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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 28, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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September’s Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators offers a great introductory mindfulness activity that childbirth educators can do with their class families. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool that parents can easily add to their toolbox.... 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
September 5, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of nausea and vomiting that occurs during pregnancy that affects up to 2% of pregnant people. The nauseousness and vomiting experienced are so severe that the pregnant person is unable to take in enough fluid or nourishment to maintain normal health.... Read More
August 8, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Diastasis recti is a condition that may develop during pregnancy for some people. The study "Postnatal Exercise Can Reverse Diastasis Recti" indicated that people who began exercises to repair this separation in the postpartum period had equal success as those that exercised prenatally.... Read More
July 25, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Count the Kicks is an easy to use app that parents can download onto their smartphones to help them to "count the kicks." This app is available for both Apple and Google phones.... Read More
July 20, 2017 by Mindy A. Cockeram, LCCE
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Serena William’s pregnancy has made exercise and fitness during pregnancy very topical in 2017 and I get asked lots of questions regarding what exercises or activities can be done safely throughout pregnancy.... Read More
June 13, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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One out of ten fathers experiences mood and anxiety disorders from the first trimester of pregnancy through the first six months of parenthood. Having resources on hand for those who may face this challenge is a key component of childbirth education.... Read More
May 25, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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States and healthcare systems that are making a concerted effort to respond to the alarming maternal mortality and morbidity rate in this country are discovering something important. Preeclampsia has a significant impact on maternal mortality and increasing awareness can help reduce the impact.... Read More
May 4, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The International Day of the Midwife is celebrated on the 5th of May each year to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of families. Access to a skilled midwife can help reduce and prevent deaths of more than 287,000 people who die while giving birth.... Read More
May 2, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Depression and anxiety along with other mental health conditions are the most common complication of childbirth. One in five pregnant people suffers from mood and anxiety disorders and one in seven postpartum people. Partners are also affected.... 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
March 30, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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"Giving Birth with Confidence" is jam-packed with common sense information backed up by the most current research. Giving Birth with Confidence helps families to understand the process of pregnancy, birth and the first days and weeks of caring for a newborn. An expectant family must have!... Read More
March 21, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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March is National Nutrition Month. Today, nutritionist and doula McKenzie L. Joyner, BS shares the "7 Super Foods for Pregnancy" that you can discuss during the time you spend with families.... 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 17, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Many pregnant people, who enjoyed a very physically active life before pregnancy, understandably want to continue that level of activity during their pregnancy as well. What does the evidence say about exercising during pregnancy? Is it safe. Today we offer a research review.... 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
January 3, 2017 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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An External Cephalic Version (ECV) is one option open to people whose babies are breech. However, if a person has had a prior cesarean, they may be told that this is not an option for them. The evidence does not support excluding those with a prior cesarean from an ECV.... 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
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
July 5, 2016 by Mindy A. Cockeram, LCCE
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Recently a popular British TV drama series about six pregnant couples in an antenatal group called ‘In The Club’ mistakenly mentioned that the reduction of fetal movement, referred to as RFM, in the third trimester was ‘normal’ because babies ‘run out of space’. What are the facts about kick counts... Read More
March 29, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Rebecca Dekker, PhD of Evidence Based Birth released a new article today – “The Evidence for Advanced Maternal Age” which examines and summarizes the current research available on the topic of pregnancy and birth at the age of 35 years old or beyond. The age at which people are having their first ch... Read More
March 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 post is written by a new birth professional, Jen Olson, that I had the pleasure of meeting while teaching a birth doula workshop last year and then this past February during a Lamaze seminar. When Jen began her teach back for the seminar and pull... Read More
March 1, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The Zika virus and its potential effect on pregnant people have been hot topics for the past several weeks. News headlines, health alerts, social media and more have been busy offering up information and suggestions about this virus that no one seemed to know about before 2016.... Read More
February 10, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Cara Terreri and Sharon MuzaFor many of childbirth educators, the topic of precautions to take during pregnancy comes up early on in our childbirth classes.  I know I cover this information in week one in all of my series classes.  Included in our classroom learning is the topic of alco... Read More
February 3, 2016 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Lamaze International has created a very extensive selection of online classes for expecting families.  Currently there are eight classes in the online catalogue, from a free early pregnancy class-Prepared for Pregnancy: Start Off Right to parenting classes, breastfeeding instruction and even a VBAC... Read More
January 13, 2016 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Contributor Deena Blumenfeld takes a field trip to a history museum that fills the cup of those that love medical anthropology and the lore of the practice of midwifery and obstetrics in the recent (and not so recent) past.  She shares her experience and a review of her trip to the Dittrick Mus... Read More
December 28, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Lakisa Muhammad, LCCE, CD(DONA)Science & Sensibility runs a monthly column, Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators, that offers a fun, exciting, creative and engaging activity for childbirth educators and birth professionals to use with expecting families.  Today's post by Lamaze... Read More
December 13, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Monday, December 7th, Lamaze International convened 13 representatives from government and healthcare organizations to its Roundtable in Washington, D.C. to discuss the role that evidence based childbirth education has in improving childbirth outcomes. The Roundtable provided participants an oppo... Read More
November 30, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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 I appreciate Lamaze International for many reasons, and one reason is that they continually provide useful new material for childbirth educators to integrate and adapt for their classes and curriculum.  Additionally, this information is also available directly to consumers on the parent s... Read More
November 18, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th was World Prematurity Awareness Day. This month's Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators post is about preventing prematurity, the events of late pregnancy and the importance of waiting for labor to begin on its own. As they do every year,... Read More
October 21, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Most families have already chosen a health care provider by the time they find themselves in childbirth classes.  The exception might be those educators who reach families at the beginning of their pregnancies by offering an early pregnancy class that includes this topic.  Most families be... Read More
September 29, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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This month’s “Brilliant Activities for BirthEducators” is one of my old standbys. I use it frequently at the beginning of a series class. Last week I started a new seven week series and did it again on the first night, and I really enjoy how this activity effectively meets many of my learning goals... Read More
July 27, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Today on Science & Sensibility, we continue with our occasional series: Welcoming All Families by examining how an educator might make their class inviting for the Orthodox Jewish family who attends. There are rich traditions and customs that are unique to observant Jewish families and... Read More
May 11, 2015 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology highlighted some new research published by doctors and researchers at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative that demonstrated that the majority of preeclampsia-related deaths could have bee... Read More
October 20, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, LCCE, FACCE has been selected to receive the 2014 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education by the Healthy Teen Network.  Dr. Podgurski will be in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, October 22nd to accept the award at this year's Healthy Teen Ne... Read More
August 11, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Katherine Steen, BS, MAIS, LCCEChildbirth educators may work in this field at many points in their life.  They may be childless, they may have young children or their children may be out on their own. I believe one of the most interesting times to be a childbirth educator is when you yoursel... Read More
July 17, 2014 by Henci Goer, BA
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Today, contributor Henci Goer reviews a recently published study in the journal Birth, that compared the outcomes of births in women who received non pharmacological pain management techniques with women who received the “usual care” treatment.... 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 12, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month and childbirth educators play a key role in informing families about the symptoms of this disease of pregnancy (or postpartum.) Eleni Tsigas, the Executive Director of The Preeclampsia Foundation shares the results of a recent survey quizzing women on their awaren... Read More
May 4, 2014 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May 5th has been recognized as the International Day of the Midwife since 1992. The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) supports, represents and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world.  The purpose of this day is to celebrate midwifery and to bring... Read More
February 5, 2014 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Researcher and Lamaze International Board Member Christine H. Morton, Phd shares information about a just released Toolkit on educating professionals about preeclampsia and it’s potentially very serious consequences. Dr. Morton discusses how you can get a copy, take a webinar... Read More
November 13, 2013 by Kathy Morelli
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Today on the blog, regular contributor Kathy Morelli shares information on an uncommon but very serious mental health disorder called pregnancy negation (pregnancy denial and pregnancy concealment) that can occur in women.  This unusual phenomena may never have crossed your radar or you may hav... Read More
November 4, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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By Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRNOccasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker of www.EvidenceBasedBirth.com examines the practice of Moxibustion to help turn breech babies head down.  Rebecca looks at what the current research shows on this ancient treatment for turning babies... Read More
July 8, 2013 by Henci Goer, BA
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 Today, regular contributor, Henci Goer takes a look at the recent study on prescribing bed rest for the prevention of preterm birth.  Despite not preventing a premature baby, and even possibly increasing the likelihood, it is still routinely recommended for pregnant women.  Please en... Read More
June 19, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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On Tuesday, I highlighted the news that teen birth rates have dropped significantly. Our occasional series on welcoming all families continues today by examining the issue of teaching childbirth education classes for teen parents.  Teenagers and very young adults may be part of your student pop... Read More
May 28, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Both expectant families and childbirth professionals alike would like nothing more than pregnancy and birth to remain uncomplicated and proceed normally. We can celebrate when that happens but we have a responsibility to also teach and share about some of the variations from normal that may come up... Read More
May 23, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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by Caryn RogersMay is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month and the Preeclampsia Foundation has been holding Promise Walks all around the country to raise awareness of this disease and generate funds for research.  Caryn Rogers, Senior Science Writer for the Preeclampsia Foundation has provided... 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 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 25, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The topic of nutrition in pregnancy (and for breastfeeding moms) is an important one to cover, but may not get a lot of attention during your childbirth classes.  Women may also be "squeezing in" birth classes late in their third trimester, so the opportunity to make dietary changes during thei... Read More
April 9, 2013 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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]Occasional Science & Sensibility contributor Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth has spent the last month writing a blog article about Group B Strep and it is finally here! In her painstaking but clear... 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 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
February 7, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Regular contributor Walker Karraa wraps up her interview with Jennifer Carney, who became active with The Preeclampsia Foundation and the Unexpected Project after suffering from eclampsia while pregnant with her second child. Have you had to answer any questions in your classes or with your clients... Read More
February 5, 2013 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Regular contributor Walker Karraa interviews Jennifer Carney, a mother of two, who suffered from eclampsia at the beginning of her third trimester. Jennifer shares her real life story, on the heels of a favorite character’s similar experience on the popular TV show “Downton Abbey.” Today, we learn... 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 11, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Regular 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 prenatal and postpartum... Read More
December 6, 2012 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Regular 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 prenatal and postpartum... Read More
November 5, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Continuing along in our occasional series on "Welcoming All Families" to our childbirth classes, this two part guest post is written by Pam Vireday,  creator of the Well-Rounded Mama blog.  Are your childbirth classes friendly to women of size?  What special accomodations an... Read More
November 2, 2012 by Jacqueline Levine, LCCE,FACCE,CD, CLC
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Today, S&S contributor Jackie Levine discusses the potential risks of routine cervical checks near term and how to help your clients and students be prepared to have a discussion with their health care provider about the necessity of such exams. - SMThere are some studies that show a link betwee... Read More
September 19, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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The  Canadian Medical Association Journal, published in their September 12, 2012 issue a very interesting study examining how a team approach to maternity care might improve maternal and neonat aloutcomes.  The study, Effect of a collaborative interdisciplinary maternity care program on pe... Read More
September 11, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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When I was just barely pregnant with my first child, I rushed out to purchase a huge armload of pregnancy and birth books that sat on the night table and I made sure to read a bit each night before going to sleep.  One of those books, (I can't even recall the title now) was designed to be read... Read More
July 3, 2012 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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Guest post by Science & Sensibility contributer Christine H. Morton, PhD(Full disclosure:  the organization I work for, CMQCC, has been working with representatives from the Preeclampsia Foundation over the past year on the CMQCC task force developing a Preeclampsia Toolkit, and I am a big... Read More
June 5, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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Guest post by Cathy Busha, MSWThis post is the first in an occasional series on CBE teaching strategies that embrace the diverse populations that take childbirth classes.  Childbirth educators that want to welcome all families to their classes will find information and resources in the ser... Read More
May 15, 2012 by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE
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May 15th 2012 is the first annual Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day, sponsored by the H.E.R. Foundation.  H.E.R. is an acronym for Hyperemesis Education and Research, and this non-profit organization’s mission is three-fold;


Find a cure for hyperemesis and its complications through advanced res... Read More
April 27, 2012 by Kathy Morelli
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This is a guest post by Trish DeTura, RN, CNM, MS, MAMA PresidentPregnancy is such an exciting time in a womans life filled with the great wonder of what is to be. However, it may also be a time of great stress as a womans body goes through a great metamorphosis. Some of the common discomforts of... 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 22, 2012 by Lisa D Baker, BSc, BEd,LCCE, FACCE
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In this months edition of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, the SOGC released a new clinical practice guideline for the management of varicella infection in pregnancy.  Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection, commonly referred to as chickenpox, is a common childhood disease tha... Read More
February 27, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Guest post by Ngozi D. Tibbs BS, CD, LCCE, IBCLCSome days I find it hard to watch the news. We are bombarded by stories of child neglect and abuse. The stories that are particularly disturbing involve sexual abuse.  It causes one to wonder, is sexual abuse occurring more often, or is... Read More
February 14, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Guest Posting by Star Rodriguez, IBCLC Editor's Note:  A hefty dose of Sensibility, social media and popular perceptions of breastfeeding and sexuality.In a time where Facebook takes down photos of nursing mothers (to the point where women protested their policies at corporate offices this... Read More
February 9, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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In Part 1 we talked about how to help your client choose a prenatal yoga class; in Part 2, we will look at breathing, meditation and relaxation in a prenatal yoga class and how it’s beneficial to the pregnant mother. We know that learning relaxation and breathing techniques can help a woman better... Read More
February 7, 2012 by Deena H. Blumenfeld, ERYT, RPYT, LCCE, FACCE
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Most birth professionals know that yoga during pregnancy is of great benefit to expectant mothers.  As both a certified prenatal yoga instructor and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I often field questions from birth professionals regarding referring clients to a prenatal yoga class. ... Read More
January 27, 2012 by Darline Turner-Lee
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“Bed rest is ineffective in treating anything” So reads the title of the clinical POEM presented in Essential Evidence (www.essentialevidence.com) in January 2000. The poem is a summary of a study published in the Lancet by Allen et al entitled, “Bed rest: a potentially harmful treatment needing... Read More
December 22, 2011 by Henci Goer, BA
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The other day, while looking through my issues of Birth for something else, I ran across a commentary* written by Lamaze teacher Betsy Adrian on why she was leaving the field after five years. She writes:I realize now that my feelings of burn-out are much more than simply boredom with repeating myse... Read More
December 20, 2011 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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As someone who is knowledgeable about pregnancy and birth, I often hear from far-flung friends and relatives who have questions. The questions run the gamut: “Can I take this medication?,” “Do I really need to be induced?,” “What does this test result mean?” But I hear in these questions a much more... Read More
November 9, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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** The March of Dimes, in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the Centers for... Read More
November 7, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Science & Sensibility readers may recall the Maternal Obesity from all Sides series* we did a few months ago.  Last week, while walking my dog and catching up on a few news podcasts, I heard this story on NPR’s Morning Edition—a segment that was a part of the news outlet’s series on Obesity in... Read More
November 4, 2011 by Christine H Morton, PhD
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[Editor's note:  in this post, Dr. Christine Morton interviews public health researcher Miranda Waggoner, PhD, on her work with Princeton University's Office of Population Research.  Dr. Waggoner's particular research interests lie in maternal, women's and infant's health.] CM:  ... Read More
November 2, 2011 by Darline Turner-Lee
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[Editor's note:  Yesterday, Darline Turner-Lee introduced us to a new study by Ashley Schempf, et al that looks at racial disparities in maternal mortality rates, and the socioeconomic factors that influence those disparities.  Today, Darline expounds upon this issue further, including her... Read More
November 1, 2011 by Darline Turner-Lee
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 [Editor's note: Today is part one of a two-part series by Darline Turner-Lee, looking at racial disparities in maternal outcomes.  Come back tomorrow to read Darline's discussion on this recent study.]  INTRO: The Financial Burden and Racial Disparities of the US Health Care... Read More
October 31, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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I recently followed a listserve discussion, the topic of which revolved around the influenza vaccine and its safety/efficacy/recommendation during pregnancy. Vaccination has, of course, been a dicey topic approached within this blog community in the past—a divisive topic to be sure.  But when we... Read More
October 28, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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In a recent Science Daily report, “Homicide, suicide outpace traditional causes of death in pregnant, postpartum women”, caught my attention.  Outpace traditional causes of death in pregnancy and postpartum?  What about all of our concern regarding mortality rates as a result of C-section?... 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 6, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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All pregnant women deserve to have access to compassionate, evidence-based maternity care which inherently supports the normalcy of labor and birthand remains poised to effectively handle the occasional circumstance when birth strays from normal.  They deserve to be cared for by well-trained m... Read More
October 4, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Recently, there have been some new studies looking at the impact of serum levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in expectant mothers, and health outcomes for their babies.  PBDEs are common flame retardants found in household furnishings, appliances, textiles, paints, and electronics... Read More
September 13, 2011 by Joanne I Leigh-Murfin, RN, LCCE
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[Editor's note:  Have you ever wondered how to best compel your clients or would-be students into taking childbirth education seriously, and spending the time to research and seek out a solid, evidence-based childbirth preparation class?  The following is from yesterday's Lamaze Internatio... Read More
September 6, 2011 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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[Editor's note:  This post by Amy Romano is re-purposed here with permission, having  initially appeared on Childbirth Connection's Transforming Maternity Care blog site on Monday, August 15.] Theres a big gap between our current maternity care system and the high-quality, high-value... Read More
August 25, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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“There is no greater loneliness in the life of a human being than being alone with one’s own suffering; and no suffering is greater than the mental torture of impending agony from which there is no escape and of which there is no understanding.” Grantly Dick-Read, 1959, p.50 Grantly Dick-Read was... Read More
August 11, 2011 by Jacqueline Levine, LCCE,FACCE,CD, CLC
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Childbirth educators should be able to discuss sex during pregnancy and sex in the postpartum period with sensitive, evidence-based counseling, so that women need not rely on anecdotal information, old-wives tales or unreliable sources.The following quote stands as introduction to the chapter on... Read More
August 9, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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As many of you may recall, we ran a series on issues pertaining to maternal overweight/obesity here on Science & Sensibility not too long ago.  Throughout the series, we looked at the common complications associated with maternal obesityand questioned which of those complications were iatr... Read More
July 28, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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A recent All Things Considered story that aired as a part of NPR’s Beginnings series discussed concerns over elective labor inductions and the movement by some doctors to decrease this trend in our country’s maternity care system.  From the news piece, Doctors to Pregnant Women:  Wait at Least... Read More
July 22, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is the fifth and final part of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the interview from the beginning, go here.  For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources... Read More
July 21, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is the fourth part of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the interview from the beginning, go here.  For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliog... Read More
July 20, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is part three of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa, and OBGYN Dr. Michael Lu.  To read the series from the beginning, go here. For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliography_dr lu in... Read More
July 19, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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[Editor's note:  This is part two of an interview series between Science & Sensibility's Walker Karraa and OBGYN/researcher, Dr. Michael Lu.  To read this interview from the beginning, go here.For a list of resources pertaining to this interview series, go here: resources and bibliogra... Read More
July 18, 2011 by Walker Karraa, PhD
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Last April, I sat down with Dr. Michael C. Lu, director of the UCLA Preconception Care Clinic, lead investigator for Los Angeles County in the National Children’s Study, and newly appointed Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ committee on infant mortality.  Dr. Lu is an associate... Read More
April 21, 2011 by Kimmelin Hull, PA, LCCE
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Wednesday night, I attended my first childbirth education class as a student, in nine years.  My goal: experience childbirth education as a student again.  Whats not to learn by revisiting the classroom as a consumer?Upon arriving at the community lecture room in our local hospital, each... Read More
January 19, 2011 by Darline Turner-Lee
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Each year approximately 750,000 women in the United States are prescribed antepartum bed rest (ABR) for a portion of their pregnancy due to (but not limited to) preterm labor contractions, incompetent cervix, placental issues, multiple gestation, vaginal bleeding, hypertension/pre-eclampsia... Read More
November 28, 2010 by Darline Turner-Lee
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Pregnancy is a time when most women are eagerly anticipating and preparing for the birth of their child (or children), so it is surprising to note that approximately 10% of pregnant women may experience a depressive disorder during pregnancy. What is even more heartbreaking is the fact that as many... Read More
July 4, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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From Rixa Freeze, PhD, of the Stand & Deliver Blog. If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in participating.... Read More
May 17, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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With Memorial Day around the corner and the unofficial beginning of the summer road trip season upon us, here's an important bit of news from the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Emergency medicine researchers from Wake Forest University analyzed a national database of... Read More
April 17, 2009 by Amy M. Romano, RN,CNM
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In my midwifery practice, I recently reviewed the records of a client who was transferring her care to us midway through her pregnancy. Along with the routine labs that I always encounter, I saw that her previous doctor had checked her vitamin D levels. That same day, as I waited on hold while... Read More