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I let him sleep on me.
This was considered a big no-no by many because I was “creating a bad habit”. Even I wondered if I would have to rock him to sleep and have him sleep on my chest in his dorm room at college (which would make for some awkward roommate moments) because I didn’t establish a sleep schedule early on. Here’s the thing, even if you get something established in the beginning, they change so damn quickly that it will be out the window the next week and you’re back to square one. A wise friend once told me “whatever gets you though the day” and him sleeping on my chest while I watched a movie got me through the day. So there.
Children whose parents had no problems sucking their pacifiers to clean them had fewer allergies, lower rates of eczema and fewer signs of asthma than those whose parents typically rinsed or boiled them.Comments / Add a comment
Good news for new mothers: A study suggests that carefully regulated formula feeding before your milk comes in will not harm your baby’s ability to breast-feed. And done properly, it may even help in the long run.
Something to take note of: the study used carefully controlled formula feeding: small amounts, given with a syringe. In most hospitals, babies are supplemented with two full ounces given from a bottle with a nipple, which is very different from the procedure used in this study. If a provider suggests the use of formula for your breastfed newborn, make sure it’s given in the way that is best for you and your baby, not just the way that is easiest for the staff.Comments / Add a comment
“Birthing centers provide equal or better deliveries, study shows” http://feedly.com/k/11r9bxyComments / Add a comment
“Report: Many Mothers Say They’re Pressured To Have Birth Interventions” http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2013/05/mothers-pressured-on-birth-interventionsComments / Add a comment
Suze Orman calls a doula not just a want, but a need.
Doulas are good for laboring women!Comments / Add a comment
This is no surprise to me. I see men turn into fathers all the time, and there is no doubt they are as transformed by parenthood as women are.Comments / Add a comment
“My husband and I had a very positive experience with Jennifer as our doula. She was a great source of knowledge in the months leading up to my labor and delivery. She was patient and responsive in answering our many questions, and this helped me in creating a birth plan that was right for me. Although in the end, my labor did not end up going quite according to the birth plan, Jennifer’s presence and support made the experience much more manageable. The greatest contribution Jennifer made to the outcome of my L&D experience came the morning of the birth, when I was told by my doctor that I may need a c-section due to stalled labor on account of baby’s head position. Jennifer stayed calm during this trying time for me, and furthermore made use of her resources on natural labor progress to guide me in various laboring positions, which ultimately did get baby reoriented. We truly feel that we owe the natural (vaginal) delivery of our daughter to Jennifer, and I am so grateful and glad we chose to have her with us. We would not hesitate to hire her again for any future pregnancies.”
To read more testimonials, click on the “testimonials” link at the bottom of this post, or view them on my DoulaMatch profile.Comments / Add a comment