During a breast/chest feeding class you’ll likely learn about some common holds like the cross-cradle and the football. A lot of these holds are based on bottle feeding. Once your baby gets a little older and has more head control, the holds may be handy, but in the beginning, they can actually prevent them from … Continue reading The Feeding “Non-Hold” for an Easier Start
When 9/11 occurred, our world was completely changed; but we quickly moved to the new "Post 9/11 World." As the pandemic hit (and has continued it's spread), our world has completely changed -- but the shift to a "Post COVID World" has not happened yet (and may not for some time.) I am left with … Continue reading Temporary Exemption
There is a lot of focus put on nutrition when you decide you'd like to have a baby. Maybe you're in the planning phase or you just found out you're pregnant, but either way your view point toward the food you eat has likely changed. It can be a bit overwhelming as you think about … Continue reading Book Review – Eating for Pregnancy
My son is getting married next year, and he and his fiancé have decided not to register for gifts. They have all the things they need for their apartment and don't want to register for stuff just to have "new things." They have decided instead to "register" for a honeymoon. While there is no expectation … Continue reading Register for “Time”
We live in a time when most people do not like uncertainty. We have instant knowledge at our fingertips, we can contact people anytime, and there are apps that allow us to know exactly where our family and friends are. We like to know the what, when, where and how. Then the pregnancy test comes … Continue reading Go With Your Gut
BellyBelly is an excellent resource for new parents. Based in Australia, Kelly Winder is passionate about providing evidence-based information and support for new moms and dads. You'll find a range of topics covering pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, and parenting. The BellyBelly Facebook page has a million followers! I recently came across an article titled, "10 … Continue reading Does My Baby Really NEED All This?
As a doula I am often asked nutrition questions by my clients, so I am always on the lookout for good resources. I recently read a book that I think is an excellent guide for pregnancy (and beyond) and I would love to tell you a bit about it. Lily Nichols RDN, CDE is a … Continue reading
What is it about being pregnant and having a baby that seems to elicit advice from everyone we meet? “You’re robbing your children of their childhood if you do not take them to Disney World.” “You really need to leave your children with their grandparents overnight – you owe them that.” “That baby is way … Continue reading No, I’m Not Interested In Your Advice
Maybe you’ve been taking the hospital childbirth education class and as part of the last session they take you on a tour of the labor and delivery floor and the postpartum unit. Or maybe you took an outside class but still want to see where you will be giving birth. It’s time for the Hospital … Continue reading Let’s Take a Tour
We were never meant to live this life alone. We simply are not designed to go about our lives without companions, mentors, and students. We need people in our lives that are in the same season of life or circumstances. We need people who are ahead of us on the journey so that we can … Continue reading I Need My Person!