Go Play Outside!

Go Play Outside!  Winterize the family’s wardrobe and hit the trails or sidewalks. Check out your local resale shops (Kangaroo Kids or Goodwill) for great deals on snowsuits, boots and other layers of warm clothing. Being prepared for the weather will ensure that you get out and enjoy the change in Season. Research suggests that 20 minutes […]

How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?

There isn’t an exact answer to this frequently asked question.  However, most pregnant women can expect to gain at least between 25 – 35 pounds.  In a recent, albeit very informal “poll” on my Facebook page the average weight gain was 45 pounds with a range from 20 to 70.  Among my childbirth education students […]

Having A Baby? Take A Childbirth Class!

Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the exciting world of Expectant Parenthood!  Choosing a Childbirth Class, a Birth Doula, a Midwife, an OB, a Hospital, Birth Center, a Pediatrician and/or a Postpartum Coach are just a few of the many decisions you get to make throughout your early parenting journey.  There are many choices in childbirth […]

Natural Childbirth ~ Really?

Yes, whenever possible!  What is the definition of natural childbirth?  Natural childbirth is pregnancy, labor and birth the way nature intended ~ free of drugs, interventions and augmentations.   Natural childbirth is completely achievable in hospitals, birth centers and of course at home.  Proper preparation (education, exercise, nutrition…) and various types of support are the […]

Halloween Candy Woes Cured with Operation Shoe Box

It seems of as if our children collect enough candy on Halloween to last for a year.  Donating extra candy is an option, but I always feel like I am endangering some other child’s teeth.  Making up care packages for our soldiers feels better to me since they have very little access to treats from […]

Newborn Dad’s Rights

Did you know paternity must be established before Dad has any rights to his newborn baby? In most states, paternity is only established when Dad’s name is added to the Birth Certificate.  A birth certificate will be issued approximately 30 days after birth in most states. Which means at the hospital Mom must give the […]

Sex & Babies LIVE!

Having babies never changes, but how we think about having babies has changed considerably in the past few generations.  New technologies have given me new ways to deliver the best education about one of the life’s most important moments. I am thrilled to announce the birth of  Newborn Family TV, a web-based show about all […]