Breastfeeding Information on the Internet

Many, probably most new mothers are looking for information and answers to their concerns on the internet. The internet is often the first source they turn to when wondering how often a baby nurses or what the red lump in their breast could be. But are the answers they find correct? Is the information going to be helpful or could it be incorrect or even possibly cause harm? I decided to do some investigating, looking into some frequently used sources of breastfeeding support on the internet. I was saddened to find so much “misguided” or downright incorrect information.

Why Perinatal Oral Health is Important

Providing pregnant women with counseling to promote healthy oral health behaviors may reduce the transmission of bacteria from mothers to infants and young children, thereby delaying or preventing the onset of caries.

The Family Counselor Program Certification: A Collaboration Between ICEA and the Healthy Children Project

This collaboration grew out of discussions over many years between Dr. Abla Al Alfy’s team, an Egyptian pediatrician with the Ministry of Health and Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, and the Healthy Children Project’s team.

Five Reasons Why You Should Use a TENS Unit During Labor

Using a TENS unit during labor offers a drug free option to pain relief. The word TENS is short for transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation which involves the use of low current electrical currents to treat pain.

Open Doors

It may take time to see the fruits of your labor, but when you do, it makes the work worth the effort. Look around. Do you see any open doors?

Maternal Early Warning Signs

As with maternal deaths, many cases of maternal morbidity can be avoided. How can we, as Childbirth Educators and Doulas, address this issue and provide the best care to clients and their families? The answer is two-fold: education and follow-up.

How did I get here? Are you Next?

I am the current ICEA Board Treasurer. It’s hard to believe but this is my fourth and final year in this role. It’s been a blast. That said, I was an unlikely candidate. When I started my first term, I had never been on a board, and I was a new ICCE. To quote one of my favorite songs, “How did I get here?” 

ICEA in Kyrgyzstan

Cultural differences may seem to divide us, but the underlying care and concern for our families is one of those universal considerations that draws us together.

The “Missing Piece” Of Childbirth Education

Everyone has a unique microbiome. This is a microscopic ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microorganisms that live on and in us. The vast majority of these microorganisms are either harmless or actually beneficial to human health.