Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Expectant parents may be unprepared for their first moments with their new baby, or they don't give it much thought in advance. Educators and healthcare providers play an important role in informing parents about what to expect at birth and supporting them at this pivotal moment.

Education is often needed to address lack of knowledge, misinformation and misconceptions about newborn care topics, and skin-to-skin contact is no exception. Use your listening skills as an educator to identify your client's current understanding of skin-to-skin contact. Then, help them understand the benefits and the do's and don'ts of this practice. Education helps calm fears and encourages this beneficial practice in new families. 

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Fitness with a Newborn

Fitness with a Newborn

After nine months of declining fitness and a lot of physical changes, many women want to take charge of their bodies again but don't know how. It can be hard to focus on anything, let alone fitness, after giving birth. Babies are constantly demanding something from you and as days turn into weeks, which turn into months, it can be easy to find yourself no further down the fitness road if you don't make an effort.
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Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

One of the most pressing questions new moms have about breastfeeding is whether their baby is getting enough milk. After all, unlike bottle feeding, you can’t measure how much milk is making its way into your baby’s tummy. Not knowing can be stressful, especially when you are just starting out to breastfeed.

Thankfully, there are a few key signs that can help you know your baby is getting enough milk. Here are the top three:

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New Ideas for Educators: Early Pregnancy Class

New Ideas for Educators: Early Pregnancy Class

We are creatures of habit and it is easy to get stuck in a routine, teaching the same things in the same way. This new blog series for educators explores some ideas to help you branch out. Read on to be inspired about new topics and effective strategies to help you get creative this year.

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10 Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy

10 Nutrition Tips for Pregnancy

It seems like everyone is focused on dieting and nutrition this time of year, so we felt we should join in and discuss proper nutrition in pregnancy. There are many dietary recommendations that a pregnant woman may follow
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Reducing Stress in Pregnancy

Reducing Stress in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, we tend to focus on taking care of ourselves and being as healthy as we can be. We try to eat a nutritious diet, get a little more sleep and make sure we avoid things that may be unhealthy for us and our baby, but one thing that we sometimes forget to do is deal with the stress that has a way of creeping up in our daily lives. 
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Mindfully Preparing for Pregnancy

Mindfully Preparing for Pregnancy

You’ve made the decision that you’re ready to bring a new baby into your family and now you want to make sure you’re taking the right steps to prepare your body and your mind for this incredible and exciting journey. Where do you begin? Here, we’ve gathered several key resources into one place to help you get started.
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Prenatal Testing: Part 2

Prenatal Testing: Part 2

“Second-Round” Tests

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

MaterniT21, Verifi, Harmony and Panorama represent some of the latest developments in prenatal testing with their use of cell free DNA (cfDNA) analysis. These tests analyze the mother’s blood along with the placental material that has entered the mother’s bloodstream for genetic abnormalities, such as Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome). While these are the most advanced and accurate non-invasive screenings on the market, there are two very important things to note: 

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Prenatal Testing: Part 1

Prenatal Testing: Part 1

The journey of pregnancy and birth usually begins with a test – the resulting two pink lines, plus sign, or word “pregnant” appear and change your world forever. For many mothers, this is the first of many tests to come throughout pregnancy.

So what should you expect when it comes to prenatal testing and what do those tests mean for you and your baby?

Here, we’ll break down the first round of tests, which most moms receive as part of routine care. Then in part 2, we’ll explain the next round of tests an expectant mother may choose to have if the first round yield a potential concern or if she desires more information because of family medical history, etc.

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Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Best Foods to Fuel Your Labor

Gone are the days of mothers crunching on ice chips during labor. Evidence-based practice supports (and even encourages!) mothers to eat during labor. Why? Because your car won’t run well on an empty tank, and neither will you!

Even the American Society of Anesthesiologists, just last year, said that

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