5 Excellent books for Expecting Fathers

We all know that there are hundreds of books for the expectant mother, but what about the expectant Father... Here is a list of 5 of our Favorite Books. 1- The Expectant Father- by Jennifer Ash and Armin A. Brott 2001. The Expectant Father is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men, including how to afford a pregnancy; how to juggle work and family roles; how to make sense of your conflicting emotions. 2- DADspirations: The First 100 Days of Fatherhood- by Pete Densmore 2012. DADspiration provides tips for parenting every new dad and dad-to-be should know. 3- 50 Things to...

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Doula…Willing to Travel

Here at The Doula House, we support expectant parents from all over the Nation, and all over the World. Coined as "The Doulas who travel" our services are unique and specialized, and specifically what you are looking for. What are some options for out of area parents: 1- The Doula House offers several "home-study" style courses and training's. This Skype based interaction allows for flexibility of your schedule, as well as a personalize touch for each class. We focus not only on what the course covers, but also anything specific what you are wanting. Any questions, concerns, or extra information...

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Are Blessing Ways The New Baby Shower?

Blessing Way Or Baby Shower? With the onset of modern times, almost everyone you speak with will understands all about baby showers and what is entailed. Many baby showers have become more elaborate over the years becoming almost akin to small wedding receptions complete with a rental hall, decorations, large amounts of gifts and the overabundance of personal birth stories that most of the guests bring complete with a healthy dose of baby birth advice. Many are filled with distant friends, co-workers and extended family with which the mother to be may have little or no connection with and no...

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Bonding After Baby

You just have had that beautiful baby put in your arms and you’re a little nervous. You may have done this before, but the newness of it is still scary no matter how many children you have. You will definitely never be the same, ever again. The changes you are experiencing are good changes, full of hopes and dreams and expectations. Your partner is looking on, and is so amazed with all different kinds of thoughts running through their head. Some of these thoughts they share with you and some they don't. Some of these thoughts may seem like crazy...

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Fear During Birth, is There a Reason for This?

 Where does fear come from in birth? Fear is an emotional response to feeling out of control or anticipating being out of control during childbirth. It stems from being overwhelmed with images, feelings and emotions of things going wrong now or in the past, or anticipating things going wrong in the future and not being able to stop it. Dealing with fear can be overwhelming and may consume the major part of a pattern of thought processes especially in women getting closer to birth and beginning to experience the oncoming reality that childbirth is real and will happen to her....

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Signs to Know Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Foods

Between the ages of 6-8 months most babies are ready to start some form of solid foods. By this time they have lost the extrusion reflex which benefits with breastfeeding and bottles but will push a spoonful of food right out of their mouth if they are offered one. Usually they are exhibiting several of these next milestones:  Sitting up (with support) and can hold their head and neck up as well.  They are double their birth weight.  They are interested in what you are eating and may be trying to grab it. They can keep food in their mouth...

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Sleep Consulting and the Sandman!

During the first few months after a baby is born, many parents wonder if they will ever sleep again. Most of them are running on pure adrenaline mixed with fear. They try to get to sleep but are kept awake by the fear that they will be woken up just when they are beginning to doze off. They have a hard time relaxing enough to go to sleep, and that makes the experience of being a parent not very enjoyable and everything in their life becomes stressed because of their lack of sleep. Even the enjoyment of their new baby...

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10 Great Books for Baby

One of the most exciting habits to develop with newborn babies is reading to them. You really don’t need to prepare very much in order to have a wonderful experience reading to  your baby, but it can be hard to know what  are the most entertaining books to read to your child.   Here is a list of the top 10 best books for reading to babies in 2011 Note: The annotations for each book were written by the "Best Books for Babies" committee: • "A You're Adorable" (board-book version, Candlewick Press, $6.99), written and illustrated by Martha Alexander. "From...

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Creating a Wonderful Birth Plan

Most of the clients we work with are excited, but unsure about how to proceed when creating their birth plan. We like to remind expectant mothers that a birth plan contains your birth preferences. A birth plan states how you want your birth to proceed if mom and baby are healthy. Here are a few things to consider as you put together your own birth plan:  1- Talk to your care provider beforehand about your plan- If they are not supportive, or repeat “comforting phrases” you may want to walk away. Having a care provider that supports YOUR vision of your...

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Top 10 baby gifts

It seems like friends like to have babies together, so one you get invited to one baby shower, you usually get invited for 2 or 3 more as well. Almost every mother will have a Baby Registry attached to her invite. This is full of items like Blankets, Clothes, Bouncers, etc. This is what everyone else will be getting this mom, if you really want to make an impression, consider getting her something from our list of Mommy Must-Haves. Here is a list of what we think are 10 of the best alternative gifts to give mom, and believe me,...

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