Car seat safety

C is for Car Seats

There are few things you will buy for your baby that will have more of an impact on their life than their car seat. A 2015 study by the Journal of Pediatrics found that only 5% of car seats are used with zero mistakes! The goal of this post is to give you a strong foundation in car seat safety …

bishop score

B is for Bishop Score

Have you heard of the Bishop Score? This measure of cervical readiness was developed in 1964 by Dr. Edward Bishop. It assesses five criteria to ascertain the likelihood of a successful induction, in women who are full term, where an induction might be necessary.  Scores for each of the criteria range from 0 to 2 or 3, with a total maximum …

APGAR score

A is for APGAR Score

In the delivery room as your baby’s birth becomes more imminent, a nurse will come in who’s sole responsibility is your baby. Immediately after your baby is born, this nurse will assess your baby in five areas. Unlike other newborn procedures your baby may undergo, this is non-invasive. I’m talking about the APGAR Score. What is the APGAR Score? The …

Oh, Baby! Take Your Shirt Off!

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the picture of “The Rock” skin-to-skin with his new daughter Tiana. It’s sweet, beautiful, and beneficial. While you’ve likely heard about and researched the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin after birth, did you know that this contact can greatly benefit your baby, yourself, and your partner in the early weeks of life? Benefits of Skin-to-Skin …

No, Facebook, I Don’t Want to Check In at the Hospital!

One thing you won’t see Blissful Birthing’s doulas doing is posting on Facebook when we are on our way to support a client or “checking in” when we arrive or leave the hospital. Why? Well, putting aside the fact that it is totally unprofessional to do so,  it is just not our information to share! When speaking with each of …

What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Parent

They say hindsight is 20/20. This phrase used to bug me because I felt that it focused too much on the past and not enough on the present. However, I do think it is pertinent to parenting as how we parent is a mix of past experiences and present intuition. I asked the experts (also known as my friends with …

Storm Preparation

Spring has sprung! Or has it? With our area in the midst of our fourth Nor’easter in three weeks, I’m sure most of us feel fairly confident with our storm prepping routine by now, but I don’t think it can hurt to go over the basics again. At the end of this article, I am including the link to our …

What to Expect at Baby’s First Dental Visit

Establishing good oral health habits begins early. We spoke with Dr. Minerva Patel, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with 17 years experience, to learn about her practice and laying the foundation for good oral health in babies. How do I know that it is time to take my baby to the dentist for his/her first exam? The American Academy of …

Newborn Photography – Answers to Common Questions

You’ve heard it time and again, “cherish the time when they’re young; it goes by so fast!” What better way to do that than with photographs? We interviewed Anika Fatouros of A. Fatouros Photography to get answers to common questions parents have about newborn photography. What are important things for parents to consider when selecting a newborn photographer? The most …