Sweet Peas, Pods & Papas: All About Birth, B@@bs & Babies
Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula". This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders. I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch. She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley!
Most of us start spending more time in the sun as the weather warms up. In the United States, Memorial Day weekend is our summer kick-off. Most families and facilities consider this "open pool" weekend...which means sunscreen time for mindful parents.
Here is VLOG I did last year about sunscreens:
I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Nils Bergman speak last summer. He is the director of NINO Birth, which stands for "Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes."
He is doing research and connecting the dots between other researchers' work that confirms a mother's instinctual need to keep her baby with her. Based on his observations of birthing mammals, Dr. Bradley came to the same conclusion: the best things for baby is to be skin-to-skin on the mother's chest, and the best food for infants is breastmilk.
I am sharing a video version of last week'sholiday safety blog post
on today's VLOG. One thing I didn't mention in this take was that we encourage you to get on the floor to childproof. Check out and see what is within your child's grasp from their perspective, and then get it out of their way!!
Here is an idea one of our students shared when she was childproofing their Christmas tree with their under1 Sweet Pea: http://goo.gl/W2BJU0
Finally, here is the video version of our holiday safety post:
This was first published in 2011 - sharing it again today since the holiday safety tips are still relevant. ClickHEREif you would rather watch the VLOG instead of reading this post
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
It is such a gift to enjoy this season with our
children. They are filled with wonder at
the sight of our Christmas tree. They
love to look at the ornaments, especially the ones with their pictures in
them. They are so excited about Santa
and presents and at the top of the list, the family coming to visit them from
all across the country.
It is so tempting to an exhausted parent...putting their Sweet Pea in a crib and closing the door to let them cry it out so that they can all get some sleep. We encourage our students to nurture instead of ignore their infant's cry in class, and in today's VLOG we share why we suggest our students find other options:
Puma and I had the pleasure of attending a Club MomMe Family Fest earlier this month. One of the vendors we met runs a health care home-visit service. The co-founder, Angella Nguyen, is committed to bringing back the "house call" - read more about it in today's
Since this is the season of sun and surf, I
want to share a couple of finds that have served us well to keep our Sweet Peas
from getting sun burned. Nothing makes
me feel less adequate as a mother than the indictment of burnt pink skin on my Sweet
Pea. The worst is a burn that happens on
a cloudy day! Keep in mind that the clouds only block out the light from the sun – the
ultraviolet rays that cause sun burn can still travel through the cloud
cover. I hope this info can help you
avoid that feeling of utter and complete Mom Fail.
Club Mom-Me Spring Family Fest:
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Huntington Beach
Club MomMe is a social, educational and wellness community for moms and moms-to-be. They provide a place for women to meet each other, make friends, learn about pregnancy and motherhood, and share unique experiences together. All attendees at each event receive a gift bag and a chance to win great giveaways like strollers, car seats, gear and more!
They have been kind enough to gift a SPB reader with a Family Ticket to the event on June 7, 2014 - wow!
The night arrived again – when we say farewell to our
students and wish them the best for their birth and the journey of family upon
which they are about to embark. Bruss
always tells the first-time parents that he is jealous of them because there is
nothing else like the experience of welcoming your first child and discovering
parenthood for the first time.
I reflect and wonder if we have told them everything, showed
them everything, practiced everything – which is of course, realistically,