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Breastfeeding Won't Seem Normal Until We See More Pictures of It

From cliched poses to Facebook bans, society has a problem with realistic images of breastfeeding and postpartum bodies, says photographer Susan Bright. She says breastfeeding is not represented in popular culture, yet women are shamed if they do not do it. 

Can photography change these attitudes?

Read the full article in The Guardian to learn about Bright's solution. 

Depression In Pregnancy May Affect Children's Mental Health

The children of women who are depressed during their pregnancy may be more likely to succumb to depression themselves by the age of 18, according to new research. A large study from Bristol University, published in a leading medical journal, suggests that levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which are raised in depression, may affect the development of the fetus in the womb.

 

Read the full article from The Guardian to learn more about the link between pregnancy and depression.

15 Things The Experts Don't Tell You About Childbirth

This may be the age of information, but when it comes to childbirth and pregnancy, you still have to do some research to get the full picture of what to expect. Your friends and relatives with kids like to tell you the same things about their experiences in labor, but some important details get left out. Did you know you probably won't be allowed to eat and pain relief is not a guarantee? 

Read the full article from Huffington Post Parents to find out the other 13 things experts don't tell you about childbirth here.

 

We Aren't Doing Enough For Mothers Who Want To Breastfeed

This passionate article claims that here in the USA, we aren't doing enough to make breastfeeding a long-term possibility for mothers. If a mother wants to keep breastfeeding to at least the baby's age of six months old, what are the factors that prevent her from doing so and what can we do about it? Let's take a closer look. 

Read the full article from Boston.com here.

Crib Safety: 6 Tips to Use Now

A crib is a huge part of transforming that spare room into your little one's nursery! Before you buy that crib, the adorable bedding, and everything else you've been eyeing on Pinterest, make sure you're familiar with these 6 crucial safety tips. 

Read the full article from Fit Pregnancy here.

How to Communicate Your Birth Preferences at the Hospital

If you've been doing your research and reading about your birth options during your pregnancy, chances are you have some birth preferences you'd like to exercise during your labor. The question now is how do you communicate these preferences so that your hospital staff will listen to you? Giving Birth With Confidence has some great tips and tricks. 

Read the full article from Giving Birth With Confidence here. 

Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Do you know what factors dictate that a c-section needs to happen? If you're pregnant (or thinking about getting pregnant) and living in America, it's time to educate yourself on the truth behind this method of delivery. Of course sometimes caesarians are absolutely necessary, but other times studies suspect that time and money play more of a role. 

"In some ways, this is analogous to what happens when people take their cars to mechanics. People who are knowledgeable about cars are likely to push back against unnecessary repairs, whereas those who don't know much about cars are less likely to take issue with the mechanic's advice."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. 

Read the full article from NPR here.

What To Expect From Breastfeeding

If you're about to be a first-time mom, you may be getting a little anxious about breastfeeding. While it is completely natural and amazing, the first few weeks can be very challenging. Here are a few things you should know as well as some encouragement to keep you going.

Read the full article from Daily Mom here.