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    August 14, 2014
    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

    [caption id="attachment_48818" align="alignnone" width="508"] Photo by Nelson Kwok. Used by permission.[/caption]   In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical d…

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    July 31, 2014
    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Prepare Your Child Early For A New Baby

    When rounding on newborn babies in the hospital I make it a point to ask if there is an older sibling.  How old is the new big sister and/or brother? Who is taking care of them now?  How has your …

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    July 30, 2014
    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Newborn Secrets

    As a pediatrician I find that many parents have similar concerns and questions about their newborn.  Here are responses to some of the most frequent questions I get from parent about their healthy ba…

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    July 29, 2014
    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Naming Your Child

    Baby names are a big deal.  There are many considerations to be made such as cultural traditions, family names and how the name will sound with the baby’s surname.  There are constituencies (famil…

    Asian father holds newborn baby girl while mother (out of focus) makes a call from her hospital bed
    July 28, 2014
    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: New Fathers

    “Wow, you are an expert at that,” says the man at my side watching me effortlessly swaddle his newborn in a blanket.  “Yeah, I’ve had practice,” I reply.  After years of swaddling my own t…

    Was Breastfeeding Worth It
    May 27, 2014
    Was Breastfeeding Worth It?

    I had to breastfeed my son. I HAD to. My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic and has Celiac Disease and everything I had read said I had to exclusively nurse or my baby’s chances of getting those diseases …

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    May 11, 2014
    pH and Common Baby Skin Conditions

    Nearly every baby will experience some form of rash in the first year – ranging from baby acne to eczema and diaper rash. While there are varying causes of these problems, some known and many unknow…

    Probiotics and Skin pH
    May 9, 2014
    Probiotics and Skin pH

    Baby’s skin is literally teaming with micro-flora (bacteria) within 48 hours after birth. That is a good thing! While most of our internal body cavities are functionally sterile, the health of those…

    Tear Free Cleansers and pH
    May 7, 2014
    Does My Baby Need “No More Tears”™ Shampoo?

    Skin pH, while a hugely important topic for baby skin health, can be one of the least understood subject matters by new parents. This is a scenario where some of our most basic tenets of healthy body …

    Baby Skin - From Water to Air
    May 6, 2014
    Baby Skin – From Water to Air

    Baby skin is significantly different from adult skin. It can be five times thinner than adult skin and its basic functions – from producing protective skin oils to making enough melanin to provide n…

    Personal Care to Support Optimal Skin pH
    May 5, 2014
    Personal Care to Support Optimal Skin pH

    One of the most important factors to consider when choosing personal care products for baby is the pH of those products. pH refers to the acid-base scale, with water and most internal body fluids bein…

    The Worst Massage Ever
    March 25, 2014
    10 Post-baby Surprises – Numbers 3-5

    Yesterday I began sharing my list of ten things that I didn't know about the first few days after having a baby. Today, I give you numbers 3, 4 and 5. 3. Please excuse me, but something has left my bo…

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    March 24, 2014
    After-birth: 10 things I didn’t know about having a baby

    Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a p…

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    January 24, 2014
    Living Life with Postpartum Depression

    There is a large misconception that being diagnosed with PPD and beginning treatment - whether that be with prescription medication, exercise, therapy, or, whatever your personal plan may be - means t…

    Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair
    January 23, 2014
    Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

    We've all heard the saying, "When mama's happy, everyone's happy." Or, "Happy wife, happy life." Well, I'm here to tell you that not only are they absolutely true, but they can also go both ways. The …

    Time for Action Treatment Medications and Therapy
    January 22, 2014
    Time for Action: Treatment, Medications, and Therapy

    Being diagnosed with postpartum depression is only the first step of many. Realizing that the way you feel isn't because you're a horrible mother or that you did something wrong can lift a huge weight…

    Pulling the Trigger- Symptoms & Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression
    January 21, 2014
    Pulling the Trigger: Symptoms & Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression

    Every woman's experience with postpartum depression is unique. While most women experience some form of the baby blues, one in ten women struggle with moderate to severe postpartum depression. I, unfo…

    Postpartum Depression Feels like Nothing
    January 20, 2014
    Postpartum Depression Feels like Nothing

    For a moment, try to imagine feeling nothing. You may ask yourself what nothing feels like. Well, nothing feels like the greatest pain you've ever experienced. It is an overwhelming lack of connection…

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    October 24, 2013
    Let’s Talk Dirty… Diapers

    There is no one right answer about your baby's poop frequency, color, smell, and texture. Your baby's poop is going to change over time and will be different depending on diet -- breastfed, formula, s…

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    July 19, 2013
    Skin to Skin to Support Breastfeeding

     The first hour after birth is often referred to as the “Magical Hour.” A baby placed on her mother’s chest right after being born tends to show nine distinct stages of bonding including relaxa…