A reflection on proper Cultural Appropriation by Ana Paula Markel I love doulas and I love doulas hearts. I train doulas, meet these eager and willing individuals. I fall in love with them and witness their growth in their careers, many of them becoming change makers and giants in moving the doula movement and conscious…

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what to pack in the hospital bag

By Ana Paula Markel, Founder of Bini Birth As you get ready for your big day, there is a lot to prepare. Here’s an essential hospital bag list that won’t overwhelm you. ESSENTIALS: ID Insurance card Phone & charger Car seat IF APPLICABLE: Written copy of birth plan (2)Cord Blood Kit Glasses/Contacts Medications A cooler…

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Surviving Family holiday madness

The holiday season is often painted to be a time of joy, celebration and fun. But often in the midst of decorating, holiday parties, out of town relatives and the endless shopping lists, life can get overwhelming. As you gear up for another season of festivities, here are some tips to help you make it…

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Truth about postpartum depression

Wanting a baby, carrying a baby and having a baby is one of the most profound experiences in the life of a couple. It’s filled with awe, worry, anticipation, expectation and too often includes judgment! After more than 20 years working in the field of maternal mental health, I’m still struck by how the culture…

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prenatal fitness classes

Kat Guessard, certified prenatal and postnatal fitness instructor   Kat Guessard, certified prenatal and postnatal fitness instructorThere are many misconceptions about what women should and shouldn’t be doing during their pregnancy and they have steered soon-to-be mamas in the wrong direction for basically, ever. Some of these myths include the green light to overindulge in…

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finding our village as new parents

By julie wright, founder of the wright Mommy & me Photo by Shoots & Giggles It’s startling how much better we humans feel when helping arms reach out to hold our babies, stir our pots and smile knowingly into our tired eyes. There’s nothing more comforting than a bunch of nodding heads when a mom…

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pregnancy discomforts

During pregnancy, high levels of pregnancy hormones commonly cause nausea during the first trimester.  Nausea and/or vomiting generally begin in the morning and dissipate as the day goes on. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), morning sickness, which consists of nausea and vomiting, effects around 75% of all pregnant women. This can…

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prenatal fitness moves during pregnancy

By Dr. Lindsey Matthews, Founder of birthfit Squat The squat is a full body movement. This movement not only requires adequate range of motion throughout your entire spine, pelvis, and lower extremities, but also trunk stability (aka core strength) in order to maintain an upright posture against gravity. Compared to the lithotomy position that is…

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Importance of skin to skin for newborn baby

What is Skin-to-Skin Care? Skin-to-skin care means placing dried, unclothed newborns on their mother’s bare chest, with warmed light blankets or towels covering the baby’s back. This can occur immediately after vaginal birth prior to cord clamping with the newborn placed on the mother’s abdomen, dried, and with a blanket placed over the baby. The…

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Benefits of prenatal yoga

by rebecca benenati In yoga, we take time out to connect to our body, mind and breath so that we can tap into the vastness of our lives and have a chance to feel and reflect. In Prenatal Yoga you get to make the most of our 9 months by pausing to reflect and feel…

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