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Virtual perinatal support is here to stay—even once the pandemic passes
April 13, 2021 BY Dawn
This past year of the COVID-19 pandemic has been isolating for us all—especially for expecting and new parents. When you’re getting ready to welcome a new life, you picture family celebrations and community support….not lockdowns and limits on who can accompany you to your 20-week ultrasound.  So much of the way we care for and…
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Building a virtual village can change the game for pregnant families
April 13, 2021 BY Dawn
We all know the saying—it takes a village to raise a child. But in today’s harried modern world where everything (including parenting) feels like it’s moving a mile a minute, it can feel harder than ever to actually find the village you need. Your friends are too busy to respond to your texts, your OB…
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Here’s What’s Wrong with the Updated U.S. Maternal Mortality Statistics
February 22, 2020 BY ImprovingBirth
A new official estimate of how many new and expectant people die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth in the US has finally been released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and as you probably could have guessed: It’s still terrible.  Compared to 10 similarly wealthy countries, the US ranks 10th. The report…
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“The Baby is the Candy, and the Mom is the Wrapper” – A Call for Humanized Birth
July 26, 2018 BY ImprovingBirth
The phrase, “The baby is the candy and the mom is the wrapper," has been stuck in my head since I read it in an NPR article. It’s the perfect descriptor of maternal care in this country. Because, after all, once the candy is out of the wrapper, you don’t really need it anymore, right?…
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Big Baby Myth – What you need to know
May 3, 2017 BY Dawn
“Big Baby” We've all heard about women who were told they needed to consider an artificial induction of labor or even Cesarean surgery, because their babies "looked big" toward the end of pregnancy. Many of these women were unpleasantly surprised when their babies were born at completely average weights, after they'd undergone a drastic intervention…
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Huge Study: Cesarean Birth Major Risk Factors for Chronic Disorders in Children
January 8, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
The release of the largest study of its kind confirms yet again that the Cesarean epidemic in the U.S. deserves more attention, and women deserve better information and options. Evidence continues to emerge that birth by surgery, while sometimes necessary and wanted, is not benign. Increasingly, researchers are finding relationships between Cesarean birth and babies’…
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