Beautiful images of mothers nursing their newborns seem to be all over social media lately. When you make the choice to breastfeed your own child, you probably envision sweet moments in the nursery rocking chair, gazing adoringly at the sweet baby cradled in your arms. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to connect with your newborn, and it’s the best food for your baby during that first year. But breastfeeding can be a challenge, and many mothers give up before their children turn one. The CDC reports that while 81.1% of moms start out breastfeeding, just over… Read More

And just like that, we are 2/3 of the way there! In celebration of entering the double-digit countdown until we meet our baby girl, I’ve detailed the highs, lows, and everything in between of my second trimester. Most Exciting Moments… Having a great anatomy ultrasound Seeing our baby’s movements from the outside Our Babymoon to Kauai Having a noticeable baby bump Deciding on a name for our baby girl Feeling the baby’s first movements Finding lots of great items at Kid’s Exchange consignment sale (I love a good deal!) Seeing the nursery start to come together Most Challenging… Read More

It seems like yesterday I was sitting in a college classroom dreaming about the day I would be able to put all of that medical input overload to use. Never in my wildest dreams would I have seen myself here. Many people are curious about what I do. As a breastfeeding consultant, I help prepare families for their journey, before baby comes. Once baby arrives, my real “job” happens. Breastfeeding journeys are beautiful, and hard, and wonderful, and emotional… and every journey is different. Some babies need a little more help figuring things out than others. That’s where I step… Read More

I was at high risk for postpartum depression, so when my son was about six weeks old, I expressed my relief that I hadn’t felt anything beyond your basic baby blues. My older sister, who is a medical doctor, pulled me aside and told me I shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Despite the moniker, she informed me, new moms may not see symptoms of postpartum depression until up to six months after they give birth. Six months! Like many mothers, I assumed that I was in the clear after those first several weeks. But postpartum depression may not surface until months… Read More

I’m not sure if it’s body “preparing” me for sleep deprivation or just my Type-A personality that’s been causing restless nights lately, but I have not been sleeping well these past few weeks. I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation and doing my prenatal yoga, but I still can’t seem to turn my mind off or keep my thoughts at bay when I wake up for one of the (frequent) trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I feel like there is a never-ending list of things to do before baby arrives and I… Read More

Quick, what’s the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US? You might be surprised to learn that the answer is poisoning. The third week in March is designated as National Poison Prevention Week, and has been, ever since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed it so in 1962. Nine out of 10 poisonings happen at home, which is why it’s super important to child-proof your house, make sure anything that could be poisonous or hazardous (including things like vitamins and makeup) is put safely away and out of reach, and have emergency numbers ready (the… Read More

Thinking about hiring a doula for your big day? If so, get going, girl! The sooner you start interviewing doulas, the more time you’ll have to create a close, trusting bond. In honor of World Doula Week, we’re spreading the word about these incredible individuals and offering you some advice for finding your very own doula soulmate. Your doula is there to provide emotional support, so you’ll want to make sure she has that special something. Don’t just hire the first person you meet; ask lots of questions, and pay attention to both the answers and the… Read More

Many couples choose to wait to find out the sex of their baby. A 2007 Gallup poll found that if respondents just found out they were pregnant, 51% would go ‘Team Green’ and wait until the baby was born to learn the gender. This choice comes with some challenges, though, since you’ve got to be prepared for either. So when you’re not sure if you’re expecting a boy or a girl – or you just want some great gender neutral nursery ideas– check out some of these adorable themes that will work perfectly for either sex! Peter Rabbit… Read More

It’s time to talk about something every pregnant woman gets tested for in the third trimester- Group B streptococcus (GBS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get a routine GBS screening at 35 to 37 weeks. This screening determines whether or not you carry the GBS bacteria. Before you jump to conclusions about this routine test, know that roughly 1 in 4 pregnant women test positive. A positive test is less dramatic than it sounds! We have all the… Read More

This past week, we had our second trimester group visit at Baby+Company. I really enjoyed the group visit during the first trimester, so I asked my husband to join me for this group visit (which is encouraged). I’m so glad he was there to gain additional insight, provide a soon-to-be dad’s perspective, and to participate in the group discussion. Vitals Check We started the appointment by taking and recording our own weight, taking one another’s blood pressure, and taking turns having our fundal height measured and listening to our babies’ heartbeats with the fetal doppler by Kate Layman, CNM. Read More

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