Hatha Yoga for a Healthy, Happy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wondrous time in a woman’s life, when miraculous changes are taking place on a physical and emotional level. A hatha yogapractice is an excellent way to prepare for pregnancy and childbirth and to minimize or prevent many Read More …

3D / 4D Ultrasound: State-of-the-Art Technology

In obstetrics, the ultrasound is an essential imaging tool used to clearly visualize the fetus in the womb. Recent advances in imaging have resulted in the introduction of three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound. Used in conjunction with traditional two-dimensional Read More …

A Peaceful Birth? Considering Natural Childbirth

What if it’s true that “birth must be painful” is a man made construct? Simply put, the pain of childbirth comes mostly from fear which (based on the horror stories of others) physiologically causes the body to work against what it wants to do to birth a baby. Many are familiar with the instinctual response of “fight or flight.” As a basic survival instinct, when a person senses a threat, real or perceived, their body throws out adrenalin so that they can either run for safety or stay and fight. In fear, blood is sent away from the uterus and to the extremities. There are many stories about women laboring continuously at home but the minute they get to the hospital, they become afraid and everything seems to stop. Read More …

Postpartum Depression

Post-Partum Depression
by Barbara Ostfield, PhD, and Gary Cooper As a new mother, chances are pretty good that you will have some mood swings in the weeks and months after having your baby. About 80% of new mothers experience these "maternity" or "baby blues," which may be characterized by irritability, tearfulness, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. Read More …

Midlife Motherhood: What’s Age Got to Do with It?

If you’re trying to figure out your chances of having a C-section, look in your wallet. Your driver’s license yields more information than all those diplomas hanging in your obstetrician’s office — that is, if you were honest about your age and weight when you applied for your license! Read More …

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Doula:
Ancient Concept, Modern Necessity
by Susan S. Keeney Literally translated from Greek, doula means "female slave for the child-bearing woman". Today the word has come to mean "one who mothers the mother". Read More …

Childbirth Classes

A question that confronts all first-time pregnant women and their partners is whether or not to attend a childbirth preparation class. After all, having a baby is a natural process, right? What can there be to learn? Millions of women have done it before. I’ll just "roll with the punches". Read More …

Taking Care of Mom after Childbirth

Taking Care of Mom after the Baby Comes
by Karen Kleiman, MSW Many women approach motherhood with a sense of wonderment and cautious optimism. What kind of mother will I be? What kind of baby will I have? How will my life change? Will I be a good mother? Some women try to prepare for these new changes by loading up on educational materials, seminars, self-help books or informal dialogues with helpful friends and neighbors. Read More …

Child Care Center Checklist

Checking Out A Child Care Center
by the Play & Learn Child Care Centers Bring this checklist with you when you visit prospective childcare centers to assist you in making the best selection for you and your child. Be sure to visit at least three locations. Use the following criteria to evaluate each location you visit. Mark your comments or place a check mark next to the items that you see or are informed about during your visit. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Once you decide that you need care, it is best to begin looking!

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