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The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

With the dramatic changes taking place in the woman's body during pregnancy, prenatal massage is often a much-welcomed therapy.  Massage embraces the body's transformation, helping to relax tense muscles, ease sore trouble spots, increase circulation and mobility, and provide energy.  According to the American Pregnancy Association, massage can also...

Promote Fertility - Rose Bubble Bath

2413988302 Ce1529e18d O What can be more romantic than a rose, especially if it is red? The essential oil from red roses is a strong aphrodisiac and is believed to promote fertility. It is said that Cleopatra used to take baths with milk and rose petals. Why not give Mother Nature a push...

Buying Toys Isn't Child's Play

When my mom, a pediatric nurse who spent 30 years in pediatric intensive care, came to visit over the holidays, she freaked over our toybox. Haphazardly mixed in with all the perfect developmental toys were gifts from family members and my husband, mostly stuffed animals or toys that were plainly...

Airplane Travel With a Baby

Question  We're about to take our first airplane trip with our one-year-old. We flew quite a bit before she was born, but now we're not sure what to pack or how to make this trip successful. Learn about it Even if you racked up your share of frequent flyer...

I am Prepared to Meet Whatever Turn My Birthing Takes

I met Jodi and her husband Mark in Seattle in May of 2009. I was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that was a combination of book tours, photographing clients in my different studios and caring for my father who just had surgery and lived in a remote...

What is Your Infant's Nursing Style?

Breastfeeding By Just Ask Baby, DivineCaroline Breastfeeding is never as simple and straightforward as it might seem. Indeed, Edith Jackson, a pediatrician at Yale described (in the 1950s) five different nursing styles. Knowing the style a baby has, helps you know how to respond appropriately:BarracudaThese babies know what they are after;...

Mocktails From Glow Mama: Kiss Me I'm Pregnant

Ingredients:  3 oz Glow Mama 3 oz lime juice  3 oz sparkling lemonade 2-3 drops natural green food coloring (optional Directions:  Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix thoroughly (the stronger you shake the more like beer it will look).  Pour into a chilled beer glass and people will think you're celebrating St Patty's...

Birth Centers – An Excellent Blend of Home and Hospital Birth

As you know, I am pretty outspoken about my concerns regarding homebirth. There is, however, an excellent  blend of the comforts of homebirth with the safety of a hospital - a birth center. Although, the choice to have a more natural, nurse-midwife attended birth is frequently available in a...