You can’t ruin a baby {grace for the mom feeling confused & overwhelmed}

Feeling overwhelmed and afraid? New momma, don’t fear – you can’t ruin a baby! Here’s grace for new moms, and any other mom feeling confused and stressed! Note: This post might not be saying what you think it is. It tells my story of mothering, but it isn’t prescriptively telling you to do it my way. In fact, the moral of this post is to stop listening to everyone else and mother your baby the way that feels right to you… and with that out of the […]

What I Wish I Could Have Told My Pregnant Self

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions; talk to your doctor or midwife about pregnancy, postpartum and newborn concerns. You know how hindsight is 20/20? I wish I had a way to talk to myself when I was pregnant with my first child. There’s so much I want to share. You know what I’d say? I know how scared you are. I know you know absolutely nothing about bringing up babies, but that’s OK. Relax. […]

5 Practices of Natural Mothering

Please note that today’s post is not intended to make any mother feel “unnatural” or that this way of mothering is “better” than or superior to other ways. I am friends with plenty of mothers who do not chose these practices, and many of them are much better mothers than I am! This post is simply to educate moms new to natural living about several aspects of what comprises “natural motherhood.” By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer When I first became a mom nearly five years […]

Taking Care of Mom After Baby’s Arrival

By Contributing Writer Brandy Ferguson Most moms will admit that those first few weeks after giving birth are the most challenging, and as a mom of a newborn myself, in spite of the fact that he’s our eighth, I am no exception.  Due to new demands of caring for a tiny baby and trying to figure out how to keep our home and family balanced, all while trying to recover, we very quickly find ourselves sleep-deprived, hungry, feeling run-down, perhaps lonely,  and often, can’t remember […]

10 Decisions for Parents of Newborns

Guest Post by Christina Szrama Getting to the birth of your child took a dozen medical decisions at least, some small, some large.  Well, your baby’s been born, you’re recovering (or trying to), and the decisions just won’t let up.  Welcome to parenthood! :) Let’s walk through each of the 10 decisions you will probably be asked to make before leaving the hospital, birthing center, or at your child’s first pediatric visit (if you delivered at home).  I’ll present each issue, ask the questions “Why […]

The Nursing Basket: A Breastfeeding Mother’s Help

  Written by Courtney, Contributing Writer The birth of a new baby brings an abundance of joy and excitement…and lots of rest, for both mom and baby. Frequent nursing keeps a new mother from extending herself too much, forcing her to sit down and relax often. In those first weeks, it’s important for a new mother to keep her focus on recovering from birth and nurturing her new baby, but eventually a more normal schedule will resume and the demands of the household will return. […]

Feeding Babies: A Relaxed, Common Sense Approach

This post was originally published over a year ago, but I continue to find questions on feeding babies and introducing solids in my inbox, so I thought that this was worth re-posting. And with another year to see how Johanna has responded to this style of feeding, I can say with even more certainty that this approach has helped her to develop into an easy-going, independent and un-picky eater. Hooray! When I had my first baby, I was strangely eager to feed her “real” food. I couldn’t […]

Prevention and Treatment of Mastitis: Natural Alternatives to Taking Antibiotics

As any breastfeeding mama can tell you, mastitis is one of the nastiest things to deal with. These infections (which stem from a clogged milk duct) can come on quickly, bringing with them raging fevers and achy, fluish feelings, as well as acute soreness and tenderness in the breast, particularly around the area of the clogged duct. The common solution to mastitis (at least, for most doctors and even some midwives) is a strong dose of good ol’ antibiotics. Sure to clear up the angry […]