Tag: pregnancy

Certain Nutrients Bad for Pregnant Women, Hopkins Study Warns

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Vitamins are good, right? Well, it’s complicated, according to new research out of Johns Hopkins.

Congrats, Maryland: You Can Now Have a Midwife Birth at Home

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For years, Maryland was one of just a handful states that made it illegal for midwives to help women give birth at home, unless they had a nursing degree. As of this week, that’s no longer the case

Acting Like A Child With A Child on the Way

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Dear Whit,

This whole situation is driving me crazy! My husband and I have two kids and are expecting a third —all of the same gender. When we found out about the gender of the new one, my husband was disappointed and stopped being excited about the pregnancy. Before that he was always making sure that I was comfortable and well rested, etc. But now he doesn’t seem to care about me, or the expected baby. He even told me that he feels “less of a man” now that we know what the gender is going to be. Can you believe that? I don’t have the slightest idea about how to deal with this because it is so completely ridiculous! What do you think I should do?

Can’t Deal

Dear Can’t:

You can tell him that feeling like “less of a man” makes sense given how he’s acting. Tell him he looks and sounds like the little birthday boy at his party who pouts when he discovers that he didn’t get the present he wanted.

Fear of Injection

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shotdrugBetsy Boyd – Baltimore Fishbowl senior ed. – discovers that fertility shots really make you want…your mommy. This essay was originally published at Medium.com. It is part of an ongoing series.

“You can’t reap your harvest without first planting seeds, right?”

My Chilean fertility doctor thinks farming metaphors can help someone woefully unscientific like me understand the intricacies of ART—assisted reproductive technology, for the uninitiated.

Adventures in Babysitting

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When University of Baltimore MFA student Terri Steel took her first babysitting job at age 12, she expected fun and games, not bad adult behavior — looking back, she knows she shouldn’t have been too surprised by what happened that life-changing night.

I thought I was made for motherhood. When I played house with my friends I was always the mom, improvising a game plan I was sure would come in handy when I became a real mom.  My pretend house was tidy and my pretend kids did cool things and had lots of make-believe homemade treats, like chocolate chip cookies and fresh cherry pie.  As soon as I turned double-digits, I sought fiercely for my claim on the babysitting jobs that came to other neighborhood girls, but no one seemed interested in me.

Meditations, Breathing & Yoga for Moms To-Be

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Meditations, Breathing & Yoga Postures with the mother & baby  in mind. A beautiful, safe & gentle practice to enhance physical comfort, mental awareness and spiritual connection during this amazing and special time of transformation.  This practice helps the mother to develop awareness that she truly knows within herself how to bring her baby forth with strength and grace.Respite welcomes all mothers into our joyful and supportive community.

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Bring Your Baby Into The World, Peacefully

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Meditations, Breathing & Yoga Postures with the mother & baby  in mind. A beautiful, safe & gentle practice to enhance physical comfort, mental awareness and spiritual connection during this amazing and special time of transformation.  This practice helps the mother to develop awareness that she truly knows within herself how to bring her baby forth with strength and grace. Respite welcomes all mothers into our joyful and supportive community.

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Refresh. Restore. Renew.
2000 Girard Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
410.215.4930

The United States is Terrible at Pregnancy

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Did you see the giant New York Times article about how the American health care system is really bad at handling pregnancy? It’s frustrating, to say the least. The average total price for a having baby is $30,000; make that $50,000 if you get a C-section. (Insurance typically pays only a little more than half of that, and 62 percent of women with non-employer insurance don’t have maternity coverage anyway.) Even more frustrating? The same level of care costs way less in nearly every other country. In Ireland, maternity care is free; in South Africa, giving birth costs less than a quarter what it does Stateside. Nonetheless, we have one of the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality among industrialized nations.

This Week in Research: Chemicals Harm Fetuses; Students Fight Breast Cancer

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When researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health decided to look at the effects of common environmental contaminants on fetuses, they recruited 50 pregnant women from the Baltimore area. All 50 tested positive for evidence of PCBs, DDT, pesticides, and other chemical contaminants — many of which have been banned for decades. And wealthier women had greater concentrations of chemicals than women of lower socioeconomic status.

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