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YUM! Milk Boosting Horchata

By Carmen Calvo | November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on YUM! Milk Boosting Horchata

We’ve taken a timeless Mexican Horchata recipe and adapted it to support lactation in new mothers.  By substituting the rice for oats and using a plant-based milk, this recipe may be helpful with milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup of uncooked oats 5 cups of water 1 cup of coconut, … Read more…

Postpartum Herbal Bath: Nourishing baby, body, and mind

By Carmen Calvo | October 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Postpartum Herbal Bath: Nourishing baby, body, and mind
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If you’ve been following any birth or newborn photographers on social media, you’ve likely seen the gorgeous images of a mom and her new baby soaking in a tub of tea-colored water.  There are usually rose petals or orchids floating on the surface and a blissed-out mom and baby relaxed and soaking up the nourishing … Read more…

Soothing Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy and Postpartum

By Carmen Calvo | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Soothing Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy and Postpartum
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Hemorrhoids, which are swollen and exposed blood vessels in the rectum, are perhaps one of the biggest complaints I hear from expecting and postpartum parents.  Some find they have hemorrhoids during pregnancy, while others get them postpartum, likely from pushing.   But why do hemorrhoids happen in pregnancy? During pregnancy, the increased progesterone levels cause the … Read more…

15 Facts about the Foreskin and Circumcision

By Carmen Calvo | September 2, 2017 | Comments Off on 15 Facts about the Foreskin and Circumcision
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Circumcision, the surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis, is most commonly performed on newborns.  With a global circumcision rate of approximately 30%, the United States in the only country in the world that circumcises infant for non-religious reasons. FACTS ABOUT CIRCUMCISION Originally, the goal of circumcision was to desensitize the penis to curb … Read more…

Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe for GBS+ Mothers?

By Alayna Spratley | July 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe for GBS+ Mothers?
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Is Placenta Encapsulation Safe? Recently, The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released an alarming single case report, in which a newborn was found to have a recurrent infection of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS, group B strep), that was attributed to the mother’s consumption of placenta capsules. This has many people asking, ‘Is placenta encapsulation … Read more…

Reflecting on Postpartum Anxiety: A Psychotherapist’s Journey

By Carmen Calvo | May 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Reflecting on Postpartum Anxiety: A Psychotherapist’s Journey
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Written by Emily Souder, LCSW-C, Nesting Space Therapy LLC It’s 7:30 on a Monday morning. I’m snuggled up with my 2-year- old in jersey-knit sheets, his legs tucked next to my body, his hair smelling faintly of lavender from last night’s bath. Nearby, my newborn stretches and grunts, waking from a peaceful sleep. This moment is … Read more…

Yoga Poses for the Pregnant Mother

By Carmen Calvo | April 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Yoga Poses for the Pregnant Mother
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Written by: Stephanie Misanik Yoga is one of my FAVORITE things to talk about with expecting mommas.  Whether you are an experienced yogi or brand new to the mat, prenatal yoga can be a fantastic tool to help ease moodiness, shortness of breath and swollen ankles often experienced during pregnancy.  It provides you with a … Read more…

Breastfeeding While Back to Work

By Carmen Calvo | March 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Breastfeeding While Back to Work
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Written by Katy Linda, IBCLC Breastfeeding while back to work. It’s one of those things so many parents worry about. How do you manage it all? You figure out what works best for you. Just like nearly every other facet of parenting, there is no one size fits all approach to returning to work and … Read more…

New Recommendations From The American Academy Of Pediatrics

By Alayna Spratley | November 2, 2016 | Comments Off on New Recommendations From The American Academy Of Pediatrics

  The American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference and Exhibition concluded last week. During their annual meeting, the AAP discussed a wide array of topics, and presented studies regarding children’s health and wellness. During the conference, the AAP released updated recommendations on two important topics: healthy media use, and safe sleep practices for … Read more…

Celebrate Autumn With Pumpkin Seeds

By Alayna Spratley | October 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Celebrate Autumn With Pumpkin Seeds
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Autumn has finally arrived in Maryland and that means that is it pumpkin season. Almost everywhere you’ll find lattes, pies, and soups with its namesake. We are celebrating the harvest with the seeds of this seasonal squash. Also called pepitas, these little seeds are extremely nutrient dense, and contain a wide array of vitamins and … Read more…

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