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

What’s So Special About Breastmilk? Facebook Linkedin 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 how breastmilk is the perfect food and all the benefits it has for your baby. What you may not know is why that is. What is it about the …

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West Nile Virus Pregnancy

West Nile Virus and Pregnancy

West Nile Virus and Pregnancy Facebook Linkedin 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 take extra care to not expose their babies to the virus. What is West Nile virus? West Nile virus is …

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Natural childbirth causes PTSD in some moms? A closer look

Natural childbirth causes PTSD in some moms? A closer look Facebook Linkedin Pinterest Twitter Envelope ??? 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.  As you may know, I taught natural childbirth classes for many years, and had both of my children naturally, without any pain medication. So when I found this article in Skygrid that …

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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 Linkedin 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 of having a cesarean section. In the study, “Gestational diabetes mellitus: A risk factor for non-elective cesarean section,” which …

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How to Find the Best OB or Midwife for You

How to Find the Best OB or Midwife for You Facebook Linkedin 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 – possibly greater- amount of influence over your birth experience. This is true even if you have a birth plan, a …

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

Health Insurance Now Covers Breast Pumps in the U.S. Facebook Linkedin 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 Affordable Care Act) went into effect for 2013. The law states that insurance companies must cover some kind of breast …

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Flu or prolonged fever during pregnancy increases autism risk- how to avoid flu

Flu or prolonged fever during pregnancy increases autism risk- how to avoid flu Facebook Linkedin 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 in babies born to women who had the flu while pregnant, and in those babies born …

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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 Linkedin 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 labor, but can’t get to the hospital, or her midwife can’t get to her, in time for baby’s birth. This …

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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 Facebook Linkedin Pinterest Twitter Envelope What can you do to reduce the risk? By Melinda Delisle 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 …

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10 Tips for a Safe Pregnancy In Summer

10 Tips for a Safe Pregnancy In Summer Facebook Linkedin 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. Being dehydrated can cause you to have contractions, reduce your baby’s amniotic fluid, or even make you go into labor. …

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