5 Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Time always seems to pass more slowly when we’re waiting for something. The last month of pregnancy is no exception. Many women are anxious to meet their new babies and to not be pregnant anymore. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time (and possibly induce labor naturally) here are five suggestions. It is important to remember that your …

Hospital “Go” Bag – What do I Need to Bring to the Hospital?

Women are notorious for over-packing. And, let’s face it, you don’t want to leave something home only to realize that it was the one thing that you absolutely needed! So what do you pack for the most important trip of your life – the trip to the hospital to meet your baby? I recommend packing your hospital bag around 32 weeks. …

Pumping Exclusively: One Mom’s Breastfeeding Journey

This blog post is authored by a local mom who’s ideal of exclusively breastfeeding didn’t go exactly as planned. After hearing about her journey in a local Facebook mom group, I reached out to see if she would like to share her story with other mothers. She struggled with latching and a hungry baby and ultimately made the decision to …

Sleep: The Best Gift You Can Give a New Mom

Sleep. It’s crucial to life and healthy function. We need it, look forward to it (unless, of course, you’re a toddler), and enjoy it. And we know to expect less of it once we have a baby. It is the biological norm that babies will wake up every 2-3 hours to eat for the first month or two. For one, …

Postpartum Plan – What it is and why you need one

You’ve spent countless hours researching everything about birth and deciding on your preferences. You’ve given thoughtful consideration to your provider, birthing location, and what you want to happen immediately after your baby is born. What are you going to do when you get home? You will be taking care of your new baby, but who is going to take care …

Floating During Pregnancy

About a year and a half ago, Rise Above Floatation opened in Mount Kisco, making it the first and only floating center in Westchester county.  Floating is still a new concept to many, so I spoke with Micah Saccomanno, owner of Rise Above, to learn more about the benefits of floating during pregnancy. What is floatation therapy? Floatation therapy, or …

Common Breastfeeding Myths Busted

As a lactation counselor in Westchester, NY, I work with women and their new babies during the first weeks and months of the baby’s life.  Breastfeeding is natural, but does not always come easy to every new mom and baby duo.  Support is crucial in the early days of breastfeeding to ensure a successful start to the nursing relationship.  The …