Spring cleaning for your teaching supplies

Spring cleaning for your teaching supplies

You have probably heard of the popular Marie Kondo and her decluttering method, KonMari. She recommends that we "[k]eep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy."

Just like a home, decluttering and simplifying your teaching supplies can also be very rewarding. Start with the "easier" categories and work through each one over time. Then, repeat the process for your digital clutter! Start here:

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New Childbirth Curriculum

New Childbirth Curriculum

We don't tell you what or how to teach, but we do provide tools that make it easy to plan and teach your ideal childbirth classes. 

We are pleased to announce that our Third Edition Childbirth Curriculum is now available!

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ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions: Updated

This is such important information for women to have, and we have GREAT news! Birth Choices, the brand new book from Plumtree Baby, includes these recommendations, as well as a reference to the full text Committee Opinion for families who want to go into even more depth. Birth Choices can be used to teach a class on planning and communicating for birth, or it can simply be given to expectant parents as an at-home, interactive guide to simplify and inform their goals and plans for birth. Anyone who works with pregnant women can now inform and empower them using Birth Choices. Take a look at a full preview and see for yourself!
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New Birth Choices Book!

New Birth Choices Book!

We strongly believe in the value of well-rounded prenatal education. One of the first resources we developed was a book called Thoughtful Decisions. It provided a tool to help parents understand their options, identify their preferences, and communicate positively with their birth team. We have woven elements of this book into our other resources and use a plum symbol in our books to remind parents of important topics or questions to consider to make thoughtful decisions about birth.
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Five New Posters!

Five New Posters!

Just in time for you to give yourself some new gifts this holiday season, we have five brand new posters ready to go! Take a look, along with all the updates and changes to our poster collection:
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Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

The incredible physical and emotional changes that a mother experiences after the birth of her baby, whether her first or her fifth, simply cannot be overstated. Birthing and caring for a newborn is one of the most profound and intense experiences of her life and the effects are wide-ranging and unique to every mom. There is always an adjustment period that involves hormonal shifts and often nights with little sleep, but when normal steps of recovery become overshadowed by postpartum depression and anxiety, it is time to seek help, and for others to let her know she is not alone.
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Preparing for Birth Updates

Preparing for Birth Updates

We have made several small updates to our Preparing for Birth book and we are excited to share them with you! 

New Photos & Updated Illustrations

We like to keep things current and represent modern families in our resources. For this reason, we replaced

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Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

Planning Your VBAC (Part 2 of 2)

In Part I of Planning Your VBAC, we introduced the background information for a vaginal birth after a cesarean section (VBAC). Now, we’re ready to share some concrete steps you can take to prepare your body, mind and support system for a trial of labor after a c-section (TOLAC) and VBAC.
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Planning Your VBAC (Part 1 of 2)

Planning Your VBAC (Part 1 of 2)

Step 1: Know the Facts

What is a VBAC? 
A Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Mothers with one low transverse uterine scar have, on average, a 60-80% success rate with a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) and VBAC birth, which means the vast majority of mothers who want to have a vaginal birth after having had a c-section will be able to do so.

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ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions

ACOG Encouraging Limited Interventions

What the ACOG opinion about interventions means for mothers and babies

It is important that care for mothers and babies during labor and birth reflects the most up-to-date evidence, especially when it comes to deciding when and how to use medical interventions. In February 2017, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) issued a new committee opinion about how interventions should and should not be used during labor. These recommendations, if consistently put into practice by care providers, will have wide-ranging benefits and lead to positive outcomes and positive birth experiences for many women and their babies.

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Mother-Friendly Maternity Care: What It Is and Why It Matters

Mother-Friendly Maternity Care: What It Is and Why It Matters

Birth is not only about making babies.
It's about making mothers -
strong, competent, capable mothers
who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.
-- Barbara Katz Rothman


If you’ve recently researched or toured a birthing center or hospital, you may have heard the term “baby-friendly.” This means that the facility and its staff have taken steps to ensure that the care for newborn babies during and after birth is evidence-based, promotes breastfeeding and allows for healthy bonding between the mother and her baby.

But what does it look like for maternity care to be both baby-friendly and mother-friendly?

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Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

Meeting Expectant Parents Where They Are

Some expectant parents are eager to know everything about pregnancy, birth and beyond and actively seek information from all sorts of sources. Other parents having a baby may not realize how much there is to learn, or they may simply be uninterested. Sometimes parents are busy with other areas of life, and/or believe they will learn what they need to know as they go. Regardless of where they are starting their journey of learning, all parents benefit from being prepared for the changes pregnancy can bring and becoming informed about the process they will go through during labor and birth. 

As an educator, doula or health care provider, you can...

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