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March 19, 2018

8 of the Most Common Birth Defects Explained

Although there are many different types of birth defects, some are rare, while others are way more prevalent. Here are some of the most common ones you should be aware of — knowing what they are and what can be done about them should make you feel more empowered. 1. Cleft […]
March 13, 2018

How You Can Test for Birth Defects

Birth defect tests can give parents tremendous peace of mind when the results are negative. When they are positive and indicate there may be a potential problem, they can give parents time to deal with their emotions about it and come up with a plan of attack for how to […]
March 6, 2018


Pregnancy and cannabis have been connected as far back as 2000BC. That’s right Mamas, we have been using this plant to help bring human life earth side for literally thousands and thousands of years. So what’s up with all the fear about its use? Why is it restricted from us […]
January 30, 2018

Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

Two-year old Maverick Hawkins sits on a red plastic car in his grandmother’s living room in the picturesque town of Nevada City, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. His playpal Delilah Smith, a fellow 2-year-old, snacks on hummus and cashews and delights over the sounds of her […]
January 9, 2018

Pot & pregnancy throughout history

In the Eber Papyrus, the ancient Egyptians noted the use of cannabis to induce contractions. In Israel in 1993, researchers found the skeleton of a 14-year-old girl who died while giving birth because the baby’s head was too big for her to deliver. The researchers concluded that an ancient midwife […]
January 9, 2018

Five-year follow-up of rural Jamaican children whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy

Abstract This research provides data on the development of 59 Jamaican children, from birth to age 5 years, whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy. Approximately one-half of the sample used marijuana during pregnancy and were matched with non-users according to age, parity, and socioeconomic status. Testing of the children was […]
January 9, 2018

Prenatal marijuana exposure and neonatal outcomes in Jamaica: an ethnographic study

Abstract OBJECTIVE: To identify neurobehavioral effects of prenatal marijuana exposure on neonates in rural Jamaica. DESIGN: Ethnographic field studies and standardized neuro-behavior assessments during the neonatal period. SETTING: Rural Jamaica in heavy-marijuana-using population. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-four Jamaican neonates exposed to marijuana prenatally and 20 nonexposed neonates. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Exposed […]
June 13, 2017

Cannabinoid Therapeutics: A Potential New Treatment for Pediatric Lyme Patients

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, there were over 25,000 cases of confirmed Lyme disease diagnoses in 2015; the CDC estimates that over 329,000 people are diagnosed with the disease annually, about 25% of these cases are children ages 5–9. Lyme disease is […]
May 30, 2017

Improving Practice Standards Surrounding Birth, Breastfeeding, Cannabis, and Beyond

Cannabis use during pregnancy is a significantly challenging topic. In addition to the challenges pregnant women face should they choose to use cannabis to treat pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting, there are serious problems and consequences surrounding breastfeeding. As an RN (also a non-practicing doula and prenatal yoga teacher) who specializes […]
April 4, 2017

Moms Who Use Cannabis

It may be 2016, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot of backwards thinking when it comes to cannabis use. Sure, the argument to legalize marijuana is more popular than ever as more and more states open themselves to the medicinal benefits of this wonderful plant.
April 4, 2017

Marijuana And Pregnancy

During her pregnancy, she never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, Stacey, then 24, smoked marijuana. With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a few puffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop.
April 4, 2017

Pot and Parenting

Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol can be difficult. You may feel uncomfortable, you might feel awkward, you might even feel hypocritical, and above all, you might feel like you don’t know the right thing to say.