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March 23, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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March 22nd through March 28th, 2017 is World Doula Week and Lamaze International along with Science & Sensibility recognize the benefits and contributions that birth and postpartum doulas provide in support of families around the world every day.... Read More
March 16, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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A recent study examined whether administration of synthetic oxytocin during labor would lower the risk of postpartum depression and anxiety. The authors review recent studies that show that depression or anxiety are higher in women with lower oxytocin levels.... 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
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 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
November 10, 2016 by Cara Terreri, CD (DONA), LCCE
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During pregnancy, it's inevitable that a person will experience an event or multiple events that will cause emotional distress. Here are some suggestions for CBEs to share with families on coping with stress.... 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
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
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
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
May 19, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is International Doula Month and this month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators is all about how childbirth educators can incorporate a doula and the doula's skills at useful points during a childbirth class.... Read More
May 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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It is extremely helpful to be able to demonstrate visually what safe bed-sharing looks like during the portion of the class where infant sleep is covered. Thankfully, there are now resources that educators and other professionals can turn to for examples of safe bed-sharing.... Read More
November 4, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Pamela Vireday "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen KellerI am delighted to share with you a three part series that begins today, written by Pam Vireday, who is an occasional contributor to Science & Sensib... 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
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 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, RLC, CATSM

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D, author, IBCLC, researcher, internationally acclaimed speaker and occasional contributor to our blog, has written a new book - "A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Postpartum Depression: A Resource Guide for Health... 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
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
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 26, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness month, when agencies on the local, state and federal level along with private and public organizations promote campaigns designed to increase awareness of perinatal mood disorders.   While it is good to increase awareness of the symptoms, sources of help... 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
February 19, 2014 by Kathy Morelli
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In a two part post this week, regular contributor Kathy Morelli shares information about and an interview with Kelly Brogan, MD on her nontraditional approach to working with women who are dealing with perinatal mental health issues. Today in part two, Dr. Brogan shares information on incorporating... Read More
February 17, 2014 by Kathy Morelli
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In a two part post this week, regular contributor Kathy Morelli shares information about and an interview with Kelly Brogan, MD on her nontraditional approach to working with women who are dealing with perinatal mental health issues. Dr. Brogan shares information on incorporating a whole body... Read More
January 8, 2014 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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It is thought that traumatic childbirth affects up to 34% of all birthing women, but frequently there is inadequate prenatal preparation for what to do if an individual woman has this experiences and scant resources for women seeking support and help. The experiences are minimized and our society... Read More
November 10, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Today, November 11th is Veteran's Day in the United States and Americans honor those who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces in order to protect our country.  Today on Science & Sensibility, regular contributor Walker Karraa, PhD, takes a look at the impact serving in batt... 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
October 7, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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We are just a few days past the sad events that occurred in Washington DC, right near the capital, when Miriam Carey, a mother of a year old child slammed her car into security barricades and led law enforcement officials on a high speed car chase, injured federal officials and was shot and killed,... Read More
September 30, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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 Regular contributor (and brand new PhD!) Walker Karraa shares a new study examining the relationship between antidepressant medication and postpartum hemorrhage.  Walker questions the lead researchers on other factors present during labor and birth that may have as much or more impact on... 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 26, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Today, regular Science & Sensibility contributor Walker Karraa shares a study that came out earlier this summer examining the incidence of postpartum depression and place of residence (rural vs urban.)  Women living in urban areas were more likely to suffer from PPD.  Are you surprised... 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 10, 2013 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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“Do women really eat their placentas?” I am asked this question in every Lamaze class I teach. This question is often accompanied by a raised eyebrow and a giggle. Many times, at least one mother will sheepishly avert her eyes and mention that she’s thinking about doing it because she’s heard of the... 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 30, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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"Childbirth educators are crucial front-line professionals in providing information to women about their risks for medical complications related to pregnancy and birth, and postpartum depression is a common problem." - Dr. Katherine L WisnerKatherine L. Wisner, M.D., M.S., has been involved in clini... 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
February 28, 2013 by Kathy Morelli
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In this series about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Part One looked at qualitative research evaluating EMDR as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (childbirth onset). In Part Two, EMDR clinicians weighed in on their feelings about the safety of EMDR during pregna... 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
January 24, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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In the occasional series on Welcoming All Families, we have explored how to make our classes and practices welcoming for women of size and lesbians.  Today on Science & Sensibility, Certified Nurse Midwife Simon Adriane Ellis shares how to offer care and classes that are sensitive... Read More
December 13, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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By: Walker KarraaRegular contributor Walker Karraa has written an excellent three part series on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and what the childbirth educator or birth professional can do to help women get the help they may need when dealing with mental illness during the pr... 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
October 4, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Today, Kathy Morelli shares the second part of her series on EMDR, and exams clinical opinions  on the safety of EMDR as a treatment modality.  You can find part one of Kathy's post on EMDR here. -  SMThere is a lack of specific empirical research to support the safety or lack of safe... Read More
October 2, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Today's post, the first of two, is written by regular contributor, Kathy Morelli, and provides some insight into a mode of therapy, EMDR, that can help women deal with birth trauma .  Are you a provider who is trained in EMDR?  Or have experienced it yourself?  Share your thought sin... Read More
August 21, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by David White, MD CCFP, Associate Professor, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, University of TorontoDr. David White reviews the study "Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: The Uninvited Birth Companion" that made news headlines earlier this month.... Read More
August 16, 2012 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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By Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA)In a two part series examining the recent research that stated that natural childbirth is a major cause of  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,  our guest bloggers, Penny Simkin and Dr. David White, look at how the media may be sensationalizing the to... Read More
August 9, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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This is part two of a two part series on the support needs of women who experience postpartum psychosis and their partners and is written by regular contributor Walker Karraa.  Part one can be found here.  SMIn part two of a review of the recent JOGNN study, Support Needs of Mothers Who Experi... 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
July 31, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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This is part one of a two part series on the support needs of women who experience postpartum psychosis, and their partners and is written by regular contributor Walker Karraa.  Part two will run next week. - SMSupport Needs of Mothers Who Experience Postpartum Psychosis and Their Partners (Dou... 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 14, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Part Two of Kathy Morelli’s interview with William Courtney, PhD, LCSW, about Paternal Postnatal Depression – Consequences and Support. Part One: Paternal Postnatal Depression – Signs and Causes can be read here. What are the consequences of men’s postpartum depression? How does it affect the... Read More
June 12, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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As we approach Father's Day, on Sunday, June 17th, many fathers will be celebrating this special day for the first time.  Kathy Morelli interviews Dr. Courtenay in a two part series on Paternal Postnatal Depression, a little discussed but often significant situation that can develop, as a man m... Read More
June 7, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Giving Birth with Confidence, Lamaze International's blog and go-to resource for expecting and new parents has joined with a new organization, PATTCh, (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) to share the new "Traumatic Birth Prevention & Resource Guide" with GBWC readers and all of us... Read More
May 24, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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This is a post by Science & Sensibility’s regular contributor, Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA) The recently published study, “Reducing Postpartum Depressive Symptoms Among Black and Latina Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial” (Howell et al., 2012) has garnered attention among birth and perinata... 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
May 4, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Childbirth Professionals: Positive Actions and Words that Heal As I write this, I wonder how the childbirth community feels about this issue? I would certainly understand if it brings up discomfort. I'd love to hear your point of view!  You can help a lot by becoming educated about perinat... Read More
April 25, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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A guest post by Deborah Issokson, Psy.D.Childbearing is a vulnerable process.Regardless of our profession within the childbirth world, we are working to facilitate an experience that has a positive emotional outcome accompanied by a healthy psychological adjustment to motherhood. It is incumbent upo... Read More
April 20, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Read Part One in this series . . . Risk Factors for Perinatal Mental Illness (saaay what - so many??)Etiology: Bio-psycho-social Current research does not give us a crystal clear cause for perinatal mood disorders. It seems that a convergence of biological, psychological and social (biopsychoso... Read More
April 13, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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Stigma & Prevalence of Perinatal Mental Illness Part One of this series of posts discusses the experience of public stigma and self-shame around perinatal mental illness. Part Two talks about risk factors and types of perinatal mental illnesses. Part Three about what you can do, Words & Acti... Read More
March 30, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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I have immensely enjoyed my time with Science and Sensibility! Thank you for the support and comments throughout the month of March. As my assignment draws to a close, I would like to introduce to you our newest Guest Community Manager, Kathy Morelli:Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Way... Read More
February 2, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Walker: How does someone know they are a researcher? Cheryl: I guess it is when you get up in the morning and working on your research project is what you can't wait to do. It is the part of your job that you love the most. You have a love for discovering new knowledge in order to improve patient... Read More
January 31, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Walker: How did you discover your love of research?  Cheryl: It began during my graduate studies at Yale University. There I received my masters in nursing degree plus became a certified nurse-midwife. At Yale, research is a way of life. The value of research as the most important way to system... Read More
January 26, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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In this installment, Cheryl Beck discusses the importance of screening and education for preventing PTSD after childbirth. Walker: In your 2006 work with Jeanne Watson Driscoll, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician's Guide, you recommended clinicians use the Perinatal Posttraumatic St... Read More
January 24, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing and a certified nurse-midwife–having received both her certificate in nurse-midwifery and Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University. Cheryl also... Read More
January 19, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing has published the majority of qualitative research regarding postpartum depression, PTSD following childbirth offering unparalleled data regarding the lived experience of... Read More
January 10, 2012 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Later this month, Science & Sensibility contributors will share their hopes for the year 2012: what we would like to see accomplished in the ensuing months on behalf of mothers, babies and families, and the maternity care industry as a whole.  One of my hopes for the coming year(s) is that... Read More
October 26, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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Do your expectant clients ever ask you whether other pregnant women are sensitive to strong smells?  Do they wonder about the different ways to hold a baby while nursing?  Do postpartum women with whom you interact, wonder if their babies are hitting the right milestones? Group care in both... Read More
October 20, 2011 by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
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In my previous post, I reviewed the findings from our recent study. Our results suggested that breastfeeding mothers got more sleep, were less fatigued, and reported better physical health than mothers who were mixed- or formula-feeding.  We also found that reported depression was significantly... 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
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
June 30, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Try being a primary care provider treating a pregnant woman who is on antidepressants.  Dr. Michael Kleins recent S&S post [about his newly published research] aptly considered the power of attitudes and beliefs to shape practices and maintain problematic paradigms.  The same attitude... Read More
April 28, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Join me in this amazing opportunity to learn about culturally competent maternity and postpartum care for Muslim women.  Educator and postpartum mental health advocate Hajara Kutty shares invaluable religious and cultural context for birth and postpartum care in Islamic families.... Read More
April 28, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Walker: Tell us about postpartum care in Muslim families. In your experience, how is a woman supported by her family when she comes home?  Are postpartum doulas ever employed?Hajara: From a purely religious standpoint, postpartum women are exempt from performing the five daily prayers and are... Read More
April 20, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Preterm birth estimates are 5-13% and the principal cause of morbidity and mortality for newborns1.  70% of spontaneous preterm births occur with preterm labor and preterm prelabor rupture of fetal membranes2. While medical science continues to examine diagnostic and treatment protocol, the... 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
February 27, 2011 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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[Editor's note:  This is part two of Ms. Simkin's post on childbirth-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The post is long and detailed--every word worth reading.  Set aside ample time to read this article: such that devouring, versus skimming, might be accomplished.  Birthin... Read More
February 16, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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My professional curiosity lies in the power of language to limit, or liberate the lived experience of the childbearing womanparticularly those with perinatal mental health concerns.Maternal Depression Can Undermine the Development of Young Children (2009) illustrates the positive strides being made... Read More
February 14, 2011 by Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), CCE
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Science & Sensibility welcomes new contributor, Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA).  Thank you for sharing your decades-long experience and expertise with us! IntroductionAfter the health of mother and baby, labor pain is the greatest concern of women, their partners, and their caregivers. Nur... 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
December 22, 2010 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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“Honesty is disarming.  It should set the stage for dialogue.” — Jane Honikman, M.S., founder, Postpartum Support International One of the first written accounts of postpartum mood disorders was in 1436. Margery Kempe, mother of 14, wrote: “Wherefore after that her child was born she, not trusting... 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 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
November 5, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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Ask a bunch of expectant women what worries them about labor, and chances are many of them will say, "the pain."  Much is made about pain in labor. Women prepare for it, nurses constantly assess it, anesthesiology departments exist to eliminate it, and so on. But while there are many experience... 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