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.

Women need protection from formula ads and support to promote breastfeeding

“Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,”  Great article on the UN’s website today (click above quote) detailing some of the ways woman become discouraged when breastfeeding. So many women often think they “won’t have enough milk”, which is rare with a proper… Continue reading Women need protection from formula ads and support to promote breastfeeding

Bacteria is amazing!

Bacteria is amazing!

If you are one of the one third of pregnant women who will have a cesarean surgery, there are ways to make the best of the experience. Ask to have one arm free so you have touch your baby, ask to breastfeed right away and the latest birth plan item, swab your baby with your vaginal fluids.

What to Read Before you’re Pregnant

Some of you have found this page though a friend or facebook, and you may not be pregnant yet. You might not even be thinking about it. This is a great time to start reading about maternity care and childbirth! Seems crazy. Like lurking in the wedding section of Barnes and Noble when you’re not… Continue reading What to Read Before you’re Pregnant

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping

I just finished working on a report on the British Medical Journal‘s paper regarding the benefits of delayed cord clamping. Since I exclusively breastfed my son for the first six months of his life, I often heard conflicting advice about giving him an additional iron supplement (I didn’t). But if we had delayed cutting his cord, I wouldn’t have had to even think about it! Amazing! The BMJ report is a bit technical, but this NYT article gives a brief overview. Did you delay cutting your baby’s cord? Would you in the future?