Father’s Involvement

Fathers. If you believe the movies, on the big day, most of them either race off to the hospital in such confusion they leave you in the driveway with your suitcase or simply pass out from the excitement. While several physicians confide that new dads do faint on occasion – they swear it’s rare – the role of the father during labor and delivery involves more than serving as a source of foibles and flubs. Read More …

Maternity Fashions

You’re having a baby! But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I have found in my experience that many women have difficulty assembling a maternity wardrobe. First time moms-to-be usually have the hardest time. It seemed in years past that maternity clothing manufacturers have had trouble keeping pace with the current fashion trends of women’s ready-to-wear fashions. This is no longer true. They are finally on the cutting edge of women’s fashion. Read More …

Stay Fit in Maternity Fashion

Fitness experts agree that any woman who exercises regularly can usually continue to do so throughout her pregnancy. Bicycling, jogging and walking are ideal, as are prenatal exercise classes that are developed especially for pregnant women. Exercise increases lung capacity, improves circulation, eases back pain from added weight, keeps weight under control, helps prepare a woman’s body for labor and delivery, and enables her to recuperate more rapidly after childbirth. Read More …

Nutrition during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a unique time for women and their partners. There is a new life to consider—a baby who will need soft, tiny clothes and lots of diapers. But for now, during pregnancy, the best gifts an expectant mother can provide are the nutrients that will help her baby grow and develop. Read More …

Prenatal Music for Baby

When I say I teach prenatal music classes, people can’t believe what they’ve heard. I hear polite laughter and the question, "What exactly is prenatal music?" I’m only too glad to answer because it isn’t a laughing matter—unless we’re having too much fun! Read More …

Smoking and Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time to quit smoking. Approximately 30% of women will stop smoking when pregnancy is confirmed, and more will quit later. However, studies indicate that approximately 25% will continue to smoke throughout the pregnancy. For a pregnant woman, smoking is strongly associated with numerous problems, such as bleeding and spontaneous miscarriage, low birth weight babies, premature labor, stillbirth, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and the increased risk that the child will become a smoker. Read More …

The Benefits of Massage for Mother and Baby

Gone are the days of the "massage parlor" mentality when referring to this wonderful form of healing arts. Massage is coming into the mainstream. Health experts are finding through research the many benefits of massage. The queen of touch research is Tiffany Field, Ph.D. Dr. Field is arguably responsible for more clinical research on touch and massage therapy than anyone. She receives a lot of funding for her research, but Johnson & Johnson’sTM is her largest supporter in helping her establish the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami. Dr. Fields was also consulted for the article, "The Magic of Touch: Massage’s Healing Powers Make It Serious Medicine," in Life magazine (August 1997). Read More …

Making Your Birth Plans

Women often have strong feelings about what they do and don’t want to happen during their pregnancies. Whether we already have children or this is the first time, more specific hopes, wishes, and fears come up as baby’s arrival draws near. This is when a Birth Plan can be a helpful comunication tool. Read More …