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Gadgets, Health & Fitness »

[28 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

!function(d,s,id) {var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (!d.getElementById(id)) {js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);On April 12th, Theory received a gift from some friends of ours – Cozies by Zutano.  These are fleece booties that fit snugly so that they don’t fall off of newborn’s feet.  A number of friends of ours have used them and really love them – so we were excited to receive them.  We put them on her in the morning and spent the day at home visiting with Tara’s parents.
In the afternoon, we went to change her and found that the tight ecstatic on the …

Development, Infant »

[24 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

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There are times however, when putting Theory to sleep can be a heartbreaking experience.  By 6:30 or 7, her eyes get red, she rubs her face, shaking her head back and forth over and over again.  She can shout out with surprising force.  Her frustration and anger are ever so visible as her down-turned frown and red face precede her cries.
Usually she quickly and …

Book Review, Labor & Birth »

[19 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Leah Hazard, Author of The Father’s Home Birth Handbook

!function(d,s,id) {var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (!d.getElementById(id)) {js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);Leah Hazard is the author of the Father’s Home Birth Handbook.  She is an American ex-pat living in Glasgow, a doula, and had a home-birth herself.  I mentioned her book before and it remains one of my favorite reads when you are preparing for the birth of your first child — obviously it speaks primarily to dads.
The book is quite unique from the other books out there on a number of points.  It blends testimonials of dads with expert advice and information.  The first chapter, entitled …

Health & Fitness »

[17 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
LA Times Explores the C-Section Rate

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The LA Times today published an article “Childbirth: Can the U.S. improve?” which raises the question as to why our c-section rate is so high.
In general it is appositive article that address some basic concerns about our very high c-section rate but also includes a few ridiculous comments like the idea that this is driven by a halo effect from celebrities who chose elective c-sections.
The preponderance of c-sections is driven by rigid hospital protocols that do not foster natural labor progression, like laying in a hospital …