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New Year, New Editions!

New Year, New Editions!

We are excited to announce that new 2018 editions of The Birth Process and Finding Comfort are now available for pre-order!*

No need to redo your lesson plans, as all of the excellent content from our prior editions has been retained. We added some bonus content, gave them a fresh, updated look and added many new images to create the perfect modern resources you have been looking for.

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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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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving challenges us to reflect on and be grateful for all that we have, and it also provides an opportunity to give back to those in need. We are excited for the opportunity to do just that today, and you can help!

Today, for every item that is ordered, we will donate one item...
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Natural Childbirth Booklets on Clearance

Natural Childbirth Booklets on Clearance

At Plumtree Baby, one of our primary goals is to provide the most user-friendly and efficient childbirth education materials available. To achieve this, we have listened carefully to the needs of our customers over the years and worked hard to revise and adjust based on your feedback.
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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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New Posters

New Posters

We are happy to share some exciting news! We have four new posters available to help you inform parents about healthy pregnancy, comfort measures and postpartum expectations. A new sleek design, eye-catching photos and practical information, make these high-quality visual aids unlike anything else available! 
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You might be a CBE if...

You might be a CBE if...

You have multiple model pelvises (with one that is your "favorite").

On occasion, you've misplaced one and been known to ask around if anyone has seen your pelvis recently (this question is often followed by quizzical looks).

You are always looking for fun, interactive and memorable ways to teach cervical dilation (Fruit visuals? Sure!).

You tell your friends more than they ever wanted to know about birth as soon as they announce their pregnancy. 

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Birth and Breastfeeding Conferences in 2017

Birth and Breastfeeding Conferences in 2017

We met so many wonderful people this past year at conferences. Conferences are a great way to connect with other birth professionals, catch up on research, practices and trends, and get energized and inspired to keep working on helping women and families. We have complied a list of upcoming conferences to help you plan your year.
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Preparing for Your Greatest Gift: Bonding Before Birth

Preparing for Your Greatest Gift: Bonding Before Birth

One of the most exciting parts of the holidays is the anticipation: We look forward to gathering together with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing conversations and favorite meals across the table and, of course, sharing joy.

Anticipation is also one of the best parts of preparing for the arrival of one of life’s sweetest gifts, your baby.

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