACOG Says Not So Often, Many Are Preventable

Do I Need a Cesarean? ACOG Says Not So Often, Many Are Preventable

You may know that the cesarean rate in the United States is over 1/3 as of 2011, and probably was even higher in 2013. Cesarean surgery, though common, is major surgery and has a number of risks. Many childbirth professionals have been concerned about this for years, and now ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has joined the…
10 Tips for a Safe Pregnancy In Summer

10 Tips for a Safe Pregnancy In Summer

10 Tips for a Safe Pregnancy In Summer Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope Please share these safe summer tips! By Melinda Delisle Every year, when Summer heats up (and the smog rolls in, at least in Atlanta) “sensitive populations” need to be careful. That includes pregnant moms.  Getting too hot or becoming dehydrated are both dangerous conditions for your baby.…
15 Ways to Get More (and Better!) Sleep During Pregnancy

15 Ways to Get More (and Better!) Sleep During Pregnancy

How to Sleep When Pregnant – 15 Life Hacks for more Zzzz’s Facebook-f Linkedin-in Pinterest Twitter Envelope Please share these sleeping tips! By Melinda Delisle Ah, sleep. For some of us, it is elusive at the best of times. Sleeping during pregnancy can be hard even for those who are the soundest sleepers when not pregnant. It is estimated that…