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December 12, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Many pregnant or nursing people are struggling to get solid evidence-based information from their doctors and midwives about the safety of taking specific medications during pregnancy. Where can they go for this info?... Read More
November 16, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Every November our focus turns to prematurity and Prematurity Awareness Month. In particular, November 17th (tomorrow) is Prematurity Awareness Day. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen and is now at 9.8% for 2016, up from 9.6 % in 2015.... Read More
October 17, 2017 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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The grief of losing a child during pregnancy or after birth runs deep and hard for the person who is or was pregnant. It is important to also recognize that the nonpregnant person also has experienced a loss & has to deal with their own grief, as well as supporting the emotions of their partner.... Read More
October 5, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In a new working paper, The Effect of an Increase in Lead in the Water System on Fertility and Birth Outcomes: The Case of Flint, Michigan, researchers explored the effects of drinking the Flint River water (with its increased levels of lead) on fertility and birth outcomes.... Read More
October 3, 2017 by Lamaze Administrator
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Don’t miss the 2nd Annual LA Baby Show, coming to Magic Box @The REEF on November 4 & 5. No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from LA and neighboring counties,... Read More
September 12, 2017 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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Childbirth educators and other birth professionals can be a resource for pregnant and postpartum families by providing resources that they might find helpful during these stressful times. Here are some resources.... Read More
September 7, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Prematurity is a serious problem that affects families all around the globe. Learning what factors influence who may be at risk of delivering too early can be a significant contribution to reducing the impact of premature birth... Read More
August 31, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Researchers are discovering and learning more about the components of breastmilk all the time and identifying the function of all the unique ingredients. This activity is a very simple and effective way to visually demonstrate what are the ingredients in both breastmilk and formula.... Read More
August 29, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth professionals have many opportunities to help Black families and Black lactation consultants. Today's blog offers some suggestions on action steps you can take now. Join us in supporting Black Breastfeeding Week 2017.... Read More
August 22, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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It was with great sadness that the Lamaze board, staff, and organization members learned last week of Dr. Marshall Klaus' death. Dr. Klaus passed away on August 15th, 2017 at the age of 90, at his home near San Francisco, California.... Read More
August 3, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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World Breastfeeding Week continues with some great resources for childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and other perinatal professionals... Read More
August 1, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7, 2017 is the silver (25th) anniversary celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. The 2017 theme is Sustaining Breastfeeding - Together. It is championed by the World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action and recognized around the globe.... Read More
June 6, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Virtual breastfeeding consultations are just one type of on-demand virtual appointment that consumers can participate in along with primary care, pediatrics, psychiatry, therapy, and nutrition services. Are virtual LC visits meeting the needs of today's Millennial parents?... Read More
April 13, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today's childbirth educator needs to be informed, prepared to answer questions and have some resources in their pocket for more information on the Zika virus if needed. Here is the most recent Zika update.... Read More
April 11, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A study published in Krager Biomedicine Hub indicates that newborns who need additional glucose supplementation are able to achieve stable blood glucose levels with the administration of oral dextrose gel during feeds and prevent NICU admissions.... Read More
March 9, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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New parents have a love-hate relationship with their breast pump in the days, weeks and months after the birth of their baby. This is doubly true for those families where the breastfeeding parent goes back to work and pumps milk for the baby while away.... Read More
March 7, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Virtual breastfeeding visits with a lactation consultant may be an option for those families who can not manage an in-person lactation visit. Learn about this increasingly new option as well as a program that offers this service for free for families who are income-qualified.... Read More
February 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Did the film “Microbirth” convince you that microbes are an important part of a healthy start to life, but leave you with further questions? The follow-up book, Your Baby’s Microbiome: The Critical Role of Vaginal Birth and Breastfeeding for Long Term Health, fills in the details from the movie.... Read More
February 17, 2017 by Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE
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The concept of a labor playlist is not a new one. Using music to help you calm down, even in labor, is a very old idea. In fact, studies have proven that when music was present during labor, women reported significantly lower pain and anxiety.... Read More
January 19, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An innovative program, Moms2B, is helping to reduce the infant mortality rate in babies born to mothers with low socioeconomic status in the Weinland Park area of Ohio. Learn what is being done to help babies and parents in this community.... Read More
January 12, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Marijuana use by pregnant people has increased 62% since 2002. Babies born to people who used marijuana were more likely to have a low birth weight, be anemic, need NICU care at birth and suffer from impaired neurological development. Learn more in this post.... Read More
December 27, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released an updated Committee Opinion "Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth" which provides a revised recommendation to the previous statement that was released in 2012. The current recommendation is to wait at least 30-60 seconds.... Read More
November 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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November's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators helps families to understand baby's input and output through the first month of life. It is a fantastic hands-on activity that creates community as class members work in small groups & encourages learning by manipulation & assessment.... Read More
November 24, 2016 by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
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LCCE Tanya Strusberg interviews the author of "Born to Breastfeed: The First Six Weeks and Beyond," Rowena Gray, RM, RN, IBCLC. Rowena shares why she wrote this book and discusses some of the current challenges facing new parents, and how her book might just make the journey a bit easier.... Read More
November 22, 2016 by Tanya Strusberg, LCCE, FACCE
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Rowena Gray’s new book, "Born to Breastfeed: the first six weeks and beyond" is an absolute winner. At a relatively concise 167 pages, Born to Breastfeed packs in an impressive amount of breastfeeding information. The title tells the reader exactly what the scope of the book is.... Read More
November 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, and all of November is Prematurity Awareness month. According to the March of Dimes Peristats Data Center, preterm birth, defined as a baby being born before the completion of 37 weeks gestation, affects nearly 10% of pregnant people.... Read More
November 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Editor Kaitlin Lewis encourages finding the delicate balance between promoting breastfeeding while acknowledging that some people face an uphill battle and may not be able to breastfeed even if they fully intended to due to insufficient glandular tissue.... Read More
October 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement "SIDS and Other Sleep Related Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment." This has been well received, as the AAP discusses planning for sleeping with baby if it happens.... Read More
October 20, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Anne Estes, PhD reviews “Let Them Eat Dirt”, a book that talks to parents and parents-to-be in a friendly, often entertaining, non-judgemental way about medical and lifestyle choices that may influence their child’s microbiome.... Read More
September 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Educators often find themselves in the awkward position of having a wealth of information to share with expectant families. The bulk of what you teach will be about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, you may have the opportunity to incorporate some key messages about keeping those new babies safe.... Read More
September 13, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Safe sleep information can be confusing for parents, often with mixed messages coming from their baby's health care provider, their social community, their family and even their childbirth educator. What should educators be covering?... Read More
September 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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There are some fantastic facts about pregnancy, childbirth and the new baby, that when shared, always gets a lot of "oohs" and "ahs" from everyone. Here are the top ten amazing facts about the childbearing year.... Read More
August 26, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, we share two stories written by Black mothers who shared their breastfeeding experience. Their stories are different but their voice and their message is equally important. Consider how you can help and support families of color to increase breastfeeding rates... Read More
August 24, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea is one that can be used when teaching about breastfeeding. This activity offers a fun way to show the difference between bottle feeding & breastfeeding as well as how effectively (or not) baby transfers milk with both a good & poor latch.... Read More
August 18, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today I would like to share some of my favorite online resources for the birth professional, doula, childbirth educator, lactation consultant, midwife, L&D nurse or physician. These are valuable resources that I use during breastfeeding class, with birth doula clients and share with professionals.... Read More
August 16, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Do breastfeeding educators have a bias towards....breastfeeding? Read about LCCE Sharon Muza's experience with a family that called her out for having a bias toward breastfeeding in a breastfeeding class!... Read More
August 9, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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National Breastfeeding Month is a great time to examine some of the statistics around breastfeeding in the USA. The Centers for Disease Control has recently shared some current breastfeeding information, Are these numbers bleak or better than you thought?... Read More
August 4, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The first week of August is internationally recognized as World Breastfeeding Week. Regular contributor Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, RLC, FAPA, shares an editorial on how breastfeeding may be able to help ease the effects of racism and discrimination.... Read More
August 2, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week and August is recognized in the US as National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is a normal event that follows pregnancy and birth. Childbirth educators play a key role in helping families to be ready and prepared for breastfeeding their baby.... Read More
July 26, 2016 by Serena E O'Dwyer, LCCE
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Childbirth educators can help families recognize the sleep cues that their infant may be sending them in this fun classroom activity using Emojis that is sure to connect with birthing Millennial families.... Read More
June 21, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) in cooperation with Dr. Helen Ball, and the Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab provides up-to-date research based evidence about infant sleep, in forms which are accessible to parents and health professionals.... Read More
March 17, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A.

 As a follow up to the intense attention the recent announcement the CDC made last month on alcohol and women of childbearing age, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, a researcher and expert on the topic of drinking and pregnancy shared information on the ca... Read More
March 15, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Last month the Centers for Disease Control ramped up their warnings and released a new campaign to discourage any woman of reproductive age who is not on birth control to abstain from drinking any alcohol at all, along with those who are currently at a... Read More
March 10, 2016 by Henci Goer, BA
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The research and interest in discovering what might be the underlying causes of autism continues to climb as the number of diagnoses of children and adults with autism increases every year.  Today on the blog, author Henci Goer puts several recent studies under the microscope to see if the researche... Read More
March 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebekah Wheeler, RN, CNM, MPH

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The Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnant people have been hot topics for the past several weeks.  News he... Read More
February 25, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Gabrielle Volkmer This month’s Brilliant Activities for BirthEducators idea comes from Gabrielle Volkmer, an ICEA certified childbirth educator living in Lincoln, NE.  Gabrielle works hard during her class time helping families to understand the importance of informed consent and refusal... Read More
January 31, 2016 by Anne Estes, PhD
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By Anne M. Estes, PhD,  Illustrations by Cara Gibson, PhDIn recent years, there has been much discussion about the impact of our high cesarean rate and downstream affects on the baby, short and long and term.  Dr. Maria Dominguez-Bello and her colleagues have been leading the way in attemp... Read More
October 19, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, CD(DONA), LCCEIf you are a childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, midwife or doctor who works with expectant families, one of the topics you may be discussing with them as their birth day draws near is the acquisition of a breast pump. You may make suggestions on which pu... Read More
October 5, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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In an earlier post on Science and Sensibility, regular contributor Anne Estes, PhD reviewed Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year, a new evidence-based book focused on answering questions on health, sleeping, and feeding for an infant’s first year. The book grew out of... Read More
September 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Jenny Burris Harvey, BA, CPSTSeptember is Baby Safety Month, and before the month entirely slips away, I wanted to acknowledge this and share some resources with childbirth educators that they can use in their classes.  I asked colleague Jenny Burris Harvey, BA, CPST, a skilled safety educat... Read More
September 2, 2015 by Anne Estes, PhD
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By Anne M. Estes, PhDToday on Science & Sensibility, Anne M. Estes, PhD reviews a new book - The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year.  Lamaze International and Science & Sensibility are all about providing families and professionals with evidence based infor... Read More
August 31, 2015 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By Walker Karraa, PhD.Perinatal and/or postpartum depression affects more than 15% off all women during pregnancy or after birth.  Many women are not diagnosed and therefore are not referred on to specialists who can help them with appropriate treatment. Last month, the Centers for Disease Cont... Read More
August 26, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th was World Breastfeeding Week, and the entire month of August was National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  Science & Sensibility shared information and resources in two posts; Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make It Work! Join Science & Sensibility in Celebrating World Breast... Read More
August 19, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month (and August 1-7 was World Breastfeeding Week) and Science & Sensibility covered the WBW theme "Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make It Work!" in a post earlier this month.  August's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators will continue to incr... Read More
August 5, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Resources continue to be made available during World Breastfeeding Week that will benefit the childbirth educator, doula, lactation consultant, midwife and other professionals as they educate, support and provide assistance to families who are planning to continue to breastfeed and return to work.  ... Read More
August 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7th, 2015 is World Breastfeeding Week and is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).  WABA is a global network of individuals & organizations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.  World Breastfeeding Week is traditionally... Read More
July 8, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators and other professionals that work with expectant and new families often share information and resources on the topic of newborn and infant sleep. This subject always elicits lots of questions and discussion in my childbirth classes from the families.... Read More
June 7, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is delighted to announce the launch of their new "Pregnancy to Parenting" mobile app for families.  This just released app is meant to be a comprehensive evidence based resource for people to use during the childbearing year and is free to anyone who downloads it.  In addition t... Read More
May 25, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri, LCCE

May's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators idea is all about the postpartum period.  Lots of families don't realize that good childbirth classes not only prepare families for the labor and birth but can be a wealth of information about the first weeks with a new baby.  Tod... Read More
March 16, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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ast week, Cynthia Good Mojab provided Science & Sensibility readers with the first two parts of her three-part series on the book “Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth” by Dr. Walker Karraa. Today on the blog, Cynthia shares her recent interview with Karraa.... Read More
March 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSMDr. Walker Karraa has written an insightful book examining depression as a transformative event in the lives of women who have experienced it after the birth of a child. Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM, reviews Dr. Karraa's book and... Read More
March 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Walker Karraa, PhD, a former contributor to Science & Sensibility, has authored a new book, Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth, that speaks to what lies on the other side for the 20 women she interviewed about their experiences with postpartum depression.... Read More
March 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Yesterday was IBCLC Day - a special day set aside once a year to recognize the hard work and efforts that International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide all all year long in support of breastfeeding for mothers, babies and really, the entire family.  IBCLC Day is sponsored by the I... Read More
February 9, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week. Critical Congenital Heart Defect screening can help identify and save the lives of newborns born with previously undetected but serious malformations of the heart that can significantly impact them as they transition to life on the outside.... Read More
November 24, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As November comes to a close, you may have read or seen many articles on the topic of premature babies.  November is Prematurity Awareness Month, recognized in the United States and around the world.  Prematurity affects 15 million babies a year globally and the downstream health consequen... Read More
October 27, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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October has been designated as a time to observe some solemn occasions that may affect families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  This month, Science & Sensibility has previously covered Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in two previous posts here and here.  Today I woul... Read More
October 13, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As we continue to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I would like to discuss a difficult topic that may come up for childbirth educators. Last week, Robin Elise Weiss shared ways to commemorate the loss of a baby. Today, I would like to talk about when a class member experiences... Read More
October 8, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Robin Elise Weiss, PhDc, MPH, CPH, LCCEOctober is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Lamaze International President Robin Elise Weiss challenges all of us to make some time this month to recognize this somber topic.  Robin provides some creative ideas about how you can honor... Read More
August 27, 2014 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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August has been designated as World Breastfeeding Month, and Science & Sensibility was happy to recognize this with a post earlier this month that included a fun quiz to test your knowledge of current breastfeeding information. Today, we continue on this topic and celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week... Read More
August 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCEIn recent days, there has been much press and discussion about a new book written by pediatricians that professes to help parents "train" their new baby to sleep through the night. The scathing criticism of the book by both parents and professionals alike ar... Read More
August 6, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, Science & Sensibility invites you to take this quick little quiz on breastfeeding information to check how up to date you are on current, evidence based breastfeeding practices. As discussed in our earlier post this week, celebrating World Breastfeed... Read More
August 4, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week and this year's theme is Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life.  This year's theme builds upon the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) developed by the United Nations and global partners.  Breastfeeding plays a critical role in achieving all eig... Read More
May 7, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In honor of Mother’s Day, which is coming up this weekend, I thought it would be important to talk about a challenge that many mothers face after having a baby. Returning to work and continuing to breastfeed their baby. Many countries offer a generous leave for new mothers, but here in the USA... Read More
March 26, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On March 20th, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice released a joint clinical report entitled Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery in the journal Pediatrics.... Read More
March 23, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International is delighted to be offering a continuing education opportunity for all interested professionals. "Six is the New Four: A Review of the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Consensus Report" is being facilitated by Richard Waldman, M.D. and Peggy DeZinno, BSN, RN, LC... Read More
March 17, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Evidence Based Birth , a popular blog written by occasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, has just published a new article, "Evidence for the Vitamin K Shot in Newborns" that examines Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB)- a rare but serious... Read More
March 4, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today- Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 is IBCLC Day. Board certified lactation consultants go through a rigorous training and exam process to become certified. After certification, they are qualified to help women to feed and nourish their babies and support feeding issues that may occur in the mother-... Read More
January 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and this year the campaign being presented is that birth defects are "Costly, Common and Critical."  This campaign is sponsored by the non-profit organization National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). The NBDPN is a volun... Read More
December 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elias Kass, ND, LM, CPMBreastfeeding is often considered the next big challenge after childbirth. New mothers and babies work together to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship. Sometimes, there are complications that can make things harder than they should be.  Tongue tie is one... Read More
October 21, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Suzanne Barston, author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogger on topics related to infant feeding discusses the new study that examines bacterial levels found in breastmilk purchased online.... Read More
October 16, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month, with a special call out on October 15th.  On that day, I interviewed Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer Vicki Zoller, who volunteers her time with the Seattle chapter of NILMDTS, taking pictures of families who are experiencing a loss... Read More
October 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. If you are a professional who works with expecting families, you no doubt will at some point have a family who suffers a loss during their pregnancy, a stillbirth or the death of their newborn in the days and weeks after birth.... Read More
September 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Are you already planning on joining fellow educators and other birth professionals in New Orleans at the 2013 Lamaze International Annual Conference?  Are you still on the fence about attending?  Take a moment to read about the engaging pre-conference workshops being offered, and plan on j... Read More
September 18, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Jodilyn Owen, CPM, LMEarlier this week, I had the honor of attending a full day workshop on breastfeeding, presented by regular Sceince & Sensibility contributor, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.  In one of her presentations, Kathleen discussed how breastfeeding is a right brain activity and wh... Read More
September 4, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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It was with great sadness that I read about the death of Dr. John Kennell on August 27, 2013 in Cleveland, OH.  Dr. Kennell, a pediatrician and researcher, had a long history of contributions to the field of maternal infant bonding and attachment, especially at birth and in the early postpartum... Read More
August 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Amber McCann, IBCLCToday's post is written by Amber McCann, IBCLC.  Amber is one of the two keynote speakers at the upcoming Lamaze International Annual Conference in New Orleans this October.  Science & Sensibility readers had a chance to "meet" Amber in yesterday's interview on... Read More
August 12, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This year's annual conference is a just a short two months away, and the more I learn about what Lamaze International has in store for conference attendees, the more excited I get! The venue is the wonderful city of New Orleans and the theme is "Let the Good Times Roll for a Safe and Healthy Birth."... Read More
August 7, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Several well known journals have stepped up to provide free public access during the entire month of August, 2013 in support of World Breastfeeding Week.  If you do not already have access to these publications, which are normally available through a paid subscription or membership, now is... Read More
August 5, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As World Breastfeeding Week continues, the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating breastfeeding for new mothers is examined. Midwifery clients and their babies exceed national breastfeeding rates compared to the general population and our authors today, Jill Breen, Jeanette McCulloch and... Read More
July 31, 2013 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International and our contributors are proud to support  World Breastfeeding Week 2013, running August 1-7.  The Sixth Healthy Birth Practice- "Keep mother and baby together- It's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding" stresses the importance of getting... Read More
July 24, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Mark Sloan, M.D.Last fall, Dr. Mark Sloan wrote an extremely well-received post on Science & Sensibility, Common Objections to Delayed Cord Clamping; What's the Evidence Say? that both professionals and consumers could use to understand and discuss the benefits of delayed cord clamping.... Read More
July 17, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Earlier this week, Elizabeth Jones, APHL, shared with us the current research and information on newborn screening. In today’s post, we’re sharing real stories from parents of children whose lives were saved because of newborn screening. – Sharon Muza, Community Manager.... Read More
July 15, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Elizabeth Jones, APHL Today, Elizabeth Jones brings us up to date on the current research and information we need to know in order to be able to accurately discuss newborn screening and the research behind it with our clients, students and patients.  Make sure you are current on what yo... Read More
June 12, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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With Father's Day being celebrated this Sunday, Certified Doula David Goldman shares his experiences as both a birth doula and expecting father, as he ponders the role birth professionals and health care providers have in welcoming or marginalizing the partner during pregnancy, birth and early paren... Read More
June 5, 2013 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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I first became interested in childbirth-related psychological trauma in 1990. Twenty-three years ago, it was not something researchers were interested in studying. I found only one study, and it reported that there was norelation between women’s birth experiences and their emotional health.... Read More
May 30, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Breastfeeding Solutions; Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA is a recently published book, (April 2013) designed  for breastfeeding mothers.  This book is small and lightweight, measuring just 5 x 7 inches, with 202 pages, including appendice... Read More
May 14, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth Connection's Listening to Mothers Initiative just released the Listening to Mothers III (LTMIII) results late last week.  For the third time in the past 11 years, this organization has gone out and queried women on a variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth, postpartum and... Read More
May 9, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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With Mother's Day coming this Sunday, many women will be enjoying their first Mother's Day celebration.  Hopefully, all mothers will be pampered, celebrated, honored and cherished.  For many women, finding a balance of being the mother and taking care of yourself and meeting your individua... Read More
May 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Childbirth Connection has just released the Listening to Mothers III study today, and will holding a press conference shortly to share the results.  I plan to listen in and read the study thoroughly to see what the mothers have to say!  Look for a complete post early next week evaluat... Read More
May 8, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This Thursday 1-2 pm ET, you are invited to speak with national health care leaders about findings from Listening To Mothers III -- the third in a series of major national studies that examines women's maternity experiences from before birth through the postpartum period. Among many other findings,... Read More
April 23, 2013 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Press time update: Over the course of my research on Monday 4/22/13, I noticed that by the end of the day, Milkscreens main website no longer shows links to the Breastfeeding Assesment Calculator. The Facebook page for this product has also been removed.  An email received from the company con... Read More
April 11, 2013 by Kathy Morelli
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Regular contributor Kathy Morelli takes a look at babies and media and technology exposure.  If you are working with expectant families or with families parenting young children, you have an opportunity to share the impact of media on developing brains.  Take a moment to read today's post... Read More
March 26, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Jeanette McCulloch, IBCLC and Amber McCann, IBCLCJeanette McCulloch and Amber McCann recently presented a session at the 8th Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium on March 21, 2013, speaking about the ways that social media can be used to support breastfeeding by protectin... Read More
February 26, 2013 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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Regular contributor Penny Simkin discusses the research around parents' singing to their babies in utero and the post birth benefits.  She also shares how birth professionals can encourage clients, patients and students to start this practice during pregnancy.  Part one of this two part se... Read More
February 22, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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 Join us for a Webinar on Thursday, February 28,  from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST.  Lamaze International and OB Consult are collaborating on a joint education initiative to provide evidence-based and complimentary educational services to OB nursing staff and physicians on their r... Read More
February 19, 2013 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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Regular contributor Penny Simkin shares her experiences with parents who sing to their baby in utero and then continue after birth and looks at what the research says about this practice in this two part blog piece.  Part two can be found here. Join me in reading about some unique situations th... Read More
December 25, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Holidays are a time when many of us gather with with family and friends, when hearts are open, tables are full, spirits light and oxytocin flows just from being with those we care about and sharing meals and good times. For some families, babies arrive on the holiday to make the day even more... Read More
November 27, 2012 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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My first reaction to the now-infamous Time magazine cover was to groan out loud. Like many of you, I was horrified by that cover's mean-spirited tone. If we didn’t get the message from the picture, there was also the antagonistic caption: “Are you mom enough?” It wasn’t until later that I recognized... Read More
November 20, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An invitation from Linda Harmon, Lamaze International’s Executive Director. Please consider joining this interactive webinar and learn how you can help women “Push for Their Baby!” I know I am going to be online and participating! Won’t you join me!... Read More
November 14, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Injoy Birth and Parenting Education is offering a free webinar titled “Secrets of a Postpartum Doula: Newborn Care and Soothing Techniques” taught by Kimberly Bepler, IBCLC. This webinar is scheduled for December 6, 2012, 1:30 pm (EST). Some of the objectives of this webinar are to present:... Read More
November 13, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Mark Sloan, pediatrician and author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth. Dr. Sloan shares information and current research on delayed cord clamping after birth, in a helpful Q&A style format that consumers... Read More
November 7, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Are you a lactation consultant, teach breastfeeding classes or work with new mother-baby dyads during the breastfeeding period?  The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) is... Read More
October 30, 2012 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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  "Crying it out" and sleep issues have always been a "hot" topic amongst parents and many of today's parents look to childbirth educators and others for information on how best to prepare for and deal with their infant's sleep habits.  Talking about infants and sleep can be as flamma... Read More
October 11, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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As a women's mental health advocate I frequently hear from women, researchers, providers and policy makers that for women with mood or anxiety disorders the choice to breastfeed is not easy. I began following Suzie Barston's blog, Fearless Formula Feeder several months ago, and have been impres... Read More
September 21, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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I was recently asked my thoughts on private cord blood banking by a couple expecting their first child. This was something that they were considering and wanted to know what information was out there. I had read various articles and commentaries on private cord blood banking in recent years, but I... Read More
September 18, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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 The 2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum is scheduled for October 26-28 in Nashville, TN and now is the time to sign up for this exciting learning and networking opportunity. This year's conference theme is "Safe and Healthy Birth: The Music of Our Head, Heart and Hands" and Lamaze Inter... Read More
September 5, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Deena Blumenfeld follows up my recent post on the AAP's new policy statement on circumcision with a great look into what it means to have parental autonomy for minor children and how childbirth educators need to look out into the faces of their students, recognizing that the families in our classes... Read More
August 27, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On August 27th, 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released their updated policy on newborn male circumsion along with their updated technical report reviewing current research. This official statement follows a week or so of speculation in the media that the AAP’s new statement would... Read More
August 7, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This week, in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week,  I am attending a fundraiser in my community, Seattle, for the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, (NWMMB) which includes a reception and screening of the documentary, Donor Milk.  I am excited to support this important mission and am looking... Read More
August 3, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This post is part of a blog carnival in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.  Honored to participate- SMAs it is World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, my Google alerts, Facebook feeds and favorite blogs have been swirling with statistics, information, celebratory tidbits and... Read More
August 2, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Here is a useful nugget of information to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week that you may want to share with your students and clients in childbirth classes.  Did you know that Nordstrom will convert any bra into a nursing bra for a small alteration fee of $10?  A mother does not even... Read More
August 1, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International recognizes World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month with a press release and comments by Lamaze International President Michele Deck, in support of breastfeeding and recognition that barriers still exist that support continued breastfeeding of newborns,  in... Read More
July 27, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In May of this year, three leading midwifery organizations, American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) jointly released a statement titled "Supporting Healthy and Normal Physiologic Chi... Read More
July 17, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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As the mother of two children, both who breastfed well into toddlerhood, and as a childbirth professional, I have spent a lot of time over the years 1) learning how to breastfeed or breastfeeding my children and 2) facilitating "how to breastfeed" conversations with pregnant women and their partners... Read More
July 12, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Mark Sloan, pediatrician and author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth. Dr. Sloan takes a look at impact of cesarean birth on normal gut bacteria.... Read More
June 28, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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  Lamaze International and Babies R Us are joining together to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and we need your help.  Would you like to promote breastfeeding and share your wisdom with new parents at Babies R Us stores across the country in conjunction with Wor... Read More
June 26, 2012 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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In November 9, 2011, amid much fanfare and media attention, the city of Milwaukee unveiled their latest campaign to promote safe infant sleep. The City of Milwaukee launches their most-recent infant sleep campaign. The City of Milwaukee launches their most-recent infant sleep campaign.... Read More
June 21, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today's guest post is written by Dr. Mark Sloan, pediatrician and author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History and the Wonder of Childbirth.  Dr. Sloan takes a look at the study released in May, 2012 examing the relationship between Cesarean deliveries and obesity... Read More
May 10, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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this is a guest post by Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.Part Two: Fortifying Parenthood: Know YourselfPart Two is about the importance of knowing yourself as a step towards developing healthy parenting practices.Q: How can I prepare to become a parent who offers my child(ren) a different experience than I had... Read More
May 8, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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This is a guest post by Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.Part One: Fortifying Parenthood: Infant AttachmentPart One is about managing expectations about infant attachment and how to foster the infant bondInfant attachment: Easier than we thinkParents are often burdened by internalized expectations surrounding a... Read More
April 16, 2012 by Darline Turner-Lee
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By regular contributor, Darline Turner-Lee, BS, MHS, PA-CBook Review: Fragile BeginningsFragile Beginnings by Adam Wolfberg, M.D., is a deeply personal account of the events surrounding the birth of his daughter Larissa at 26 weeks and the emerging technologies that are being developed to save such... Read More
April 9, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By our regular contributor, Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA) A recent (2012) study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal Neonatal Edition contributes to the growing awareness that partners are negatively impacted by traumatic childbirth. The first study of its kind, “Being there... Read More
March 26, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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Ah, spring is in the air. For me, spring brings to mind flowers, sunshine and vitamin D! In a recent article on healthychildren.org, the American Academy of Pediatrics discuss the recommendation that all breastfed infants be supplemented with 400IU of vitamin D per day. They extend this recommendati... Read More
March 9, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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[Editor's note: This is the final post of  a two-part series.  In this series I interview Jannette Fesitval, RN, IBCLC, and Founder of the Calgary Mothers' Milk Bank].Lisa Baker: What is the potential capacity of the bank?Jannette Festival: That is really dependant on our supply of milk fr... Read More
March 7, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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[Editor's Note: Jannette Festival, RN, IBCLC, is the Founder and Executive Director for the Calgary Mothers Milk Bank (CMMB). The CMMB is one of the newest banks affiliated with the Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA). The bank has begun accepting donations of milk from qualified... Read More
March 5, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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[Editor's Note: A big hello to Science and Sensibility readers! As this is my first post, I would like to take a minute to thank Deena for the wonderful job she did on Science and Sensibility in February. I look forward to spending the month of March with you. Enjoy! - Lisa Baker] As discussed... Read More
February 29, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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On Monday, February 27, 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published its revised policy statement, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.  Since presenting the best, evidence based information to our students, clients and patients is paramount, we suggest you read the publication... Read More
February 16, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Marketing Fear to New Parents – and selling your product too! I came across a product yesterday that I thought must be a joke. However, it is indeed real. The Exmobaby “knows how your baby feels”. It is a garment which has biofeedback sensors in it – and an app for your phone or computer to... Read More
December 15, 2011 by Jacqueline Levine, LCCE,FACCE,CD, CLC
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[Editor's note: This is Part Two of Jackie Levine's essay on The New World of the Newborn in which she explores the frequent dichotomy between up-to-date evidence and common obstetrical practice.  To read Part One of this post, go here.] In the third class of each of my Lamaze education... Read More
October 19, 2011 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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In a previous post, I described the results of recent studies that indicated that exclusively breastfeeding mothers appear to get more sleep than their mixed- and exclusively formula-feeding counterparts. That blog post generated quite a bit of comment. For many of us, the findings of these recent... Read More
October 11, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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At two-years-old, our middle son underwent what would end up being a non-conclusive colonoscopy, in our attempts to diagnose the cause of his chronic diarrhea.  Around the same time, he suffered from eczemaan itchy, red skin rash that made him miserable, and sometimes kept him awake at night. ... Read More
September 15, 2011 by Edith Kernerman
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Bottles…Ok, a tough one to tackle.  Bottles are such a “normal” part of our society.  We see them everywhere—in baby books, on pillow cases and sheet sets, receiving blankets, diapers, t-shirts, on the news when they are talking about babies, in the mall to indicate a family room or diaper area... Read More
August 4, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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[As World Breastfeeding Week winds down, we thought it appropriate to share some uplifting stories of breastfeeding gone right...and the joy, empowerment, health and wisdom written between the lines of these stories.  Thank you to all who contributed. ]***Never Judge, Nurture and EducateI was h... Read More
July 6, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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[Editor's note:  Today, we are pleased to re-post a poignant piece, recently published on The Feminist Breeder, as a part of our Legal Corner Q&A series.  Thank you, Gina, for sharing your story with us, and with all women!]

When I found myself pregnant in August of 2010 - eight months after we beg... Read More
April 10, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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The Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE 20.1) has already landed in your mailbox and is now available on-line. As always, it is chock-full of illuminating and informing articles about perinatal health care issues.  Considering our recent re-post of Dr. Nicholas Fogelson’s... Read More
March 26, 2011 by Edith Kernerman
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Colostrum We know that a mother produces colostrum in pregnancy and continues to do so for up to 10 days or so after her baby is born.  We know that newborn babies require nothing other than colostrum and that though it is not there in plentiful amounts it is adequate for baby’s growth and health... Read More
March 24, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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[Editor's Note: Recently, Science & Sensibility reader and childbirth educator, Lucy Juedes, wrote in hoping to see a blog post on the topic of childhood vaccinations. After very little arm twisting, Lucy was coerced excited to compile the following post, complete with guidance as to... Read More
February 3, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Believe me, the time is well-worth it.  Before you open the following video link, set aside 50 minutes of uninterrupted time to watch Dr. Nicholas Fogelson's Grand Rounds lecture, in which he makes the case before his colleagues regarding the research supporting delayed umbilical cord clamping &... Read More
January 9, 2011 by Edith Kernerman
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There is much to celebrate in the breastfeeding world in regard to the world-wide increase in initiation rates (let’s ignore Ireland’s abysmal 47%). Alas, such numbers plummet as we speak about duration rates. Canada’s disappointing record of 17% of babies exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months... Read More
November 23, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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In Monday's post from the blog site, Expecting Words, came this suggestion, following the description of a friend of hers who had recently been encouraged to have her baby room in and conduct skin-to-skin newborn care rather than have the baby cared for in the hospital nursery:...I am shocked at thi... Read More
August 2, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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A couple of weeks ago, at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, some intriguing (but not really startling) data were presented at the annual Brain Development and Learning Conference: mothers who touch their babies more often can alter their offspring’s genetic expression and... Read More
July 31, 2010 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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[Editor's Note: This is the first post from our new regular contributor, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC. Kathleen writes about breastfeeding, perinatal/postpartum mental health, and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). She writes on her site, Uppity Science Chick, "Few fields of study are more excit... Read More
June 12, 2010 by Jeannette T Crenshaw, DNP, RN, IBCLC, NEA-BC, FAAN, LCCE, FACCE
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[Editor's note: This is a guest post from former Lamaze International President, Jeannette Crenshaw. When Jeannette told me about the video she reviews in this post, I knew I wanted to highlight it as part of the Sixth Healthy Birth Blog Carnival. I recall  one birth I attended as a midwife, I... Read More
June 10, 2010 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, hospital noise has become problematic and researchers, along with some hospital administrators, are starting to listen. From The Boston Globe article: In 2005, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University led by the engineers... Read More
April 25, 2010 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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If you haven't heard, the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits U.S. hospitals, has recently rolled out a bundle of perinatal quality measures. These measures are designed for hospitals to track and improve their performance on indicators of perinatal quality, including the proportion of... Read More
November 16, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Consider the Source is a new series of interviews with prominent researchers working to improve the health outcomes of women and infants around the time of childbirth.A member of the faculty at the University Rhode Island, Judith Mercer, PhD, CNM, FACNM, is the Principal Investigator on a randomized... Read More
September 7, 2009 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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[Editor’s Note: This is our fourth installment of guest posts from Lamaze International’s 2009 Annual Conference speakers. Dr. Kendall-Tackett will present the Opening Plenary Address at this year’s conference. You can listen to podcast interviews will all of our plenary speakers online.... Read More
July 31, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Lamaze International launched Science & Sensibility to bring updates and analysis on new research to childbirth educators and other birth professionals as early as possible. We know you are on the front lines, answering questions about newsworthy research and bringing the latest evidence-based... Read More
July 5, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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There’s a new study out in the current issue of Birth that bolsters the already remarkable body of evidence favoring skin-to-skin care (rather than placing the baby on a warmer or swaddling it) right after birth. Russian researchers exposed mothers and their babies to some skin-to-skin time in the... Read More