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5 Interesting Facts about the Umbilical Cord

By Heather Pladna | January 8, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Interesting Facts about the Umbilical Cord
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One might think there’s little mystery to the umbilical cord, but it turns out there’s a lot to learn about the lifeline connecting mother and baby. Here are 5 interesting facts about that special life-giving link. Umbilical Cord Forms Shortly after Fertilization Soon after an egg is fertilized, it splits in two, half that becomes … Read more…

No Place like Home: How Home-Birth Could Set the Stage for Long-term Health

By Heather Pladna | November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on No Place like Home: How Home-Birth Could Set the Stage for Long-term Health
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We’ve all heard about how vital a healthy gut is for one’s physical well-being. Gut health has been linked to a strong immune system and optimal metabolism. So, it’s no surprise that newborn gut-health has been receiving more attention lately. It’s not news that gut-flora has been found to be most robust in newborns who … Read more…

Before you Register for that Hospital Birthing Class…

By Heather Pladna | October 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Before you Register for that Hospital Birthing Class…
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Congrats! You’re pregnant and excited to learn all the things about labor and delivery. You’ve done some preliminary research and you’ve decided that natural childbirth is your goal. Everything you’ve skimmed over and those birth stories you’ve read online have given you confidence. You are certain this is something you can and will do, at … Read more…

5 reasons you should be practicing tummy time with your baby

By Kristie Graybill | September 19, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 reasons you should be practicing tummy time with your baby
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What exactly is Tummy Time? Tummy Time is the ability for a baby to hold his/her head up without assistance. This skill is important for a baby to properly develop. You can begin as early as two weeks after baby is born. How do I do it? All you need is a flat surface and … Read more…

New Childbirth Classes in San Antonio

By Carmen Calvo | July 1, 2018 | Comments Off on New Childbirth Classes in San Antonio
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We have had the honor of providing Birth Boot Camp classes since 2014 and are so excited to be bringing this curriculum to the families of San Antonio. There are many reasons we love and use the Birth Boot Camp curriculum to prepare couples for an amazing birth. The materials are unmatched and the curriculum, … Read more…

YUM! Milk Boosting Horchata

By Carmen Calvo | November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on YUM! Milk Boosting Horchata

We’ve taken a timeless Mexican Horchata recipe and adapted it to support lactation in new mothers.  By substituting the rice for oats and using a plant-based milk, this recipe may be helpful with milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup of uncooked oats 5 cups of water 1 cup of coconut, … Read more…

Postpartum Herbal Bath: Nourishing baby, body, and mind

By Carmen Calvo | October 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Postpartum Herbal Bath: Nourishing baby, body, and mind
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If you’ve been following any birth or newborn photographers on social media, you’ve likely seen the gorgeous images of a mom and her new baby soaking in a tub of tea-colored water.  There are usually rose petals or orchids floating on the surface and a blissed-out mom and baby relaxed and soaking up the nourishing … Read more…

Soothing Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy and Postpartum

By Carmen Calvo | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Soothing Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy and Postpartum
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Hemorrhoids, which are swollen and exposed blood vessels in the rectum, are perhaps one of the biggest complaints I hear from expecting and postpartum parents.  Some find they have hemorrhoids during pregnancy, while others get them postpartum, likely from pushing.   But why do hemorrhoids happen in pregnancy? During pregnancy, the increased progesterone levels cause the … Read more…

15 Facts about the Foreskin and Circumcision

By Carmen Calvo | September 2, 2017 | Comments Off on 15 Facts about the Foreskin and Circumcision
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Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis, is most commonly performed on newborns.  With a global circumcision rate of approximately 30%, the United States in the only country in the world that circumcises infant for non-religious reasons. FACTS ABOUT CIRCUMCISION Originally, the goal of circumcision was to desensitize the penis to curb … Read more…

Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe for GBS+ Mothers?

By Alayna Spratley | July 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe for GBS+ Mothers?
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Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe? Recently, The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released an alarming single case report, in which a newborn was found to have a recurrent infection of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS, group B strep), that was attributed to the mother’s consumption of placenta capsules. This has many people asking, ‘Is placenta encapsulation … Read more…

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