Boston Newborn Care is A Full-Service Newborn Care Agency I am the founder of Boston Newborn Care; I hold an undergraduate degree in human sciences services from the University of Rhode Island who graduated in 1985. I have provided professional services in the childcare industry for the past 20 years. My training and experience started on the corporate level when I was the trainer for all new Corporate hires.

I will find you the perfect Nanny for your family

Newborn Care providers that have passed my courses are the perfect candidates to care for your Newborn.

 

Boston Newborn Care is a Licensed Massachusetts Employment Agency

Boston Newborn Care is a Licensed Massachusetts Employment Agency

COVID-19 has created part time and full time employment opportunities for retired teachers, mothers seeking additional income and full time opportunities for caregivers with live in options in the homes of families needing help during these times.
If you are a retired educator and love working with children in a home environment, we have families in need of help. School openings in MA are confusing and many families are in need of part time educators, to continue their children’s education from home. Providing this help will free up parents already stressed attempting to manage their lives.
Mother seeking additional income, we have the need for you to help parents with newborns mostly, shopping, and providing support for the family. This is not a baby-sitting position.
Full time live in positions are available for mother and other with experience of working with newborns and young children. Work 15-40 hours for a family, live with a family, employed by the family.
Boston Newborn will not charge the candidate for placement; families pay our fees.
If you have an interest in these well opportunities please email:
info@bostonnewborncare.com
Leeann Keady
Founder
Boston Newborn Care
www.bostonnewborncare.com

“Guatemala Hope” Mayan Textile Artisans Producing 10,000 Medical Masks a Day

“Guatemala Hope” Mayan Textile Artisans Producing 10,000 Medical Masks a Day

The country of Guatemala has closed its borders in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 virus. Guatemala relies heavily on the tourism industry; many areas of the country will suffer.

Guatemala, March 30, 2020: Beautiful Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala’s southwest corner, is one of the premier tourist destinations; yet today it is a ghost town, cut off from the rest of the world.

With a long history of community service and community-based problem solving,  the Mayan Textile Weavers of the Lake Atitlan region have found a way to contribute to the health of others around the world and create an income stream for their communities, in particular for their neighbors who are lacking in basic food needs.

Lake Atitlan artisans are textile producers. Therefore, they looked for ways to use their skills to help their community and others elsewhere in the world in this challenging time. With the help of businesses around the world, our artisans are now producing high quality Medical Masks for sale. We are not looking for charity; we need work and a means to create income for the region.

The medical masks are produced using two-ply, natural cotton. Sold in packs of 100, 250, and 500, larger quantities are available. The masks cost $5.00 per piece including shipping to the US and Canada. Masks are shipped using the Ethical Fashion Guatemala DHL Global contract. Delivery to the United States and Canada is in three to four business days, worldwide in five to seven business days.

Masks are sold directly to hospitals and medical groups in need; there are no wholesalers or brokers.   To deepen the community impact of this endeavor, twenty cents (20₵) of every mask sold will be donated directly to Mayan Families, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that has worked in the Lake Atitlan region for 15 years. Donations will provide food support and ongoing malnutrition prevention and treatment to those in need in the region. www.MayanFamilies.Org

Masks can be purchased directly from the following websites:

Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a sustainable enterprise providing banking, credit card processing, and shipping services for Mayan Artisans in Guatemala. https://ethicalfashionguatemala.com/

Los Tarrales strongly supports local artisans and entrepreneurs in the area, which is why we have also decided to offer masks on our website. The need for masks worldwide is immense at this moment in time and we are proud to be part of this movement to provide masks that solve a problem and support local artisans around Lake Atitlan, where we call home. https://www.tarralesreserve.com/

Top of the Lake Coffee Roasters wholeheartedly supports small farm coffee producers, local artisans, and entrepreneurs in San Juan la Laguna and the greater Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. We are eager to collaborate with the Ethical Fashion Guatemala medical masks initiative because the masks will provide authentic work and crucially needed cash flow for the artisans who create them. https://www.topofthelakecoffee.com/

Heather McManus hmac4105@gmail.com 602-316-5251

Erin Mooney erin@mayanfamilies.org 707-832-6199

James Dillon ethicalfashionguatemala@gmail.com 502-4467-9981

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala, I have not had much time to sit and try to explain how it has been for me as a mom to get through life in a rural village in Guatemala. Just to explain a little about me, I am Guatemalan, maybe not the typical Guatemalan, not from the city not from the country, which rather leaves me in a place where I do not know where I belong, even though I feel so Guatemalan. The town I live in is one of the most isolated towns in all of Lake Atitlan.

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

I guess that was part of why I moved here when I first decided to get a piece of land and start a family. Maybe the order of things was not exactly that, I first got pregnant and after I had to get myself a little piece of land to nest. Well picking a place in the middle of nowhere can be a mistake if you are trying to raise a little one, but it also has its benefits and its beauty. However, I guess we all do our best when we are embarking on this unknown journey.

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

The years have gone by so fast it is incredible. The hormones are settling in, I am recovering some sleep. Although many people say, you never recover lost sleep.

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Living far away from my family has been difficult. Especially in the first months after having a baby and now more than anything because I want her to have that special connection with her grandparents and how I feel she is missing it. But I can’t live in the city, I couldn’t raise her there.

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

It took me a little while to understand that asking for help is not a bad thing at all, that it shows that you are strong as well.  For some reason I was taught that I needed to be independent and that I could do most of the things I wanted on my own, this was in my engineering career. Nevertheless, of course, I did not know anything about babies.

 

The experience that people here seem to have is so much more than the one I saw when I grew up in different places. It is as if they emanate this love towards kids something I never see in people in the north. Here every kid is a bundle of joy and they just seem to be happy, in between the sisters, aunts, uncles, brother’s grandparents, and the neighbors.

 

It is just like they are one big community when it comes to watching over each other’s kids. Now I have a group of people that are my friends, they watch over my daughter, they enjoy watching her play with the other kids and love talking to her in kakchiquel their language.

 

The funniest thing of all is that I see how happy she is here. It just took me around two years to realize that this sense of community does not happen in other places. We do not always talk about the same things with the women here.

 

I tend to complain much more than they do about everything they are more positive in many ways. We understand each other because it doesn’t matter how we were raised we are all just moms, we all work and we all want to support each other in the way we can. I do not feel judged, and I do not judge them.

 

I still miss my family bond though, even if I made myself an adoptive family here, or several adoptive families, I guess it is never just the same. I’m glad I get to be here, I work doing massages sometimes and come home to my little one, not always easy to come home after a long day of working dealing with other people’s issues.

My Life as a mom in Lake Atitlan Guatemala

There are the other days when we get to have fun doing our herbal products that she seems to enjoy doing with me too. Moreover, since she still does not go to school seems to be a fun education at the moment for her. Those are my most joyful days when I can be at home, in the middle of nowhere, in this little bubble I made for ourselves that we call home for now…

Leeann Keady

Leeann Keady is the founder holding an undergraduate degree in human sciences services from the University of Rhode Island graduated in 1985. Leeann Keady has been working in the childcare training industry for the past 20 years. I provide education, training, and support for working Executives as they plan for a Newborn.

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Newborn Care Course Certification

Newborn Care Course Certification is someone who specializes in newborn care. The Newborn Care Course may assist parents in the home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light baby-related housekeeping. It is important to note that a Newborn Care Specialist is not a Nanny and not a Doula and requires special training and education specific to the profession.

Newborn Sleep Training?  What exactly does that mean? 

Newborn Sleep Training?  What exactly does that mean? Many families call to ask for help “newborn sleep training” their baby.

Truth be told, it is really just a term many families use when seeking advice to help their baby sleep better/longer/easier. Each parent has a different need.

It may be to transition them to their crib, or their room, or out of the swaddle, or to get them thru the night. (which is 11 PM – 5 Am BTW)

Most cases with infants we aren’t talking about scientific issues ie. circadian rhythm disorder.  Mostly we are talking about undoing bad habits, teaching the baby to be on a schedule and to learn the routines that parents need to instill.

Here’s a breakdown of sleep with all babies-

 

Age Hours of Sleep Naps
1 Months 20+ all the time
2 Months 16-20 4+
3 Months 15-18 4
4 Months 15.5 3 to 4
5 Months 15 3
6 -9 Months 14.5 2 to 3
10 -15 Months 13-14 1 to 2
2 years 12 1

 

 

When a baby ( 2-3 months)  is ready, they can sleep as long as they like after the last feed of the evening. (only when the pediatrician gives the go-ahead) Typically not more than a 4-hour stretch (which is way better than the 1-3 hours stretches they gave parents just a few weeks ago.)

As the baby gets bigger, they can take in more each feed (breast milk or formula) allowing for overnight sleep to really increase. As the baby’s tummy grows the majority of their calories will be in the feedings during the day.

So if this is the case, then why do so many parents have baby’s that “don’t sleep well”

It’s probably about the bad habits that every parent starts?

We all have the best intentions, but as a parent who has a job, other kids, family responsibilities, a desire for a reasonably manageable day, they will do ANYTHING to get their baby to sleep.

Rocking to sleep, feeding to sleep, sleeping on them, in their bed or in a carrier?  Eventually, these tactics are not sustainable.

Whatever you do once, plan on doing that for a year!

When parents rush in at the sound of a peep, squeak or faint cry, the baby learns.  Parents just want it to stop so they can get some sleep.

Sure, for that instant it may give them an hour or two which is way better than every 30 minutes.  BUT, tending to the baby every two hours for more than a few weeks is torture

They then make the call.  Usually seeking a sleep trainer.

After a short conversation, I can help them with breaking bad habits.

Maybe it is sleep training, but the training is with the parents.

First, I need to understand what happens during the day?

Sleep begets sleep

So, if I hear that the baby only sleeps 30 minutes all day, I know that they are overtired.  Their nervous system can’t handle being overtired.

Or if I find out that the baby didn’t eat enough during the day, I know that they’ll wake due to hunger.

Roughly a baby should have 2.5 times their weight in 24 hours. A basic rule of thumb is to divide that number by 8 bottles, 7 if they are older and can manage a larger amount.

Ex. A 7 lb. baby should have 17.5 oz in a day (24 hours)

If they eat every 3 hours that means they need to have bottles of around 60 Mls.  As the baby grows and can handle a bigger bottle, then the need to wake during the night will go away.

What won’t go away is if a parent picks them up every time the squeak and feed them.

 

Dedicated to Beautiful Women

Dedicated to Beautiful Women Watch her eyes

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“A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” “Because I’m a woman,” she told him.

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“I don’t understand,” he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will.”

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Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”

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“All women cry for no reason,” was his entire dad could say.

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The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry…

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Finally, he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, “God, why do women cry so easily?”

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God said

“When I made the woman she had to be special.

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I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.

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I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

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I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

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I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

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I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

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Finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.”

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“You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

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The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”

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Please send this to ten beautiful women you know today. If you do, – You will boost another woman’s self-esteem. I am also waiting

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Pass it on to men too – perhaps they will then understand “why women cry….

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Dedicated to beautiful women.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Anna Marie Jarvis (May 1, 1864 – November 24, 1948) was the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States. Her mother had frequently expressed a desire for the establishment of such a holiday, and after her mother’s death, Jarvis led the movement for the commemoration.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a social activist, founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. As a woman defined by her faith, she was very active within the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church community. It was during one of her Sunday school lessons in 1876 that her daughter, Anna Jarvis, allegedly found her inspiration for Mother’s Day, as Ann closed her lesson with a prayer, stating:

I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.

— Ann Reeves Jarvis

However, as the years passed, Jarvis grew disenchanted with the growing commercialization of the observation (she herself did not profit from the day) and even attempted to have Mother’s Day rescinded. She died in a sanitarium, her medical bills paid by people in the floral and greeting card industries.

I hate all of the commercialization behind the day that celebrates moms; imagine how Anna Jarvis would feel now. The holiday’s founder worked so hard to get the world to give moms everywhere a day of recognition. Before her death, even she had to admit she had some regrets about starting Mother’s Day.

 

I hate the term “Empowering Women.”

I hate the term “Empowering Women.” Empowering Women has become the term used when you offer a woman a job or an opportunity. In many cases more of a marketing term to place on a website or in blog posts or Facebook rant. What were we doing before this term now overused and without meaning grabbed the spotlight?

Women’s Empowerment Principles:

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities.

How does this work if you are attempting to Empowering Women, where do you start?

In Guatemala, I have a great friend, supporter of Boston Newborn Care and our work. In turn, I admire James Dillon’s work in Guatemala, he never uses the term Empowering Women, and Enabling is his preferred means to express his work with Ethical Fashion Guatemala.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James works mostly Mayan Women Weaving Artisans, in the remote Highlands of Guatemala. The textiles are all handmade dyed from plant seeds, natural cotton, and handspun into works of textile art. The weavers lacked access to technology; he enabled the women to have access to websites, banking, and shipping.

Resulting in economic improvement, products sold internationally and sustainability for the weavers and other forms of Artisan works. Prior local Tourists were the customers, often bartering for a $20 scarf that took a week to weaver.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James stresses the fact that Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a business, not a None Profit seeking donations or a project. Artisans need work and sales, not donations.

Two years ago, James life in Guatemala changed, Fashionista wrote an article about how from Guatemala James forced ETSY, the on-line handcraft portal to remove thousands of Copyright works of Artisans from their website. The story went Viral.

Think about James story next time you see a sign or website about Empowering Women. I am today thinking how can I Enable more women??