Please! Don’t share these photos of your kids online!

One of the many awesome things about being a doula is that I get to see a lot of wonderful photos and even videos of kids on my Facebook newsfeed. Playing, sleeping, exploring, nursing, laughing…. Firsts of all kinds: crawls, foods, steps, travels… I love to see how these humans grow, learn, eventually head off … Continue reading “Please! Don’t share these photos of your kids online!”

How We Talk About Measles and Vaccines

Surely I cannot be the only one profoundly saddened by the blaming, shaming, name-calling, ridicule, anger, fear-mongering and outright aggression being shared recently on blogs, in news articles and especially in the comments, by both sides of the debate surrounding measles in particular and vaccines in general? Tell me I am not alone! People seem … Continue reading “How We Talk About Measles and Vaccines”

Make Mealtime Fun for Your Picky Eater

When I was in the process of introducing my fourth child to foods for the first time, she was not buying it. At eight months, she was still resistant to putting most foods in her mouth and preferred to smear them all over her high chair instead. As I contemplated how long it could be … Continue reading “Make Mealtime Fun for Your Picky Eater”

Hidden Dangers in Baby Clothes

Looking through the free clothes basket at a local birth center, I picked up a cute little outfit for my new baby… it was nice and soft, 100% certified organic cotton, Made in the USA, clean. So I didn’t hesitate to take it home, but I am so glad I hesitated to put it on … Continue reading “Hidden Dangers in Baby Clothes”

A Letter to Family & Friends about Welcoming A New Baby

This is a sample letter to family and friends who will have contact with an older sibling in the days following the birth of a new baby. This letter was designed to share with them the parents’ philosophy about the way they would like the older child to be treated. For example, it suggests that relatives … Continue reading “A Letter to Family & Friends about Welcoming A New Baby”

How To Clean Your Cloth Diapers

I’m happy to share this guest post by Tessa Smith of www.bippydiapers.com as this is also one of the most common questions I hear about cloth diapering. Some of the main questions we always get are: How do I clean my diapers? Where does the poop go? Do I need a certain detergent? Below is a breakdown of … Continue reading “How To Clean Your Cloth Diapers”

Lending Library

”Natural childbirth isn’t when you do nothing to prepare for the birth; on the contrary, it only happens when you do many things to prepare.” ~ Dawn Freeman “I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their … Continue reading “Lending Library”

How to Thwart Tantrums with ESP

The Sarasota chapter of the Holistic Moms Network recently hosted a great meeting on tantrums called Turning Tantrums into Teachable Moments. Our featured guest speaker was Diane Weiss of Parenting Works. We were very excited that she agreed to share her expertise with us as she has more than 25 years experience as a child development … Continue reading “How to Thwart Tantrums with ESP”

How to Calm Your Crying Baby

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of Gentle Baby Care When we’re pregnant or awaiting adoption, we dream about our baby-to-be, we always envision those beautiful Hallmark card scenes: charming baby smiling up at peaceful mother’s face. We read books in advance of the big day about how care for a newborn – how to bathe, feed … Continue reading “How to Calm Your Crying Baby”