Birth Plans and Options

Where will your baby come into the world (and into your arms)? Will it be in your own bed at home? In a high-tech hospital birthing room? In a family-focused birthing center? How will you be doing that birthing? In water? While squatting? On your hands and knees? How about the environment around you? Do …

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Epidurals – What are they? Are they for you?

Whether you’ve known from day one that you’d be asking for an epidural or have your heart set on a medicine-free birth, here’s the lowdown on epidurals and how they can take some of the pain out of labor and delivery. Remember that we are all individuals and our different thresholds of pain span the …

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Fetal Movement During Every Trimester

Feeling your baby twist, wriggle, punch, kick, and hiccup is simply one of pregnancy’s biggest thrills (and it sure beats heartburn, puffy feet, an aching back, and some of the other hallmarks of these nine months). There may be no better proof that a brand-new — and impressively energetic — life is developing within you. …

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Treating Autism With Cord Blood Therapy

Apratim Dey Singah of Kolkata, India was 18 months of age when his parents noticed his communication skills were not progressing compared to the other children his age. Apratim’s birth was a month premature and he was diagnosed having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism can be characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech …

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Pregnancy Brain: Is it real and what can I do about it?

According to the Journal of Neuroscience it’s a real condition! The hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy create structural patterns in a woman’s brain. For first-time moms, many of these alterations will remain in place for at least 2 years after giving birth.  A lot of these changes are linked to a mother’s ability to …

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Fetal Alcohol Disorders as Prevalent as Autism in the US

Fetal alcohol syndrome occurs in children as a result of alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. It can cause irreversible brain damage, growth problems and behavior issues. No amount of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy but the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome increases with the amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy. A New …

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Cord Blood Proven to Help Children Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, normally caused by brain damage or abnormal brain development, is a disorder that affects motor function, balance, and more. Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, however, in a study from Duke University Medical Center children who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy showed significant improvements in both brain connectivity and motor function …

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Prenatal care should start before pregnancy.

Anyone thinking about pregnancy, should also be thinking about prenatal care. This care is important for the mother’s health and the health of the child. Whenever possible, it should begin prior to pregnancy. A visit with your health care provider prior to pregnancy to review your immunizations, start a prenatal vitamin with folic acid (which can …

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VBAC — or not VBAC?

It used to be the norm, that once you  had a Caesarian section, you always had to have one. Not any more. However, opinions differ greatly when it comes to  VBAC  decision. VBAC is now considered a safe option for most women expecting twins, moms who have had two prior c-sections with a transverse incision, and even for …

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Why store cord blood?

1) What is cord blood? Umbilical cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord immediately following the birth of a child. This blood provided nourishment for the baby during pregnancy, but once the baby is delivered, umbilical cord blood is no longer necessary. Learn More 2) What are stem cells? Until recently, it was …

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