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Getting a Childbirth Class Covered by Insurance

Did you know that you may be able to get your childbirth education class reimbursed by your health insurance? Here are three easy steps to figure out if you’re eligible and some other tips on affording prenatal classes. Verify your Benefits Call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask if your …
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Making Mom Friends in LA

Making mom friends can feel so incredibly challenging when you’re taking care of kids, juggling a career, meal planning, and doing load after load of laundry. Trust me when I say that having a local bestie who gets it and can be added to the daycare pick-up list can ease the pressure that we are …
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Postpartum Depression Signs

Inherent to the immediate postpartum time is struggle. Physical healing, lack of sleep, the learning curve of newborn care, and the drop in hormones associated with birth and breastfeeding are just a few components that contribute to the struggle. More than 50% of women experience the “baby blues” in the form of irritability, anxiety, crying …
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Make Parenting Easier

All stages of parenthood have their hardships. I am recalling wakeful nights nursing my babies. Entire Sundays dedicated to meal prep for the week’s dinners and my baby’s home-pureed lunches (I now laugh how insane this was). These days, it’s all about negotiating with my preschoolers, struggling to get everyone out the door, supporting really …
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Embracing the Journey of Childbirth: Navigating the Wild and Mysterious Path

By Danna Nassau Childbirth is a profound and transformative experience, one that can be simultaneously empowering and challenging. As a therapist with a passion for supporting women through this unique journey, I’ve observed that the way modern women approach birth often leaves them unprepared to approach the true nature of childbirth. Whether you’re one who …
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How to Cope With a Traumatic Birth

Birth is a raw and vulnerable time: Feeling new and powerful physical sensations, possibly feeling out of control, and being naked and exposed among strangers. We always say that more powerful than any comfort measure or massage, is the feeling of safety. Feeling safe and participating in the decisions being made throughout the birth process, …
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Nurturing Rest: Practical Breastfeeding Tips for New Breastfeeding Parents

By Evonne Smith, IBCLC, NCS Becoming a new parent is a beautiful and life-changing experience, but it can also be exhausting, especially when you’re breastfeeding. In this blog post, we’ll explore five simple, practical breastfeeding tips to help you maximize rest while nurturing your new baby. Use a “Blanket of Noise” When breastfeeding a newborn, …
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Why Take an Out-of-Hospital Childbirth Class

People take a childbirth class in order to be ready for all of the possibilities of childbirth, including interventions, medication, comfort measures and helpful movement for bringing baby down and out. A childbirth class will educate you on the way the body works to birth the baby and usually covers hormones, anatomy, and the typical …
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