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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.

 

What is a doula?

When you are introduced to someone new, there are a topics that seem to come up. Are you married? Do you have kids? Where do you work? When I first became a doula, this last question gave me gave me anxiety because I would say, “I am a doula,” and it would always be...

Doulas: Not Just for First Time Parents

“You don’t need a doula,” said the husband of a former client. “I’ll be there.” They were discussing the upcoming birth of their second baby, dreaming and planning. She made a note to call the doula in the morning, just to chat. A birth doula is a trained professional...

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...

Zen Out Your Birth Room

No matter where you plan to have your baby, you want to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. For women who plan to have their babies at the hospital or a birthing center, there can be aspects of unfamiliarity, a sense of institution and even sterility that can...

Finding My Strength: Pelvic Floor Edition

Making babies: It’s all fun and games until you get a bladder hernia More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with a cystocele annually. When it happened to me, I went to the Internet to read about other women’s stories and was disappointed. It’s so common, but no one’s...

Not Just Bras: Nursing Moms Need Support

Motherhood comes with more than its share of change and responsibility. Community support during these changes is crucial for new moms, especially as they establish and build a breastfeeding relationship with their new baby. The World Health Organiziation (WHO) and...

Parents’ Guide to Infant Sun Safety

When is it safe for a baby to use sunscreen? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that babies should be kept out of the sun until 6 months of age. Use sun protective shades, clothing and hats to block baby’s skin from harmful sunrays. If clothing and...

How to Pack a Cloth Diaper Bag

If you’ve got cloth diapering down to a science at home, it’s time to take the show on the road! Most of what you’ll bring with you is no different from what you’d have if using disposable diapers.   Start with a bigger bag! By nature, cloth diapers take up more...

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