In the US Maternity nannies are known as Newborn Care Specialists (disassociating this specialty from medically qualified nursing). They are highly experienced in all aspects of newborns, aside from medical issues. They may work 24 hours a day, seven days per week, but most commonly work five nights/days a week for the first three months of a newborn’s life.

The role can consist of assisting parents with feeding guidance, nursery set up, premature infant, multiples, colic, reflux, and sleep guidance/training. There are various training organizations that offer non-accredited certifications, however, in an unregulated field parent should ensure that the qualifications of their maternity nanny are legitimate and accredited.

Recipes That Increase Breast Milk

Recipes That Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms.

A favorite breakfast recipe we use regularly is Chia Pudding.

This is a recipe for the Energy Bites: Yield: 12 servings, 1 each

Ingredients:
½ cup Chocolate Protein Powder (we use Shakeology)

½ cup organic old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup all-natural creamy almond butter

1 tsp. vanilla

3 Tbsp. raw honey

Preparation:
1. Combine protein powder and oats in a medium bowl; mix well.
2. Add almond butter and honey to the mixture; mix well
3. Roll in balls about the size of a ping pong ball.


Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms. A favorite breakfast recipe we use regularly is Chia Pudding and has a ton of healthy Omega-3. One ounce of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein, 11 grams of fibre, and a ton of healthy omega-3 fatty acids

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms

Yield: 2 servings, about ¾ cup each

Ingredients:
1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp. raw honey
⅓ cup chia seeds
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract (optional)

Preparation:
1. Combine almond milk, honey, chia seeds, and extract in a medium bowl; mix well.
2. Cover bowl; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, mixing after 2 hours.
3. Divide evenly into 2 servings


Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms Spinach Egg Cups:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups baby spinach – roughly chopped measured/packed before chopping
2 cloves garlic minced
salt to taste
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard non stick 12-slot muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in oil and spinach and cook for an additional 2 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add in minced garlic. Season with salt and remove from heat.

Crack eggs/egg whites into a large 4 cup measuring cup and whisk together. Stir in cooked spinach. Pour the egg/veggie mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are firm to the touch and eggs are cooked.

Cool slightly and serve immediately! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. These may also be frozen.

To reheat, pop them in the microwave until warm.

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms provided by Chris Kachmar, The Stocked Fridge 
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Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today

Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

The Fashion-1990- Maternity fashion was ugly but totally OK. It was almost expected to wear huge billowy, flowery dresses and giant blowsy tops paired with black maternity stirrup pants. If the bump showed, it was too tight, moms had to find bigger clothes. Bathing suits were like dresses, also ugly. On the weekends we sported overalls and jumpsuits. Also very très chic.

Today pregnant moms look so fashionable. Lululemon clothes are a staple, stretchy tops and knit dresses outlining the baby bump is everywhere. Bikinis and bare bellies are on every beach and pool deck.

Having a baby in 1990 vs. today.

Having a baby in 1990 vs. today.

Information- Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

1990- The 1984 book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting was on every coffee table of any pregnant woman in America with updated versions sold every year. A month-to-month guide on what the baby looked like, how a mom should be feeling; new aches and pains, and what was normal.

Today, internet blogs, Facebook groups, and classes are how today’s modern moms learn every detail of what’s going on with them. There is a lot more information shared today than 20+ years ago.

Boy or Girl- Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

1990- The only way to know the gender of the baby was if moms had an amniocentesis. Typically a bad AFP (Alfa-Fetoprotein Test) indicating either Downs Syndrome or spinal Bifida would prompt many to risk the scary test for diagnostic proof, which would also indicate the sex of the baby.

Today non-invasive prenatal baby gender tests on maternal blood can detect the Y-chromosome. So at 10 weeks gestation and for $300, parents can have the test done and in a week they know if it’s a boy or girl.

Bring on the layer cakes and balloons!

Boston Newborn Care Course for Parents

Boston Newborn Care Course for Parents

Maternity Leave – Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

1990- Everyone would get a note from the Dr. about 2 weeks before the due date that orders moms to leave work within in a few days. That’s it!! Moms would just abruptly leave. Although, everyone would expect it and all-male bosses would be relieved since they would be so uncomfortable around pregnant moms and their bellies. Moms would be put on short-term disability, not losing any of their vacation days, sick days or maternity leave; meanwhile, they were home decorating the baby’s room and, albeit, lumbering around, but still having a leisurely vacation close to home.

Nowadays there are restrictions with insurance plans and more so the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, (although was not implemented until 1998) FMLA was intended “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families.” If eligible, employees could take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for pregnancy (among other things) and care for a newborn child. So, no more unnecessary bogus doctors note to leave for no reason.

Moms now work up until the day they deliver. NO more “free” days off. But, now dads get time off which didn’t exist before. Most dads just took vacation time.

Delivery- Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

1990- Moms would be permitted to go up to 3 weeks beyond the due date. I did with one of my kids and I was home for 5 weeks on short-term disability. Awesome for me! Moms would have to pay extra to have a private room on the maternity floor. Only 1 hospital had all private rooms in my area. Moms would give birth in one room then move to the maternity floor, usually a few floors down.

Today- 1 week late is the limit. At the 39-week visit at the doctor, the plans will be made for an induction or scheduled C- section. Now, all hospitals have private rooms. Most moms also deliver in the room they will stay in for the 3 days if vaginal delivery or 5 if Caesarian section.

Baby Pictures- Having a Baby in 1990 vs. Today.

Boston Newborn Care Frequently Asked Questions

Boston Newborn Care Frequently Asked Questions

1990- The maternity photos were hideous. It was a mug shot for the file at the hospital. The fluorescent lighting in a small room with a camera on the ceiling made for a great shot. Parents did get the option of buying it, which for the most part, they did and they were all so ugly. Babes were in a hospital undershirt wrapped in a hospital blanket, goop in their eyes looking unrelated to anyone in their family, (or anyone’s family.)

Today, photographers are waiting for those that choose to have a photo session of the baby. The use of softer lighting, cute baby outfits, natural positions that are scheduled makes for much better pics. Some with parents, some solo, all are precious. Not to mention that the iPhone cameras are better than anything moms of yesteryear had in their to-go bags.

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My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash, Newborn parents find the first few weeks challenging, being accustomed to your baby, sleepless nights, breastfeeding, and some Diaper Rash. Seeing your Baby’s bottom ablaze in fiery color and pain all a mother seeks it to find relief for her Newborn suffering.

There are seven home remedies for diaper rash from diarrhea, yeast infection, and other common triggers. Breast milk helps if you are breastfeeding, if not the remedies include apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cornstarch, and browned flour.

I prefer to stay away from chemical-based creams and lotion; one never knows what the hidden ingredients on the label may hold, many natural products may have side effects. Fact Microplastics found in almost everything we put on our body, including toothpaste.

Remember our skin is the largest organ on our body and what we put on it and our Babies’ bum will be absorbed.

 

I found in of all places Guatemala a natural product for Diaper Rash called “Baby Butter.”

Diaper Rash

 

On the shores of Lake Atitlan Guatemala, I found Geno Veva is a 35-year-old Guatemalan who gave up her career as an engineer five years ago to start a family and to take a break from the high-tech world.

Her focus develops pure natural products based on Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, Avocado, Macadamia, and the vast supply of local herbs the Mayan culture has used for hundreds of years for natural medicines.

 

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Geno working at home

Geno has real-world experience with Diaper rash, stretch marks, her five-year-old daughter Love proves her products work as many of her products based on her experience as a mother. Geno continues to develop new products, natural deodorant for women prone to breast cancer, soaps oil, and lotions.

 

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Geno Creams

I like the idea of supporting Geno through the blogs I write and my interest in natural products. Each product is handmade, extracting natural oils from plants. You can find her on Facebook.

My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

https://www.facebook.com/Atitlanherbals/. She ships her products worldwide offers workshops and classes.

 

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, a 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 with 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 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 weave.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James stresses the fact that Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a business, not a None Profit-seeking donation 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??

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.

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Nigh. A Baby nurse can do more than just stay up all night. We have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to help the whole family.

Boston Baby Care prefers a bedtime routine is your best bet for a happy baby and happy parents.

Until you experience the first few months of being a new mom it is impossible to see how unorganized the day can be. Not only is there no time to make sense of what you do but there is little time to come up with a better plan. Nothing feels right. Insecurity is trapping you from properly thinking through the steps you take to accomplish anything.

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Boston Baby Nurse

By the time 7 PM comes along there is no way you are in any shape to make a plan for tomorrow. You are just waiting for the next feed and trying to figure out when the night actually starts since days and nights are the same.

Establishing a bedtime routine is so vitally important for everyone. Even though your baby could wear a different onsite or stretchy footie consistently should establish the start and end of each day.

When a new baby joins the family everyone’s life changes. The working adult needs to adapt to the routines as well. With husbands and wives returning home late, it’s hard to check out of adult life to tend to the baby alone. Even children who are used to after dinner being a free for all have to learn.

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Just this week I had a frantic call from a mom whose 4 week old was on a good schedule, but didn’t go to sleep until about 10 – 11pm, despite starting the bed time routine at 7!

So off I went for an observation and consultation. As 7pm approached, up we went to the nursery, and mom put on some music, turned on the overhead lights, and started to feed baby, talking to him the whole time.

While the mom was feeding, older siblings and hubby were coming in and out, for one thing and another, and I could visibly see the baby becoming over stimulated, and fussy very quickly. Then when the feed was over, baby was put into pajamas and…..wait for it….put under a toy with flashing lights and more music!!! By 9 pm poor baby was a complete mess, over tired, over stimulated, and hard to calm. Eventually the baby passed out from sheer exhaustion at 10:40!

Here are the changes I made the next night.

Mom let everyone come up and say good night to the baby BEFORE the routine started, and not to come back into the nursery unless there was a dire emergency. So up we quietly went at 6:45, so that the feed could start at 7.

Siblings kissed baby and left, and then mom put on the white noise machine to cue it was bedtime, change the baby into PJs, swaddle, and turned all lights off, in that order. Mom fed the baby in a very low key, quiet fashion, as you would in the middle of the night, with no conversation, just hugs. The baby was placed in the crib, still awake but drowsy and fast asleep by 7:30 PM.

Bedtime routines are to be very calm, relaxing, and uneventful, with as little stimulation as possible. I’m pleased to report that this is the baby’s new bedtime every night now!

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Boston Newborn Care Frequently Asked Questions

A Newborn Care Specialist is a non-medical professional who comes into the home when the baby comes home from the hospital.

Newborn Care Specialist Course

A Newborn Care Specialist Course prepares a person who specializes in newborn care. Newborn Care Specialists assist parents.

Baby is coming

Baby is coming!!! Best news I heard all day, they are waiting for us in the delivery room.

This was it, weeks leading up to this point I have been flooded with emotions, nervousness and anticipation of how he would make his grand entrance. My perfect delivery plan was not going to happen.

Thought okay, I am doing this without my husband, I needed our son to be healthy and in order to do that he needed out now. I immediately got prepped for a C-section. I could not be more excited and ready for someone to cut me open.

My husband must have gone through every red light, stop signs to make it there before he was born. I remember someone grabbing my hand while they were prepping me, saying I am here honey and everything will be okay.

Fast forward a few minutes, my sweet little boy was here.  First thoughts, oh god please make sure he is okay, then we thought he is so small. Weighted in at 4lbs, god was he breathtaking.

My husband and I got a quick peak then he was taken to the NICU. I spent hours in the recovery room waiting to see this little person that I had spent the last few weeks of hours talking to, signing to, crying and begging him to stay in there longer so he could grew every day.

It was time we could see him. The first image of him with tubes, wires in what we called his little condo was heart breaking. I wanted to hold him, kiss him but all we could do was hold his hand

  • Shortly after I was sent back to my room I sent my husband home to be with our oldest son. Then the emotional sadness set in of feeling my body betrayed me, how could this happen, what complications will he have. My head, my heart was overwhelmed.
  • This was excessively much for me to process. Then this overwhelming feeling of I don’t even know how to explain it, sickness, sadness, pressure to be strong because everyone would be watching me expecting me to be so fragile. Who knew this feeling would be how I felt everyday for the next three months.
  • Following day, slept for maybe three hours I wanted to get down to the NICU ASAP to see this miracle child but I wasn’t able to go by myself. Now I have to wait for others to be free for me to see my baby, perfect one more thing to push me over the edge. The free time I spent waiting to be wheeled downstairs a horrible feeling of realizing I will be leaving tomorrow without my baby.
  • This was something I never thought about; again, this was not my delivery plan. I had only seen or heard of this on Lifetime Movie network this couldn’t be happening to me. I remember crying in my wheelchair at the elevator when the nurse finally came to bring me to see our baby.

First sight, first touch Speechless…

To be continued…..

 

Newborn Care Course for Parents

Boston Newborn Care Course for Parents. Boston Newborn Care offers a 3-hour course for new parents. The Newborn Care Course for Parents is offered at at the Boston Newborn Care offices.