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Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year

As published in the New York Times:  By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS on MAY 22, 2017 The nation’s top pediatricians are advising parents to stop giving fruit juice to children in the first year of life, saying the drink is not as healthful as many parents think. In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had advised parents to avoid 100 percent fruit juice for babies younger than 6 months. On Monday, the group toughened its stance against juice, recommending that the drink be banned entirely from a baby’s diet during the first year. The concern...

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Unhappy relationships may lead to excessive crying in infants

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

Unhappy relationships may lead to excessive crying in infants

Written by Honor Whiteman Published: Monday 1 May 2017 While colic is common among infants, researchers remain unclear on what causes the condition. A new study suggests that a mother’s relationship happiness and level of social support might play a role. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) found that infants of mothers who reported low relationship happiness were more likely to have colic than infants of mothers who reported happier relationships.Furthermore, the team found that mothers who reported receiving...

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Yoga Makes Period Cramps Feel Better

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

Yoga Makes Period Cramps Feel Better

Author: Amanda MacMillan Date: May 02, 2017 Source: TIME Health. A painful period can make you want to curl up in a ball, but head to the mat instead. Yoga may provide relief from common menstrual complaints like cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to a new review of studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The review analyzed the findings of 15 studies that looked at how a regular yoga practice affects a woman’s experience of cramps, PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (which can cause missed...

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US pregnant women falling short of omega-3 intake recommendations

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

US pregnant women falling short of omega-3 intake recommendations

By Stephen Daniells+ 26-Apr-2017   Many pregnant women in the US are consuming significantly lower EPA and DHA omega-3s than recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a new analysis.  DHA and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) play critical roles for growth and development, with recent analyses indicating significant reductions in early preterm birth, a reduced risk of asthma in the children, and improved attention in children. Data presented at the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting in Chicago this week by Dr Susan...

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Breathe: The Home Birth Documentary

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in birth-stories | 0 comments

Breathe: The Home Birth Documentary

“Breathe” documents ten women and their exciting journey through the home birth process. We hear the women’s stories and meet their midwives, who teach us about the safety of birthing at home for low-risk pregnancies. Birth is not a competition. There is no right and wrong way to give birth. Women who give birth at home are no more brave than any other women. This documentary presents the home births as a way to show what birth can be without interventions. It explores the following questions: What would we be capable of...

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SIDS Study: Parents, babies should share room

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

SIDS Study: Parents, babies should share room

By: Crocker Stephenson , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10:12 p.m. EDT October 24, 2016 Safe sleep practices that can reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome remain as easy as ABC, according to American Academy of Pediatric guidelines released Monday. Babies should sleep: Alone. That means that babies should sleep on their own separate sleep surfaces. But the AAP recommends that parents share a room with their infants for at least their first six months, and preferably a year. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much 50%, the...

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Morning sickness linked to lower risk of pregnancy loss

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

Morning sickness linked to lower risk of pregnancy loss

By: BIANCA NOGRADY, Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network; SEPTEMBER 26, 2016; FROM JAMA INTERNAL MEDICINE Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy were associated with a substantially reduced risk of pregnancy loss in a prospective preconception cohort of almost 800 pregnant women. Although there has long been the suggestion that nausea is a sign of a healthy pregnancy, the evidence supporting this idea has been limited. “Much of the published literature reports on studies that enrolled women after a clinically recognized pregnancy, thereby failing to...

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Ewyn’s Birth Story

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in birth-stories | 1 comment

Ewyn’s Birth Story

Ewyn’s birth story begins years before the date of his arrival. I was very involved in the birth community as a prenatal massage therapist, doula, and eventually student midwife in the years preceding my pregnancy. I had done lots of research and learned all about different medical interventions and complications. In talking with my husband, we decided that home birth was the right choice for us if the pregnancy remained low risk, and I started care with Natalie Wommack at the Katy Birth Center. My pregnancy went fairly smoothly. I didn’t...

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Baby Michael’s Birth Story

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in birth-stories | 0 comments

Baby Michael’s Birth Story

We had just gotten settled after moving back to Katy in August 2015. We were overwhelmed with the move. Our oldest daughter was starting kindergarten and at the time our twin girls were 3 years old and a huge handful! Our lives were full and busy! Not to mention, we were just days away from going on our family vacation to Disney World. In October, a couple days before my birthday, I discovered that SURPRISE!…I’m pregnant!! It was such happy news for our family because at that time we were losing my beloved grandfather who passed away one week...

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Maternal Obesity and the Fetal Brain

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in blog, Latest Research | 0 comments

Maternal Obesity and the Fetal Brain

Published May 26, 2016, in the Contemporary OB/GYN section of ModernMedicine.com; written by Andrea G. Edlow, MD, MSc, and Larissa H. Mattei, BA In the United States, more than 60% of reproductive-age women are overweight and 35% are obese, representing a 70% increase in pre-pregnancy obesity.1,2 Childhood obesity and early-onset metabolic syndrome have risen in parallel.1-3 While it is now relatively well-known that maternal obesity, maternal high-fat diet, and high gestational weight gain (GWG) may have harmful effects on fetal and...

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