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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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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Is your care provider VBAC-friendly? Here's how to tell.

Is your care provider VBAC-friendly? Here's how to tell.

With the rate of cesarean births in the United States holding at a little over one in three, many women face an important decision when having subsequent children: plan a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or schedule a repeat C-section? Since 2010, the guidelines issued by the American Congress of Ob/Gyns (ACOG) assert that a VBAC is “a safe and appropriate choice for most women who have had a prior cesarean birth, including for some women who have had two previous cesareans.”* So not surprisingly, more and more women are choosing VBAC.
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responsibilities of a childbirth educator

Being a Responsible Childbirth Educator

If you are a childbirth educator, we are so thankful for the time and energy you invest in parents and in helping them have positive birth experiences. Your job is extremely valuable and the role that you fill is not available in quite the same way from anywhere except a childbirth class. You do this job because, like us, you believe that it is important for parents to be wise consumers, have access to the full range of options and information, and be at the center of the process.
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Marketing Your CBE Business - Part 2

Marketing Your CBE Business - Part 2

As you read in Part 1 (and probably already knew), it can be a challenging task to set out marketing and advertising your classes so that you have a steady stream of students. Once you have named your business, set up your online presence and printed some materials, take things to the next level with these additional steps:
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Marketing Your CBE Business - Part 1

Marketing Your CBE Business - Part 1

Many independent childbirth educators think only of teaching classes when they are just starting out. We quickly realize there is more to it. As independent CBEs, we are also essentially running a business. Since teaching requires students, and getting students requires getting the word out, successful educators must invest time and money in some marketing strategies. This can be daunting, but this 2-part blog series outlines a simple checklist to help make the task a bit more manageable. 
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How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

How to Get Evidence-Based Maternity Care

Every mother wants the best for herself and her child, so of course she wants to make sure they both receive the best care during pregnancy, labor and birth. How can she make sure this happens? First, it’s important to understand what evidence-based care is and how it compares to routine care; then, we’ll outline three steps to ensure the most appropriate and safest care for you and your baby.
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When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

Breastfeeding is natural, yes, but what happens if it doesn’t come naturally to you or your baby? You aren’t alone and there are solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems. Remember: Every mother and her baby have a unique breastfeeding relationship. Your journey doesn’t have to look or be like anyone else’s in order to be successful, rewarding, and healthy for both you and your baby. 
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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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