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  • 10/14/15--18:08: Monmouth Childbirth Classes
  • Childbirth Classes can be the start of an empowered journey into parenthood.  While some hospital classes might be sufficient, they rarely compare with independent classes.....Taught by people who don't benefit from you being easy to manage. You and your partner deserve to know what to expect and what your choices are.  This is an opportunity to learn and discuss what your proiorties are.  There will be time during your labor when you can't speak for yourself, so your partner [...]

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  • 10/19/15--13:35: My First Postpartum
  •   Patholigically independent.  Stubbornly insisting on finding my own way.  Will power got me through every life struggle....until my first baby was born.I read voraciously about pregnancy and birth.  But NOTHING about Postpartum.  I had cared for babies most of my life.  How different could it be?I projected my normal, healthy, pre-pregnant self into every future scenario.  I had no idea how I would feel while recovering from childbirth, breastfeeding, and car [...]

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  • 12/03/15--20:35: No Sleep?
  • Exhaustion amplifies every postpartum complication.  If you can't catch up on sleep during the day, these 3 keys will help.  First and foremost: stop trying to do it all.  Seriously, delegate, delegate, delegate! Your energy is too precious to waste on housework or anything anyone else can do for you.   Do whatever you have to do to rest and recover.  Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that could literally change your world.  It's four times  as restorative as [...]

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    There's an unsettling reality to Postpartum here....Moms who aren't clinically depressed, but are barely functioning.  I call them the "walking wounded" and I see them everywhere.  Often they're blaming themselves for not being able to do it all alone...when it is absolutely our culture that is to blame.To see significant change, these 4 keys need to be addressed:1--Postpartum Awareness:Postpartum recovery is as serious as surgical recovery....Often trickier because women are wa [...]

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    ​Labor Doulas help you during the labor and birthing process.  Postpartum Doulas help you after.  One is not more important than the other. Which may be more helpful depends on the individual circumstances and people involved.  Utilizing both may offer the greatest benefit.  Labor Doulas usually begin meeting with expecting parents months before the birth.  They'll establish a relationship and build a birth plan.  Once labor begins, the Labor Doula &nbs [...]

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    Somewhere within all new moms lies a secret fear...What if you can't really do this?  Or can't do it like your sister, friend, neighbor, or what's-her-name on Facebook--the one with exclusively organic homemade food & insanely clean home.  Or, perhaps worst of all, can't do it the way you always imagined and expected you would?When it comes to mothering, there will always be someone who you think is doing it better than you.  Often this is just a projection of insecurit [...]

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    Breast milk is dynamic--the amount of fat, antibodies and proteins adapts according to the baby's needs, mom's diet, and time of day.  But Nighttime Breast Milk has a Super-Power: Melatonin!  Melatonin is a hormone adults produce at night that makes you feel drowsy.  As it turns out, breastmilk produced at night contains melatonin--making baby more drowsy and reducing colic.  (Melatonin also relaxes the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, reducing colic.) &nb [...]

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  • 05/07/16--08:25: Self Care is NOT selfish!
  • Sometimes I feel like there's a stigma around self care....Like moms are expected to suspend their needs indefinitely while tending to their babies and children. But how long can you hold your breath before you collapse?  Self Care is NOT selfish!Tending to your own needs keeps you healthy--as in, not laid up with an infection, cough or cold.  Taking care of yourself can prevent depression, anxiety, and dramatically reduce stress.  It is also the key to being the best mom you can [...]

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  • 06/08/16--08:50: Secret to Sibling Adjustment
  • Every parent wants their child to love the new baby.  And while there are many little things you can do to smooth the transition (giving big brother/sister gifts, not holding the baby when they first meet, etc.), the key to it all is ATTENTION.  Regardless of the age, kids need one-on-one attention and reassurance that they are still important.  Many kids, no matter how gently the initial introduction is made, feel threatened by a new little person who is suddenly in the spotligh [...]

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      If you are bottle feeding regularly, it is really important to alternate sides!  Right-handed people tend to hold the baby with their left hand/arm and the bottle with their dominant hand.  (Vice versa for lefties.)  The problem is, over time, one side of the baby's body is getting stimulation (eye, face, neck, arm, leg) while the other side is being held against your body.  For exclusively bottle-fed babies, this can create issues. Stimulating one side of [...]

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  • 08/18/16--14:58: When to Pump & Dump
  • I hate that "pumping & dumping" is a thing.  (As in, making milk and literally dumping it in the trash.)   It's often UNNECESSARILY recommended and that's what drives me crazy.  Women are usually told to get rid of their milk due to medications.  The majority of medical professionals who are recommending this are getting their information from the PDR.   (The Physician's Desk Reference states most medications aren't suitable for breastfeeding.)  Pharmaceu [...]

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  • 09/29/16--00:00: Never Waste Breast Milk
  • ​It takes time and precious, limited mama energy to produce milk.  So do not waste it!!!*First and foremost: if your baby doesn't finish a bottle of breast milk REFRIGERATE it and offer it at the next feeding.  (Formula must be discarded one hour from baby drinking from bottle--not breast milk!)  Breast milk not finished in the feed can be refrigerated for 4-6 hours and used at next feed.If you have a surplus of breast milk, here are some alternatives:*Donate!  Y [...]

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            There is an unending stream of misinformation regarding babies and sleep  Often, parents feel like they have 2 choices: coping with frequent wakings or some form of "Cry It Out." But, Elizabeth Pantley offers up an elegant, compassionate and practical alternative: "The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns."             Elizabeth Pantley is a mother of four and grandmother who approaches sleep with sensitivity and common sen [...]

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  • 11/30/16--13:16: First Holiday with Baby
  •        The Holiday Season is coming.  It can be a fun and magical time, but when it's your first Holidays with your baby, it can bring extra stress.  Keeping it in perspective will help you navigate gracefully.         *First and foremost, remember:   it will not always be like this! *        This is just one Holiday Season--not a reflection on you as a parent or a person.  Enjoy!  Your lit [...]

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  • 12/27/16--15:24: End the 6 Week Myth
  •    Postpartum Adjustment is not determined by the size of your uterus because it is not strictly physical. The overall emotional and mental postpartum adjustment typically takes months.  And for some, it may take the full year.        Many moms are misled to believe that at 6 weeks, they should be recovered.  And what if you reach that deadline and you are NO WHERE NEAR healed or feeling like yourself? Processing your birth experience, physical [...]

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    What is the difference between a Baby Nurse and a Postpartum Doula?  A Baby Nurse cares for your baby while a Postpartum Doula cares for your whole family.A Baby Nurse is a "non-clinical newborn care specialist with extensive hands-on baby infant experience." A Baby Nurse will change diapers, feed your baby or bring baby to you for feedings, organize your nursery, bathe and care for your baby.  A Baby Nurse will also do the baby's laundry. A Postpartum Doula cares for the w [...]

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  • 02/12/17--13:11: Fill Your Cup
  • Your needs as a human being do not cease when you become a parent.  You still must breathe, eat, sleep, and relax.  Many moms get so caught up in taking care of their babies, children, partners,  and pets, that they forget to put themselves in the line-up.  There is a limit to how long you can ignore or neglect your own needs before you begin to slowly breakdown.Early signs are irritability, resentment, stress and weepiness...followed by guilt for all of these symptoms. &nbsp [...]

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  • 03/30/17--14:15: Not How You Pictured
  • ​"When I have a baby......"                  "When we have kids....."                                "We will NEVER EVER......"Most of us enter parenthood with expectations.  The more rigid the expectations, the harder it may be to accept if it is different.  With birth and babies, most of it is beyond our control.  At some point, you have to reconcil [...]

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  • 04/24/17--14:52: Baby's 1st Bath
  • ​  When it comes to bathing newborns, most new parents are somewhere between intimidated and downright petrified.  And honestly, putting a tiny baby in water is something to approach carefully.  Here are a few tips from someone who has done it hundreds of times.  *TEAMWORK!*The first few baths are definitely a two person job!  Make sure you have a helper--even if just for moral support.*Family Affair*If you or your partner enjoy taking baths, consider bringing your [...]

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  • 05/25/17--16:58: Shield Your Baby from Stress
  • ​Pregnancy here and now brings with it the perils of information overload, fear mongering, and social media drama.  Often, people feel obligated to warn you about.....well, everything and anything on the ever-growing risk of pregnancy dangers.But, sadly their efforts often ADD to prenatal stress!  Ongoing stress becomes a problem in pregnancy as it boosts the cortisol levels your growing baby gets.  But, there are so many things you can do to help your body relax.*Bre [...]

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