This week in our Complementary Perinatal Care Series, Amy Czadzeck from To The Moon & Back shares with us about her Calm Birth meditation practice in Gloversville, New York. Keep reading to learn about what Calm Birth meditation is and how it may impact your pregnancy and birth experience!
By now, you're probably aware of just how interested people are in infant sleep. Heck, maybe you're obsessed with it, too! I mean, it makes sense seeing as you now have a newborn dictating when and how much sleep you get—often on an erratic and nonsensical schedule they clearly made up themselves, without any adult guidance.
But when people suggest that infants should be sleeping through the night, or equate good sleep with being a "good baby," they really do a disservice to new parents—and reveal how little they actually know about typical infant sleep.Read More
As the time approaches to bring your new baby home, you may be nervous about how your first baby—your fur-baby—will handle the new addition. You love them, afterall, and don’t want them to feel replaced or resent their new family member.
We get it. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help make this transition easier on everybody...Read More
"What is chiropractic care? Should my baby see a chiropractor? Is chiropractic care safe for newborns?"
These are just a few of the questions we receive here at Vocal Birth Doula Services from new parents when presented with chiropractic care as one of the many options available to them for caring for their new babies.
Today, Dr. Ashley Seaver of Spa City Chiropractic joins us to answer these common questions (and more!) about chiropractic care for infants.Read More
Apps often make our lives easier, consolidating a mess of lists into a single magical, clickable icon we can tap time and again to keep things organized. They have apps for everything these days! Grocery lists, calendars, period trackers—and yes, even apps to use during pregnancy and postpartum.
But with so many options, you may find it overwhelming trying to find the right apps for you and your family. Let us help!Read More
For many, bringing a newborn home completely shakes up their routine. Instead of feeding everyone in the house 3-6 meals before bedtime, you’ve now got a sweet little mouth asking for milk 8-12 times (roughly) per day, including throughout the night.
Here are a few things you can do to make the 2 A.M. feed—and the others, too!—a little less dread-worthy...Read More
I had no delusions of being a “perfect” parent, but I did have plans that didn’t pan out—and not because they were far-fetched, just because I didn’t have the type of support I needed.
I didn’t know then that I could hire someone who...Read More
Pregnancy is pretty cool—I mean, come on, you're building a whole other human being from scratch! But it can also be pretty exhausting—I mean, you ARE building a whole other human from scratch. And it can even be painful—you know, because you have to carry around that other human for a few months.
Here are a few simple tools to have on hand to help ease those aches and pains...Read More
Although Attachment Parenting(AP) is not a new concept, it does seem to have picked up steam in the realm of mainstream parenting over the past few years. Minivans everywhere are adorned with decals that declare there is a "breastfeeding, baby-wearing, bed-sharing mama" on board.
In fact, when you read the title of this post, those three things are likely the first (perhaps even the only?) B's that came to mind. But there is a lot more to AP than breastfeeding, baby-wearing, and bed-sharing.Read More
One day you’re snuggling a sweet, sleeping newborn, the next you’re shushing and rocking an inconsolable babe.
One day you’re daydreaming about who your child will grow up to be, the next you’re begging them to stay little forever.Read More
WE HAVE GROWN APART, INCREASINGLY DISCONNECTED FROM THE WORLD OF BIRTH AND NEW-MOTHERHOOD, AND FROM ONE ANOTHER.
The event that used to draw people together and that is tangible evidence of what it means to connect is now often experienced in solitude. Sure, a mother may be bringing a whole new person home to spend her days with, but more and more mothers seem to express never feeling more alone than in that experience.Read More
As you prepare for your baby's arrival, you've got a checklist of all of the things you need to get done: organize the nursery, wash the baby's clothes, attend childbirth education classes, hire a doula, prep freezer meals, and so on and so forth--whatever it is you feel you need to do in order to be ready when the day finally comes, right?
Take a look at that list: is CPR and first-aid training on it? If not, keep reading!Read More