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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.

20 Must-Have Pregnancy Apps for Every Mom-to-Be

20 Must-Have Pregnancy Apps for Every Mom-to-Be, I feel very old as a Parent that relies on this highly connected world we are now forced to live in. Smartphones, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp. Must Have Pregnancy Apps, why should we need these?

Hello Belly: Pregnancy Tracker.

This might just be the pregnancy app with the cutest guides ever — and they’re informative, too. The app comes loaded with entertaining tips from top experts, week-by-week info about your growing baby, mommy yoga, womb visualizations, and more.

My wife and our first child we read books, yes looked on line at like WebMD. Rubbed Baby Oil on my wife’s growing Belly. We read someplace it stopped stretch marks.  

The Bump Pregnancy App

This app features an addicting week-by-week pregnancy comparison guide that compares the stage of your pregnancy with an illustration of a cute fruit. Each day, the app is updated with fresh editorial content by the staff at The Bump. There are other features, too, like the ability to ask questions to the editors, medical experts, and other real moms. Don’t forget to document your pregnancy by utilizing the weekly photo albums!

Our way of comparing pregnancy and our development was all those trips for the Ultra Sounds. And that always asked question, “Do you want to know if it’s a boy or girl”. Not sure this App will be able to tell you this.

This one is ridiculous if you ask me. We are having A Baby Pool?

Baby Pool Pregnancy App

This is hysterical. Just like fantasy football, your friends and family members can start placing bets on your pregnancy. There’s a point system, so the friend who guesses the right gender will get 100 points, and the cousin who guesses the first letter of the name will get 25 points, and so on!

Our Baby Pool was our Parents and Relatives asking after trip to the Doctor. “How is everything going”. Are you going to find out what you’re having? Kind of like asking what are you having for Diner?

My point of all this is, you’re going to have a Baby. That Baby needs all your attention and love right from the start. Not a Baby App to teach you about raising your Baby. The first two years sets everything for your Baby.

I see Parents letting three year olds sit for hours and watch Kids Video’s on YouTube.

Bump, not a baby bump..

BUMP, not a baby bump..I will get to that.

At five plus months pregnant I was feeling great; not much weight gain, still in regular clothes, skin looking good…

Who knew it would shortly be over…

I was enjoying breakfast with my friends because that’s what stay-at-home moms do. (which is probably why we can’t get anything done. “I am so busy!!!”

Yeah, busy enjoying coffee with my girlfriends.

Breakfast was great of course. It’s the only time you can eat eggs, pancakes, bacon AND home fries and not feel any guilt.

After breakfast we headed to the car where we continue to sit for another hour chatting.

Here comes out friend Barreling in – two hours late for breakfast. She’s on the phone as usual and

BUMP

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She hits the side of the car we are in.!! Let me remind you, she hit out PARKED car. Goes to show how little our friend was paying attention.

Have you ever had a friend that just always has her head in the clouds? Let’s just say it’s something like that.

At first we all laughed because seriously, how dumb can you be to hit a car while trying to pull into a parking spot?

What is she 15 years old?

As I was laughing, I said OMG I have to go, I think I just wet my pants from laughing so hard. (Another thing pregos ladies are allowed to get away with)

I was still giggling about this hours later.

I wasn’t laughing the next morning

It’s clear, my water broke.

At first thought I peed again but it didn’t stop. After my third pair of pants, I called my mom.

What’s the first thing we do when things go wrong?

Call Mom.

It was really mom who convinced me my water broke. I said “no way, I am not even six months pregnant.”

I called my doctor, and, of course he said to go to the nearest hospital,

Sounds like you are in labor”.

Labor?

WHAT??

No, this is not happening.

Then the panic. The things that were rushing through my head,

The baby is too small, it can’t be healthy for him to come today! The room is not done and I haven’t shaved yet.

I yelled to my husband,

We’ve got to go!”

As I explained to him what was happening I began to lose it.

I cried!

Oh man, did I cry.

My husband was very calm but I know it was killing him inside. He knew of all the complications that could happen to me and the baby.

We arrived at the hospital, but the Dr. didn’t want to check me to increase the delivery but he did Say.

Yup you are delivering today but not here! We need to transfer you to a hospital where they can handle such an early delivery.”

A short ride to the hospital, which felt like hours, I played all the scenarios in my head, thinking this poor baby! He is going to suffer because my friend is a dumb ass.

I could not have asked for a better team of people to meet that day.

Nurses, doctors, students etc. They all reassured me that its going to be OK.

Your water broke but we can keep him in there until he shows signs of stress or you start laboring on your own.”

What a relief.

Now the reality, the sad news. In order for this to happen

I am not going home until this little man arrives.

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This was my first test as a mom of two.

I knew my other son would be heartbroken without me home.

I put him to sleep, do his morning routines, get him ready for school etc.

Let’s be honest, all goes to hell when moms aren’t around.

I was so conflicted. I secretly wanted to stay at the hospital as long as I could so this baby had more time to mature and grow. But I would so miss my son.

I got settled into my room; which was a very nice private room with a view! I was like a college kid again. (less all the partying this time around)

I became very close with the staff; they were great. My family brought them candy, pizza, anything to make them happy.

It doesn’t hurt to grease the wheel a bit.

I knew the shift changes, and their routine (one nurse I became close with gave me the low-down on who was coming and going)

Some were great, others. not so much. She warned me about not going into labor with certain staff because they just aren’t the best; not exactly on their toes in fast paced situations.

(As if I could control)

I remember thinking each day; one more day to a healthier baby and if he could stay in two more days we are closer to lungs being full term.

Fast-forward three weeks.

Yes, in the hospital for three weeks!

What I thought was gas, wasn’t. After hours walking the hospital floor to try to move the gas along I realized its not going away.

I tried to convinced myself it was the grilled cheese and French fries I had for dinner.

I was warned, “tonight is not the night , the staff was iffy.

Guess what?

What’s one more thing to go wrong.

Back to my gas- I mentioned it to my nurse .

She said. “Well nothing showed up on the monitors so must not be happening.”

True, the monitors showed no contractions but I knew something wasn’t right.

Finally the Dr. came in to check on me and said I had developed an infection and this baby needed to come out now.

Right NOW!

No pain meds were able to help relieve the pain. It was like a full-blown exorcism.

The pain was unbearable.

This baby was coming still very early but I knew I was in the best place for it to happen.

I remember telling them

Cut my clothes off” and not take the time to change me to get ready for the emergency room!

Cut my jewelry off” vs. trying to unhitch the clasp. Just make this happen. Now!

The nurse was Oh, So SLOWWWW.

I had no time for this.

Sitting there, in full blown labor (that morphine didn’t even touch) just waiting for the call to tell us to come on down, the room is ready.

Come on!”, I said, “ let’s go” Get me to the elevator so when they call we are there.

NO GO!

Fine”, I said, “You don’t want to go?, then I’Il walk to the elevator”

Still, no go.

Finally, the doctor came in.

OK, I am ready, but we are just waiting for your husband”.

Um, No, we don’t have to! I am good to go right now”

I knew we lived thirty minutes away. Of course, I didn’t want him to miss the birth of his second child. BUT, sorry I was over ruling this decision.

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.

The old way of parenting works

The old way of parenting works. Every couple of years another book or article arrives talking about parents with spinelessness or lack of understanding how to raise a child in 2018.  Raising a child today is far more complicated than in the past years. Seeing a 3 year old spending hours on a smartphone has become a known trend or thinking of some Parents.

Saying NO is not the answer.

I feel I am a good Father having raised two amazing Daughters. From day one my wife and I took the advice of others about raising and carrying for our Daughters. What we found worked in those early months was what I call Acclimation to our new lives together.

Our Daughters went everywhere with us. Shopping, plane trips, restaurants and road trips.  Our Daughters were never those screaming children in a Restaurant, we all learned together. Or that child grabbing and demanding something cute at a checkout.

Children are gifts, in our fast paced world we live in today we need to take time in the first months of changing our habits and the speed we live in.

Spending real quality time with your Baby will reward all involved with a quality of life we can never go back to change or replace.  When you’re Daughters Graduate from College and the first thing they do is WhatsApp pictures to friends. Before us as Parents we have the Graduation hug.

Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child aside from the biological relationship.

Described by Baumrind as the “just right” style, it combines a medium level demands on the child and a medium level responsiveness from the parents. Authoritative parents rely on positive reinforcement and infrequent use of punishment. Parents are more aware of a child’s feelings and capabilities and support the development of a child’s autonomy within reasonable limits.

Parenting skills are the guiding forces of a “good parent” to lead a child into a healthy adult, they influence on development, maintenance, and cessation of children’s negative and positive behaviors. Parenting takes a lot of skill and patience and is constant work and growth. The cognitive potential, social skills, and behavioral functioning a child acquires during the early years are fundamentally dependent on the quality of their interactions with their parents.

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?. Flu season is an annually recurring time period characterized by the prevalence of outbreaks of Influenza (flu). The season occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere. Influenza activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak, and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

Research done by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in 2008 found that the influenza virus has a “butter-like coating”. The coating melts when it enters the respiratory tract. In the winter, the coating becomes a hardened shell; therefore, it can survive in the cold weather similar to a spore. In the summer, the coating melts before the virus reaches the respiratory tract.

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

Does my Newborn need a flu shot this year?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu (influenza) vaccine for all children 6 months and older — ideally given as soon as the vaccine is available each year. This year only the flu shot is recommended. While there is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved nasal spray vaccine that consists of a low dose of live but weakened flu virus, the CDC recommends against using nasal spray flu vaccinations because the spray has been relatively ineffective in recent flu seasons.

Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older. Side effects might include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever, or muscle aches.

To determine how many doses of flu vaccine your child needs:

  • 2 doses. If your child is younger than age 9 years and is getting the flu shot for the first time or has only had one flu shot in total prior to July 1, 2017, plan for two flu shots given at least four weeks apart. Begin the process as early as possible.
  • 1 dose. If your child has had two or more flu shots at any time before July 1, 2017 — the two shots need not have been given during the same season or consecutive seasons — one shot is enough. Likewise, if your child gets the flu shot for the first time at age 9 years or older, one flu shot is enough.

Keep in mind that it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for a child to be fully protected from the flu. Consult your child’s doctor if you have questions about flu protection. Also check with your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child isn’t feeling well. Talk to your child’s doctor about your child’s symptoms.
  • Your child is allergic to eggs. Most types of flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. If your child has an egg allergy, he or she can receive the flu shot without any additional precautions. If your child has a severe egg allergy, he or she should be vaccinated in a medical setting and be supervised by a doctor who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.
  • Your child had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. The flu vaccine isn’t recommended for anyone who had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine. Check with your child’s doctor first, though. Some reactions might not be related to the vaccine.

The Affordable Care Act states, every mother will be given a free breast pump by their insurance company

The Affordable Care Act states, every mother will be given a free breast pump by their insurance company. All mothers are offered a breast pump. There are a variety of different pumps and they all work anywhere from just okay to awesome.

Boston Newborn Care has partnered with Healthy Baby Essentials and will personally provide the order form and hand deliver the pump to clients. No need to call insurance companies, Healthy Baby Essentials will process the rental quickly and painlessly.

The first breast pump with 2-Phase Expression® technology which is proven to achieve faster milk ejection and faster milk flow.* More efficient and comfortable. Unique overflow protection. Double or single pumping. One knob control. Whisper quiet operation. Easy-to-clean. Compatible with Preemie+ technology (Preemie+ Card sold separately).

Featuring the original 2-Phase Expression® technology – found only in Medela breast pumps.

Babies breastfeed in 2 phases:
1. Stimulation Phase – when babies first go to breast, they suck fast and light to start milk flowing.

2. Expression Phase – after milk flow or “let-down” starts, babies breastfeed with a slower, deeper suck, bringing out more milk faster.

Boston Newborn Care is experienced in stetting it up and coaching through the whole process. We’ll give you a schedule and help you with snacks to eat and what to avoid. We provide a tried and true storage tips and tricks and help moms continue to increase their supply to meet the growing babies needs.

With the 100s of clients I have counseled and supported I first listen then I offer a suggestion. Have you considered renting the hospital grade pump. The Medela Symphony perhaps? From my experience the hospital grade pump will yield up to 30% more milk at each pumping session.

So many new moms these days agonize over the whole breastfeeding experience. It begins way before the baby is even born. Whenever I ask a new client if they are going to breastfeed, 100% of the time the answer is “I’m going to try”

So those early days and nights with new moms are always stressful. The latch and the moms’ milk supply is the only thing talked about followed by the questions. “Is the baby hungry?” “ Should I try a different hold? Do I need a different pillow?“ Should I sit in another chair?” It’s an ongoing list of possible reasons why it isn’t going great. Do I need a nipple shield? Will there be nipple confusion? Does my baby have a tongue tie? Tears and frustration are the emotion instead of happiness and contentment.

Finally, it starts to come together. Then after 2 weeks the mom is ready to pump. Adding another task to their day, throughout the day is daunting. It’s far more frustrating when they do hook up to the breast pump the yield is minimal.

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Our First Baby | Our First Day Home Together.

Our First Baby | Our First Day Home Together. 9 months of planning, reading, on-line, baby classes, delivery and that first car ride together. None of this planning had prepared us for our first day home alone.

We arrived safely and daughter and mother fell asleep on our bed.

We have a large extended family, all visited our new daughter at the Hospital. Upon arrival at home the phone started ringing and within a few hours we had, Grand Mothers both sides, Mothers and Fathers both sides, Aunts and Uncles who all decided they should come and help us out. They brought food and gifts and wanted to hold the Baby.

I felt like our daughter was being passed around like a sack of Potatoes from one relative to another.

The advise started from the woman for my wife, breast feeding the Grand Mothers, not so sure about that. Breast pumps how to use them, make sure your breasts are stimulated before you try breast feeding. One relative compared this event to how cows are milked. You have to stimulate your breasts. Okay my wife, her breasts are engorged with with milk and any conversation on this topics resulted in her milk coming down.

The men in our Family, a lot of suggestions for me as the new Father. You have heard it all, this is a big responsibility financially, have you started a college fund, was one? Please. Are you planning any more children? Well to be honest this was a surprise baby. Not a bad thing. Planning another, we just got home.

My wife had planned to take 9 weeks off work. One of our relatives is a therapist. Oh you need more time off work. The first two years of your child’s life needs to be with the mother. This sets the foundation for your child’s growth and social development. Separation from mother will cause stress for the Baby once you go back to work. We have that covered we have a Nanny.

The idea of us having a Nanny care for our Daughter threw the entire family into a fit. You are going to leave your Daughter with a stranger? Please don’t get me wrong, we love our entire Family and for them this was a Family event filled with love and kindness. It was time for them to leave, early evening, the three of us are exhausted.

Now we are ready for that first night alone?

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Our First Baby | First 6 weeks home together

Our first Baby, we survived the pregnancy, numerous regular doctor visits, ultra sounds (do you want to know the sex of your Baby), the first heart beat we heard, the classes we took in order to become educated parents, then the delivery, and home we go all three of us. After nine months of waiting, with some fears and worries.

We made it. Our First Baby | First 6 weeks home together

Mom is exhausted, I am what? For some the First 6 weeks home together of having your first child is even a greater education, challenge, then all the books, websites, doctors advice read and reviewed for 9 months. All of that appeared to be a waste of time once our little girl arrived home.

The babies room was all setup, safe toys, best crib, bottles, breast pump, diaper bin, diapers, wipes for those smelly first Diaper changes, bathing table, and on and on and on. We were totally prepared. Well we thought so??

We quickly realized that sleep for us not the baby was not to be something we had any for the first 6 weeks. Breast feeding was one challenge, as our little girl while in mother was very active at night. Now out in the real world her schedule remained that of a night owl.

Breast feeding at first for mother and daughter was a game of play with Moms’ breasts, and sometimes not so much feeding. Mom’s breasts hurt as milk flowed in and Baby played. The breast pump was also kind of like this strange device. Store the milk, warm the milk to the right temperature. All for not our little girl likes Mom’s breast, not this bottle thing. At first.

Our First Baby

Our First Baby | First 6 weeks home together

The Babies room for the most part was abandoned during the first long nights and weeks. Feed her and she would roll over and fall asleep in our bed. Which also allowed us those fleeting few hours of rest during the evenings. Then the fear of “we will roll over on her” did not help at first.

We were told all about getting your baby on a routine will help. Acclimating her to days not nights. Easier said then done.

Our First Baby | First 6 weeks home together

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