“Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.”
~ Bill Cosby
As a new mother, there is an undeniable intuitive knowing and connection between a mother and her child. Your baby is totally dependent on you and is comforted just by your energy, scent, heartbeat, and voice.
After giving birth, I suggest my clients bring their baby to see an osteopath for cranial sacral therapy. I have been seeing Dr. Payam Hakimi for years now and highly recommend him to all of my new mothers. Dr. Hakimi is the medical director at Body of Harmony in Beverly Hills.
While I’m working on this week’s column, my nanny is in the other room giggling with my babies. I never ever in a million zillion years thought I'd have a nanny. The whole “having a nanny” thing is completely out of my comfort zone and although it’s going on ten months that we’ve had Liz, and I should be used to it by now, the weight of it still catches me by surprise.
The other day I was at Western Bagel grabbing breakfast with my friend Diana when we ran into a mutual friend I hadn’t seen in awhile.
There’s always that moment when you hear yourself say something to your child and mentally cringe. For some of us mothers, it happens once every now and then; for others, it’s a lot more frequent.
Contrary to the popular belief that pregnancy is a biologically protective and emotionally joyful time, women are actually quite vulnerable to a spectrum of psychiatric disorders throughout the perinatal period - the time around pregnancy and postpartum. This range of disorders, more commonly referred to under the umbrella term of “postpartum depression”, is more accurately reflected by the terms postpartum or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). In fact, 1 in 7 women who become pregnant will experience a mental health disorder during the course of their pregnancy or in the postpartum period, making PMADs the most common complication of childbirth. Additionally, 50% of women diagnosed with PMADs postpartum had an onset of their symptoms during pregnancy.
Anne Geddes set the stage for newborn photography with her awe-inspiring images, opening a window into an entirely new world of newborn photography. From there, photographers such as Baby As Art and Kelley Ryden/Tracy Raver have set the modern stage for this unique way of posing babies. Now, newborn photographers are doing everything they can to learn how to pose and capture these artistic images of sleeping babies.
Our newest family member was born 7 weeks ago and it's been tough. He joins two older sisters, ages 7 and 5, and a big brother who is almost 3. Our baby is doing great - sleeping well and eating like a champ. The problem? Our almost 3-year-old son has had a very hard time adjusting to a new baby in the house.
Have you ever seen someone holding a baby and think “Uh Oh! Please support that baby’s head!”. Do you say something?
Well, I sure do! It's a bit different than hemming and hawing over whether you tell someone she has a run in her stocking!
Your Baby Can See This Sharp: There are quite a few myths about what a baby can see. Many people believe that all babies are color blind or can barely see.
At almost 6 months, my little munchkins are pretty understanding of the "Mommy needs sleep!" concept, which I am extremely thankful for. Recently, they've been sleeping 9 to even 11 hours in a row. I'm wishing I had a little more wood handy to knock on at the moment - oh wait, we have wood floors! Pardon me for just one minute. Stomp, stomp, stomp.