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Baby Safety Tips

Let’s talk baby safety. Did you know there’s a whole month dedicated to it? I didn’t until recently. With my first child, I was a POOPCUP (Parent Of One Perfect Child Under Preschool-age). My daughter honestly never really bothered much around the house, probably because there was a two-parent-to-one-child ratio. We did some basic baby-proofing, […]

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From a NICU Nurse & Doula: Empowered Parenting in the NICU

September is NICU Awareness Month and Sept. 15th is Neonatal Nurses Day. In honor of both of these we have some tips for new NICU parents from an experienced NICU nurse and doula. I am a NICU nurse and a doula.  As a NICU nurse, I am there when babies need unexpected medical help.  As […]

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Childbirth Educator - A fulfilling career

Childbirth Educator: A Job That Fills My Soul

My love of birth was a slow progression. After I had my first baby I wanted everyone to know how amazing birth could be. I wanted all women to have the experience I did and I told anyone who would give me five minutes of their time all about it.  When I was pregnant with […]

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What should I eat while I'm in labor? Pregnant woman eating a pear.

What Should I Eat & Drink During Labor?

  Think of labor as a marathon. Your body is working hard and doing the work we call labor. Your body needs hydration and fuel throughout labor to continue working at it’s best. Here are some great ideas to have ready for your labor. Water Coconut Water “Labor-aide” Juice Broth Yogurt Nuts Granola Honey Sticks […]

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11 Reasons To Take a Childbirth Class

11 Reasons To Take a 10-Week Birth Class

11 Reasons To Take A 10-Week Birth Class When preparing for birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation.  Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly.  From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent […]

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Expectations as a New Mom

I babysat a lot growing up. I was the go-to girl in my neighborhood. You need a sitter? Call Cheryl. She’s fun, great with kids, and won’t eat all the snacks in the pantry while you’re gone. I was responsible, polite, and made sure parents came home to a clean house and happy children. I […]

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Sensory bin for kids with noodles

8 Activities You Can Do With Older Siblings Once Baby Comes

I knew when I traded in my almost 5 year elementary teaching profession to be a full-time stay at home mom, I wanted to incorporate various activities into our weekly routine so that my then baby would have a lot of opportunities to learn, explore, and grow. I started introducing sensory bins and activities to […]

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Stacked Enchilada Casserole

What to Eat Wednesday – Stacked Enchilada Casserole

  Stacked Enchilada Casserole 1 can of Enchilada sauce or homemade 1 pound cooked meat of choice – Fajitas meat or taco seasoned ground beef or turkey 6-8 Corn or flour tortillas 1 can refried beans 4 cups shredded cheddar or mont jack cheese optional stuffings – corn, black beans, chopped veggies optional toppings – […]

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Mother sitting in a field of wild flowers while breastfeeding her baby

World Breastfeeding Week – What Did You Love About Breastfeeding

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and as we celebrate we wanted to know what you love about breastfeeding.   I loved that breastfeeding gave me an excuse to rest and just be present with my little one. –Hannan Webster  What I loved most about breastfeeding is that it provided instant nourishment and comfort to my little […]

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Baby Led Weaning – The Basics

The term “Baby Led Weaning” or BLW for short, was originally coined by Gill Rapley and is an approach to infant feeding based on the premise of allowing baby to feed themselves solid foods rather than the traditional puree on a spoon method. This type of feeding gives the baby an opportunity to explore different […]

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