What is Newborn Jaundice?

Newborn Jaundice (also known as hyperbilirubinemia), is the cause of the yellow tinge that colors the skin and eyeballs of newborn infants, especially in the first week or two. Jaundice happens because babies are born with more red blood cells than they need. When the liver breaks down these excess...

How to help mothers have natural birth

In 1996, the World Health Organization called for the elimination of unnecessary intervention in childbirth. However, there were few resources to assist maternity care providers achieve this goal. In 2012, three major midwife organizations in the USA (ACNM, MANA and NACPM) came together to create a...

What are the benefits of Water Birth for mother and baby

Waterbirth - so simple, yet so complex. There are so many reasons to embrace it, not least of which is that water forms a protective cocoon aorund the mother, allowing her to do what she must do in order to birth her baby. GENTLY. Much has been written about waterbirth, and its benefits. Here are the...

What is the Golden Hour after Birth

The first hours after birth are a developmentally distinct time for a baby and there are well-documented short and long term physical and psychological advantages when a baby is held skin to skin during this time. When a baby is held skin-to-skin in the first hour after birth, there are nine observable...

Breastfeeding – The gold standard

More and more recent research and systematic reviews are reinforcing the conclusion that breast feeding and human milk are the reference gold standards for infant feeding and nutrition. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and breastfeeding for upto 2 years as...

When to bathe the newborn?

"Can we bathe our newborn baby?" This is one of the most common questions that comes up immediately after birth at our Healthy Mother Natural Birthing Center. While a massage and bath do lots of good in babies, we recommend that the first bath be delayed for at least a few hours, preferably 24...

Initiation of Breastfeeding

Much has been written about “Delivery Self-Attachment” or what was dubbed as “Breast Crawl”. This video has been around for a while, but I thought I would post it anyway. It shows with amazing simplicity, the awareness and ability the newborn possesses to seek comfort and nourishment at her...

The Golden Hour of Birth – Moments after Birth

Many amazing changes take place in the new mother and her baby during the Golden Hour after birth. Natures hormones which worked overtime during labor and childbirth have initiated a sequence of events, both physical and emotional in the mother which stimulates her brain chemistry to increase her desire...