Considering Homebirth? Here’s One Woman’s Story

Experiencing Homebirths Homebirths are traditionally attended by two midwives, but I also hired a doula (birth coach). Most midwives only take a few clients per month which enables them to really get to know their clients. Each appointment was centered around getting to know me, and my other two children (I had to bring them …

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Stem Cell Research & COVID-19

On May 8th, 2020, Pluristem announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved their PLX cell therapy as an Investigational New Drug (IND) for a Phase II clinical trial in the treatment of severe COVID-19 cases complicated by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The study will be a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group …

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COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy

The coronavirus pandemic has had long lasting implications for everyone worldwide. For those pregnant, attempting pregnancy, or pursuing fertility treatment, there are many new questions to be considered, and answers can vary by region and situation. The vaccines available in the US for protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19- produced by Pfizer, Moderna, …

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IN TIMES LIKE THESE

“Pandemic babies.” If you’re a mom that’s given birth any time within the last year, you may either use this term for your little one freely or shudder viscerally at the expression. The postpartum stage is challenging enough on a great day…when you have all the support your heart desires from the people and providers …

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Remember Who You Are

I recently spoke to an association of childbirth professionals about perinatal sex (that which occurs during pregnancy and the postpartum stage). Needless to say we had a blast, and enjoyed a really rich post-presentation discussion.  Here’s a takeaway that seemed to resonate with several attendees:  having sex allows you to remember who you are. And …

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Oh, The Labels

I recently spoke with a postpartum mom who is participating in a specific online support group. While I can’t reveal its title, it did get me thinking about a topic I have pondered since I conceived my first daughter Lo those many years ago. It’s a little something I like to call The Label Trap. …

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Myth-Busting Pregnancy Edition

In honor of all parents-to-be, we bring you a few fun facts about family-building. While there is so much serious news to digest these days, we thought a break might be a welcome distraction. Myth #1: Every woman’s water breaks before her labor begins. Truth:  Only 11% of all women experience a leak or gush …

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Pregnancy Questions? You Deserve Answers…Now.

Nothing burns me up more than when a pregnant woman says she asked a question of her provider at her most recent appointment, only to be told “Oh, we don’t discuss that until (fill in the blank)”. What kind of care is that? Yes, the gestation of your baby and the changes in your body …

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When & How to Announce Your Pregnancy to Your Boss

Sharing pregnancy news is an intensely private decision. Timing is an important consideration, as are the specific people you decide to tell. And if all this isn’t complicated enough on a personal level, the question of how to approach this professionally can be very, very sticky.  The process is NOT made easy for moms. Often …

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We See You

Loss comes in all kinds of intensity and darkness that can be both fleeting and stagnant. Many of us in our time of grief seek support from family and friends and perhaps other resources. But it astounds me that even in this day and age, parents who suffer miscarriage often feel like they have to …

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