Category Archives: Fertility

“Optimal Parenting 101″

I am excited to be part of  a carefully selected panel of experts for “Optimal Parenting 101″ an online course offered April 8-12, 2013.  I will be discussing the importance of preconception healthcare in having a healthy and joyful pregnancy, birth and baby. This course is free and offered through En*theous University – an online […]

Healthy Gut Flora in Babies

Here’s an interesting article I found yesterday in the NY Times which reports on a recent study published in the CMAJ about healthy gut flora in babies. This report suggests that babies born vaginally and babies who are breast feed may have healthier gut flora than babies born via C-section and fed only formula. Healthy […]

Peak Fertility Days

Women are fertile about 4-5 days a month- assuming ovulation occurs every month. Women are only fertile if they ovulate (this may seem obvious but I have been asked this question many, many times over the years).   During the time of ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries and is available for fertilization for […]

Psychological consequences of prenatal smoke exposure

A new study published in the August edition of Archives of General Psychiatry reports that cigarette exposure in the womb increases the risk of psychiatric illness as young adults.  Babies exposed to tobacco smoke in utero were more likely to have substance abuse problems and experience more emotional and behavioral disorders. Schizophrenia and Anorexia Nervosa […]

Our Beautiful Girl Arrives After a Beautiful Homebirth

Kirk and I welcomed our daughter, Sophie Josephina, born Friday, October 30th at 7:46AM. She seemed to fall gracefully through me and into this world with her eyes wide open. My entire pregnancy, labor and first week at home with our daughter has been magical. I do believe this has a lot to do with […]