Friday, November 21, 2008

HABA Safety Information

Please view the video for information regarding HABA's safety and testing procedures. Very informative!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mylicon Drops Recalled

The makers of Mylicon have issued a recall for the one-ounce plastic bottles of their non-staining, dye-free gas relief drops due to concerns that some of the bottles could contain pieces of metal. Bottles affected by the recall were sent to stores after October 5th of this year, and are in lots numbered SMF007 and SMF008. To determine if their drops are part of the recall, consumers should look for the numbers printed on the bottom of the box and/or on the lower left side of each sticker on the actual bottle. Bottles of original infant Mylicon gas relief products and half ounce bottles of nonstaining Mylicon are not affected by the recall. For information on how to get rid of the drops and get a refund or replacement bottle, call 800-222-9435 or visit

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Breastfed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter
Wednesday, October 29, 2008; 12:00 AM

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Add yet another potential benefit to breast-feeding: Fewer behavioral problems in young children.
Parents of youngsters who were breast-fed as infants were less likely to report that their child had a behavior problem or psychiatric illness during the first five years of life, a new study found.

And the likelihood of mental health issues decreased in proportion to the duration of breast-feeding, meaning that a child who had been breast-fed for a year was less likely to have behavior problems than a child who had been breast-fed for just two months.

"This is an early finding, but it suggests that breast-feeding during infancy could have an effect on behavior during childhood," said the study's lead author, Dr. Katherine Hobbs Knutson, a resident in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
She was to present the findings Wednesday at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting, in San Diego.

Previous research has shown that breast milk offers numerous benefits for babies and that breast-feeding can benefit both mother and infant. Babies who are breast-fed are less likely to suffer from ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, wheezing, and bacterial and viral illnesses, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Research has also linked breast-feeding with a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and certain cancers, according to the AAP.

For mothers, breast-feeding helps the uterus quickly return to its pre-pregnancy shape and helps burn additional calories, which can help get rid of extra pregnancy weight, the AAP reports. Additionally, breast-feeding is believed to help nurture the mother-child bond.
The new study reviewed more than 100,000 interviews of parents and guardians of children between the ages of 10 months and 18 years who participated in the National Survey of Children's Health. Parents were asked about breast-feeding and about their child's behavior and mental health.

Examples of questions included: Are you currently concerned a lot, a little or not at all about how your child behaves? How he/she is learning pre-school or school skills? Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that your child has behavioral or conduct problems?

Parents of children who were breast-fed were 15 percent less likely to be concerned about their child's behavior, compared to formula-fed infants. And the breast-fed children were 37 percent less likely to have a medically diagnosed behavioral or conduct problem, according to the study.
And, Knutson said, the effect of breast-feeding appeared to be cumulative, with those who were breast-fed for a longer duration even less likely to have behavior problems.

She also said the study found "a correlation between breast-feeding and cognitive development." "These findings are certainly intriguing," said Dr. Debra Bogen, a pediatrician in the division of general academic pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The study adds to the "overwhelming evidence that women should, if they can, offer breast milk to their babies," she added.

Both Bogen and Knutson said the nutritional composition of breast milk might have an effect on the way a baby's brain develops, and that better nutrition could explain the behavioral differences. But both experts felt it was too soon to know for sure the exact cause of the potentially protective effect.

More information
For more on the benefits of breast-feeding, visit the National Women's Health Information Center.

SOURCES: Katherine Hobbs Knutson, M.D., resident, department of psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Debra Bogen, M.D., pediatrician, division of general academic pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Oct. 29, 2008, presentation, American Public Health Association annual meeting, San Diego

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Baby Fair & CDGS

Thanks to all who attended our Fall Baby Fair and Cloth Diaper Garage Sale! If you braved the unseasonably warm weather, there were some wonderful deals to be had at the diaper tables, and some great products from our vendors. If you were unable to be there, you can see some of the vendors online - Beautiful Bellies and Babies, MKP Images, Little Shredder, Happy Baby, Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, Busynest Cards and San Diego Bargain Mama.

Congratulations to our prize winners, too!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Too Cute!

Our gorgeous new shopping cart covers have arrived - beautiful fabric on one side, plush minkie on the other! We also have some fabulous new dyed Indian prefolds - the photo does not do the vibrant colors justice. Come in and see them for yourself!

Monday, September 22, 2008

More new products!

Hyland's Homeopathic Remedies, BabyLegs and some new sweet clothes are all in stock now!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

gDiapers are Here!

We are thrilled to announce that we are now carrying gDiapers and refills - they are a great eco-friendly alternative to disposables!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New BPA-free Products for Your Child

Looking for an alternative to plastic sippy cups or bottles? We have added several safe alternatives for your baby or child! We now have 12 ounce Klean Kanteen sippy cups, adapters and valves. We also carry the Green to Grow line of bottles, as well as the Adiri Natural Nurser.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Other Side of the Glass

This is a trailer from a new birth documentary directed towards fathers and partners. I am interested to see how the final movie comes out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Screening: Birth Documentary

New Documentary Leads the Way in Examining the Sensual Nature of Birth
Birth Resource Network and Gerri Ryan, LM, CPM proudly announces a screening of
Orgasmic Birth . . . a remarkable new documentary that examines the sensual and intimate nature of birth—an everyday miracle

WHEN: Friday, September 19th 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Mira Costa College
WHERE: 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA, 92056 – Little Theatre Room 3601, Parking in Lot 3-E
Students: FREE Suggested $5 donation benefits Birth Resource Network
Contact: Gerri Ryan,619-434-9188 or
Presented by MiraCosta College Behavioral Sciences Department, Birth Resource Network and Gerri Ryan, LM, CPM. A Panel of Experts (midwives, doulas and childbirth educators) will answer questions and lead an audience discussion exploring undisturbed birth – A Woman’s Right of Passage.

Five years in the making, Orgasmic Birth challenges cultural myths by revealing the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Viewers witness the passion of birth as 11 women have their babies in unhurried, non-medicalized settings—including hospital birth centers—where they feel supported and safe. According to birthing experts who provide commentary in the film, a pleasurable birth that is allowed to take its time is an integral part of women’s sexuality and a neglected human right.

Women’s health advocate and bestselling author Christiane Northrup, MD, observes in the film that people have been "brainwashed" to view birth not as a natural process but as "an emergency waiting to happen." Yet birth is an everyday miracle that the body is well equipped to handle, given the proper setting and caregivers and ample time.

Health professionals in the film who present their views with evidence-based support include:
• Sarah J Buckley, MD, general practitioner/family physician with qualifications in GP obstetrics; author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
• Maureen Corry, MPH, executive director, Childbirth Connection, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care
• Elizabeth Davis, BA, CPM, midwife, author, international lecturer, and co-founder and director of the National Midwifery Institute, Inc.
• Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, world-renowned midwife, author, and founder/director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown, Tennessee
• Marsden Wagner, MD, former director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

This film is currently being screened worldwide. Locally, midwives, physicians, nurses, families young and old are being invited to view this epic film. Please join us for this memorable evening.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The BOLD Red Tent...mother's voices...intimacy...truth

Who: Mother and Mothers-to-be
What: A sharing of stories and experiences
When: Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Where: 770 Rancho Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas, CA
Time: 2pm-6pmCost: $5 (proceeds benefit San Diego BORN)
Bring: A pillow to sit on. Babies-in-arms only.

The Birth Resource Network is proud to host a BOLD Red Tent Event. The concept is simple: gather women under a 'red tent' to listen to birth stories from our community and then use this 'testimonial' as a call-to-action by presenting a video to key local and national representatives.

We are calling all mothers and mothers-to-be to join us for this monumental event. We invite all stories; from the empowering that are to be celebrated, to the challenging births that need to be healed by telling your story.

All proceeds will benefit San Diego BORN, a non-profit organization that offers a one-stop resource for families to find mother- and baby-friendly maternity services. Refreshments will be served. This will be a very casual and safe environment.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fresh Baby has arrived!

Have you always thought about making your own baby food, but felt a little intimidated? Check out the So Easy Baby Food kits, trays and cookbook! We also have sets of free recipe cards for parents. Drop by and pick up your set today!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mention the Blog & Get a Free SBB Sample!

Have you tried the luxurious Susan Brown's Baby line of skin care products? We have just received samples of different yummy products to share with our customers! Mention the blog when you drop by the store and receive your free sample (while supplies last)!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Calling all pregnant mamas and babies under 2 weeks of age...

Mary from MKP Images is looking for models! Newborn shots should be within the babies first two weeks of life. This is crucial since babies older than that tend to be awake more often and stir when moved. If anyone is interested, she will waive the session fee and in return a model release is required. Any image can be purchased from the session at regular price. She would also have the artistic freedom to try out shots she would like to capture and experiment with.

This is a wonderful opportunity. Those Babies in Bloom customers that had this opportunity a few months ago were rewarded with some absolutely stunning photos! Call or email Mary using the contact information on her website.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Thank You & Congratulations!

I would like to think all of our wonderful newsletter readers for taking the time to complete our survey. We truly do value your input and I think you will be pleased with the new products coming soon to the store!

Congratulations to Laura C. - her name was drawn from all of those that completed the survey and she has received a $50 Babies in Bloom gift certificate!

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Birth Survey Is Now Available Nationwide

As part of the Transparency in Maternity Care Project, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) developed The Birth Survey as a free online resource for new mothers in the United States to share their consumer reviews of doctors, midwives, hospitals and birth centers, learn about the choices and birth experiences of others, and view data on hospital and birth center standard practices and intervention rates.

Women who have given birth within the past three years can take the anonymous online consumer feedback survey. The survey asks mothers a variety of questions about their satisfaction with their maternity care providers and birth setting, and includes their feedback in the results. In addition to the consumer data, the Web site will begin to list obstetrical intervention data for each hospital as provided by state Departments of Health. The Birth Survey is designed to help women find quality providers and birth settings that are the best match for their needs and lifestyles. Providers and facilities also will be able to utilize The Birth Survey as a consumer feedback and quality improvement tool.

Help spread the word about The Birth Survey!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Breastfeeding Report Card from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its Breastfeeding Report Card with information on how breastfeeding is being protected, promoted and supported in each state. The publication reports information state-by-state information on five “outcome” and nine “process” indicators. These indicators can be used to: tell the story of breastfeeding practices in each state; monitor progress and celebrate state successes; identify opportunities for growth and improvement in breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support within each state. For more information, go to

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Cover Kids Search

San Diego Family is looking for children ages 2 -11 and one parent/child combo to appear on the cover of a future issue of San Diego Family Magazine or Out & About 09. Submitted photos of 25
finalists from each age group will be published in San Diego Family Magazine. It’s open to all San Diego County kids. Complete and return the online registration form with a recent, quality photo and the $25 per entry registration fee. On the back of photo, include child’s name, age and date the photo was taken. Photos will not be returned.

Entries must be postmarked by September 15, 2008. Questions? 619-685-6970 or A portion of the proceeds from the contest will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Find your entry form on Print and mail to San Diego Family Magazine
Cover Kids, PO Box 23960, San Diego, CA 92193

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Resources for Working Moms, Employers

Not-for-profit advocacy group MomsRising has added new resources for both working mothers and employers to its website. These free tools include guides for employees on proposing a flexible work arrangement, information for employers or managers who are considering the advantages of offering various flexible work options, and tips for stay-at-home moms who are considering re-entering the workforce and/or working from home or starting their own small business. These and other related resources are available at:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

World Breastfeeding Week

August 1-7, 2008 will be World Breastfeeding Week, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is calling for increased support for mothers “striving to achieve the gold standard of infant feeding: To breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding, together with feeding other appropriate complementary foods, for up to two years and beyond.” For informational resources, free downloads and details on breastfeeding-promoting activities, go to Tying in to the 2008 Summer Olympics, also taking place in August, WABA is also sharing the breastfeeding message with its own “virtual torch run.” To learn more, go to

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

CA Labor Commissioner Cites Company For Not Providing Lactation Accommodation to Employee

Santa Clara-June 20, 2008-California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet today announced the issuance of a citation to a Santa Clara-based International Security Services, Inc. for failing to provide private accommodations for an employee to express breast milk for her newborn. The citation is the first of its kind since the law took effect in 2002. A fine of $4,000 has been assessed.

"Under the law, employers are obligated to accommodate employees who wish to provide breast milk for their infant children," Bradstreet said. "This employer failed to provide a reasonable amount of break time and a private room for an employee to express milk for her baby as required."

The labor commissioner received a complaint -- the first lodged as a result of the 2002 legislation -- from the employee on March 7, which prompted an investigation. The investigation revealed that the employee was not provided an appropriate, designated room. Initially the room that was provided was computer server room with security cameras. This offered an inadequate level of privacy needed to perform the milk expressing process.

Labor Code sections 1030-1033 became law in 2001 and mandates every employer, regardless of size, to provide a reasonable amount of time to accommodate expressing of breast milk and to make reasonable efforts to provide the employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a bathroom, in close proximity to the employees work area to express milk in private.

Bradstreet urged women who are not being provided appropriate accommodations for milk expressing to contact her office and file a complaint.

"This is not the type of law that we can address with enforcement sweeps and filing a complaint is important so that we can correct the violation and educate the employer," added Bradstreet.

The DLSE adjudicates wage claims, investigates discrimination and public works complaints, and enforces state labor law and Industrial Welfare Commission wage orders. To learn more about the functions of the California Labor Commissioner, visit our web site at

Monday, July 7, 2008

UNICEF Features New Findings on Breastfeeding Support

UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative website is featuring two new studies about the importance of providing quality breastfeeding support to new mothers. Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and the European Journal of Public Health, these studies take a closer look at interventions that make a positive difference for infants and families in the earliest days after birth – and far beyond. Go to

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lamaze Launches Weekly E-newsletter for Parents

Lamaze is proud to announce the launch of our new personalized weekly e-mail newsletter for expectant parents, Lamaze... Building Confidence Week by Week. Free weekly e-mails from Lamaze feature trustworthy information, practical tips and inspirational stories to help guide women and families through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Unlike other weekly e-mail services on commercial Web sites, Lamaze... Building Confidence Week by Week:
* Focuses on health and wellness, not a laundry list of possible complications.
* Honors the amazing work of pregnancy and birth, and helps women gain confidence in their own instincts and strengths.
* Believes strongly in parents’ rights to safe and effective maternity care, full information, and the freedom to choose or refuse tests and treatments, and care that is sensitive to personal and cultural preferences.
*Follows a very strict advertising policy, and complies fully with the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

No Added Sugar in Breast Milk, Unlike Formula

In a country where childhood obesity is an epidemic, parents must be cautious of what they feed their children, starting in infancy. A recent article in The New York Times reports that all formulas contain added sugar, and that Similac Organic formula is sweetened with cane sugar (sucrose), a much sweeter sugar. Breast milk, on the other hand, provides the perfect nutrition for babies while reducing the risk of, infections, chronic diseases and childhood obesity. Read more in a recent press release distributed by Lamaze.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July Store Specials

This month we are celebrating with 10% off all red, white and blue Essential Nursing Tanks from Bravado! We also have a limited number of matching shrugs to complete your ensemble.

If you're looking for a soft, cuddly treat for baby...all Under the Nile clothes, blankets, toys and accessories are also on sale - a great time to pick up these beautiful organic cotton items!

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Babies in Bloom yahoo group!

For those of you who would like to connect with other like-minded parents, but just haven't found the right group yet, we invite you to join our new Babies in Bloom yahoo group.

As you experience the joy and excitement that a new baby brings, you may have questions and concerns. Many parents also say that they feel isolated from other adults during this transition.

We hope this message board will provide you a forum to make some friends, perhaps form a playgroup or find a few walking buddies and, most importantly, help to support you through this next chapter of your life.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The American Medical Association and Ricki Lake

Yesterday, the AMA issued a resolution stating "That our American Medical Association support the recent American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) statement that 'the safest setting for labor, delivery, and the immediate post-partum period is in the hospital, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, that meets standards jointly outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and ACOG, or in a freestanding birthing center that meets the standards of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Joint Commission, or the American Association of Birth Centers' iii (New HOD Policy)" The entire resolution can be read here.

Today Ricki Lake, Jennifer Block and Abby Epstein responded. You can read their post (which includes actual home birth statistics) here.

If you haven't seen "The Business of Being Born" or read the book "Pushed," I would strongly recommend it. :)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

One Father's Day Wish - The Gift of Donor Breast Milk

Baby Isabella comes home. On this Father's Day, one father is grateful for the most extraordinary gift - donated breast milk.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 14, 2008 -- Jerry Sciulli's world was nothing but perfect less than 6 months ago. He and his loving wife, Kim, were expecting their first baby and were elated with the anticipation of becoming parents. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. On January 9th 2008, Baby Isabella came into their world 3 months early and weighed only 1 pound and 4 and 2/3 ounces. Jerry and Kim dealt with the unexpected birth of Isabella as best they could.

When doctors told them that because Isabella was so weak, breast milk would increase her chance of survival, Kim started to pump immediately. Kim would try to pump at least 8 times a day and called her breast milk 'liquid gold.' As Isabella started to grow in her first couple of days of life both Jerry and Kim were thrilled. Then the unimaginable happened. Kim collapsed and died from a rare, unexpected heart problem called postpartum cardiomyopathy.

Days later, Kim's stored breast milk was dwindling while Baby Isabella remained in intensive care. Jerry knew that formula was not an option and would not have been what Kim had wanted. He set out to find donated breast milk for his premature daughter.

His best friend helped him contact International Breast Milk Project, an organization that provided donated breast milk from US mothers to infants affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. This organization was able to help Jerry find donor breast milk for baby Isabella.

So this year for Jerry's first father's day, Isabella has been allowed to come home. She has been thriving on donor breast milk from moms across the US. Jerry hopes that this donated "liquid gold" continues to help his daughter grow up strong and healthy, just like her mother would have wanted.

For more information contact, Jill Youse, Executive Director, International Breast Milk Project (IBMP), 507-288-1885 or and/or visit IBMP's website at

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Breastfeeding-Related Maternity Practices at Hospitals and Birth Centers

Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for infants and is associated with decreased risk for infant and maternal morbidity and mortality (1); however, only four states (Alaska, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) have met all five (2) Healthy People 2010 targets for breastfeeding (3).* Maternity practices in hospitals and birth centers throughout the intrapartum period, such as ensuring mother-newborn skin-to-skin contact, keeping mother and newborn together, and not giving supplemental feedings to breastfed newborns unless medically indicated, can influence breastfeeding behaviors during a period critical to successful establishment of lactation (4--9). In 2007, to characterize maternity practices related to breastfeeding, CDC conducted the first national Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey. This report summarizes results of that survey, which indicated that 1) a substantial proportion of facilities used maternity practices that are not evidence-based and are known to interfere with breastfeeding and 2) states in the southern United States generally had lower mPINC scores, including certain states previously determined to have the lowest 6-month breastfeeding rates.† These results highlight the need for U.S. hospitals and birth centers to implement changes in maternity practices that support breastfeeding.

Read more from the CDC (including statistics for each state) here

Friday, June 13, 2008

Loveybums are here!

We have a very limited supply...get them before they are gone!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Insurers Denying Coverage, Raising Premiums for Women After C-Section

Last week the New York Times reported on a trend in which some insurers have begun denying individual health coverage to women who have had c-section deliveries, on the basis that these women are likely to undergo the procedure in subsequent births. In these cases, a cesarean section is classified as a pre-existing condition, and some insurers are codifying a provision that excludes coverage for a certain period of time. Many insurers who do accept women with a prior c-section are charging higher premiums because of this history. As the Times reports, many ob/gyns do not deliver VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) patients for a host of reasons, including the rare but potentially fatal complication of uterine rupture. The report also notes the disparity in healthcare costs, with c-section deliveries costing patients and insurance companies significantly more than vaginal births.

For the Times story, go to

For coverage of this issue from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), go to

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Arrivals

Today, we received a ton of items - including another shipment from bumGenius. :) We are fully stocked with One-Size Pocket Diapers, Bamboo Fitteds, All-in-Ones and the new Organic One-Size! Come in and get yours today!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Our Summer Baby Fair

Yesterday, we held our Summer Baby Fair. We invited several of our favorite local vendors and groups to share their offerings for new and expectant families. We were thrilled to have representatives and information from some wonderful businesses including Stroller Strides, Three Sisters Jewelry, Birth Resource Network, Precious Birth, Jack and Jill Cards, MKP Images, Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, Crunch Care, Blossoming Barrettes, Happy Baby, Real Diaper Association, San Diego Babywearers, the Cake Lady, Posh Baby Prints, Discovery Sign Language, Mommy and Me Yoga, A Well Lived Life, Not to Worry, Busynest Cards, San Diego Bargain Mama, Hanna's Murals and Yoga Janda. I highly encourage you to check them out!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Prenatal Yoga May Result in Less Labor Pain, Shorter Labor

Chuntharapat, S., Petpichetchian, W., & Hatthakit, U. (2008). Yoga during pregnancy: Effects on maternal comfort, labor pain and birth outcomes. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 14(2), 105-115. [Abstract]

Summary: In this trial conducted in Thailand, nulliparous pregnant women without previous yoga experience were randomly assigned to practice prenatal yoga (n=37) or to usual care (n=37). The yoga group attended a series of six 1-hour yoga classes every two weeks in the final trimester and were given a booklet and audio tape for self-study, which they were encouraged to practice at least three times per week. Daily diaries kept by participants and weekly phone contact from researchers helped ensure compliance. Participants in both groups completed a prenatal questionnaire to assess anxiety and collect demographic data.

Once in labor, pain and comfort were assessed every 2 hours in the first stage of labor (for a maximum of three measurements) and again 2 hours postpartum using multiple pain-measurement instruments that have previously been validated for use in laboring women. The researchers controlled for maternal age, marital status, education level, religion, income, and maternal trait anxiety.

Data were available for 33 of 37 women assigned to each group but the researchers provide no explanation for this attrition. Although this omission limits the reliability of the study, the strength and consistency of the researchers' findings suggest that attrition probably did not significantly alter results. The experimental group (yoga group) had significantly less pain and more comfort than the control group at each of the three measurement intervals during labor and at the postpartum measurement. This finding was consistent and significant across all three pain main measurement instruments used.

The researchers do not present data about mode of birth. However, the length of the first stage of labor and total duration of labor were significantly shorter in the yoga group (mean length of first stage = 520 minutes in yoga group versus 660 minutes in control group; mean total time in labor 559 minutes in yoga group versus 684 minutes in control group). There were no differences in length of second stage of labor, pethidine usage or dose given, augmentation of labor, newborn weight, or Apgar scores. Epidural analgesia was not mentioned so presumably it was not available.

Significance for Normal Birth: This study provides evidence that regular yoga practice in the last 10-12 weeks of pregnancy improves maternal comfort in labor and may facilitate labor progress. The researchers offer several theories for these effects. First, yoga involves synchronization of breathing awareness and muscle relaxation which decrease tension and the perception of pain. Second, yoga movements, breathing, and chanting may increase circulating endorphins and serotonin, "raising the threshold of mind-body relationship to pain" (p. 112). Third, practicing yoga postures over time alters pain pathways through the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing one's need to actively respond to unpleasant physical sensations.

Prenatal strategies that help women prepare emotionally and physically for labor may help reduce pain and suffering and optimize wellbeing in childbirth by providing coping skills and increasing self-confidence and a sense of mastery. More research is needed to confirm the findings of this study. However, yoga's many health benefits and the lack of evidence that yoga is harmful in pregnancy or birth provide justification for encouraging interested women to incorporate yoga into their preparations for childbirth.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Is Iron Supplementation Necessary for Infants?

insightful information from Dr. Thomas Hale

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Big Baby" Diagnosis Increases Chance of C/S Without Improving Newborn Outcomes

Prenatal Diagnosis of Suspected Fetal Macrosomia Increases Risks of Cesarean Section and Maternal Morbidity without Improving Newborn Outcomes

Sadeh-Mestechkin, D., Walfisch, A., Shachar, R., Shoham-Vardi, I., Vardi, H., & Hallak, M. (2008). Suspected macrosomia? Better not tell. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, doi: 10.1007/s00404-008-0566-y. [Abstract]

Summary: In this prospective observational trial, researchers followed 145 women thought to be carrying babies weighing more than 4000g (about 8lb, 13oz) to evaluate the reliability of sonographic and clinical estimates of fetal weight and to determine whether a diagnosis of "suspected macrosomia" affects pregnancy management or outcomes. To answer these questions, they first divided the "suspected macrosomia" into two subgroups depending on whether the babies in fact weighed more or less than 4000g. This resulted in a "false-positive" subgroup of 82 babies thought to be macrosomic but actually weighing less than 4000g and a "true-positive" group of 63 babies thought to be macrosomic and indeed weighing more than 4000g.

The researchers compared outcomes between these two groups, then compared the "true-positive" group to all other births of macrosomic infants to women admitted to the same hospital in the study period (i.e., women giving birth to infants weighing over 4000g but who did not have a prenatal diagnosis of suspected macrosomia).

The study confirms an existing body of literature that tells us that prenatal methods for detecting macrosomia are not reliable—only 44% of babies suspected to weigh over 4000g actually did. Clinical estimates (those performed by a care provider using palpation) were more reliable than ultrasound estimates, but were still off by more than 10% in one out of every six cases.

The 145 women with suspected macrosomia were assigned by the admitting doctor to elective cesarean surgery (16%) induction of labor (39%) or observation awaiting labor (46%). Thirty-five of the 56 women who underwent induction and 47 of the 66 women who were admitted in spontaneous labor gave birth vaginally, for an overall vaginal birth rate of 57% (including 2% who had instrumental vaginal births). The remaining women gave birth by cesarean surgery either before (21%) or during (22%) labor.

When researchers compared outcomes of the "true-positives" with the "false-positives" within the "suspected macrosomia" group, there were no differences in maternal or infant complications.

When the researchers compared the true-positive macrosomic infants in the study group (those suspected to weigh and actually weighing >4000g) to the macrosomic infants in the comparison group (those not suspected to be macrosomic prior to birth), they found much higher rates of intervention and related morbidity in the study group. The cesarean surgery rate for macrosomic infants in the suspected macrosomia group was 57%, compared with only 17% for macrosomic infants in the comparison group (absolute difference 40%). Likewise, 25% of macrosomic infants in the study group were induced compared with 14% in the comparison group (absolute difference = 11%). There was no difference in shoulder dystocia between the two groups. However, maternal morbidity (including hemorrhage, wound infection, wound dehiscence, fever, and use of antibiotics) was significantly higher in study group, most likely because of the much higher rate of cesarean surgery in this group.

Significance for Normal Birth: The concern that a baby is growing "too big" is one of the most common reasons cited for induction of labor and also prompts decisions to perform cesarean surgery both before and during labor (Declercq, Sakala, Corry, & Applebaum, 2006). However, there is strong and consistent evidence that elective induction or cesarean surgery for "suspected macrosomia" does not improve outcomes and expert bodies including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists oppose routinely interfering when a baby is suspected to be large (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, 2004).

This study, summed up by its title, "Suspected macrosomia? Better not tell" provides damning evidence that shows clearly that the provider's belief that the baby is "too big" is itself a strong risk factor for injudicious intervention and poor health outcomes.

An initial suspicion that the baby is large may instill fear in the pregnant woman which may impede both her confidence in her body and her labor progress. Slow labor progress reinforces the suspicion that the baby is big and more aggressive management ensues. This management often hinders the woman's ability to move freely and assume the positions that may help her baby negotiate through her pelvis, further slowing progress and reinforcing the perceived need for surgical intervention. Based on this study and previous evidence, women should strongly consider refusing tests late in pregnancy intended to estimate fetal weight.

The estimate itself may be bad for her health because the care provider's expectation that the baby will be macrosomic appears to increase both unnecessary medical intervention and the morbidity that may accompany it.

References: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2004). Ultrasonography in pregnancy. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 58. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 104, 1449–58.
Declercq, E., Sakala, C., Corry, M. P., & Applebaum, S. (2006). Listening to mothers II: Report of the second national U.S. Survey of women's childbearing experiences. New York: Childbirth Connection.), 116-122.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Baby Fair for Expectant and New Parents

In an effort to bring some of the area's wonderful resources together, Babies in Bloom is proud to host our summer Baby Fair.

Join one of our local parenting groups, sign up to take a new class or learn about other opportunities available to you during pregnancy and baby's first year. From prenatal classes to playgroups, doula services to delightful artwork and accessories, we will have something for everyone! There will also be baby carrier and cloth diapering demonstrations - and a drawing for several amazing prizes!

Posh Baby Prints will also be there to capture your child's hand or foot print in ceramic clay for a precious keepsake. Posh Baby Prints appointments must be scheduled before the event. Please call 760-940-BABY soon to reserve your space before they are all gone!
Where & When
161 Thunder Drive #102
Vista, California 92083
Saturday, June 7th

Monday, June 2, 2008

AAP Shares Summer Safety Tips for All Ages

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued its updated summer safety tips for parents and families, offering advice and reminders on topics such as sun protection, heat stress, pool safety, playground dangers, insects, bikes and skateboards, and lawnmower safety. The tip sheet is available online in both English and Spanish, along with a “send to a friend” email function. To access this resource, visit

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ACNM Recommends Against Routinely Restricting Food & Drink During Labor

The American College of Nurse-Midwives has published a new Clinical Bulletin reviewing evidence on providing oral nutrition to women during labor. The guidelines recommend that drinking and eating during labor can provide women with the energy they need, and should not be routinely restricted. Currently, most American hospitals still have policies in place that restrict women’s oral intake during labor, and the debate over these policies has focused on concerns about possible detrimental effects of fasting on the labor process versus the risk of aspiration if general anesthesia becomes necessary. The new ACNM bulletin reviews recent randomized controlled trials, effects of fasting during labor, and risks of aspiration. They recommend that considerations must take into account the health status of the woman, the risk of surgical intervention and the system in which the woman is giving birth. To download the complete bulletin, go to

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Breastfeeding in an Emergency

Check out this wonderful story from the quake-ravaged China. What an amazing woman!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New BabyHawk mei tais are in!

We have a dozen new styles and fabrics in stock...too cute! Stop in, check them out and pick up your favorite, before they are gone!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mommy TV is in the process of adding some great new content to their site. Check out the "Mommy TV" page with lots of informational (as well as some comedic) video clips.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Breastfeeding "Helps to Boost IQ"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new study provides some of the best evidence to date that breast-feeding can make children smarter, an international team of researchers said on Monday.
Children whose mothers breast-fed them longer and did not mix in baby formula scored higher on intelligence tests, the researchers in Canada and Belarus reported.

About half the 14,000 babies were randomly assigned to a group in which prolonged and exclusive breast-feeding by the mother was encouraged at Belarussian hospitals and clinics. The mothers of the other babies received no special encouragement. Those in the breast-feeding encouragement group were, on average, breast-fed longer than the others and were less likely to have been given formula in a bottle.

At 3 months, 73 percent of the babies in the breast-feeding encouragement group were breast-fed, compared to 60 percent of the other group. At 6 months, it was 50 percent versus 36 percent. In addition, the group given encouragement was far more likely to give their children only breast milk. The rate was seven times higher, for example, at 3 months.

The children were monitored for about 6 1/2 years. The children in the group where breast-feeding was encouraged scored about 5 percent higher in IQ tests and did better academically, the researchers found. Previous studies had indicated brain development and intelligence benefits for breast-fed children. But researchers have sought to determine whether it was the breast-feeding that did it, or that mothers who prefer to breast-feed their babies may differ from those who do not. The design of the study -- randomly assigning babies to two groups regardless of the mothers' characteristics -- was intended to eliminate the confusion.

"Mothers who breast-feed or those who breast-feed longer or most exclusively are different from the mothers who don't," Dr. Michael Kramer of McGill University in Montreal and the Montreal Children's Hospital said in a telephone interview. "They tend to be smarter. They tend to be more invested in their babies. They tend to interact with them more closely. They may be the kind of mothers who read to their kids more, who spend more time with their kids, who play with them more," added Kramer, who led the study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry.

The researchers measured the differences between the two groups using IQ tests administered by the children's pediatricians and by ratings by their teachers of their school performance in reading, writing, math and other subjects. Both sets of scores were significantly higher in the children from the breast-feeding promotion group.

The study was launched in the mid-1990s. Kramer said the initial idea was to do it in the United States and Canada, but many hospitals in those countries by that time had begun strongly encouraging breast-feeding as a matter of routine. The situation was different in Belarus at the time, he said, with less routine encouragement for the practice.

Kramer said how breast-feeding may make children more intelligent is unclear. "It could even be that because breast-feeding takes longer, the mother is interacting more with the baby, talking with the baby, soothing the baby," he said. "It could be an emotional thing. It could be a physical thing. Or it could be a hormone or something else in the milk that's absorbed by the baby."

Previous studies have shown babies whose mothers breast-fed them enjoy many health advantages over formula-fed babies. These include fewer ear, stomach or intestinal infections, digestive problems, skin diseases and allergies, and less risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that women who do not have health problems exclusively breast-feed their infants for at least the first six months, with it continuing at least through the first year as other foods are introduced.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

ILCA Releases Position on Breastfeeding and Work

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) announced today the release of its official position paper, "Position on Breastfeeding and Work," calling on employers, policymakers, and organizations that serve new families to improve the support that new mothers need to continue breastfeeding.
According to Rebecca Mannel, president of the ILCA Board of Directors, "The benefits of breastfeeding have been widely known for many years now, which has resulted in the majority of women now making the choice to breastfeed. Yet many mothers struggle to continue breastfeeding once they return to work. Some mothers quit within their first few weeks back at work because of challenges within the worksite itself such as no privacy or break time for expressing milk. Other mothers quit before they even return to work because they assume they cannot continue breastfeeding due to their job. ILCA believes that a woman’s right to work should not interfere with her additional right to provide optimal nutrition for her children."
According to Mannel, the steps to creating a supportive environment are simple and include allowing women to take needed breaks to regularly express milk every 2 or 3 hours, and a place to do so in privacy. Providing support and information to employees, along with information and access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) if concerns arise, has also been proven to make a difference.
"The benefits to employers are significant," says Mannel. "The research is very clear that because breastfed infants are healthier, their mothers are not absent from work as often. The healthcare savings to the company and the savings from having workers stay at work can be significant to the business," she says. In addition, employee retention is higher as breastfeeding mothers who are supported in the workplace are more likely to return to their jobs after maternity leave ends.
Several studies of companies providing corporate lactation programs have confirmed the cost savings. For example, one company, CIGNA, studied the impact of their lactation program which enrolled 343 employees, and found the program saved their company $240,000 in healthcare costs, $62,000 savings in prescriptions annually, and an annual savings of $60,000 in lower employee absenteeism rates.
Mannel says that a growing number of companies are beginning to implement similar programs. Yet the practice is not widespread. Mannel believes that with greater education about the benefits, more employers will establish policies and practices that
allow breastfeeding employees to continue breastfeeding as long as they wish. Many state and national governments (including a dozen U.S. states) now provide laws that encourage or require employers to provide workplace accommodations for breastfeeding.
ILCA’s position on working and breastfeeding is available as a free download at their website at:

Friday, March 7, 2008

Day 20

Humphrey flew the coop, right on schedule. We miss him already. :(

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Planned Cesarean Surgery Is No Safer for Breech Births

Despite one study's conclusion that planned cesarean surgery results in superior outcomes for babies and equivalent outcomes for mothers, flaws in this research indicate otherwise. In "When Research is Flawed," obstetric research expert Henci Goer finds several problems in how the Hannah study—a randomized trial to compare planned cesarean surgery vs. planned vaginal birth for breech births—was conducted and its interpretations of the results.
Other studies, based on a good selection of patients, contradict these findings and report that with a good selection of patients, properly trained medical staff and careful management during labor, vaginal birth is safe for breech babies.
"When Research is Flawed," developed by the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, provides brief critiques of some of the most influential research studies published on topics that shape and affect policy and practice in maternal-child health care, such as breech birth. These research study critiques help childbirth professionals evaluate the quality of evidence and communicate that evidence to expectant parents, who may be misled or confused by information they receive from the media.
Read the complete critique on the Hannah study on breech birth, as well as critiques of studies on epidural analgesia, home birth, induction of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) at "When Research is Flawed" on the Research page of

Day 18

The books all say that the baby hummingbirds learn to fly and leave the nest at about 21 days. His (or her) feathers are all in and we know our time to watch this sweet baby is almost over.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Day 17

What a difference a day makes...we were gone yesterday and look what we found today! At first, I thought it was the mama, but it is Humphrey!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Day 15

A new view!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Day 14

Seriously...these are three different photos. Humphrey hasn't moved much, but you can see the feathers near his beak are growing longer each day.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Day 11

My husband, Tim, usually takes the photos for this very reason...I am too short to get a good view from the top. This is what I see. :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Day 10

One-Third of All United States Births are by Cesarean Section

According to a survey recently released by the US Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), one-third of births in the United States were by cesarean section in the year 2005. That’s 1.3 million c-section births in 2005, up from the 800,000 c-section births nationwide in 1995. The report finds that vaginal deliveries among women who gave birth in hospitals declined by 3 percent between 1995 and 2005, and that vaginal births after cesareans (VBACs) dropped by 60 percent over the same decade. The report is based on data from AHRQ’S Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project. AHRQ analyst Anne Elixhauser has been quoted by Congressional Quarterly as saying that the cesarean increase is due, at least in part, to growing risk-aversion among obstetricians. To download the complete report as a PDF, go to

Monday, February 25, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

Day 6

The ruler is blurry, but when I measured Humphrey, he was just about 1 inch long today. I know that we can't pet him, and we won't, but he looks so sweet and soft!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Day 5

He is HUGE! Okay, that is relative...he is really just about 1/3 - 1/2 the length of your pinkie finger, but he seems to have doubled in size overnight. "Humphrey" is lying with his head at 8 o'clock, his tail at 2, and a leg pointed to 3. His feathers are really starting to come in today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Day 4

Today, Kelsey wanted to be the photographer. We watched out the window until we saw the mama fly away and we went out to the vine. Kels got on the chair and went to take the photo, but realized the memory card was still in the computer. I ran in the house to get it, when I heard the mama bird get noisy and Kelsey started screaming - she got "dive bombed." Needless to say, Tim took the photo several hours later when the mama left the nest again. The head is at 5 o'clock, the tail is towards 10.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Coalition Responds to Findings on Baby Product Toxins

A coalition of public health and environmental NGOs is calling for a moratorium on Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, food and beverage containers, based on the results of a new study’s findings that the toxic chemical leaches from plastics when heated. The study, commissioned by Environmental Defense of Canada and researched in the lab of University of Missouri faculty, found that when new bottles are heated, those manufactured by Avent, Evenflo, Dr. Brown’s and Disney/First Years leached significant amounts of BPA. And recent animal research suggests that even BPA levels lower than these may disrupt normal child development. The synthetic sex hormone, which mimics estrogen and is used to make hard polycarbonate plastic, is used in the making of approximately 95 percent of all baby bottles on the US market. To date, nine states are considering legislation to restrict the use of BPA in children’s products: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania. To learn more and download the study, go to

Monday, February 18, 2008

Baby face

Here is Baby A (the kids are working on a name) from the back today. You are seeing only the head looking up...beak on top.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

We have a baby!

Here is a photo of mama on the nest. We learned last night, while doing some research, that the white fluff is spider web silk.

And here is the first hatchling. It is pointing towards "7 o'clock" and you can't see the head from this angle. That is its neck, back and tail. If you click on the photo, you can see the little stripes of feathers. It is hard to get a reference for size, but the nest is the size of a plastic easter egg, and the egg is the size of a jelly belly jelly bean. So cute!!!!