The very best parenting method is…..

As I work with a lot of expectant families, one of the most common questions I get is “which parenting method do you recommend?” The answer is….complicated! I am very much a fan of the “cafeteria” approach to parenting over any particular style/class. I recommend new parents read and learn about a lot of approaches […]

Wednesday Wrap Up November 2020

Evidence Based Birth is at it again, this time they have a podcast episode updating the evidence on membrane sweeping for labor. Plus Size Birth discusses the genetic noninvasive testing in pregnancy, and how they might work differently with plus sized pregnant people. Henci Goer looks at the facts and asks Should You Agree to […]

Is what I’m feeling postpartum depression?

Having a baby can be an emotional upheaval, and struggling to adjust can be totally normal. But postpartum depression isn’t normal – and it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference. This short quiz can help you understand if you might be at higher risk. It can’t tell you for sure, but it CAN […]

What is a metabolic disease?

Newborn foot getting metabolic testing drawn

No one likes the idea of their precious new baby getting pricked in the heel for testing. But that test – the Newborn Metabolic Screening – is an important one that can ensure you baby can reach their full potential and spot the early signs of problems. To understand metabolic disease, we first need to […]

A holiday is not a medical reason for an induction!

When I was newly pregnant with my second baby, I went to my first appointment with my doctor. Before I even got back to the exam room, the nurse used a little cardboard wheel to calculate my due date as December 25. “Christmas Day! We’ll go ahead and schedule you for an induction today so […]

The very end of pregnancy

As I wait for this month-that-has-felt-unending to finally end, I have been thinking a lot about the last little while of pregnancy. It, too, can feel like it’s not going to end. But I promise you, it will! First off, let’s talk about how to deal with those annoying people who keep asking you if […]

Research the Research Headlines

Now, more than ever, there is so much misinformation out there about health. Falling for bad information about research studies can cause you to make choices that harm your health, either by convincing you to skip useful health care or worse, to choose something actively harmful. How can you know the difference? I have for […]

Was that my water breaking?

Trying to figure out if your water broke or not? Try this choose-your-own-adventure style activity to figure out if it has and what you could do about it! Click “open” to start the activity.

What’s Pelvis Shape Got to Do With It?

During the birth process, the baby passes through the pelvis. Many, many people worry about that whole process during their pregnancy. The good news is that the vast majority of the time, the shape of the pelvis, combined with the body’s ability to shift the pelvic opening during the birth process and the baby’s ability […]