Pregnancy Support

04 Mar Choosing the Right Baby Name

It’s one of the first and most important decisions you’ll ever make for your child. A decision that will last them for the rest of their lives. What they are known as, what people call them, and all of the feelings and perceptions that your chosen name gives, will be the air around them during their entire life. From Apple to Blue to North, Indiana, Brooklyn & Coco; we’ve seen celebrities name their babies all sorts of creative and unique things. The name game has surely changed since the days of passing on names from generation to generation, although some people still opt to maintain that family tradition. I want to make this process as easy as possible for you, I know it can be overwhelming to decide what you will call your baby, so there are a few things to consider when picking that perfect baby name. Traditional names that...

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04 Mar Reaching Mothers through the Healthcare system

It’s no secret that Bun in the Oven is passionate about helping mothers make the best decisions for themselves and their babies; offering a series of information and support services such as infant CPR, Birth coaching, and Breastfeeding classes. Even more exciting, is that now, through information that is available in Doctors Hospital, more women have access to our support services and product information than ever before. This is a new way of thinking and promoting beneficial health services in the hopes of reaching as many women as possible. It is a common understanding that all women want the possibility of offering the best to their babies, which is why there was a need to make sure we made it possible for maternity patients to have access to our services. Services like, breastfeeding support is of the highest importance to our mothers and the health care system given the unique benefits it...

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04 Mar Pickles and Ice Cream

Salty, sweet and spicy-even if you have never been pregnant, you know about pregnancy cravings, and it’s usually the weird ones like, pickles and ice cream. Not all pregnant women have weird pregnancy cravings, some actually have food aversions to tastes and smells. With these changes happening all at once, taste buds and your sense of smell can become heightened, turning you off or turning you on, to different things. Some women can’t wear their favorite perfume or body lotion, because it somehow smells different and becomes off-putting. With all these involuntary preference changes and aversions, is there anything you should be cautious about consuming or putting on your body while pregnant? Your doctor may have given you a list of foods that you should avoid while pregnant. Foods like, soft cheeses and raw fish are typically at the top of the list. This is primarily due to bacteria that may be...

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04 Mar Circumcision…It’s your choice

As the mother of a little girl, I’ve never put much serious thought into the question of circumcision.  Although some parents are certain that they want to circumcise their sons for religious, cultural or ‘medical’ reasons, others find this decision very difficult.  I don’t think that there is a wrong choice but I do encourage parents to be aware of the risks and benefits and then make an informed decision that is in the best interest of their child. Here are some of the facts:                       Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin which is the loose piece of skin that naturally covers the tip (glans) of the penis. The procedure can be performed in the hospital before your baby is discharged or in the outpatient setting during the newborn period.  It is considered a relatively safe procedure, which, if done in a sterile fashion and by an experienced practitioner, rarely...

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04 Mar Caring for a Premature Baby

Premature birth occurs in about 11 to 13 percent of pregnancies in the US. Almost 60 percent of twins, triplets, and other multiple deliveries result in preterm births. A birth is considered “preterm” when a child is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. Other categories of preterm birth include late preterm (34–36 weeks), moderately preterm (32–36 weeks), and very preterm (less than 32 weeks). It is important to recognize that preterm deliveries, even if late preterm, should never be done for the convenience of the mother or obstetrician. Research has shown that late preterm babies have significantly greater risk for negative outcomes, and all efforts should be made to have babies reach full term. If your baby is born prematurely, she may neither look nor behave like a full-term infant. While the average full-term baby weighs about 7 pounds (3.17 kg) at birth, a premature newborn might weigh 5...

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04 Mar Skin to Skin

The technique of skin-to-skin is practiced all over the world by many health care practitioners. So what is this skin-to-skin all about? I have been asked that many times over, in the last few months, so I feel it is the perfect way to start our conversation. The skin to skin technique is the manner in which your baby experiences its first moments after being born. In many countries that practice this method of being born, the moment that a baby is born, the baby is placed skin-to-skin with its mother, and allowed to stay there, exploring, for however long they want to; typically for the first hour or two (in c-section deliveries) or until the first breastfeeding has occurred. This is not a rushed, latch-on to the breast event, but rather calm and most importantly baby led experience. This is actually the best possible start to breastfeeding. Mothers that have...

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