Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hospital policy of withholding food during childbirth coming under scrutiny

It's about time!!! This has always been such a weird issue to me. It seems very odd that you withhold food and drink from someone that is accomplishing one of the most physically exhausting events of their lives. Women need to be nourished and hydrated for their own health and their babies health.

Written by Andrea Levy, The Plain Dealer
Hospitals are now rethinking policies that withhold food from mothers in labor.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The last thing on April Baer's mind while awaiting the birth of her first child was where her next meal was coming from.
A good thing, since she wouldn't have gotten anything to eat even if she had asked.
Like most women who deliver in a hospital, Baer -- who gave birth to baby Stella in early June -- didn't get a morsel of food to munch during her six-hour labor.

To read the rest of this article please view it at: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2010/08/hospital_policy_of_withholding.html, Andrea Levy, The Plain Dealer

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Walk to Beautiful

I just found this and am very excited to watch it. I am ordering it on Netflix today. I will write another post once I have seen it. Until then - you should watch it too!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Friday!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

50 Best Breastfeeding Resources on the Web

Originally posted by Posted by Christie Haskell September 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM
on the Stir cafemom blog

Whether you're wanting to breastfeed and looking to learn or have already started and need help, the resources you turn to can either help you succeed or sabotage and undermine your chances. It's important to choose reliable resources that have no hidden agenda other than to help you be successful and happy in your breastfeeding relationship and journey.

After scouring the web, I [Christie Haskell] found a lot of great information. Here are the 50 best breastfeeding resources online:

To see the resources read the complete article on the Stir, a cafemom blog.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

11 Healthy Pregnancy Tips

11 Healthy Pregnancy Tips
Pregnancy is a critical time. A mother’s chemical exposures can adversely affect her baby in many ways. Here are some simple but important steps you can take to reduce the risks during pregnancy - and beyond.
1. Go organic and eat fresh foods
Use EWG's Shoppers Guide to Pesticides to determine which fruits and veggies you should always buy organic and those with the least pesticide residue that are ok to buy conventionally grown. Choose milk and meat produced without added growth hormones. Limit canned food, since can linings usually contain the synthetic estrogen called bisphenol A (BPA).

To read the next 6 tips please see the entire article at http://www.ewg.org/Health-Tips/10HealthyPregnancyTips
This article was copied from the website www.ewg.com

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Hazy Transition into Motherhood

Original post from: www.BringBirthHome.com

“What? Did you say something? I’m sorry, I have no idea what you just said.”
My friend and I giggle as she fans her face with her hand. “Is it hot in here?”
I tell her I don’t feel that warm and remind her that her newborn is sleeping in the next room.
Is her baby okay? Is he waking up right now and wondering where she is? If he cries she will dash away as if to save his life. Her eyes glaze over as she strains to hear him utter a noise.

This post was copied from the website www.bringingbirthhome.com. Please read the entire article and her entire site http://bringbirthhome.com/motherhood/the-hazy-transition-to-motherhood/

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Essential Ingredient - a Doula!

Both Kim and I are certified Doulas with DONA and are very proud of it! You deserve the best care and support during your labor and birth. Make sure you look into a doula - you deserve one.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Friday!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I will try to post a favorite picture of mine every Friday to show the beauty and love of birth.