Path to Motherhood

Path to Motherhood Helping women to develop the joy and art of rediscovering their natural birthing instinct with pregnancy yoga and relaxation techniques. Our goal is to educate mothers and birth companions through training in a very simple program of self-hypnosis, pregnancy yoga, guided imagery, visualization, and special breathing, thus helping moms bring their babies into the world in the calm and gentle way.

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06/02/2021
Keeping mothers and babies together could save lives. It is the critical importance that newborn babies have close conta...
04/22/2021
New research highlights risks of separating newborns from mothers during COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping mothers and babies together could save lives. It is the critical importance that newborn babies have close contact with parents after birth, especially for those born too small (at low birthweight) or too soon (preterm). However, in many countries, if COVID-19 infections are confirmed or suspected, newborn babies are being routinely separated from their mothers, putting them at higher risk of death and lifelong health complications.

https://www.who.int/news/item/16-03-2021-new-research-highlights-risks-of-separating-newborns-from-mothers-during-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR1KYfVbV-ArYY37KXd2vbMn2yqGF0esadkEPkGAmUMipFQbPGhiTD2atWQ#.YFjfhJl5m9h.facebook

New research from WHO and partners shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is severely affecting the quality of care given to small and sick newborns, resulting in unnecessary suffering and deaths.

A large study of children has uncovered evidence that behavioral problems in children who snore may be associated with c...
04/14/2021
Study links structural brain changes to behavioral problems in children who snore

A large study of children has uncovered evidence that behavioral problems in children who snore may be associated with changes in the structure of their brain's frontal lobe.

A large study of children has uncovered evidence that behavioral problems in children who snore may be associated with changes in the structure of their brain's frontal lobe. The findings support early evaluation of children with habitual snoring (snoring three or more nights a week). The research,....

“Most kids, and even adults, make the occasional negative comment about themselves. Sometimes, they want to vent or make...
04/09/2021
When kids say negative things about themselves: What to watch out for

“Most kids, and even adults, make the occasional negative comment about themselves. Sometimes, they want to vent or make a joke. It can also be a way to relate to others. If a negative comment is isolated, it’s usually not something to worry about.”

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/empowering-your-child/self-esteem/child-negative-self-talk

Does your child use a lot of negative self-talk, saying things like “I’m dumb”? Find out what it can mean if kids constantly say mean things about themselves.

A report published in 2019 revealed toxic metals were found in 95 percent of the baby foods randomly pulled off supermar...
03/29/2021
Bill Would Limit Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Food

A report published in 2019 revealed toxic metals were found in 95 percent of the baby foods randomly pulled off supermarket shelves and tested.

If the bill becomes law, baby food manufacturers would have to verify that their foods meet new, low limits for four heavy metals

Preterm birth is a leading cause of newborn death and has been linked with long-term neurological disorders including ce...
03/29/2021
Common Household Chemicals Tied to Preemie Births

Preterm birth is a leading cause of newborn death and has been linked with long-term neurological disorders including cerebral palsy, schizophrenia and learning problems.

MONDAY, March 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Even when women do their best to have a safe pregnancy, chemicals commonly found in the home could still raise their risk for premature delivery, a new study shows. The chemicals -- called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) -- are used as flame retardan...

03/15/2021

03/09/2021

On this International Women’s Day, this is dedicated to all the beautiful young girls who dream. Keep dreaming...You Grow Girl!💖

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
03/02/2021

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Timeline Photos
02/20/2021

Timeline Photos

“Being a mom means more than having given birth to a child. It's loving and knowing a soul before you even see it. It's ...
02/20/2021
What Being a Mom Really Means

“Being a mom means more than having given birth to a child. It's loving and knowing a soul before you even see it. It's carrying and caring for a life completely dependant on you for survival. “

It's giving air to the lungs that grew within you, and sight to the eyes that will never see you as anything but mommy.

“The guidance advises thorough cooking of seed sprouts such as alfalfa or mung bean and dried herbs before eating and av...
02/19/2021
Research shows need to update food safety guidance for pregnant women

“The guidance advises thorough cooking of seed sprouts such as alfalfa or mung bean and dried herbs before eating and avoiding unpasteurized fruit juices and non-alcoholic cider. Whole melons should be washed and dried before cutting and frozen berries should be cooked thoroughly before eating.”

Food safety advice for pregnant women has been updated in New Zealand including changes to fish, certain cheeses and pasteurized dairy products. The focus

“A new study recommends that while the mother is recuperating from the Caesarian birth of their newborn babies, the baby...
02/17/2021
C-Section Babies Should Have Skin To Skin Contact With Their Fathers To Boost Heart, Study Shows

“A new study recommends that while the mother is recuperating from the Caesarian birth of their newborn babies, the baby should have skin-to-skin contact with their father. The Swedish experts said that the C-section babies would have a more stable heart rate if they lie on their father's bare chest than placed in a crib.”

A new study shows that Caesarean birth babies should also have skin to skin contact with their fathers to boost their heart rate.

“ New research has found that psychiatric help for mothers with postpartum depression results in healthy changes in the ...
02/15/2021
Treating moms with postpartum depression helps their babies' brains: Psychiatric help for mothers with postpartum depression results in healthy changes in the brains of their babies

“ New research has found that psychiatric help for mothers with postpartum depression results in healthy changes in the brains of their babies.”

For the study 40 infants of women diagnosed with postpartum depression were matched with 40 infants of non-depressed mothers on infant age, gender and socioeconomic status. The mothers with postpartum depression received nine weeks of group CBT. The infants were all tested before the treatment and n...

01/30/2021
“Tearing during childbirth is one of the most common concerns of pregnant people. While over 90% people birthing through...
01/17/2021
Series: The Body in Birth - Seven Ways to Prevent Tearing During Childbirth

“Tearing during childbirth is one of the most common concerns of pregnant people. While over 90% people birthing through their vaginas for the first time do develop some tearing, most tears are not serious and heal on their own or with a few stitches (Smith et al., 2013). “

Today, Katie McGee, PT,  DPT, a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor health for the childbearing year shares valuable information about tearing during childbirth.  From time to time on Connecting the Dots, they will be sharing information and resources that will be valuable to educators...

01/12/2021

Have you breastfed after surgery?
Breastfeeding and anesthesia are generally compatible. The common suggestion to "pump and dump" for 24 hours post-surgery is not in line with current evidence. Generally, you can resume breastfeeding once awake, stable, and alert after anesthesia has been given.
Find more info at LLL USA's website, "I'm breastfeeding, but I need surgery!" https://lllusa.org/breastfeeding-and-surgery/

Up to 90% of nursing parents experience nipple tenderness, but nipple pain that increases or lasts beyond the first coup...
12/31/2020
Sore Nipples - La Leche League USA

Up to 90% of nursing parents experience nipple tenderness, but nipple pain that increases or lasts beyond the first couple weeks should be interpreted as a warning that something may be wrong.
More info:
https://lllusa.org/sore-nipples/?fbclid=IwAR1iL-7DbLGpcU1cENUWCu7dbZnvm_Y9rWNwB5tHKcGR9_fVfTDmlrBqXco

SORE NIPPLES Up to 90% of nursing parents experience nipple tenderness, but nipple pain that increases or lasts beyond the first couple weeks should be interpreted as a warning that something may be wrong. Typical nipple pain (sometimes... Read More

Research provides evidence that breastmilk may transfer bacteria to the infant gut and influence microbiota development....
12/31/2020
Breastmilk Feeding Practices Are Associated with the Co-Occurrence of Bacteria in Mothers’ Milk and the Infant Gut: the CHILD Cohort Study

Research provides evidence that breastmilk may transfer bacteria to the infant gut and influence microbiota development.
“Gut microbiota play a critical role in infant health. It is now accepted that breastmilk contains live bacteria from endogenous and exogenous sources, but it remains unclear whether these bacteria transfer to the infant gut and whether this process is influenced by breastmilk feeding practices. Here, we show that certain bacteria, including Streptococcus spp. and Veillonella dispar, co-occur in mothers’ milk and their infants’ stool, and co-occurrence is reduced when infants receive pumped breastmilk.”
https://www.cell.com/cell-host-microbe/fulltext/S1931-3128(20)30350-4

Fehr et al. analyze infant gut microbiota in the CHILD cohort and identify associations with breastmilk feeding practices (exclusivity, duration, and pumping) and breastmilk microbiota. Within mother-infant dyads, co-occurrence of bacteria in breastmilk and stool suggests bacteria in breastmilk may...

You can not spoil your baby by holding them.
12/30/2020

You can not spoil your baby by holding them.

Have you heard from others that you will spoil your baby by holding or nursing them too much?
No matter what anyone says, you can’t spoil a baby— and science says so. It is developmentally normal and ideal to hold babies and meet their needs.
#holdallthebabies #nurseallthebabies #babiesdontspoil
[Image: Photo of an apple on a branch. Text: Fruit spoils. Babies don't.]

‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for about six months, because b...
12/24/2020
No one talks about how difficult breastfeeding is. That’s hurting all moms.

‘The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for about six months, because breastmilk provides “species-specific” nutrition that is easier for babies to digest than formula. It also contains antibodies that help the baby’s immune system fight off ear infections, pneumonia and a host of other bacterial and viral infections.’

Why do we only learn about breastfeeding when we have to do it ourselves?

“Breastmilk alcohol levels closely parallel blood alcohol levels. The highest alcohol levels in milk occur 30 to 60 minu...
12/23/2020
Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding | La Leche League International

“Breastmilk alcohol levels closely parallel blood alcohol levels. The highest alcohol levels in milk occur 30 to 60 minutes after an alcoholic beverage, but food delays the time of peak milk alcohol levels. Nursing after 1 or 2 drinks (including beer) can decrease the infant’s milk intake by 20 to 23% and cause infant agitation and poor sleep patterns. Nursing or pumping within 1 hour before ingesting alcohol may slightly reduce the subsequent amounts of alcohol in breastmilk.”

https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/alcohol/?fbclid=IwAR1zmNE7MQJfktVKYi25h2OulOldhnfyU2RzrSW1uRxRwoRXkU25M6d2EYQ

Breastfeeding mothers often receive conflicting advice about whether alcohol consumption can have an effect on their baby. While women are often warned not to consume alcohol during pregnancy due to evidence that it could cause damage to an unborn child, the risks of consuming alcohol while breastfe...

“Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.”
12/19/2020

“Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.”

You don’t need to eat anything special while you’re breastfeeding. It is a good idea for you, just like everyone else, to think about what you are choosing to eat and to choose foods that nourish and sustain your body as much as possible. The food any family chooses will depend on personal preference, climate, culture and finances. https://www.llli.org/breastfeeding-info/foods/

“Making midwife services more widely available worldwide could reduce maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths by...
12/18/2020
Analysis: Maternal, newborn deaths could decrease by 60% with more midwife care

“Making midwife services more widely available worldwide could reduce maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths by as much as two-thirds, particularly in developing countries, according to an analysis published Tuesday by The Lancet Global Health.”

Making midwife services more widely available worldwide could reduce maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths by about two-thirds, particularly in developing countries, according to an analysis published Tuesday.

This paragraph is from the CDC official statement about COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant/breastfeeding women:“Currently,...
12/17/2020
Breastfeeding with COVID-19 – Safety and Guidelines

This paragraph is from the CDC official statement about COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant/breastfeeding women:
“Currently, there are no data on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in these populations to inform vaccine recommendations. Further considerations around use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant or breastfeeding HCP will be provided once data from phase III clinical trials and conditions of FDA Emergency Use Authorization are reviewed."

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, breastfeeding is still safe and highly recommended by the major health organizations.

“Once, each of us was a baby, as soft as those born to us. So the La Leche League phrase “Softening into motherhood” is ...
12/17/2020

“Once, each of us was a baby, as soft as those born to us. So the La Leche League phrase “Softening into motherhood” is a return to a way that we used to know well.”

Many of us didn’t know we had grown harder until our arms felt the tenderness of our newborns. La Leche League recognises that we change, read more in Naomi Stadlen's new article for #BreastfeedingToday - Softening into Motherhood 💙
https://www.llli.org/softening-into-motherhood/

Image: ‘Motherhood’ 1893 by Elin Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919)
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