Dangers of Zofran

Dangers of Zofran

Zofran is a popular prescription-based medication that’s approved for use by cancer patients and those undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. Zofran helps patients control nausea and vomiting, a typical side effect of cancer treatment. Yet, doctors have also been prescribing the drug to pregnant women to help control morning sickness, despite studies showing that Zofran increases the risks of babies developing birth defects.

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Chrissy Teigen in Diapers; Shedding light on Postpartum Changes

Chrissy Teigen in Diapers; Shedding light on Postpartum Changes

Ah, yes. DIAPERS! No stranger to comedic one liners, Chrissy, apparently has no qualms about laughing at herself; and we LOVE her for it. But seriously, many women after having a baby, are shocked to realize they lack the same level of uterine control they had pre pregnancy.  Postpartum incontinence can be caused by a few factors. 

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21 Days of Inspiration

21 Days of Inspiration

My pregnancy was one of the most exciting and difficult times in my life. My world was falling apart as a new one was coming together and at times I felt as if no one understood my plight. What I would give for words of daily encouragement during those times of despair and self doubt. A simple little book I could keep in my purse or on my nightstand to remind myself that I am a creator! My body is creating life. As so many women before and after me, I am fully capable of nurturing and nourishing this growing light inside me.

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The Reason Heather Lindsey Got it Wrong

The Reason Heather Lindsey Got it Wrong

So, I've been pumping a lot to prepare to leave Taylor for 3 days next week (insert 😩😩😭😭), anyway - I noticed a change in the color of my milk over a month period. When Taylor wasn't feeling well, it turned bright yellow! I did some research and found that my milk changes to fit Taylor's needs based on her backwash! 😱🙌🏼 So, more colostrum is produced to help her get over her cold! How amazing is God?!? Ladies, your milk is the best medicine that your baby needs! So, I know nursing is hard, pumping, the engorgement & everything else but it's so worth it! 

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Motherhood. You're Doing it Wrong. What My Journey as a Postpartum Nurse Taught Me

Motherhood. You're Doing it Wrong. What My Journey as a Postpartum Nurse Taught Me

Does it fee like whatever decision you make you're being ridiculed about your choices in pregnancy, childbirth, and childhood development?  As a nurse I new moms ridiculed for their decisions about their own bodies and their own children.  When did we stop supporting each other.  My dear friend Lina Acosta Sandal, Director at The Nest: Emotional Wellness Center always says, given the information, parents always make the right decision for their children; and I truly believe this. 

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My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part II - At The Hospital

My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part II -  At The Hospital

Making the choice to have a home birth is not the obvious choice.  It is not an easy choice.  It is not a widely accepted choice.  And it can be heartbreaking when that plan doesn’t come to fruition.  For me, who truly believed that a home birth was the best thing for my family, I made an equally difficult decision to leave 30 hours of labor at home and go to the hospital for an unknown outcome.  I mean, I knew it was a possibility to go to the hospital and I was not opposed to that, but I honestly thought that wouldn’t happen.  

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The Hardest Part About Breastfeeding

The Hardest Part About Breastfeeding

In this really quick video I share with you the hardest part about the early days of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not complicated. NO! I'm sorry. I don't mean to step on toes or make you feel bad. Like any relationship, it has ups and downs but the basics are simple. The true problem is the lack of the RIGHT information and support. With that, you can tackle the hardest part of breastfeeding which I explain in this video. 

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Free Breastfeeding Class

Free Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding is demanding but it's not complicated. Sounds crazy but hear me out. The reason why
so many women such as myself struggle with breastfeeding I because there are too many booby
traps set up for us to fail!

If you had all the right information and you were supported could you do it and enjoy the journey? Yes and YES!

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Cesareans Effect on Breastfeeding

Cesareans Effect on Breastfeeding

I received an email a few days ago by a third time mom. She was concerned about the amount of colostroum she was producing. In this quick video blog, I share how a cesarean can delay milk production. 

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My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part I - At Home

My Birth Story: Homebirth And Hospital Part I - At Home

Now it was almost 4am, baby still in the same place. Her heartrate was fine, but I wasn’t. I just felt her hitting me but not coming out. And the back pain was nothing anyone told me about in my birthing class. I wanted to be superhuman… I wanted more than anything to have a natural birth in the comfort of my home…. to prove to everyone that it was possible… to give my baby the most natural entrance into this world… I had made it 30 hours when my mother begged me to go to the hospital, where I knew they would most likely make me have a c-section. My husband was looking to me for answers, desperate to take away my pain but willing to support my choice. The hired team wanted me to keep pushing. I had to go deep down and pray for an answer...

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Lactation Cookies. Do They Work?

Lactation Cookies. Do They Work?

So you've decided you want to nurse! Congratulations.   You're making an amazing choice. You know all the benefits so there's no need give you the rundown. Whether you've already hit a wall or you're just planning in advance, you may be questioning whether lactation cookies can offer a buffer to low milk supplies.  This is my opinion on the matter:  I soundly believe that covering the basics will ensure your supply will match your baby's need. 

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5 Ways to Relax So You Can Have A More Natural, Less Medicated Birth Experience

5 Ways to Relax So You Can Have A More Natural, Less Medicated Birth Experience

Women have given birth since the beginning of time, and yet there is so much fear regarding it. Society offers women the chance to choose the way they want to give birth, and therefore it all comes down to decisions. For many, they have chosen a medicated route as this is now seen as normal birth; hospital, IVs, epidurals and elected cesarean sections. But is this a safer alternative? A major contribution to the fear of childbirth is caused by its dramatization. Every time we see a women giving birth she’s crazed and deranged. She is cursing and screaming obscenities at her poor husband and unable to cope with the pain. I actually have to chuckle a little. Birth does not have to be anything like that. Pain yes. Torture no.

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5 Ways Dads Help Moms with Breastfeeding

5 Ways Dads Help Moms with Breastfeeding

It’s the middle of the night, your newborn if hungry. If you’re not co-sleeping (highly recommend you do), one really helpful thing dads can do is bring baby to mom. If he’s fussy, calming him and soothing him with make it easier for her to feed him.  It’s very difficult to feed your baby while they are screaming. OK try it. Scream and yell and try to get food to stay in your mouth long enough to eat. See….

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Wait 'Til 38

Wait 'Til 38

For many moms that desire to exclusively breastfeed, or just want their milk to be the first food their babies eat, new protocols for babies at risk may interfere with your ability to do so. There's tons of compelling information highlighting the benefits of  waiting for labor to start on its own or waiting until full term to induce. Full term is now considered 38 to 42 weeks.  Now with new hypoglycemia protocols, there may be an additional reason to wait. Hypoglycemia is a term used to describe low blood sugar. Severe hypoglycemia can cause bodily injury, coma, and death.  How does this relate to waiting until 38 weeks?

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The Real Paradigm of Cervical Dilation Part 1: Language

The Real Paradigm of Cervical Dilation Part 1: Language

......the language many doctors and nurses use in delivery rooms. There is an attitude of mom's body not doing enough. There's no account for how quickly things can change and little consideration for the reality that labor can take time and patience (not just for mom and dad, but patience of the medical staff too). 

Why must we change the way we measure dilation? Because it can be defeating for mom to hear that she is ONLY at 7 cm. Because it makes dads or partners nervous that this much time has gone by with seemingly little change. Because it can lead to medically unnecessary c-sections.

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The No-Birth Plan Birth Plan

The No-Birth Plan Birth Plan

As a doula, I almost always suggest a birth preference conversation and loose plan for parents-to-be during a prenatal meeting. And while I believe this is an effective tool for those who want to learn all about the medical terms and procedures associated with birth, sometimes the birth preferences, when written down and presented as a rigid document, actually pose a challenge post delivery. Imagine things don't go in the way you planned for, disappointment in yourself and distrust in your body are heavy burdens to carry, aren't they?

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