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reviewed 2011 CNN Hero Robin LIm. November 22, 2011
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2011 CNN Hero Robin LIm
   I am sitting with 2011 CNN Nominee Hero Robin Lim, in her bungalow in Ubud Bali. This unassuming midwife has been a true hero in her village taking many low income women and giving them the …
reviewed Baby Tylenol. April 08, 2011
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Baby Tylenol Baby Oralgel - theething
Your baby is fussy, sleeping poorly and desperately putting his hands in his mouth. How can you relieve your infant’s teething pain? Babies teething have a range of teething symptoms but the main …
reviewed Vernex Caseosa. March 15, 2011
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Vernex Caseosa
The vernix caseosa is the waxy looking white substance that covers your newborn baby. When you see videos of a birth on television, you may see the doctors wiping off the “dirty” looking baby. …
reviewed Going Home For The Holidays with your.... November 16, 2010
Going Home For The Holidays with your kids
While a family reunion may not sound as exciting to your grown children as a trip to a theme park or far away land it provides them with an understanding of their heritage. Family reunions are an opportunity …
reviewed Birth as a Human Rights Issue. November 10, 2010
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Birth as a Human Rights Issue
The Nine Basic Human Rights of a Pregnant Woman and Her Unborn Child by Giuditta Tornetta According to Amnesty International the likelihood of a woman’s dying in childbirth in the U.S. is five …
reviewed Vulnerability in Birth. September 09, 2010
Vulnerability in Birth
   Living a conscious life means living in the eternal here and now.  Existing in the here and now means letting go of any expectations you have for your future, and any memory you have …
reviewed Natural Childbirth: Changing Your Inn.... July 09, 2010
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Natural Childbirth: Changing Your Inner Programming
Excerpt from Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through pregnancy and Birth      "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." …
reviewed Positive Actions Preparing for Labor. June 13, 2010
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Positive Actions preparing for Labor
   Excerpt from Painless Childbirth: An Emowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth An important action to take, in manifesting your desired birthing experience, is to write, in detail, the …
reviewed Natural Teething Remedies. June 02, 2010
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Teething Blues
Your baby is fussy, sleeping poorly and desperately putting his hands in his mouth. How can you relieve your infant's teething pain? Babies teething have a range of teething symptoms but the main one …
reviewed Hepatitis B Vaccine for Newborns. May 25, 2010
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Hep B Vaccine for newborns
Good Intentions, Bad Science, Worse Policy Hepatitis B is a viral disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as intravenous drug use,  sex that involved blood exchange, or for those who …
reviewed Waiting For The Right Time To Birth. May 17, 2010
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Brain Size Of newborns
The cesarean rate is alarmingly high in many industrialized countries, causing unnecessary risks to both mother and baby. In United States the cesarean rate in 2007 was 32% one of the highest among the …
reviewed Bishop Score. May 16, 2010
Bishop Score
Some doctors are “induction happy” they like to schedule their lives, it is a though job to be always on call. Often if they see you are getting impatient they’ll suggest and induction. …
reviewed LAC-USC Medical Center. May 02, 2010
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LAC-USC Medical Center - A Doula's Review
 On Wednesday April 21, a group of DASC (Doulas Association of Southern California) doulas are invited to tour the USC County Hospital on Marengo St. in Los Angeles. Our gracious host is legendary …
reviewed The Vaccine War. April 29, 2010
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This is an open letter to the producers of the Frontiline Show "Vaccine Wars" by Jay Gordon, MD., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School (reprinted with permission)   …
reviewed Myths About Birthing. April 03, 2010
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Birth Myths Debunked
   So many of us doulas, nurses, midwives and even doctors need to regularly do some continuing education courses to renew our certifications and or licenses. This is such an important part …
reviewed Ten Ways to Cope with Bedrest. March 23, 2010
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Ten Ways to Cope with Bedrest
Bed rest has been prescribed for various pregnancy complications. It’s often prescribed if you’re at risk of preterm labor or for a eager (incompetent) cervix. While most women willingly …
reviewed Slings are they good or a hazard?. March 17, 2010
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Slings are they good or a hazard?
On March 12, Consumer Product Safety Commission chairmen Inez Tenenbaum issued a warning about the safety of infant slings and officially advised parents and caregivers to be cautious when using them …
reviewed Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. March 15, 2010
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
   Wednesday is St. Patrick's day, how are you going to celebrate?  Wearing green? Drinking green beer? How about we add a little Earth's love to this Green holiday? This St. Patrick's …
reviewed Moods (psychological). March 10, 2010
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4 Ways to Bust a Bad Mood
Remember that morning when your panty hose ripped and your shoe heel broke on the way to an important job interview? What about when you were about to go on a first date with this great guy and your mom …
reviewed Where should I have my baby?. March 10, 2010
Where should I have my baby?
Before we address the best place for you to have your baby, I would like to appeal to your own intuition.  These days, many women decide to have a child later in life.  If this is the case …
reviewed The Sensitive Baker. March 10, 2010
The Sensitive Baker
Who would have known that if you take all the typical ingredients in bakery goods you could still end up with amazing deserts/ For all of you who have sensitivity to certain foods like: gluten, eggs …
reviewed Baby Moods. March 10, 2010
What is your baby saying?
New babies can be very mysterious, especially if it is your first one. Being a new parent can be very stressful when you never know what your little one will do next. Babies do have distinct moods …
reviewed Sleep and Newborns. March 10, 2010
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I Am So Tired, When Will My Baby Sleep Through The Night?
Most new mothers face the unpleasant reality that their baby will not sleep through the night. Dealing with round the clock feedings means many weary parents would do just about anything to get their …
reviewed Cervical Dilation. March 10, 2010
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How Dilated Am I?
Reprinted with permission- written by sarah vine It’s the magic question weighing on most laboring mothers’ minds: (as well as the minds of her partner or birth attendants!) How much longer? …
reviewed Fear and its effects on labor. March 02, 2010
Fear and its effects on labor
“We need to always remember that mothers who are afraid tend to secrete the hormones that delay or inhibit birth. This is true of all mammals and is part of nature’s design. Those who …
reviewed Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Ang.... February 27, 2010
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Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles
I have to admit, I had some pre-conceived ideas about Kaiser Permanente Hospitals.  After all, in the enlightened Westside community of Los Angeles, I though Kaiser was probably the most de-humanizing …
reviewed Breech Presentation. February 26, 2010
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Breech Presentation
Breech Vaginal Birth – Can it Be Done? I was born feet first back in the days where all breech births were considered ‘normal’ and women were allowed to labor and deliver vaginally. …
reviewed Baby Food. February 26, 2010
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Baby Food
Client’s often ask me when is best to start their baby on solids, and, which ones? Best is to observe your baby’s interest and his developmental characteristics. Every baby is different …
reviewed Hypnotherapy in Childbirth. February 26, 2010
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Hypnosis and Birth
In order to achieve our goals, we need to empower ourselves and be ready to change some aspects of our being to make room for another expression of G-d, or our individual notion of a power greater than …
reviewed Swaddling. February 26, 2010
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Swaddling
Most parents say that swaddling helps their babies get to sleep, stay asleep, and get comforted quickly, especially when they are newborns. My problem with this is that the focus is on getting the baby …
reviewed Writing a Birth Plan. February 26, 2010
Writing a Birth Plan
   Nowadays, a lot of women write a Birth Plan, an official document they give to their healthcare professionals, describing their desires for the upcoming labor and birth.  In Southern …
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