The perks of being a Midwife.

My hands smell of babies and milk. This is the world of a midwifery student and a nurse.

maternalgoddess:

mahinamama:

Just a reminder to all of you lovely mothers out there. You all rock!

ADORE this.

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crunchylifestyle:

Happy wold breastfeeding week!

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currentsinbiology:

Premature baby’s shrill cry may be sign of something deeper (AAAS) By

Premature babies are more likely to produce piercing cries than their full-term peers are, researchers report online today in Biology Letters. Scientists have studied infant crying as a noninvasive way to assess how well a baby’s nervous system develops. Previous research of full-term babies indicates that an abnormally high pitch is associated with disturbances in an infant’s metabolism and neurological development. The team recorded spontaneous crying in preterm babies and full-term babies of the same age and compared the pitch of their sobs. They found that preterm babies whimper in a shriller voice, but not because they are smaller in size or grew at a slower rate in their mothers’ wombs. Instead, the researchers suspect the high pitch could reflect lower levels of activities in a premature baby’s vagal nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the abdomen. Vagal nerve activities are believed to decrease tension in the vocal cords, thus producing a lower pitch. Previous studies show that giving preterm babies massage therapies can stimulate their vagal activities, improve their ingestion, and help them gain weight.

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medresearch:

New procedure may save babies with holes in their hearts

A new technique for repairing the most common cardiac birth defect in newborns, commonly referred to as “a hole in the heart,” has been used successfully to mend the condition in six premature infants without subjecting the tiny patients to open-heart surgery. Evan Zahn, MD, explains. http://ow.ly/A5aqo

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4thtrimesterbodiesproject:

The amazing Alissa Douglas with her daughter Katherine (5) and Braden (2). Alissa had tried to get pregnant for about 3 years before seeking the help of a fertility specialist. They decided to start with Clomid and thankfully, on the first round were able to conceive Katherine. Alissa loved being pregnant and had a relatively smooth pregnancy. She started leaking fluid a week prior to her estimated due date and was told to go straight to the hospital. She was not contracting or dilating yet and was put on pitocin overnight. She still wasn’t progressing so they cranked the Pitocin up and maxed out with her own reserves she chose to get an epidural. They epidural only took part way so she could still feel half her body but she was now fully dilated and able to push. After a couple hours of pushing and Katie coming down and then moving back up the doctor threatened a cesarean if she didn’t get her out within 30 minutes. After over 24 hours of labor, Alissa says, there was no way she was going to let that happen and was able to push Katie out with a bit of tearing. They enjoyed a breastfeeding relationship for 11 months until her daughter decided she was done. Alissa was able to conceive Braden without any assistance and had another wonderful pregnancy. She was able to work with a doula this time and went into labor naturally. She labored home as long as possible and barely made it as she delivered Braden within minutes of arriving at the hospital. She’s had another great breastfeeding relationship and at 2 years, her son is still a nursing champ. #4thtrimesterbodiesproject #stopcensoringmotherhood #everybodyisbeautiful

knoxvilledoula:

The greatest doula in the world cannot and will not replace your partner’s emotional support. Our professional support enhances the birth experience for you both.

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By ingesting the meat of the placenta, the new mother is able to replace the minerals from the blood loss of birth. The vitamins and protein ease the strain of the long months of pregnancy on the mother’s body and balance her plummeting hormone levels. This organ that supports the living baby in the mother’s womb, if eaten, further supports the offspring by insuring an adequate and flowing milk supply.
Robin Lim, from her book “Placenta: The Forgotten Chakra”

lacigreen:

having trouble orgasming?  you’re not alone!  let’s take a trip to the woods and discuss some tips for my vagina pals (and their partners).

(Sex+: Laci’s Guide to ORGASM)

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