Recommended Workouts During Pregnancy

Worried about potential risks? Don’t be. There just aren’t any if you’ve been green-lighted by your practitioner, you choose the right pregnancy workouts, and you exercise smart. So lace up those sneakers, grab your water bottle (it’s important to stay hydrated when you’re working out for two!), and get moving, Mama! Here are some safe-during-pregnancy exercises …

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Advancements in Stem Cell Use

It is well known that stem cells found in a newborn baby’s cord blood are rich in (hematopoietic) stem cells, which has been used to treat and cure over 80 different blood and immune disorders and cancers. But what about the stem cells from umbilical cord tissue? Both Cord blood and Cord Tissue are rich …

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How has COVID impacted Pregnancy Rates?

Speculation has been as much a part of the COVID pandemic as isolation, tv show reunions, endless deliveries of Chipotle, eye glass fog and Zoom fatigue. Since most of us have never lived through anything like this, we naturally wonder about our futures. What will work environments look like, what kind of protections will be …

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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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