Sunday, November 22, 2009

"How Mommy's Belly Got Big"

This photo is from a client whose children wondered how mommy's belly got so big. Perhaps if Daddy stopped blowing it up like a balloon....


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Prenatal Yoga

Family Life Center is looking for a few good moms! (Moms-to-be, to be more precise) Their Prenatal Yoga class needs just a few more bodies. If you are interested, please contact the instructor, Melinda, at 607 592-3950, or email her:

The class is held on Wed. nights from 5:30-7:00 at the Family Life Center, 20 Elm St., Albany, NY.

In my humble (or not) opinion, there is almost no better way to prepare for your labor and your baby's birth than prenatal yoga.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Labor Tub

Local Care Midwifery now has a labor/birth tub. We purchased a La Bassine tub, and supplies (liners, air pump, water removal pump, hose connectors ect) from Your Water The tub (et al) is available for rent to our clients for their labors. Included in the rental fee is a fitted disposable liner (because while comfort is good, hygiene is also important).
Here are some websites where you can check out the Bassine tub:,

In peace and warmth,


Saturday, November 7, 2009

LCM Flu Update

I have 13 pregnant clients and 2 are currently diagnosed with Swine Flu. If you are pregnant and haven't yet been vaccinated, consider getting vaccinated against both seasonal and Swine flu. If you want to talk pros and cons -call your care provider. If you don't already have it on hand, consider getting some Sambucol (elderberry syrup). Please take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) if your fever gets to be over 101. We like our babies in utero warmed, not baked (they say it's a baby in the oven, but the uterus should be a low temp oven).

Swine flu is survivable; I survived my own bout with it two weeks ago. But avoidance is even better. WASH YOUR HANDS. REST. EAT HEALTHY FOODS, ESPECIALLY THOSE HIGH IS NATURAL VITAMIN C. AVOID SICK PEOPLE. CONSIDER GETTING VACCINATED. Currently, the reports are that pregnant women are getting a good immune response with one dose of the novel H1N1 vaccine ('swine' flu vaccine). Not so for children under 10; it looks like 2 doses are needed for an adequate immune response....

My flu was three days on the couch feeling miserable. The after-flu was an unrelenting cough and tight, wheezing chest. What finally broke it was poultice and heat. I did Baby Vick's Rub (it has Lavender and it was in the closet), a thin towel, and a rice pack heated and reheated and reheated agin. If I had been a bit more energetic, I would have tried Maureen's chest poultice -take an onion, cut it in half, bake it for 1/2 hour, let it cool a bit, smash, put in gauze (or thin rag/towel), put on chest, cover with plastic and then put warm pack on top. Sit, breathe, sit, breathe, shower before leaving house.


may all babies be born into loving hands