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The Golden Hour: Those First 60 Minutes After Birth Are in Fact Pure Gold

By Kristie Graybill | August 15, 2019 | Comments Off on The Golden Hour: Those First 60 Minutes After Birth Are in Fact Pure Gold
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The first 60 minutes after your baby is born are remarkably beneficial for bonding and attachment between mama and her new babe. What is the golden hour exactly? How can you maximize attachment and bonding in this hour? How long should skin-to-skin be established before those medical tasks and procedures are performed? These questions all … Read more…

Summer Pregnancy: Tips to Beat That Heat

By Kristie Graybill | July 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Pregnancy: Tips to Beat That Heat

Comfort in pregnancy can be hard to come by. Comfort in the summer while pregnant is even more of a challenge. This summer, don’t let that summer heat get you beat. Below you find several tips and tricks to stay cool (& hydrated) during some of the hottest months of the year. Getting fresh air … Read more…

5 Popular Pieces of Baby Gear You Can Do Without

By Heather Pladna | June 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Popular Pieces of Baby Gear You Can Do Without

If you’re expecting your first child, you’ve likely started a baby registry. This can be both a fun and daunting task. Without having your baby here, how exactly are you supposed to know what baby gear is needed and which products you’re better off passing up? Look no further. I’m going to give you a … Read more…

Acupuncture and Moxibustion: A Dynamic Duo

By Kristie Graybill | June 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Moxibustion: A Dynamic Duo
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What is Moxibustion? Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy … Read more…

5 Wonders of the Placenta

By Kristie Graybill | May 29, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Wonders of the Placenta
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Let’s discuss some amazing placenta facts about this mysterious, yet mighty organ. 1. The placenta is the only transient organ. This organ comes and goes after its purpose has been fulfilled. It brings oxygen, blood and nutrients to the growing fetus inside the mother’s body. Once the baby has been born, so too will the … Read more…

The 4-1-1 on Breastfeeding with Katy Linda, IBCLC

By Kristie Graybill | May 10, 2019 | Comments Off on The 4-1-1 on Breastfeeding with Katy Linda, IBCLC
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We’ve got the fabulous and incredibly knowledgeable Katy Linda on the blog today asking her all things breastfeeding. With her wealth of knowledge, this is sure to be a treat for all. She is an IBCLC and a mom of 4 amazing kids. She’s the founder of The Breastfeeding Den and has three students working … Read more…

Sleep-Training Considerations: Part I

By Heather Pladna | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Sleep-Training Considerations: Part I
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If you’re a parent, you know sleep-training is a hot topic. Fueled with passion from both sides, some swear by it and claim that it’s the only thing that can be done to teach a child to sleep, while others say it’s not necessary and that baby will learn over time, without it. There’s so … Read more…

Spring into Baltimore!

By Kristie Graybill | April 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Spring into Baltimore!

The long awaited winter has come to an end and Baltimore is gleaming in all its beauty. This spring, make sure you take part in all that Charm City (and the surrounding area) has to offer. Below you will find several outdoor, kid-friendly events that are bound to entertain the entire family. April 26 & … Read more…

Veterans Moms Tell All: Advice for Moms-to-Be

By Carmen Calvo | March 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Veterans Moms Tell All: Advice for Moms-to-Be
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In today’s information age, preparing for motherhood can sometimes be an overwhelming and daunting experience. It can be incredibly challenging to find  unbiased information for many topics related to pregnancy, birth, infant care, and the postpartum period, and it seems like just when you think you have the answers you’re seeking, someone in your life … Read more…

The Call for Limiting Ultrasounds During Pregnancy

By Heather Pladna | February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on The Call for Limiting Ultrasounds During Pregnancy
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Fetal ultrasound is a method of viewing a fetus while in the womb. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves, that bounce off the baby’s mass, to produce a picture of the baby. While both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the Food and Drug Administration both agree that limiting fetal ultrasound is important, … Read more…

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