Author: Nicole Buratti

My Response to Lowering the Cesarean Rate in NJ

Have you seen the article "What's behind N.J.'s high rate of C-sections?", originally written for NorthJersey.com?  The article is a very important read if you are planning to have a baby in the state of NJ. Statistically speaking, New Jersey is one of the worst places to...

Birth Story of Magnus Rock Shulmistra

The Birth Story of Magnus Rock Shulmistra The backstory: We wanted a natural, water birth and chose a midwifery group and hospital that supported that plan. In addition to staying healthy and (very) active, we took a HypnoBirthing® class with Nicole from Bend & Blossom to...

6 Tips to Enjoy Your Summer Pregnancy

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year to be outside. However, summer was not one of my favorite times during my pregnancies, and I bet won't be yours either. Here are a few tips that got me through my two summer pregnancies. Image...

Three Simple Ways to Know You’re Fertile Now

To optimize your chances of getting pregnant, it’s important to understand your monthly cycle. If you've been trying to conceive, you've probably already been on the lookout for signs of ovulation. Keep in mind that when you do ovulate, you have a short window of...

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swelling during pregnancy is a common ailment and can be very uncomfortable. When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through many changes. Some are beautiful and feel good. Others, not so much.  Many pregnant women experience swelling due to their body producing 50% more...

Having a Home Birth in the Hospital

by Nicole Buratti, HBCE, CLD, CCBE, RPYT, RYT So you found out you're pregnant and you are thinking about where to have your baby.  You would love a home birth but aren't sure if it's for you. You would feel comfortable in a hospital knowing all...

Elliot’s Easy, All Natural HypnoBirth®

by Hannah, Elijah and Elliot's Mom The days leading up to Elliott's birth were really emotional for me, I was getting more impatient by the second and by the day before my due date I felt hopeless. Elijah, my first baby, came two weeks early.  What...