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All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

When expecting a baby; being pregnant, anticipating an adoption or a surrogate, all of us experience bouts of anxiety. Will the baby be OK, will I be a good parent, will the delivery be easy, and can I handle this. SHOULD I BE DOING THIS?

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

We can all borrow trouble, bringing us down and robbing us of the awesome experience of becoming a parent. It’s amazing to hold that baby in your arms, to kiss him/her for the first time. The amount of love you feel is something you had no idea you could feel. Once this happens all of your worries start to seep away. All that matters is the love you have for this baby.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs. They all need to have nutrition, sleep and to grow. Regardless of whatever issues may have presented itself either in prenatal testing or upon birth. Some of the issues may be serious, scary and sad. But all babies need to eat, nap and grow.

A good care provider, great support and positive vibes is so important regardless of the journey the baby may be facing. Sure, there may be different protocols, different methods and variations to a routine, but that’s the fact with everyone. All babies with the same diagnosis have differences; all babies who don’t appear to have any issues have variations to the norm. It’s a basic plan that has to be adjusted to fit the individual needs to the specific child.

Moms of 2-3 kids can attest that what worked like a charm for baby #1 didn’t work at all with subsequent children.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

Letting go of what you can’t control is a tough concept. Placing blame or pinpointing why can consume parents of babies with special needs. Being positive, happy and strong can be impossible at first. It will come. Certainly there is the initial disappointment, anger and sadness. Once the grieving period has passed parents then focus on what is positive. A group of happy energetic supporters is essential in the quest for contentment.

We’ve all read stories from parents with babies with issues. There is so much hype on the struggles, the therapies and the worry about their future. Society may pity the family; they may feel sorry that the child may not walk, hear, see or go to the local preschool, may not every be an athlete and be able to be mainstreamed.

Seems that the focus is on the negative aspects with the dialogue being on family disruption and stress. The trend seems to be overstating the negatives and overlooking the positives. Sure, there will be challenges but new studies have shown that with good support, families can be as vibrant and happy as families without disabled children.

Many parents, in fact, feel their families have been blessed because of their special child. They say they’re closer and have become more compassionate, and understanding of those with lesser abilities. They learn to be more tolerant, now have the opportunity to teach their other children the importance of being sympathetic, flexible, and selfless.

Ever hear a parent say that their special needs child is a gift? How that baby that needs therapy is the best thing that happened to their family? There’s a reason for this.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs. They come in all different shapes and sizes and abilities. Each being an incredible gift.

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Choosing a surrogate | What you need to know!

Choosing a surrogate? What you need to know!

My friend Linda couldn’t wait to be a mom. Her whole life she has dreamed of a house full of children. Even as a little girl she was always the mommy when playing house with her friends and would diaper and even breastfeed her baby dolls. She was the youngest of 5 and the only girl. She nurtured all of her brothers and was a mom to them all, even though to some she was 10 years younger.

Being ambitious, she chose to go to medical school which put her plans for starting a family on hold for a bit. She did meet the man of her dreams in medical school and were married in July, the month they graduated. Linda and Neal immediately set out to start a family.

At 31 years old she was a tiny bit concerned she was starting a little late. A lot of her friends were already moms. She knew that 30 was even young these days to start a family, nevertheless, she was anxious to become pregnant.

Four years and 10 miscarriages later she turned to surrogacy. A gestational carrier was her first choice. A gestational carrier has no genetic relationship to the baby. The mom is the egg donor and the father is the sperm donor. The woman is carrying the child for the intended parents. Both she and her husband were healthy, although Linda’s uterus, as she puts it, was/is “angry”.

They chose a surrogate agency and after a short search found their surrogate, Lorraine, a lovely 29-year-old who had 2 children of her own. Their first meeting was perfect so they chose to move forward.

Obviously, a very different experience when preparing for a child and not be pregnant. In addition to all of the newborn preparation, there was a logistical, financial, legal, emotional and physical challenge they added to their plate.

They lived 300 miles from Lorraine, the gestational carrier. Even still, the couple made monthly visits to attend appointments and get to know Lorraine. This was an easy enough drive for Linda and Neal, and it did not really impact their budget. The cost was significant enough to even venture into this agreement.

Choosing a surrogate

Choosing a surrogate

Choosing a surrogate? What you need to know!

The total cost is approximately $150,000.00. It varies from state to state but the basic breakdown is:

Agency fee: $20,000 – $25,000

Gestational surrogate fee: $25,000 to $35,000, higher if it is a multiple pregnancy.

Health insurance: $10,000 to $35,000 special policy coverage for the surrogate

Non-medical expenses for the surrogate: $10,000 to $15,000

Legal fees: $10,000 – $20,000

Counseling: $5,000- $8000 requirement for most agencies

IVF: Up to $20,000 more expensive for a surrogate and not covered by Insurance.

The legal contract/agreement is extensive, and with this component comes a significant amount of worry and concern for both parties. The list of “what if’s” is lengthy, however, many are comforted by the positive experiences shared by successful couples.

One positive is that the new mom can hit the ground running once the baby is born. With no physical set backs or recuperation time, new moms are stronger and have less of a need for sleep, however, the emotional pain of not experiencing the birth, feeling the first kick and the battle wounds of delivery is devastating to some.

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Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms

Recipes that Increase Breast Milk for Lactating Moms. 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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Traveling Nanny From Boston Newborn

Traveling Nanny From Boston Newborn Care for Families Traveling

Traveling Nanny From Boston Newborn Care for Families Traveling . For years I have received calls from parents planning vacations in Boston looking for overnight support with their newborn(s).

Traveling Nanny From Boston Newborn Care for Families Traveling

Boston Newborn Care provides a traveling nanny, Newborn Care Specialist or infant nanny. They are the overnight support, the daytime help and the professional in the house person, keeping things on track and empowering new moms and dads every step of the way. While parents are out enjoying some vacation no matter the city Boston Newborn Care provides a traveling nanny.

Traveling Nanny

Traveling Nanny

Many moms can’t imagine spending weeks with their mothers (or vice versa). So many families are turning to 24/7 traveling nanny services from Boston Newborn Care Specialists who are more than willing to help during your vacations or business travel.

Traveling Nanny From Boston Newborn

The majority of my clients are in the Metropolitan Boston or New York City areas. However the network of traveling nanny nurses I have at my fingertips can accommodate any location in or out of the U.S.

At Boston Newborn Care, we make a point of screening and training our traveling nanny specialists (many are RN’s, and LPN’s) to not only know all the latest trends in baby gear and AAP practices but to take a course in working within homes as a service provider. Lets face it, it really doesn’t matter how great they swaddle or their awesome tricks of settling a baby if they cant give the family space when needed.

Traveling Nanny

Travel Nannies

A 24/7 traveling nanny sleeps when the baby sleeps, gets 4 hours off during the day for more rest and time to catch-up on personal item’s: emails, phone calls, showering etc. They are not recovering from a birth or a C-section.

They are not nursing, running your household or going to work. They eat when you eat, attend to your needs for the duration of the contract. A great perk is that there is support for when things need to be tweaked or if help is needed.

Most 24/7 traveling nanny Newborn Care Specialist will work a minimum of 1 week to 1 year. All have all vaccinations, passports ready, and they know how to help a busy family vacationing all over the world or organizing a low-key family that’s hunkered down during the first few months with the baby.

They travel to you or with you. The culture of each family is different. We recognize that and cultivate our ways to match your style.

www.BostonNewbornCare.com 617 299 0374

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Boston Baby Video Monitoring The Best Choices not to make!

Boston Baby Video Monitoring | The Best Choices not to make! If you search the Internet for Baby Video Monitoring products you will find many compact digital video baby monitor designed to give parents complete security by being able to actually watch their baby as they sleep from up to 200 meters away.

Boston Baby Video Monitoring

Baby Video Monitoring

This is a $49.95 product that has limited security and options. Would you trust your Baby’s safety and your piece of mind with a $49 device?

Smarter Home Boston Baby Video Monitoring

We are passionate about creating innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most — their homes, families and businesses. Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, advanced automation and dependable service.

Our award winning technology and cloud services power Smarter Home and Business solutions, including Interactive Security, Energy Management, Video Monitoring, Automation and Wellness. We connect a broad array of smart devices, making them easily controlled through an intuitive mobile app.

Alarm.com services are exclusively sold, set up and supported by a nationwide network of authorized Security and Smart Home service providers.

Video Monitoring from Anywhere

Boston Baby Video Monitoring

Baby Video Monitoring

Pan and Tilt

Remotely move the Pan/Tilt camera via the web, smartphone or tablet to see the different views of a location. Simultaneously view multiple locations on the same screen. Live Video HD quality and great lowlight performance make for crystal clear video. Use our smartphone or tablet to view live streaming video while away from your property.

Doorbell Camera

See who’s at the front door with the Alarm.com WiFi Doorbell Camera. Two-way voice through the Alarm.com app lets you speak to visitors at the door, from anywhere. Video Alerts. Alarm.com video is connected to your security system and sends you video alerts based on specific system activity. Get an alert if your system is disarmed unexpectedly, if the alarm goes off, or when a specific user disarms the system. Receive alerts by text or email, and customize them by time, day, camera and motion.

Continuous Recording

Capture 24/7, high-definition, continuous recording with the Stream Video Recorder (SVR). The SVR is bandwidth optimized so it won’t slow your internet connection.

Live Streaming

Every connected camera should be able to stream footage of your home directly to your smartphone. Many cameras go further, allowing you to remotely pan and tilt your view, view in low light conditions, and view footage from multiple cameras (even at different homes) on the same screen.

Video Alerts

If something happens at home, your video solution should be able to instantly alert you. A good connected camera will detect motion, begin recording, and send you an alert or email with the video clip so you can see what’s going on.

Smart Clips and Other Smart Features

When your video camera is part of a multi-sensor smart home, your video monitoring becomes smarter and more convenient.

For example, you don’t want an alert for everything – so you can customize what triggers an alert. Contractors arriving or kids coming home? Yes please – your camera will use the door code or alarm panel as the trigger to record. Dog getting up to look out of the window? No alert necessary. It’s your home, so you make the rules.

You can even use your location as a trigger for complete control over your video solution. Alarm.com’s Geo-Services lets you pause recording when you’re at home, and start again when you leave, all based on your smartphone’s location.

Weatherproofing and Wall-Mounting

Many of the events you’ll want to monitor for – particularly security-type events – take place outside your home, where most connected cameras are susceptible to weather and connectivity issues. Here, you need an solution like Alarm.com’s new outdoor wireless camera.

Our new camera features a sleeker design, improved durability, and a high outdoor weather rating, meaning that it captures everything no matter what the weather: ice, rain or humidity. Best of all, a trained security professional can install this camera for you, taking care of mounting, wiring and connectivity while you stay warm indoors.

Interested in a connected video solution? Click here to connect with a local Alarm.com service provider.

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap, I learned the importance of educating parents on their newborns’ appearance early on in my career. One postpartum nurse told me that she would run ragged throughout the night going from room to room answering questions about their baby’s skin, head shape, bent limbs, and lack of eyebrows.

Of course newborns are typically in the hospital for 2-5 days and not much changes in their appearance. The transformation from newborn to cute cherubic, picture perfect baby is quite astounding and as it seems, not all that well known among new parents. Cradle cap is a delightful little condition that happens to most infants to varying degrees. When I say varying degrees, I mean it can be so mild that parents are not aware, or it is so severe that it spreads beyond the baby’s head and onto her face.

One mom called me in a panic when she learned that the rash on her baby’s face, and across her eyebrows was in fact cradle cap! Not everyone knows that it is not limited to the scalp. Common signs of cradle cap include, patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales, skin flakes, and possibly mild redness. Similar scales may also be present on the ears, eyelids, nose and groin. Do see your doctor if the patches spread to your baby’s face or body.

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap

Cradle cap usually resolves on its own within a few months. Self-care measures, such as washing your baby’s scalp daily with a mild shampoo, can help loosen and remove the cradle cap scales. Gently rub your baby’s scalp with your fingers or washcloth to loosen the scales. I also see more often than not, a blotchy scalp as a result of mom picking at it! Wash your baby’s hair once a day with mild baby shampoo. Loosen the scales with a small, soft-bristled brush before rinsing off the shampoo. If the scales don’t loosen easily, rub petroleum jelly or a few drops of mineral oil onto your baby’s scalp. Let it soak into the scales for a few minutes, and then brush and shampoo your baby’s hair as usual. If you leave the oil in your baby’s hair, the scales may accumulate and worsen the cradle cap. Once the scales are gone, wash your baby’s hair every few days with a mild shampoo to prevent scale buildup. If cradle cap persists or seems severe, your doctor may suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion or other treatment.

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle cap is most common in newborns. It isn’t contagious and probably won’t bother your baby. Cradle cap generally isn’t itchy for infants.

Though the exact cause of cradle cap isn’t known, one contributing factor may be hormones that pass from the mother to the baby before birth. These hormones can cause an abnormal production of oil (sebum) in the oil glands and hair follicles.

Cradle cap is sometimes confused with another skin condition, infantile eczema. One major difference between these conditions, however, is that eczema usually causes significant itching.

It will pass, usually just in time for baby acne to appear. Don’t cancel the photo op however. Its who they are at the time and can be a memory that will make you smile years later when they are all grown up.

 

Rock your baby to sleep

Rock your baby to sleep have her sleep on your chest, feed her until she’s snoring; that’s fine. Go ahead; but just know you are signing up for this task for at least a year.

Babies like what they like. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle in someone’s cozy arms or be lulled to sleep whilst rocking back and forth to your dads humming?

I remember when I watched my first baby, around 28 years ago. A friend was going to her mother in-laws funeral. She left me with these instructions.

Rock your baby to sleep

  1. Sally will wake up at X time.
  2. Enter her room wearing my scarf, hanging on the outside doorknob.
  3. Do not turn on the lights.
  4. Be sure the bathroom door is open about 5 inches and the shower light is on. (That is enough light for you to see)
  5. Sit in the rocking chair to feed her but don’t move the position it is in.
  6. Be sure to turn on the mobile before you sit down.
  7. When she is done hold her upright for 17 minutes.
  8. Change her while singing somewhere over the rainbow.
  9. Stand on your head and spit jellybeans.

Ok, so the last direction was just me being sarcastic.

Of course I tried to follow all of these steps. And of course she cried the whole time because I probably opened the refrigerator or forgot to turn off the television.

I felt like what a new mom must feel like. I totally turned off my common sense. I didn’t do what seems natural because I had to follow the directions.

My friend came home to a screaming infant. This regime came about because it worked one time. The chair, the light, the noise and the smells suddenly settled her fussy daughter.

I totally get it. Rock your baby to sleep

PARENTS WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE IT STOP.

How else did the midnight car rides come about? Desperate parents will do what works. Outsiders will view these intricate steps as ridiculous, but new parents see it as perfectly normal behavior.

When my son was born my husband and I walked around OUR HOUSE with one shoe on. We had to scoot our foot under his bottom in the light-blue bucket chair and bounce it up and down. It became a mindless ritual; Tap-Tap-Tap, rocking him until he fell asleep.

It became the routine; it was our new normal because he stopped crying. It worked!

We did go through a few of those chairs, but it didn’t matter. That chair went everywhere with us. It became more important than my make-up

(whose kidding who here, make -up went out the door when I left work to go on maternity leave)

Eventually there is a break in the insanity. Common sense seeps in a little bit and the routines get much more manageable.

What’s your crazy story? We all have one.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a brilliant way to be on the go with a bottle at the ready. Getting out of the house with a newborn is a feat among itself. Gone are the days where you have to just tuck your phone into your pocket and dash.

Now there’s the checklist.

Diapers, toys, change of clothes for baby, change of shirt for mom (annoying headlight spots on your shirt from leaking breast milk isn’t especially attractive) The diaper bag with favorite toys, loveys, blankets. Etc. etc. etc.

Now the chore of the bottle: Although your breastfeeding days are still in full swing, perhaps you are supplementing with some formula in anticipation of going back to work, or just because you want to introduce formula to your babe.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip "Mixie Bottle"

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Now the questions:

Do I make it ahead of time and then search for a coffee shop where I can get a hot cup of water to warm it in? Do I bring the water separately and the powder in a different container to mix it on the go.

Holding an infant, trying not to touch any surface outside of your house and mix it without being one of those new moms who fumbles and spills?

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle

The chamber has the perfect amount of formula, the water is the perfect temp. Push the bottom of the chamber; the powder is released into the water. And you have the perfect bottle with no struggle.

You can load up your stroller or your diaper bag with ready to go bottles so you are never stuck struggling in the ladies room in a full sweat with a hungry baby.

Here is one tip. The bottle can leak a little bit from the top if it is screwed on too tight. The pressure from the release of the formula somehow causes the nipple to be a little off where it attaches to the bottle collar.

Just don’t tighten it too much and you’ll have no issues. The wide Dr. brown nipples fit on this bottle as well.

Mixie Bottle Fill, Pop, Mix for the freshest bottle on the go.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Having a Successful Boston Newborn Experience?

The upward trend in Boston Baby Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists and Infant Overnight Care in Boston is due to success of the parents.

Lets face it; we have a city of really successful parents. Smart, talented and dedicated people who surround themselves with smart talented and dedicated help.

It’s not by accident that couples move to Boston. In Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, Southie and the Seaport you will find like-minded, smart, folks who work hard, and have nice things.

They worked hard at school, are dedicated to their job, their trade, their skill. They put in the time to be a success. Long hours, missed vacations and long weekends at work so they are where they are; they earned their spot as the impressive head of the department, top sales person or savvy entrepreneur.

This didn’t happen overnight. Today most women are ready to have a baby after sometimes up to 10 years after they graduate from college.

Having a successful Boston Newborn experiences?

Having a successful Boston Newborn experiences?

The average age of first time moms in 2000 was 24 years old. Today’s moms are still in school or seeking a career until they are closer to 30. Medical professionals are in their early 30s before they can even consider having a baby.

Not only are first time moms older, but also so is the support system around them.

I am the 3rd born in my family and my mom was 24 when she had me.

I was 25 when my first son was born. At the time my mother was 49 years old and my dad was 50. They were my support system. My dad brought me to Dr’s appointments and my mom put the nursery together, she was my Florence Nightingale, my Mary Poppins and came to support me in the middle of the night.

Today, many first time moms are in their 30’s and 40’s. Having grandparents as support, be it in the early days of chaos or when moms go back to work, just doesn’t seem to be the best option.

Not to mention the fact that many in the Boston area are not from here originally. So grandparents are not next door anymore. Hiring help is the way of the world now.

Don’t get me wrong, grandparents are still very much part of the mix. They come to stay for a few days and definitely help all day. They just do not do the overnight shift. They go to bed at 9 P.M. I usually have a nice chat with them at

6 A.M. when they get up to let the new mom get some more sleep.

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Hiring a Boston Night Nurse for Your Newborn

Hiring a Boston Night Nurse for Your Newborn. Boston is a popular area for baby nurses. I get that I live this world, but it is always astounding to me that folks have never heard of a night nurse or a baby nurse that support families when an infant (or two or three) joins the family.   Or maybe it is something they have seen in TV but feel that this is just a service for the rich and famous.

SOOO not true.

First of all, parents are not expected to know the specific industry terms.  The “industry” consists of nannies and agencies that are trying to outline the different roles.  Parents who need support will search for whatever term they think is most likely going to yield the best candidate.

So, be it a night nanny, newborn care specialist, maternity nurse, overnight nanny or baby nurse or whatever you want to call it,  were here to help.

In a recent article I read, parents lose an average of six months of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life.

Boston Night Nurse

Yikes, that’s a pretty big sleep debt.

Like many things in life, the amount of sleep, where you sleep, the conditions in which you sleep is important to many.  It’s an area in life that most don’t mess with.

Aside from fuzzy brain, forgetfulness, and appearing like a space cadet there are many serious ramifications to being up all night going to bed.

Migraines, seizures, and wakening some dormant condition due to lack of sleep.

Just like many other things, perhaps sleep is worth the price to pay to get it.

I once had a client who said, “I’m young, I can always make money, I just don’t want to be miserable in what is supposed to be an awesome time in my life”

Another client was so thrilled with being referred to me, she said ”I’m going to bed, I’ll just leave a suitcase full of cash by the door”  Another said she would have written a blank check had she known about this service.

There is a short-term expense to this service Boston Night Nurse.  But it’s just a short time.  Not always a sustainable outlay for years, but most feel it’s worth it for a few months. You decide the time frame, the hours and the bonus tasks performed while you are dreaming away.

I’m from a customer service background.  It’s important to me to only present professional, experienced legitimate baby nurses to my clients.

Word of advice.  Google them.

If you see articles about the newborn care specialist you are planning on with another career, you may want to reconsider.  Don’t you just want a passionate professional?  Not a sales rep or a hospital translator.

Just sayin…Boston Night Nurse

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