September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

In July I hosted the BlogHer Baby Shower in San Jose, CA, as one of The Baby Ladies (with Christa from Little Us). We partnered with two amazing non-profits, the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation and Baby’s First Test. They both work tirelessly to bring awareness to the life-saving

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Remember the Mothers: US maternal deaths & the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

Did you know that the United States ranks 60th in global maternal health?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

Did you know that every 2 minutes a woman loses her life in pregnancy and childbirth?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

The CDC estimates that our actual maternal death rate is 1.3 times HIGHER than what’s reported in statistics because of underreporting. Reporting maternal deaths is on the honor system. There are no penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths. Too many go unnoticed. Those poor mothers and their families.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

The CDC

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Birth with Balance: share your birth story

I was recently contacted by Chelsea from the website Birth with Balance. She has created a forum and a community for birth stories and she shared both of mine–the coerced cesarean in the hospital and the VBAC homebirth. I love what she’s doing (she’s also due any moment now with her homebirth baby!) and wanted to share this resource with all of you… this is a guest post written by Chelsea, so check it out!

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As a labor and delivery nurse I am truly passionate

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I was aware of cord blood banking when I had my children, but it definitely wasn’t something talked about often and certainly not something my doctor ever brought up. It seemed “new” (4 years ago), expensive, and unknown. Today? I regret not banking their cord blood. I wish I had looked into it more and I wish there had been more information given to me.

So I’m

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Preemie clothes fit for the NICU

Preemies are unexpected gifts and though they are a special kind of blessing, parents are often not prepared for their clothing needs. Sometimes the baby arrives before the shower and other times, parents-to-be may have been been very well prepared for a full term baby and now find themselves with nothing small enough to fit the newest addition to the family! Combine that with trying to find preemie clothes that are tube and wire friendly for the NICU, and you’ve got a tough job ahead of

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LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford

At the end of April, our ICAN chapter (International Cesarean Awareness Network) hosted our first annual LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford. I have a chapter co-leader and the two of us spent about two months planning. We got a free space at a local pub that provided all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta (at a fairly low cost to us), we pitched sponsors to donate items to our silent auction, we got local vendors and birth professionals to set up table space to meet and

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The Business of Baby by Jennifer Margulis

Over the past 3+ years, since my own unnecessary cesarean, I have read countless books, watched numerous films, and read every article on childbirth and maternal and newborn care. I can’t get enough. My own experience changed my life and set me on this path… this desire for not only knowledge and education, but for change.

I recently received the new book by Jennifer Margulis: The Business of Baby. In short: I couldn’t put the book down (and I have two small children that need

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