Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mothers Yearn for Their Babies at Birth - A Resource for Moms Revisited

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Awhile back I posted Mothers Yearn for Their Babies at Birth. I created the post as a resource for moms to share with their health care providers to encourage skin to skin contact at the moment of birth even for a Cesarean birth. It is a comprehensive presentation with a video and photographs documenting the joy and safety of immediate skin to skin contact at Cesarean births when the babies and moms are medically stable; moms'reports on its importance; documentation of its success; and even a link to a research paper presenting modifications of Cesarean birth procedures with a description of how to do skin to skin in the operating room.

I receive countless inquiries on this topic and encourage moms to view and share Mothers Yearn for Their Babies at Birth

This true story Miracle mum brings premature baby son back to life with two hours of loving cuddles after doctors pronounce him dead shows just how life saving and life giving skin to skin contact at birth is. It is THAT IMPORTANT. It is no wonder moms yearn for their babies at birth.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kelly Rutherford loves gift book: Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

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Kelly Rutherford praises Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy on her GIVING page. “I love the book Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy by Laura Keegan. It is beautiful.”

When Kelly's daughter, Helena, was just a baby she expressed what Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy meant to her as a gift that was both "an extremely practical breastfeeding guide" and "a gift that touched my heart."

"Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy is amazing. I received the book while I was pregnant with Helena, and it was a gift that touched my heart. This book could be given at baby showers and available at every place we bring babies. I would like to see it at hospitals caring for moms and babies and at every pump station in LA!!

"Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy celebrates our ability to nurture our children. The book is an extremely practical breastfeeding guide, but also gets us back to what it means to nurture through its words, images, and helpful ideas. It teaches women about breastfeeding in a non-threatening way, respecting that every breastfeeding mother and baby pair is unique, facing different circumstances in their lives.

"All of the women in this book are different, but all are nurturing their babies; some with babies feeding at moms’ breasts, others just cuddled close to mom (or dad). When we come from a place of nurturing our babies without guilt, mothers and babies find their way and feel beautiful." — Kelly Rutherford, of Gossip Girl

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Homeopathy and Personal Intention

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Homeopathy & Personal Intention
Tuesday March 8th at 6:30 P.M. at Bambini-Pediatrics in Poughkeepsie. Laura Keegan, RN, FNP, author and family practitioner will present "Homeopathy and personal intention: putting the power of nature to work for you," an introduction to homeopathy that provides a real sense of what homeopathy is all about and how it works; information on several remedies for everyday use in your home; and how homeopathy empowers you to tune in to your innate knowledge and instincts. The goal is that you will leave with practical tools and confidence in being able to begin assessing and treating yourself and your children for common ailments that we all are confronted with everyday. Contact Laura from her website to register.

207 Washington Street Suite 103
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Laura will also have copies of her book, Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, for sale for discounted price of $25 (cash only)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bestseller New Book: Vaccine Epidemic Offers Common Ground for the Vaccine Debate

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I will be attending the Book Launch this Friday in New York City for Vaccine Epidemic released this month and am hoping to see some of you there (click here for flyer for details and RSVP info). I am reading the book now and find it to be a vaccine conversation with a much needed, long overdue focus: that of vaccine safety and accountability.

Whether you agree with everything you read in this book or not, or even strongly disagree, it is an important read no matter where you stand on vaccines and vaccine policy. When you focus on vaccine safety and accountability you will see that there is common ground for all who care deeply about the health of children.

Those who believe in medical freedom including the right to vaccine choice will feel validated by the case presented. However, even readers who have strong beliefs about the benefits of vaccines, justifying mandatory vaccination, will find help for their cause in this book.

When vaccine policy includes accountability and active safety surveillance, the end result is a vaccine policy more likely to make sense and gain public trust. The long term survival of any vaccine policy is dependent on trust.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Breastmilk is saving this baby's life

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Click here to read this story about the amazing power of breastmilk to save a baby's life (and hearing, and eyesight)! Baby Jayden was born with congenital syphilis, blind, deaf, and addicted to alcohol and cocaine. Unable to tolerate any formula well, her foster mother fed her the formula that was "least bad" for her, but she was never healthy, and often was close to death. Then they tried breastmilk, and what a difference it made!

Because of her multiple food intolerances and health situation, as a toddler she is still very much in need of breastmilk, so if you live in Southeast Michigan and have any breastmilk in the freezer, or are currently breastfeeding and able to pump extra, you can help to keep this baby alive [see the website for more details, including drop-off points].

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Prescription Milk

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Guest post from Kathy.

There is no substitute for breastmilk when it comes to health, and premature babies are particularly at risk. While many mothers pump for their own babies, some women have trouble making enough milk. If you have "enough and to spare," I'd urge you to look into donating your milk to a milk bank or local hospital if possible. Even though all babies benefit from breastmilk, premature babies are more vulnerable to the side effects of formula, with formula-fed preemies having something like double the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (compared to their breastmilk-fed peers), which can be fatal. By donating breastmilk to a baby who needs it, you can literally give the gift of life.

Soon after my younger son was born, a friend adopted a newborn, and I pumped extra milk for him. Even though the baby was a normal, healthy newborn, and didn't "need" breastmilk like some of these babies in this video, I felt wonderful about giving him the gift of breastmilk that neither his birth mother nor his adoptive mother were able to give*. Yes, it took time, but it was worth it. If I ever have another baby, I will definitely donate extra milk if at all possible.

*[I feel the need to qualify what I mean when I say that his adoptive mother "wasn't able" to give the baby breastmilk. It is important to note that adoptive mothers can breastfeed at least partially, even if some are not able to fully feed their infants. However, this particular adoption was actually a surprise (long story, but they found out about the baby one day before he was born and took him home one day after he was born), so she didn't have time to prepare prior to the adoption.]

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Giveaway in honor of World Breastfeeding Week

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World Breastfeeding Week started this Sunday, August 1, and runs through Saturday, August 7. The event is a world-wide effort at promoting breastfeeding, with the following objectives:
  • Draw attention to the role of the Ten Steps in improving breastfeeding rates.

  • Renew action by health systems, health care providers and communities to make breastfeeding the easy choice for women.

  • Inform people everywhere of the risks of artificial feeding, and the role of breastfeeding for children’s development and lifelong health and the health of mothers.

  • Enable mothers to enjoy full support for breastfeeding in health care systems and beyond.
While I of course support all of these objectives, it is the last that is especially close to my heart -- so much so, that the subtitle of my book, Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, is "A Photographic Guide for Mom and Those Who Help Her." While often "those who help her" are the mother's family, friends and community, whose support can be most important to her, her help does not necessarily begin and end there. Doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, physicians, WIC offices, breastfeeding cafes, and hospitals have bought cases of my books to give to new moms, and often become part of her "community of support."

In fact, the Herkimer and Madison County WIC offices in upstate NY have bought cases of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy so that they can give a copy to any woman who needs it. Mothers there are saying that the book is helpful when they need reassurance on how to hold the baby and help the baby take the breast. When moms are overwhelmed by breastfeeding problems they have been helped by the reminders of the benefits of skin to skin provided in the many images. By having this book in the home of more women, breastfeeding is being seen as normal by fathers, children, grandparents and friends. Fathers and grandparents are saying they feel more comfortable helping mom. Since women who are most likely to qualify for WIC are also statistically least likely to initiate or continue breastfeeding, this makes WIC's work even more important in improving breastfeeding rates and infant outcomes.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I am going to give away two copies of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy... with a twist. One copy will go to one lucky fan from the facebook fan page, and the second copy will go to the library of her (or his) choice. This will allow a wider audience access to the images and information in my book. After the winner receives her (or his) copy of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy, she will need to show the book to the library to make sure that it will accept the donation by contacting me, and then I will mail the book directly to the library. If you are already a fan on facebook, you don't have to do anything -- you're automatically entered. If you're not a facebook fan yet, click here to become one; and if you're not on facebook at all, you can leave a comment below and I'll put your name in the drawing. The drawing will be held on Saturday, the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, and I will be picking a name at random from all the names of the facebook fans.

[Giveaway open to residents of the United States and Canada.]

Update: We have a winner! [click here]

I'd like to give a big thank-you to all the fans for their support of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy. By being a fan and inviting others to become fans you are helping me let communities across the nation and around the world know about this book that has helped countless women breastfeed their babies "with comfort and joy."