womenTALK: Notes from the Nursery

Tuesday, Jul 08th 2014

Top 4 Benefits of Infant Massage

by Colleen T. Fay, LMT, CIMI

Most new parents know that touch is an important way to bond with their newborns, but there's even more you can do. Infant massage goes beyond just a generic inventory of consecutive strokes and has proven benefits.

It involves mindfully engaging with the baby, recognizing nonverbal communication and creatively adapting touch to support the child's sensory needs and capabilities.

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Monday, Jun 30th 2014

Questions Every Pregnant Woman Should Ask Herself

authored by Elizabeth Battaglino, RN, CEO of HealthyWomen

You're pregnant! Congratulations! During your 40-week journey, you'll come up with lots of questions, some valid and some silly. To make sure the valid questions get the attention they deserve, I want to make sure you're aware of these three very important topics. Take note—and happy growing, Mama!

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Wednesday, May 14th 2014

The Link Between Preeclampsia and Heart Disease

authored by Elizabeth Battaglino, RN, CEO of HealthyWomen

You may think of preeclampsia as high blood pressure that occurs during or immediately after pregnancy. That’s simply not the case. Preeclampsia can occur up to six weeks postpartum.

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Tuesday, May 06th 2014

Did You Know Preeclampsia Can Occur 6 Weeks AFTER Delivery?

authored by Vera Sizensky

If this headline surprises you, you're not alone. Preeclampsia, a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine, is commonly thought to only occur during pregnancy. That's not that case. This condition can occur up to six weeks postpartum.

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Friday, May 02nd 2014

My Breastfeeding and Breast Pumping Schedule (Plus a Coupon Code for an Awesome Sarah Wells Breast Pump Bag!)

authored by Vera Sizensky

I just cried over spilled milk. Five ounces of breast milk gold, gone. To understand just how tragic this is, you have to consider the amount of time I spend either nursing or pumping. It’s about 100 minutes per day. You breastfeeding moms can relate, right? So much of our lives is spent producing milk.

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Thursday, Apr 24th 2014

The New Way to Capture and Preserve Precious Baby Memories

authored by Vera Sizensky

My 8-month-old daughter, Lena, started pulling herself up to a standing position. Even though she can't talk, her triumphant, happy squeal let me know this was a big moment for her. But—like all of her other firsts the past several months—Lena will not remember this special day. It's up to me to share this story with her when she's older. The question is: How well will I remember?

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Tuesday, Apr 15th 2014

Is This Really the Reason My Daughter Won’t Sleep Through the Night?

authored by Vera Sizensky

Clean diaper, full belly, peaceful white noise, the softest pajamas on the planet and the scent of soothing lavender after a calming bath—she should be sleeping, but Lena, my 7 1/2-month-old, is working the night shift. When my daughter wakes in the middle of the night, I always assume it’s because one of the perfect sleep ingredients listed above has gone awry.

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Tuesday, Mar 26th 2013

7 Things to Do When Your Nanny Calls in Sick

by Megan Horst-Hatch  

It's a working parent's nightmare: your nanny just called in sick. You have to get to work, but what do you do with your kids?
"Have a plan in mind before it happens. You don't want to figure out what to do when your nanny calls in sick," advises Becky Cavanaugh, co-president of the International Nanny Association and a nanny for more than 22 years.

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Thursday, Mar 21st 2013

How Sick Is Too Sick for Day Care?

by Jennifer Geisman

Your spouse is out of town, your office is short-staffed and your toddler woke up with a sore throat and runny nose —uh-oh! Many households today rely on two working parents and depend on child care, primarily child care centers, to get through the workday.

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Monday, Mar 18th 2013

5 Tips for Getting Your Baby to Sleep

Don't you just loathe those mommies who brag about their children sleeping through the night at six weeks? If you're like me, it's been five months or more of regular night waking. And in the past few weeks, it's been hourly, which has been tolling to say the least.

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