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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...

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...

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...

They Said There Would Be Glowing: Discomfort Remedies for the 3rd Trimester

Your 3rd trimester brings so much anticipation. Just when you thought you should feel “glowing” you may experience the many physical effects from your growing baby. Not to mention the emotional hormonal effects that facilitate the miracle of pregnancy and birth! It’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...

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,...

Nursing Essentials Under $25

Breastfeeding is a natural process but sometimes you need the right supplies to make it easier! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite items for breastfeeding mamas. Check them out and give us feedback in the comments about what else made the early breastfeeding...

Soothing Your Baby: The 5 S’s of Sleep

The Happiest Baby on the Block is Dr. Harvey Karp’s unique approach to infant care. His explanation of newborns is that their transition from the womb–a place of immense comfort, warmth, and safety–to the outside world should be considered an extension of...

The Village Where Every Baby Nurses

If you had a hard time in the early days of breastfeeding, it’s time to give yourself a break. A recent survey of moms showed that 92 percent of new mothers struggled with latch issues, fears of low supply, and painful or cracked nipples during the early days of...

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...

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