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Many Pregnant Women Quit Smoking, But Resume Habit After Birth ...

Many Pregnant Women Quit Smoking, But Resume Habit After Birth ... | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Cigarette smoking is an activity known for its ability to seriously alter the course of fetal development and lower the chances that a pregnant woman will deliver a healthy newborn child. However, despite this fact, significant ...
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The New Prenatal Power Food?

The New Prenatal Power Food? | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
How eating peanut butter during pregnancy can prevent allergies in children (RT @PregCompanion: How eating peanuts during #pregnancy could lend your baby a surprising type of protection.
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Help For Parents With Postpartum Mood Disorder

Help For Parents With Postpartum Mood Disorder | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
One in five women in Canada experience a Postpartum Mood Disorder. If you are struggling in any way here are some resources that can help.
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Fear of childbirth predicts postpartum depression

Expectant women with prenatally diagnosed fear of childbirth are at an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a study of over 500,000 mothers in Finland.

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Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy - Leadership Newspapers

Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy - Leadership Newspapers | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Leadership Newspapers Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy Leadership Newspapers Rhesus factor is an antigen present on the surface of the red blood cells which could be “Rh-negative” or “Rh-positive”.
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Consuming Peanuts During Pregnancy Reduces Allergy Risk in Children

Consuming Peanuts During Pregnancy Reduces Allergy Risk in Children | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Eating peanuts during pregnancy can lower the chances of allergies in their children, a latest study states.
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Ontario midwives launch rights challenge over unequal pay - The Globe and Mail

Ontario midwives launch rights challenge over unequal pay - The Globe and Mail | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Ontario midwives launch rights challenge over unequal pay The Globe and Mail The application, to be filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by the Association of Ontario Midwives on Wednesday, alleges that the province's Ministry of Health...
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Daddy and Baby Bonding - Rock the Cradle - Montreal Doula Services

Daddy and Baby Bonding - Rock the Cradle - Montreal Doula Services | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Daddy and baby bonding is important after baby is born. But sometimes dads are unsure of how to do this. Check out these great ways to enhance bonding.
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Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids? | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined).
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Scary - but I did see this when I worked at McGill. So many parents doing things for their kids on campus....setting up their internet, opening a bank account, getting their student card. I would have been mortified had my parents coddled me that way! 

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Stay-at-home moms: Stop pretending you’re better. Signed, working moms

Stay-at-home moms: Stop pretending you’re better. Signed, working moms | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Parenting for those of us who work full-time is not a hobby that we pick up on the weekends to amuse ourselves
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Want More Tolerant Kids? Keep Them Away from the TV

Want More Tolerant Kids? Keep Them Away from the TV | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Too much time in front of the television can blunt young children's ability to accept and understand others, says the latest research.

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What if your child is 'the bully'?

What if your child is 'the bully'? | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
A third of parents suspect their child may have been involved in bullying, suggests a survey. So how do they feel and what should they do? (BBC News - What should you do if your child is 'the bully'?

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Mama Birth: Nobody Can Give Birth For You (Not Even Your Doula)

Mama Birth: Nobody Can Give Birth For You (Not Even Your Doula) | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
It seems like women have been fed a sort of checklist lately. On it is all the things they must do which will yield a natural birth. Always on this checklist is a doula. I recommend doulas for all of my birth class students.
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10 Things You May Not Know About Doulas - International Doula ...

10 Things You May Not Know About Doulas - International Doula ... | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
May is International Doula Month, and because continuous support is included as one of the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, Lamaze encourages women to learn about how a doula can help you have a safe and healthy ...
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Prenatal stress can affect the fetal and infant brain | Evidence Network

Prenatal stress can affect the fetal and infant brain | Evidence Network | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
EvidenceNetwork.ca is a non-partisan web-based project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council to make the latest evidence on controversial health policy issues available to the media.
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20 Common Homeopathic Remedies for Pregnancy & Childbirth

20 Common Homeopathic Remedies for Pregnancy & Childbirth | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Homeopathic remedies have a 200 year history of use during pregnancy and childbirth and are rendered safe, gentle, non-toxic, FDA approved and and when correct (Homeopathic remedies to try first: http://t.co/kj1lcscXaN)...
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I love homeopathy and use it often with my clients. 

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Where Pregnant Women Smoke The Most - Business Insider

Where Pregnant Women Smoke The Most - Business Insider | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Women in New York City are the least likely to smoke while pregnant.
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Smartphones now an essential part of pregnancy from conception to contractions - The Daily Telegraph

Smartphones now an essential part of pregnancy from conception to contractions The Daily Telegraph Smartphones have become an essential part of pregnancy and beyond; used for everything from recording contractions to predicting what baby will look...
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Nearly 1 in 4 Women Are Obese Before Pregnancy

Nearly 1 in 4 Women Are Obese Before Pregnancy | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Nearly 1 in 4 women are obese when they becomes pregnant, according to a new study that includes information from most of the United States.
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8 Reasons People Don’t Hire Doulas

8 Reasons People Don’t Hire Doulas | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Using a doula is something many moms don't consider, many times because they are operating under the misunderstanding of what a doula is and what a doula does. Have you heard these doula old wives tales?
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10 ‘Standard’ Childbirth Procedures You Should Skip

10 ‘Standard’ Childbirth Procedures You Should Skip | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
In the past couple hundred years, doctors have found many ways to make childbirth safer and less painful. But as many of us know first-hand, not all o... (10 things that shouldn't be "standard" for childbirth.
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A new approach to post-natal care: Mothers' helpers - The Independent

A new approach to post-natal care: Mothers' helpers - The Independent | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
The Independent A new approach to post-natal care: Mothers' helpers The Independent A British university study last year found that home births are cheapest, and here the kraamzorg is an essential part, supporting the midwife thanks to her...
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In Holland, the government provides new moms with 49 hours of  postpartum support over a period of eight days - wouldn't that be wonderful if we had that in North America? 

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Active Birth - For A Shorter Labour, Less Pain and More

Active Birth - For A Shorter Labour, Less Pain and More | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Active birth - because every pregnant woman deserves a birth that is less painful, involves less trauma to the baby, is shorter and allows your partner to be more involved.
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Tracked Since Birth: The Rise Of Extreme Baby Monitoring

Tracked Since Birth: The Rise Of Extreme Baby Monitoring | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Does tracking a baby's every movement cry and wet diaper mean happier parents and healthier infants or are we turning our kids into Tamagotchis for no...
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Study: Fewer hospitals market infant formula to new moms

Study: Fewer hospitals market infant formula to new moms | Birth Matters | Scoop.it
Fewer goodie bags at the maternity wards of the nation's top hospitals include infant formula.

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