Busy Expectant Parents Hire a Maternity Consultant

"(Reuters) - New Yorker Melissa Garden learned she was pregnant with her first child last year just as her communication director job at New Meadowlands Stadium hit full throttle. When exactly, she wondered, would she squeeze car seat and stroller shopping into 70-hour work weeks packed with concerts and prepping for the Jets and Giants season openers? Garden opted to hire professional baby planners (maternity consultant) who, much like the better-known niche of wedding planners, came armed with expertise to ready the overwhelmed, soon-to-be mother for her big day -- her son's arrival. "I had no time to think about...

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Who is The Doula House

“Simply put, my life is a miracle.” Throughout history, families are raised by many, not just the parents. Women are often cared for through pregnancy and birth, and parents are supported through the life of their child. In contrast, what many expectant parents experience today is a feeling of “going it alone” and their support system is often Google and WebMD. The empowerment of becoming a parent is often lost before you even know you have it. The Doula House was created to fill the gap between going it alone, and using your village to raise your baby. Since our...

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5 Classic Books to Read when You’re Expecting!

Here is a list of the top 5 books to read when you are anticipating a new baby! 1- The Expectant Father, by Jennifer Ash and  Armin A. Brott, 2001: With all the focus being on mom, it's nice to see a great book dedicated to the expectant father. 2- The Baby Owners Manual by Louis Borgenicht and Joe Borgenicht, 2003: This is a great go-to guide for basic support and information. We love it! 3- The No-Cry Sleep Solution, by Elizabeth Pantley , 2002:  As one of our foundations for sleep support, this book is a gentle guide to sleep for your baby. 4- The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin, 2001: A great guide...

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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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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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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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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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What to Look For in a Doula

When you are looking at hiring a doula many things come to mind that become qualifying criteria; this may include your budget, her experience, and her proximity to you. Here are 10 things that you may want to consider when looking for the best fit in a doula. 1- Is your doula supportive of where you are planning to birth? Some doulas are  "Home Birth" doulas. Many "Home Birth" doulas will have a strong agenda geared towards the home birth experience and this can cause issues during your birth. Make sure you pick a doula who is truly supportive of...

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Creating Babies Through IVM

Fifty years ago couples who struggled with infertility were only allowed very few choices other than adoption. With the progression of medical science and the subsequent desires of couples to have children that carry their own DNA, great strides in medical science concerning reproduction have come to the forefront. Up until the last few years, if you had problems with your eggs or sperm, the only other alternative was to use eggs or sperm from someone else which left you with a possible baby one that lacked your own DNA. With the development of the process of IVM or in...

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