Pregnancy

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Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Babies With Opioid Withdrawal

This article was originally published on February 26, 2019, and has since been updated. An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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What Expecting Parents Should Know About the “Gentle” C-Section

When this photo shared by a doula went viral last year, we embarked on this new trend of a “gentle” C-section. This wholesome and raw photo depicted how heartwarming it truly is for parents to welcome their newborn in a clear drape or window cesarean section.  This option is now being offered in many hospitals, […]

Maria Sykes

Maria Sykes

The Hearty Soul Team

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13 Potentially Harmful Teas to Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of careful consideration of everything that goes into your body, including beverages like tea. While tea is generally considered a healthy beverage, not all types of tea are safe for consumption during pregnancy. It’s crucial for expectant mothers to be knowledgeable about the potential risks associated with certain teas. Let’s dive […]

Julie Hambleton

Julie Hambleton

The Hearty Soul Team

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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Mom Claims Epidural was Stuck in Back for Days After Giving Birth

Most women expect pregnancy and childbirth to be difficult, while post-birth is where you can start to enjoy the baby that you brought into this world. This was not the case for Selena Gray, because post-birth was when her nightmare began. Gray, 18, from Milton, Florida, delivered a healthy baby girl on June 26, 2019. […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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Baby Dies with High Alcohol Level in Blood. Should Drinking be Off Limits while Breastfeeding?

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: finding her baby girl motionless in her crib with blood trickling from her nose. This was the fate of two-month-old Sapphire, in Ahipara, New Zealand. The coroner suspects the cause of death was alcohol poisoning via breastmilk ingestion. The toxicology report showed alcohol levels of 308 milligrams per 100 milliliters […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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Mothers Who Give Birth to Premature Babies—What Life Is Like in the NICU

Azizah Rowen gave birth to her son more than two months before his due date. At 30 weeks pregnant, she woke in the night to find that she was bleeding profusely. At the hospital, she was placed on full bed rest and told that she would have to deliver her son prematurely. Rowen, who says […]

Jenn Ryan

Jenn Ryan

Freelance Health & Wellness Writer

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55-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Her Own Grandchild after Being a Surrogate for Her Daughter

“All the forces on this planet will never beat that of a mother’s love.” – Elle Smith At the age of 16, 31-year-old Tracey Smith was diagnosed with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome (MRKH).  This is a congenital disorder characterized by the absence of or incomplete formation of the vagina and uterus. One major side effect is the inability […]

Chantel Brink

Chantel Brink

Freelance Writer

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Things to Know If You’re Pregnant After 40

Getting pregnant at 40 must be an exhilarating experience for all the moms out there. You are in a better place financially, mentally and emotionally to take on the responsibility of a baby. In your 20s and 30s, you are under the constant stress of working on your career while raising your children. But in […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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Study Shows C-Sections Linked to Autism and ADHD: What does it mean?

This article was originally published on September 5, 2019, and has since been updated. A Swedish study has sparked some debate. The 2019 study claimed that babies born through a Caesarean section are more likely to be autistic and develop ADHD. The research published in the journal JAMA Network Open analyzed over 20 million children, and […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate

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Stop Shaming Parents for Not Having a Second Kid

Many of us don’t know it’s considered bad manners to ask a couple about their family planning business. It’s can offend the couple in question, even if you are close to them. It gets more astonishing when a mere acquaintance pops up and asks, “When are you having your second child? This little one needs […]

Sarah Biren

Sarah Biren

Founder of The Creative Palate