Crop duster over a soybean field. Pesticides collateral damage.
    Collateral Damage: Pregnancy, Prematurity and Pesticides, Pregnancy

    The chemical warfare between weed killers and weeds is escalating. Weed killers appeared to be winning the war at first, but in recent years weeds have developed increasing resistance to these chemica…

    Breast pump and young mother. Night vs day milk.
    Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Night vs. Day Milk: Your Questions Answered

    Learning to breastfeed your baby can be one of the most challenging and beautiful experiences of being a new parent. Many moms choose to also learn how to pump their breastmilk for times when they can…

    Mosquito sucking blood on human skin with nature background. Mosquitos spread Zika Virus.
    The Bottom Line on Zika Virus

    "Zika!" It started as a whisper and turned into a roar heard ?round the globe. First discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 30 countries…

    Skin to Skin Contact with Your Premature Baby

    When you find out you're pregnant, the last thing you want to do is plan for a less than ideal birth. You want to share 40 weeks of blissful pregnancy, followed by a four hour labor and five minute de…

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    Babies’ Development and the Role of Food

    Babies' development from conception to age three is mind-boggling. Newborns resting in their parents arms are not very mobile and don't have much to say. By the time they're three years old, they have…

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    Mother, You’re Still Carrying Me Today

    You may have read a sentimental Mother's Day card (or one of those picture books that makes every mother cry) with the sappy phrase,  "Mother, You're Still Carrying Me Today." Turns out, it's true. Li…

    Newborn laying under a blanket on mother's stomach.
    Birth Plan Considerations

    Preparing for baby can be so exciting.  Take some time during your pregnancy to plan for your labor and delivery.  It's helpful to remember that everything may not go exactly "as planned," but it's im…

    Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact
    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

    In the first few hours of your baby's life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you. I've attended deliveries for more than a decade …

    Newborn on mother's chest just after delivery. Ob in the background.
    Better Births, Less Anemia: Delayed Cord Clamping Made Easy

    Waiting just 1-2 minutes after birth before cutting your baby's umbilical cord can protect her from anemia, yet most obstetricians don't do it. I know why ... I'm a hospital based pediatrician and I a…

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    Iodine Supplements? Yes! New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

    Dr. Kathleen Berchelmean on iodine supplements: I've been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I'm deficient in iodine, a nutrient ess…

    I Was Wrong about the Environment

    Time and again the magic begins the same way. Sperm and egg come together to create an absolutely unique cell. Then this cell divides to create two identical cells., These cells divide, and divide aga…

    10 Things I Didn’t Know about Having a Baby – Numbers 6 & 7

    This week on Dr.Greene.com, I am sharing ten things that I didn't know would happen right after I had a baby. On Monday I shared numbers 1 and 2, and yesterday I shared numbers 3 through 5. Today, I'v…

    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…

    Video player Headshot of Dr. Alan Greene for The most important 90 seconds in every pregnancy.
    The most important 90 seconds in EVERY pregnancy

    Did you know that much of your baby's blood is outside of it's body at the moment of birth? And, that in the United States and Europe, this blood will never make it to your child? You read that right,…

    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 relaxation an…

    The Micro Flora Element of Skin to Skin

    When it comes to your skin, squeaky clean is not necessarily best. Although it's easy to equate a good lather with good health, the well-being of our entire system is dependent upon the right balance …

    What is Skin to Skin Care?

    The most classic definition of ?Skin-to-Skin Care' (which is the same as ?Kangaroo Care') refers specifically to sessions of 60 minutes of continuous touch between baby and mom in the first moments, h…

    Pregnancy – Clean Up & Clean Out

    I recently learned that on average babies are being born with over 200 chemicals in their systems. This was learned by studying the cord blood of newborns. This is not meant to scare you, although it …

    Green Smoothies: A Pregnancy Must-Have to give Baby a Healthy Start
    Green Smoothies: A Pregnancy Must-Have to give Baby a Healthy Start

    Growing a baby is hard work, I can attest to that. Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman's life, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility. As a first time expectant mom, I sometimes find…

    Vitamin D During Pregnancy and lactation
    Vitamin D During Pregnancy & Lactation

    Adequate vitamin D levels are very important during pregnancy and lactation. In addition to the classical role of vitamin D in calcium and phosphate absorption and metabolism, vitamin D during pregnan…