Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage

I can speak to this point quite personally—having miscarried two babies back to back over the course of a year and a half, it is nearly impossible to communicate the grief that goes along with it.  What I have learned from other women, friends and my patients is that our experiences with fetal loss are all very different.  Some women are very private—never even telling those closest to them that they were expecting. Others grieve very openly and share their experiences with everyone.  For myself, I kept fairly quiet about my story, but as the years pass (8 to be exact) it does get easier to talk about how it felt. Continue reading “Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage”

CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control have seen a pretty significant jump in reported cases of pertussis–also known as “whooping cough” over the past two years.  Jumping by nearly 4,000 cases across the US since 2009, pertussis can be a deadly infection in babies less than 6 months of age.  Previous recommendations suggested that mothers be vaccinated immediately after birth to help protect babies from the bacteria that cause the condition, but now researchers feel that in order to properly protect babies, they should be receiving mom’s antibodies in utero.

There are still questions to be answered regarding the use of the vaccine before delivery–and the vaccines are currently still being given after delivery, so don’t be surprised if a nurse walks in with a dose for you before you leave the hospital. Continue reading “CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine”

Baby on a budget–ways to save

It seems like everything these days costs more.  Well, actually it’s not your imagination–but a very hard reality. Especially if you have been to a gas station lately–where you may have felt the financial pinch most significantly.  Of course, like gas, groceries and every other bill that comes regularly, baby supplies can take up a pretty serious chunk of your new-addition budget–but does it have to? I often hear my friends complain about how expensive their children are.  I don’t usually say anything, but I wonder in my mind–why? And yes, if you are wondering–I have two children and I rarely feel any sort of financial pinch from their existence at all.
Not every baby has to be expensive, nor does your pregnancy.  If you think having a baby is expensive, maybe it’s just you–and what you think you have to have for a healthy, happy addition to your home.  Learning to cut corners on the cost of preparing for a new baby are relatively simple if you are willing to make some concessions. Continue reading “Baby on a budget–ways to save”

Baby Summer Safety

The dog days of summer will soon be upon us, and if you will be caring for a newborn or young baby for any length of time between now and the end of September you need to understand a few key points about summer baby care. You may call some of these tips a bit obvious, but I spend lots of time with parents who simply don’t understand. Not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence, just stating the facts.

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Fun Facts About June Babies

June, the month of the summer solstice, is a perfect month to bring a new life into the world.  While June marks the end of spring and most new beginnings, it also marks the beginning of summer when life flourishes.  There are two possible origins of the name of this month.  The first is a reference to the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno (Hera in Greek mythology).  The second reference bears more relevance to your new baby—the Latin word iuniores.  The translation of this word is “younger ones!”

There isn’t really a lot in the way of June holidays, but some important days in June include D-Day and Flag Day in the UK, Denmark, Argentina, and Romania.  Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in June in Luxembourg only, but Father’s day falls in June in Belgium, the US, the UK, Mexico, Canada, and several other countries.

The birth flowers for the month of June include the honeysuckle and the rose.  Honeysuckle traditionally stands for bonds of devotion, love, fidelity and generosity.  Few flowers have as many meanings attributed to them as the rose.  Depending on the type of rose, roses can indicate romantic love, secrecy, desire, gratitude, mourning, impossible hopes, modesty, joy, love at first sight, innocence, sacrifice, and much more.  In the traditional language of flowers, roses are among the most important flowers.

June birthstones are the pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.  Alexandrite represents health and longevity.  Moonstone represents change, new beginnings, and the shifting tides of emotion.  Moonstone can help a wearer to alleviate stress, especially due to sudden changes in life.  Moonstone is also believed to increase intuition and aid in lucid dreaming.  Pearls symbolize purity of heart and faith, as well as growth and transformation through trying circumstances.

Babies born between June 1 and June 21 are Gemini signs.  If you are a Gemini, you are a mutable air sign and your characteristics tend toward high energy and a thirst for new things.  Your talents may include consolidating information and people and using what you learn to charm and inform other people you meet.  Geminis sometimes struggle with repetitive tasks, but excel at communication.  Gemini children often forget to finish their chores, but learn quickly.  You can help a Gemini child to thrive by constantly providing new activities to keep him or her engaged at school and outside of it.  Some Gemini celebrities include John F. Kennedy, (May 29), Marilyn Monroe (June 1), and Judy Garland (June 10).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Cancer sign.  Cancer is a water sign, and the center of a Cancer’s life is usually home and family.  Cancers are deeply rooted, almost like earth signs, but have a strong emotional current in their souls.  They are often sensitive to slights, but have an inner sanctum within themselves which they can retreat to when threatened.  Cancers look for stability, which means if your child is a Cancer, you will want to make sure your home life is as stable as possible.  Later in life, Cancer will prefer stable jobs and relationships, and will notice immediately if something is amiss.  Cancers have a deep emotional connection to the people and world around them.  Two famous Cancers were Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

Both Gemini and Cancer are passionate signs which belong to individuals who connect strongly to others around them, so in your new Gemini or Cancer baby you should find a loving child with a deep nature.