Bringing home Baby? Now what?

Hilary Baxendale Childbirth has expended its services to include assisting families as they transition home from the hospital and begin to navigate parenthood! Hilary is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, mother to two young boys and leader of Rivertown Mamas, a local new mom discussion group. She is excited to build on the work… Continue reading Bringing home Baby? Now what?

My Working Motherhood Journey

The folks over at Mitera Collection where I can sometimes be found blogging in their postpartum life series (see here), asked me if they could interview me about my journey from NYC worker bee to becoming a Mother/Childbirth Educator/Lactation Consultant/Ice Cream taste tester. Ok. The last one is made-up, but how cool would that be??… Continue reading My Working Motherhood Journey

9 Things No One Tells You After the Baby Comes Out…

This post was originally written for Mitera Collection’s Blog and appered there in April 2015. Mitera is an amazing collection of chic maternity and nursing dresses that launched this Spring. My Postpartum Life: 9 Things No One Tells You About After the Baby Comes Out… Being pregnant is pretty amazing. Literally billions of women have… Continue reading 9 Things No One Tells You After the Baby Comes Out…

New Definition of Term Pregnancy

New Definition of Term Pregnancy

When is your baby “full term”? This is what is addressed in this recent TIME article.

Once upon a time in most cases your baby was born when it was good and ready. But more and more births are being medically induced for non-medical reasons such as a “big baby”, guaranteeing that you deliver with your Doctor and just plain convenience. It was thought that babies born any where between 37-41 weeks would have the same healthy outcomes, but research has shown that those last few weeks really do make a difference. The new guidelines are as follows:

Early Term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days
Full Term: Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days
Late Term: Between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days
Postterm: Between 42 weeks 0 days and beyond

These guidelines were recently redefined by ACOG and are certainly a step in the right direction. There are, of course, times when medical induction is best for baby. But I tell my students to send up the red flag when Doctors start talking about “how big the baby is” especially before 40 weeks.

Every Mother Counts

My husband Gareth is a Sales’s Manager over at Citizens of Humanity. And while most people know that it’s a very popular denim brand made here in the USA, and not the non-profit it sounds like, they still do a lot of good. The newest installment of their “Just Like You” video series is out and it features Christy Turlington and her women’s health non profit, “Every Mother Counts”. In many places around the world, including parts of the US, pregnancy and childbirth are so much more dangerous than they need to be, and Turlington highlights how many women could be saved with basic midwifery care. She plans to release her next documentary about motherhood, “Every Hour, Every Mile, Every Mother,” another collaboration with Citizens of Humanity, sometime next year and I, for one, can’t wait!

Sit down, have a drink, and enjoy this pregnancy advice.

Recently my friend and Childbirth Education mentor, Ceridwen Morris, wrote a great blog over at babble about how alarmist most pregnancy advice is:  Sit down, have a drink and enjoy this pregnancy advice. I was told some pretty crazy stuff when I was pregnant including, “don’t eat nuts”?! I have also carried my pregnant friend’s… Continue reading Sit down, have a drink, and enjoy this pregnancy advice.