5 Hygiene Rules for Proper Baby Care

Updated: May 28, 2020 A baby brings happiness to the family; however, taking care of the little one can be challenging. Babies and newborns have a weak immune system and cannot take care of themselves. They love putting things in the mouth, which makes them vulnerable to diseases and infections. Hygiene is one of the most

Mood Disorders and Pregnancy

by Jake McKenna Ibarra   Each year 15 to 20% of women experience postpartum depression and 10% of men can experience paternal postpartum depression. 70 to 80% of postpartum moms experience baby blues.   One in five Americans have a mental illness diagnosis with many afraid to seek treatment or confide in loved ones for

Newborn Sleep Patterns

by Jessica Begley, MPH   In the first few weeks of life, adjusted if your baby was born early, your baby may have what I refer to as a honeymoon period. During this time your newborn may easily fall into sleep and sleep long stretches. You may even need to wake your baby in order

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Stories

by Jessie Salas, Photographer   My Grandpa’s Polaroid camera would be my first recollection of the love I have always had for photography. I can recall standing in my grandparent’s living room watching as he loaded the film into the backside of the contraption while sternly and lovingly telling both my sister and I that

After Birth Rituals

In America, we give birth to our baby, take pictures and head home, mementos in tow and hopeful that the freezer is packed with dinners for the next few days. We welcome visitors throughout our bonding and recovery. In this day, it is likely we “post” the step-by-step process, including the adorable yet slightly too

Nourish Yourself – Why HOW We Eat Matters

We all know that what we choose to put into our bodies is crucial. Whether we are concerned about a specific dietary restriction, or just want to be conscious of our well-being in general, it is now clear that the food we eat is a huge part of the health equation. At no time is

Papa Sings the Blues

I’ll admit it (and have the photos to prove it)—when my wife rounded the corner at our wedding and I caught my first glimpse of her in that beautiful gown, I burst into tears. When I proposed to her behind a firehouse by a lake, I cried as I asked. When each kiddo arrived, I

Some Tips on Circumcision – Pun Partially Intended

“Why don’t they tell us? I would tell you! If I had an extra flap over my clitoris I’d give you a head’s up!” –Amy Schumer, Mostly Sex Stuff   By the way, even the description for this video clip from Amy’s stand-up special I found on YouTube simply says the following one-liner: “Unfortunately she

The Placenta and Milk Production

A few years back while in lactation educator training, I learned that it was the birth of the placenta that signals the body to begin the milk increasing process; and I was like “Woah” – Keanu Reeves style. Once again and continually, the placenta inspires me as a doula, mother, woman, and mammal. The cross-cultural