Pets & Babies

Pets and babies can be very compatible but there a few precautions that you can take to make the transition go easier. If you are pregnant and have a cat, you should avoid changing the cat litter due to the risk of toxoplasmosis. This is a rare disease but can cause serious birth defects. The parasite can be found in the feces of cats who eat raw meat, birds or mice. If no one else can change the litter, you should wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. Change...
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Supporting a Breastfeeding Co-worker

Breastfeeding in America is on the rise, and more women are breadwinners than ever before. Put those two things together, and you have a lot of women across the country who are pumping breast milk at work every day. At some point, you are very likely to have met or meet one of these women as a co-worker. And when that happens, you get to decide which of the following co-workers you are going to be: The Resentful One: This person refers to maternity leave as a “vacation”, makes comments about ...
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Working Moms

An interesting perspective from a working mom … Once a high-profile manager, Katharine Zaleski admits: “I didn’t realize how horrible I’d been – until I had a child of my own.” The stigma of having to be 100% at the office, at the job, at the late meetings is something she is now working to change. For years, Katharine would frown upon those working mothers. She would have no problem scheduling late meetings. In the male-dominated workplace, a woman has to play hard ball. Working moms weren't...
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New Take on Skin to Skin After Giving Birth

A cesarean may now be able to be more like a birth than an operation. The concept is to put newborns immediately on the mother's chest for skin-to-skin contact. This new take on skin to skin after giving birth has been used around the globe, but isn't normal practice here in the States. It is procedure that more and more moms can utilize to make the process seem more like a birth than surgery. From a recent article: "Changes like this can make a big difference," says Dr. William Camann, the d...
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