The Association Between Common Labor Drugs and Suckling When Skin-to-Skin During the First Hour After Birth

There’s no doubt about it; Dr. Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC loves babies. “Babies are just so incredible!” Brimdyr exclaims. “Immediately after they’re born they can do such complicated things. We have this idea that you have to be careful when you hold a baby because their heads might fall off, but when you watch what …

Uncovering breastfeeding: The Lost Secret of the Throne screening

You’re surely familiar with the idiom “Action speaks louder than words.” Today, most Western mothers are practically bombarded with breastfeeding information and advice. “In modern…cultures, mothers have more information about breastfeeding than any time in human history,” Kathleen Kendall-Tackett writes in How Too Much Information May Cause Problems for Breastfeeding New Mothers. However, she continues …

Screaming Birth

As a highschooler, I was completely entranced by TLC’s A Baby Story. The labor and delivery process presented was so horrifically dramatic, I simply couldn’t tear my eyes away. Laboring mothers writhed in pain. Howls thundered from deep within, as if possessed by someone or something otherworldly. Eventually and almost always, pain consumed the mothers …

Speech is great, but silence is greater

I’d be willing to bet you’ve never thought to compare a circus clown to a nursing mother and her infant. I certainly hadn’t until I had the pleasure of speaking with Healthy Children faculty Kristin Stewart, BS, CLC. “With circus clowning, you can’t speak,” Kristin explains to me. “Someone in the top row of the …