Birth education matters

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart It’s important to remember that a one-time class at a local hospital won’t come close to giving you all the important information you need to be prepared for childbirth. For the best birth outcomes, parents need to be informed and active participants in all decisions that have to be made, as well as the birth. To encourage Read More …

Should We Wait to Cut the Umbilical Cord?

I came across a very interesting article via Science Daily that delves into whether or not one should wait to cut the umbilical cord immediately after birth. According to the article’s research “In pre-term infants, delaying clamping the cord for at least 30 seconds reduced incidences of intraventricular hemorrhage, late on-set sepsis, anemia, and decreased the need for blood transfusions.” In another article on ScienceDaily.com concerning cutting of cords, studies suggest that delaying the cutting simply Read More …