So often nighttime parenting tends to fall on one parent, particularly in nursing families. The nursing parent takes sole responsibility for nighttime parenting because nursing is such an effective way to get baby to sleep. If this works for your family, there is no need to change anything.Read More
I’m very excited to have expanded my business with a new service, Infant Sleep Education. With so many different approaches to sleep, I feel that it’s important to share a little bit about what Infant Sleep Education is and isn’t. I hope you will find this Q & A helpful for learning more about this great approach to sleep.Read More
There are so many wonderful approaches to childbirth education available to expecting parents. This is both a blessing, as different people will click with different philosophies, and a struggle, as it can be overwhelming to sort through them all.
So where does Your Birth Experience fit into this array of options, and what makes it different?Read More
I’m excited to share the next post in my series on great people and businesses working with pregnant and new parents in the DC area. I’d like to introduce you all to Nikki Wray, Co-Founder of Metropolitan Doulas. It’s been wonderful to hear more about her story, and pick her brain on some tips for postpartum families. Nikki’s love of her work and supporting parents is one of the things that really shines through when you talk to her, and I hope this interview lets you see that.Read More
I’m so excited to be starting a new, on-going blog series about the amazing people serving pregnant and new parents in the DC area. In this first post, you will hear from Tracie, a massage therapist in Capitol Hill and owner of My Orange Wellness.Read More
Breastfeeding is natural. You are busy. There are so many things to do to prepare for birth and the arrival of your baby. Adding one more thing to your crazy schedule seems laughable. What is there to learn anyway?
So why should you make time for a prenatal breastfeeding class? Here are 5 reasons.
The end of pregnancy can be a challenging time, both physically and emotionally. You are most likely feeling uncomfortable, a bit anxious about when baby will come, and probably very ready to be done being pregnant. If you are anything like me, people’s comments, even when you know they come from a place of support and excitement, can easily irritate you. Here are a few of the most common end of pregnancy questions and some thoughts on how to handle them.Read More
Having the energy to prepare food during this time, even for the non-birthing parent, is difficult. And yet, eating well during this time is very important to help birthing moms heal and for both parents to have the energy to move through this major transition.
So, what is a new parent to do?
If what you are doing is working for you, your partner, and your baby, great! Keep doing it!
This is the third Guiding Principle of Our Baby Class, and something that I think all parents need to internalize.Read More
Most breastfeeding moms are hungry in the early weeks, maybe just a little bit extra hungry or maybe absolutely starving! When you think about all the work a new mom’s body is doing, this makes sense.Read More
Continuing my blog series on the Our Baby Class Guiding Principles, this post focuses on principle 2, you can’t spoil a baby.Read More
This is the second post in my series on the OBC Guiding Principles, focusing on principle one, trust your instincts.Read More
For many, the phrase “fed is best” has come to signify support of all mother’s infant feeding journey regardless of whether or not they breastfeed. While I 100% support all families on their infant feeding journey however it unfolds, you will never hear me use or see me rallying around the phrase “fed is best.” Here’s why.Read More
Parenting is full of difficult decisions. As parents, we all want to do what is best for our baby. We want to follow all the recommendations and do what all the best experts say we should be doing. We are terrified of messing things up or doing something wrong. But what happens when the recommendations just aren’t working for your family?Read More
So you’ve just had your baby, yay! Or maybe you are still in those last days waiting for your baby to arrive. You’re excited, exhausted, and ready to get breastfeeding off to a great start.
You probably ordered a breast pump through your health insurance and either have it sitting at home or are impatiently waiting for it to arrive, wondering if it will come in time.Read More
As a new mom I struggled to create a parenting village for myself. I knew it was important and I knew I would need it. In those early months life and my own temperament conspired to keep me from building that village I so desperately needed!Read More
This summer, when the idea to start teaching classes emerged, I hoped that I would be pregnant sometime in the fall. The idea that pregnancy wouldn’t mix well with trying to launch classes occurred to me, but during my first pregnancy I worked full time in Rockville. I survived and managed to keep things at work under control.Read More
I want to take this blog post to introduce you all to the Our Baby Class (OBC) classes that I am now offering.Read More
As a pregnant or new mamma, it’s hard not to think about going back to work. There are so many details to think about like childcare, maternity leave, your post maternity leave work schedule and workload! It’s no wonder women worry, plan, and discuss this topic for months before and after their baby is born.Read More