May 5, 2014
    Personal Care to Support Optimal Skin pH

    One of the most important factors to consider when choosing personal care products for baby is the pH of those products. pH refers to the acid-base scale, with water and most internal body fluids bein…

    March 25, 2014
    10 Post-baby Surprises – Numbers 3-5

    Yesterday I began sharing my list of ten things that I didn't know about the first few days after having a baby. Today, I give you numbers 3, 4 and 5. 3. Please excuse me, but something has left my bo…

    March 24, 2014
    After-birth: 10 things I didn’t know about having a baby

    Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a p…

    January 24, 2014
    Living Life with Postpartum Depression

    There is a large misconception that being diagnosed with PPD and beginning treatment - whether that be with prescription medication, exercise, therapy, or, whatever your personal plan may be - means t…

    January 23, 2014
    Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

    We've all heard the saying, "When mama's happy, everyone's happy." Or, "Happy wife, happy life." Well, I'm here to tell you that not only are they absolutely true, but they can also go both ways. The …

    January 22, 2014
    Time for Action: Treatment, Medications, and Therapy

    Being diagnosed with postpartum depression is only the first step of many. Realizing that the way you feel isn't because you're a horrible mother or that you did something wrong can lift a huge weight…

    January 21, 2014
    Pulling the Trigger: Symptoms & Diagnosis of Postpartum Depression

    Every woman's experience with postpartum depression is unique. While most women experience some form of the baby blues, one in ten women struggle with moderate to severe postpartum depression. I, unfo…

    January 20, 2014
    Postpartum Depression Feels like Nothing

    For a moment, try to imagine feeling nothing. You may ask yourself what nothing feels like. Well, nothing feels like the greatest pain you've ever experienced. It is an overwhelming lack of connection…

    July 19, 2013
    Skin to Skin to Support Breastfeeding

     The first hour after birth is often referred to as the “Magical Hour.” A baby placed on her mother’s chest right after being born tends to show nine distinct stages of bonding including relaxa…

    July 18, 2013
    The Micro Flora Element of Skin to Skin

    When it comes to your skin, squeaky clean is not necessarily best. Although it’s easy to equate a good lather with good health, the well-being of our entire system is dependent upon the right balanc…

    July 17, 2013
    Skin to Skin After a C-Section

    In the United States Cesarean sections are performed on about a third of women giving birth, more than in any other country. The routine practice after surgery is to separate the mother and baby which…

    July 16, 2013
    Skin to Skin Benefits for Postpartum Depression

    It’s not uncommon to experience the “baby blues” after giving birth. The sudden shift in hormones, the lack of sleep and the transition into parenthood can all contribute to feelings of anxiety …

    July 15, 2013
    What is Skin to Skin Care?

    The most classic definition of ‘Skin-to-Skin Care’ (which is the same as ‘Kangaroo Care’) refers specifically to sessions of 60 minutes of continuous touch between baby and mom in the first mo…

    April 18, 2013
    5 Tips For Preparing Your Child For the New Baby

    Having a baby is both an exciting and often stressful time for a family. For mom and dad, there are preparations to be made, both emotionally and around the home, and for other children in the house, …

    Keeping Baby’s Skin Healthy Means Going Minimal and Natural
    January 28, 2013
    Keeping Baby’s Skin Healthy Means Going Minimal and Natural

    Everyone has heard the phrase ‘soft as a baby’s bottom’.  As a society, we cherish the belief that babies have the most perfect skin.  In fact, as we age, it becomes the ideal touted by anti-a…

    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping
    January 22, 2013
    Touch is as Important to Infant Health as Eating and Sleeping

    Baby massage may seem superfluous or silly to some people, but it’s popularity is growing in the U.S. and it has actually been practiced for centuries in many cultures around the world. But, does it…

    When Did You Last Feed Your Baby? There's an App for That!
    November 26, 2012
    When Did You Last Feed Your Baby? There’s an App for That!

    I have four children who are close together in age. As each child came along, I realized how different and unique their personalities were.  Even as newborns, each child had their own needs; it was j…

    Support for You When Your Baby is in the NICU
    August 17, 2012
    Support for You When Your Baby is in the NICU

    The time your baby is in the NICU is always very stressful for parents.  First and foremost is your constant concern for your infant. There can be many ups and downs in the NICU and often your infant…

    Tracking Your Baby’s Daily Care in the NICU
    August 16, 2012
    Tracking Your Baby’s Daily Care in the NICU

    The more informed and engaged you are, the more involved you will be with your baby’s care in the NICU. You are your baby’s primary advocate. Here are some suggestions to enable you to be the best…

    Your Baby’s NICU Care Team
    August 15, 2012
    Your Baby’s NICU Care Team

    Today’s post offers parents some information on who may be part of their baby’s care team in the NICU – and what, in general, their roles may be. There may be many different members on your baby…