1900 E Bay Dr. Largo, FL 33771
727-216-1420 Backup: 727-499-3615

1900 East Bay Dr.
Largo, FL 33771
PH: 727-216-1420
Backup PH: 727-499-3615

Not Pregnant

Infertility and Celiac Disease

by | Blog, Celiac, Infertility, Nutrition, Pregnancy

Infertility and Celiac Disease: Is There a Link? The connection between infertility and celiac disease – essentially an allergy to gluten which is a component of wheat and other grains – is becoming more clear, according to a meta-analysis of several recent studies.  With May being Celiac Awareness Month, it’s a good time to look at the connection […]

Continue Reading...

Skin to Skin First Hour of Birth

Skin to Skin: The First Hour of Life

by | Birth, Blog, Breastfeeding, Labor, Newborn, Skin to skin, Umbilical Cord

What Every Pregnant Mother Needs to Know Skin to skin in the first hour of life lets a newborn know that the world he just entered is safe, warm and welcoming. Imagine walking into a roomful of people you’ve only met by phone and have no idea what anyone looks like. You stand there for […]

Continue Reading...

Pregnant Woman with Wine

Drinking in Pregnancy

by | Blog

“It’s just one drink. What’s the big deal?” The truth is, scientists really don’t know exactly how much alcohol is a “big deal” to an unborn baby. That’s why the experts agree that no alcohol during pregnancy is the safest approach, an important point to emphasize in April which is National Alcohol Awareness Month. The […]

Continue Reading...

Acupressure on Hand

To Doula or Not to Doula?

by | Birth Doula, Blog, Labor, Midwifery Care, Natural Minded Mama

A lot of people think that because they’re planning to have their baby at a birth center, they don’t need to hire a birth doula.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth! First of all, the job of a doula, who is a non-medical, professionally-trained labor supporter, starts long before labor begins.  Doulas typically meet […]

Continue Reading...

Music in Labor

Can Music Help Women Relax in Labor?

by | Birth Stories, Blog, Labor, Music in Labor, Pregnancy

Is it possible that something as passive as listening to music in labor can help women relax and possibly speed up labor? Absolutely! For years, research has suggested that music has the potential to activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which tells our body when to relax and when to digest. What happens we digest? We […]

Continue Reading...


The Zika Virus: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

by | Blog, Pregnancy, Zika

The story of the Zika Virus is changing rapidly:  In early February, Florida’s Governor declared a public health emergency in four counties, including Hillsborough, because several people  (not pregnant) were diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus.  This simply means that those counties are now required to spray for mosquitoes, and that they must report any new […]

Continue Reading...

Umbilical Cord

Cutting the Umbilical Cord: What’s the Best Timing?

by | Blog, Labor, Midwifery Care, Pregnancy, Umbilical Cord

The umbilical cord is the lifeline between a baby in utero and, through the placenta, its mother.  It is the conduit through which oxygen-rich blood and nutrients flow to the baby, and deoxygenated blood and waste products flow out. At birth, when left uncut, the umbilical cord will continue to pulsate for several minutes, sending […]

Continue Reading...

A premature baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Early Term vs. Full Term

by | Blog, Labor, Low Birthweight, Preterm Labor

In 2014, nearly 14% of babies born in Florida were born prematurely, or born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Since premature babies can have immediate and long-term problems with their breathing, digestion, hearing and brain function, pregnant moms want to do all they can to help prevent having their baby early.  There’s no way to […]

Continue Reading...

Alcohol in Pregnancy

by | Blog, Pregnancy, Preterm Labor

Can a few glasses of wine or an occasional margarita during your pregnancy really effect your developing baby?  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says absolutely! The AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse recently issued a clinical report stating that “prenatal exposure to alcohol can damage the developing fetus and is the leading preventable cause of […]

Continue Reading...

First Candle

Kicks Count for Babies!

by | Blog, Infant Loss, Pregnancy

October is Infant Loss Awareness Month.  While losing a baby isn’t something that happens often — far less than 1% — it is devastating for the 25,000 American families who experience the loss of their unborn baby every year. The good news is that through a new campaign called Kicks Count!, pregnant women can learn […]

Continue Reading...

Serving Tampa Bay Families Since 2007
© Breath of Life 2013