Newborn laying under a blanket on mother's stomach.
    September 23, 2014
    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…

    Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact
    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…

    Newborn on mother's chest just after delivery. Ob in the background.
    August 13, 2014
    Better Births, Less Anemia: Delayed Cord Clamping Made Easy

    [caption id="attachment_48805" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Raphael Goetter. Used by permission.[/caption]   Waiting just 1-2 minutes after birth before cutting your baby’s umbilical…

    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…

    Dr. Greene discussing the optimal cord clamping
    July 24, 2013
    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,…

    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…

    July 18, 2013
    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 balanc…

    July 15, 2013
    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 mo…

    May 3, 2013
    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 …

    March 29, 2013
    How To Become A Birth Doula

    Becoming a birth doula was one of the best and most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made. I cannot express with words the sheer joy I have experienced at each and every one of the 50+ births I’ve at…

    March 28, 2013
    Dads & Doulas

    When it comes to dads and doulas couples can have a myriad of concerns, but the truth is both play a very important role.  As a doula and mother who knows firsthand how important dads and doulas can …

    March 27, 2013
    Finding And Interviewing Your Birth Doula

    Many women and couples are now choosing to hire a professional birth doula to support them during their birthing journey. If you’re considering hiring a doula, here are some tips on where to find on…

    March 26, 2013
    A Better Birth: What A Doula Can Do For You

    I’ve had a birth doula present at 3 of my four births, and at the birth where a doula was not present I had a 50+ hour labor, an epidural, a vacuum delivery, an episiotomy, and many regrets.  Sure,…

    March 25, 2013
    What Is A Birth Doula?

    When I tell someone I’m a birth doula, the number one question that follows is…what’s that? Thankfully, I’m delighted to answer this question!  I believe the more people who are informed abou…

    November 18, 2012
    Dr. Greene at TEDxBrussels on TICC TOCC – Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping To Optimal Cord Clamping

    The practice of immediately clamping the umbilical cord after a baby is born was made popular in 1913. We have now discovered that this can result in up to 10x the risk of developing iron deficiency a…

    90 Seconds to Change the World
    November 12, 2012
    90 Seconds to Change the World

      Tick tock. Tick tock. TICC TOCC. The difference 90 seconds can make. At the moment of birth, only about 2/3 of the baby’s blood is in the baby. The remaining third is still in the umbilical c…

    July 7, 2011
    Autism Linked to Prenatal Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft?

    Autism diagnoses have increased rapidly over the last two decades; so has the number of women taking antidepressants during pregnancy – from somewhere between 1% and 6% in the early 1990s to 7-13% m…

    Breakthrough Test for Down Syndrome
    January 13, 2011
    Breakthrough Test for Down Syndrome

    A new technique could revolutionize diagnosis using a new test for Down syndrome in a way that mothers will love. All it takes is 1/2 tsp of the mother's blood for stunningly accurate results. Then No…

    Babies are Built from Food
    July 31, 2009
    Babies are Built from Food

    Babies Are Built from Food When a brand-new baby opens her eyes and, for the first time, settles her gaze on her parents with a spark of recognition, something very complex has taken place. The light …

    Epsom Salts and Cerebral Palsy
    August 29, 2008
    Epsom Salts and Cerebral Palsy

    Dr. Greene's thoughts on cerebral palsy... Before we talk about Epsom salt baths, here’s the news: giving pregnant women an IV infusion of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) cut the risk of their pret…