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6 Lessons I Learned in the NICU I became a NICU mom on October 27, 2006. Our twin baby “b” was born with pneumonia in her small lungs, and was hooked up to a ventilator for 10 days. Once home, I discovered that coming home from the hospital didn’t mean sunshine and unicorn kisses. After talking to other NICU moms, here ...  Continue Reading
New Study: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Antimicrobial Products A new study presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society reveals serious concerns about the safety of antibacterial and antimicrobial products for pregnant women. The study shows that mothers and fetuses could "face potential health risks" from two commonly used agents found in everything from toothpaste to toys.  Continue Reading
Helping Kids Manage Their Big Feelings Everest grumbles, “It’s not okay that Asher gets new rain boots before I do.” “But you just suggested that we look for new rain boots for him! I don’t understand why you’re upset,” I say, annoyed. “Because I don’t want him to have new boots if I don’t have new boots,” he grumbles all the way to ...  Continue Reading
Celebrity Mom Causes Debate with Breastfeeding Shot in Glamour Photo by Patrick Demarchelier, Glamour Magazine, Sept 2014 Olivia Wilde isn’t the first celebrity mom to make a point of showing off her choice to breastfeed, and she won’t be the last, but some are saying that this beautiful shot in the Sept ’14 issue of Glamour is doing more harm than good. “I was working—I was shooting the ...  Continue Reading
Support Your Pregnant Belly With A Baby Carrier During pregnancy with my second son, I discovered that some of my baby carriers could help support the belly during pregnancy. I wrapped my belly starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy to help with my chronic pelvic instability. (Pregnant women may also know this as symphysis pubis dysfunction or pelvic girdle pain. The difference with mine is that it ...  Continue Reading
Breastfeeding and the 8 Principles of Attachment Parenting While I was pregnant with my first baby, I wanted to breastfeed – but because I would save money and because breast milk is superior to formula. At that time, I didn’t know anything about attachment or how important breastfeeding behaviors are to the mother-baby emotional bond – that breastfeeding is the very model of attachment.  Continue Reading

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