Welcome! MamaNook brings you a showcase of the pregnancy, birth and babyhood wisdom Mother’s Haven has garnered over the years, as well as goods to help you with your journey through parenthood. So, please – reheat your now-cold coffee. Sneak a few minutes between kissing a boo-boo and changing a diaper to have a look around. Check out our original content, or follow links to educational blogs we’re fans of. We welcome any and all feedback, because MamaNook is for you.


Play to Learn: A Guide for Parents

Play comes naturally to kids, but not always to adults. Experts and parents agree that play-based and traditional classroom learning are both necessary and profoundly important for a child’s early education — therefore, making time for all kinds of play is...

A Midwife’s Calling: An International Journey for Women’s Wellness

An off-the-cuff Facebook comment caused a chain reaction that changed North Idaho midwife Kim Palmer’s life. “One of these days, I’m going to come see you and those giraffes,” she wrote on friend Marilyn Sorensen’s photo. The two had met at a midwifery conference...

Babywearing for Bonding & Wellness

In the early days of bringing my baby home, I had three major concerns. The first was that I wouldn’t bond with my baby or love him enough. Unlike what I was expecting, the cascade of emotions after giving birth included stress, fear, anxiety and exhaustion. Love,...

A Real Mama’s Guide to Bedtime Routine (Or Lack Thereof)

If you’ve ever asked an expert about bedtime, they all usually have a common theme – routine, routine, routine. The details vary but the content tends to be similar. Bath time, pajamas, story time, feed, snuggle, et cetera. But what if you’re like my husband and I,...

Accepting The Birth You Had And The Mother You Are

Motherhood comes with a lot of warnings. People warn you that childbirth hurts, that you won’t sleep, that you’ll fight with your partner, that you’ll hate going to work and that friends will be lost. Being pregnant was almost like wearing a billboard asking for all...

A New View on Geriatric Pregnancies

Geriatric isn’t a word that comes to mind when discussing a woman in her 30s — unless you’re talking about pregnancy. While the term is reserved for women over 35, it continues to be used to describe a pregnancy by a woman deemed to be procreating late in life....

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