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Pathway to a healthy birth


"Pathway to a Healthy Birth" infographic to help women learn the safest and smoothest route for labour, birth and the crucial days that follow, including tips to stay on the pathway and things to avoid.

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Prescription medicine before and during pregnancy


Dr. Siobhan Dolan explains how taking some prescription medicines before or during pregnancy can hurt your baby. Learn how to make sure any medicines you take are safe for both you and your baby.

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New Study Challenges Current Caesarean Guidelines for Improved Birth Outcomes


This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a new study on the relationship between caesarean birth rate and maternal and neonatal mortality. Using analyses of the impact of cesarean birth on maternal and neonatal mortality, researchers suggest that the previously recommended global caesarean birth rate guideline of 10 to 15 percent for optimal maternal and neonatal birth outcomes may be too low. Instead, the authors suggest that caesarean birth rates of up to approximately 19 percent were associated with lower maternal or neonatal mortality, among certain geographic locations.

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Vaginal birth after caesarean


The VBAC Education Project, endorsed by the International Childbirth Education Association and the International Caesarean Awareness Network, was developed to empower women to make their own decisions about how they want to give birth after a caesarean and to provide VBAC-friendly birth professionals and caregivers with the tools and resources to support them.

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Born to Breastfeed, Born to be Breastfed

Really good drinking


This baby is drinking very well at the breast. The pause in the chin as the baby opens his mouth to the maximum, just before closing his mouth, indicates his mouth is filling up with milk; the longer the pause, the more milk the baby is taking in. Thus, it is obvious that the advice to feed the baby 20 minutes (10 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever) on each makes no sense.

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Skin to Skin

The importance of skin to skin contact


There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later.

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A letter to my husband – the first year of parenting


There are few milestones in life that will alter your perspective on everything you thought you knew before they occurred. The first is marriage, and the second is children. I often watch, a bit nostalgically, as first-time soon-to-be parents revel in unapologetic excitement, completely oblivious to what is about to come their way: financially, emotionally and relationally.

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Die Drie Varkies


The most inspiring story you will read all day


Mothers share heart-warming 'before and after' pictures of their premature babies as tiny newborns - and as thriving healthy children today

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Need a laugh?


The harsh truth: Having a pet just isn’t the same as having a kid

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