Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!
- Seasonality in Postpartum Depression. Mothers who give birth October-December are at highest risk for developing postpartum depression within 6 months of delivery, likely due to changes in brain chemistry that accompany the diminishing sunlight during that dark season. (The safest months to give birth, postpartum-depression wise? April-June.) Mamas and their caregivers, keep a close, kind eye out for PPD symptoms this fall and winter, and know where you can find help for postpartum depression and anxiety locally. Postpartum mood disorder resources in Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, and Richmond are listed here. (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011 May;204(5):413.e1-6.)
- Top Ten Signs Your Doctor Is Planning To Perform An Unnecessary Cesarean Section On You. From the desk of an honest obstetrician… (Jonathan Weinstein, MD, FACOG)
- 10 Tips for Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start. Every new mama planning to breastfeed would be wise to read — and follow — these 10 gems of advice! (Nurtured Child)
- Is Erythromycin Eye Ointment Always Necessary for Newborns? Know the evidence, which indicates: “Erythromycin eye ointment can be reasonably declined if the mother is not infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea and if she is in a mutually faithful relationship with an uninfected partner. A baby that is born by C-section does not need erythromycin if the mother’s membranes were intact at the time of surgery.” (Evidence Based Birth)
- Hip Health in Baby Carriers, Baby Seats, and Other Equipment. Moms often ask about Baby Bjorn-style baby carriers (sometimes called “crotch danglers”) versus other types. While Bjorn-style baby carriers are popular (especially now that they incorporate back support for the wearer), the safest carriers for baby’s hips and spine are those that support baby’s leg from bum to the back of baby’s knee. This article explains more and provides helpful images. (International Hip Dysplasia Institute)