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  • NICU Parent: What to Expect

    NICU Parent: What to Expect

    Unforeseen circumstances may lead some parents to become NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) parents. This unexpected journey can be emotionally challenging, but with the right information and support, it becomes more manageable. In this article, we’ll explore what being a NICU parent entails and provide valuable tips to help you navigate this experience.

  • Coping With Birth Trauma

    Coping With Birth Trauma

    Birth trauma is more common than many people realize, with up to 45% of new mothers reporting experiencing it. However, it remains a topic often unspoken, leading to feelings of isolation and difficulty in coping with the aftermath.

  • Infant Sleep Tips

    Infant Sleep Tips

    Creating healthy sleep habits for your infant is crucial for their well-being and development, as well as your own. Establishing a positive sleep routine from the newborn stage can lay the foundation for a lifetime of restful nights. If you’re wondering where to start, here are five expert tips to help your baby sleep better.

  • Prepping for Breastfeeding

    Prepping for Breastfeeding

    Releasing your expectations is one of the best ways to prepare for breastfeeding. The pressure new parents put on themselves to get breastfeeding “right” can be the biggest challenge, not engorgement, latching, or sore nipples.

  • Pregnancy Nutrition: 5 Essential Foods

    Pregnancy Nutrition: 5 Essential Foods

    Fertility Specialist and nutritionist, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, suggests the top 5 foods to eat during pregnancy.

  • Induction Methods

    Induction Methods

    Each baby arrives in their own way – some requiring induction to emerge into the world. Labor induction is a treatment that stimulates delivery. This can be accomplished through pharmaceutical or non-pharmaceutical methods. In the Western world, it is estimated that 1/4th of pregnant women have their labor medically induced.

  • Breastfeeding Diet

    Breastfeeding Diet

    As a breastfeeding mom, your nutritional needs are crucial not just for your own well-being but also for the healthy development of your baby. While there is a ton of information on pregnancy nutrition, guidance on postpartum and breastfeeding diets can be scarce.

  • Postpartum Depression: Causes and Symptoms

    Postpartum Depression: Causes and Symptoms

    Recently, there has been a significant increase in the public awareness of postpartum depression and the challenges faced by new mothers. Prominent figures like Courtney Cox, Brooke Shields, and Serena Williams have bravely shared their personal stories, encouraging other women to come forward and seek support for their mental health during the postpartum period. It…

  • Foods for Lactation

    Foods for Lactation

    While breastfeeding, you may notice yourself becoming hungrier than usual. Nursing puts a lot of demand on your already exhausted body. It is important to not be restrictive about your diet, but focus more on adding nutrient-dense foods to the menu.

  • When Can Babies Sleep All Night?

    When Can Babies Sleep All Night?

    Every exhausted new parent wants to know, when will my baby (and myself) start sleeping through the night? While you may feel like a coffee fueled zombie right now, we promise a full night of zzz’s is in your future. Sleeping through the night (and those tough months of not) is important for your little…

  • What is Preeclampsia?

    What is Preeclampsia?

    What do Kim K, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Adriana Lima all have in common? They had preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition that only occurs during pregnancy, in which the expectant mother’s blood pressure increases significantly around or after the 20th week of gestation. It can affect up to 8% of births nationwide.

  • Skin to Skin Benefits

    Skin to Skin Benefits

    Skin-to-skin contact, sometimes referred to as kangaroo care, is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The old “you’ll spoil the baby if you hold it so much” has now been disproven time and time again. Skin-to-skin contact helps babies adjust to life outside the womb and supports the mother’s breastfeeding and postpartum journey.

  • Gestational Diabetes Diet

    Gestational Diabetes Diet

    Gestational diabetes is elevated blood sugar that can develop during pregnancy. It is diagnosed by a blood test done around 24-28 weeks pregnant. It is one of the most common pregnancy complications, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  • What is Inflammation?

    What is Inflammation?

    Inflammation plays an important role in healing, but if left to run wild, it can wreak havoc on your body. Odds are if you are experiencing physical discomfort, inflammation is to blame. It can affect almost every function of the body.

  • The 4 Stages of Labor

    The 4 Stages of Labor

    As you prepare for labor by nesting, packing a hospital bag, and getting as much rest as possible – you may be wondering what you can expect once labor actually begins. When we think of giving birth, our idea of what is coming is often skewed by representations in the media. Childbirth in movies is…

  • Pregnancy Foods: Dos & Don’ts

    Pregnancy Foods: Dos & Don’ts

    Pregnancy can be a confusing time when it comes to nutrition. Your regular go-to healthy foods, salads and sandwiches may be off the menu due to listeria concerns. It is no secret that nutritious foods are important for both mom and baby’s health, but where do you even start? Below are the Dos and Don’ts…

  • Postpartum Preparation

    Postpartum Preparation

    Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming. Often, when thinking about your new bundle of joy, your needs can become an afterthought. Therefore, we recommend setting yourself up for postpartum and building a support system before baby arrives. Postpartum nutrition, mental health, lactation, exercise, and physical therapy are all things that may need to…

  • Foods for Morning Sickness

    Foods for Morning Sickness

    If you experience nausea during pregnancy, odds are it doesn’t just occur in the morning. Nausea is extremely common and occurs in 75% of pregnancies. Whether it leads you to vomit or not, pregnancy nausea can completely disrupt your day-to-day life. While the exact cause is unknown, it is likely that the nausea has something…

  • Pregnancy & Iron Deficiency

    Pregnancy & Iron Deficiency

    [Halle Tecco](, Founder and CEO of [Natalist](, on pregnancy and iron-deficiency.

  • Signs of Labor

    Signs of Labor

    The day you meet your baby is fast approaching and you have also done a lot of work to get here. Dealing with food aversions, nausea, restless nights, and a finicky bladder was just the tip of the iceberg. But now it is almost over, and with your hospital bag packed and your birth location…