Benefits of Skin-to-Skin and NüRoo Pocket Giveaway

  Kangaroo Care Awareness Day is on May 15th and I am celebrating this day by spreading information on the importance of skin-to-skin contact with my friends over at NüRoo. Kangaroo care is the act of placing a newborn in direct skin-to-skin contact with the parent. This technique was initially developed and is most commonly known to be used in the NICU with premature babies. The skin-to-skin contact helps regulate the infants temperature and is a great technique for babies that were born prematurely. However, more and more it is used with both premature and full term babies and the benefits go way beyond regulation of body temperature. I interviewed the brand manager for NüRoo, Rachel Samuelian, who told me all about their innovative product – the NüRoo Pocket – designed to promote easy skin-to-skin contact and also shared information on the benefits of kangaroo care. And today, I am not only sharing this valuable information with you, but we will also be giving away one NüRoo Pocket to a lucky reader. Furthermore, NüRoo will be extending a special offer to The Loving Nest readers by giving you a 20% discount on any product from now until May 31st with the code LOVENEST.    1. Can you tell me what NüRoo is all about?  At NüRoo, we design products that foster the bond between mom and baby. We pay particular attention to what’s known as the “4th trimester”, or the first 3 months following birth.  Our products are, and will always be, backed by scientific evidence.  Our mission is to offer mom and baby optimal time together in those first few months, allowing for every early...

10 Things You Should Know About Having a C-section

(Post originally from Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart)   Like I explored in the last post, I never thought I was going to end up having a C-section. So honestly I didn’t even prepare for that possibility. I didn’t know what to expect and all my postpartum plans didn’t factor in that possibility. So, in the aftermath of things, I feel like I definitely could have been more prepared. So, I am sharing the 10 things I wish I had known about having a C-Section. Emotions run high. The high intensity of emotions during labor and delivery during a vaginal birth or a C-section are the same. You will still be excited, fearful, and feeling like you are riding an emotional roller-coaster. And seeing your baby for the first time in the OR or in a labor and delivery room will bring you that rush of emotions either way. I cried like a baby when I saw my little bundle of joy for the first time. I probably would have either way. Only difference was, I could not pick her up right away. Breast-feeding might come with some challenges. First of all, you will not have the opportunity for a latch-on right after birth. However, depending on where you deliver, you might be able to so as soon as you are in the post-op room (like I did). However, after surgical birth, your milk might take longer to come in. Now this is where it can become tricky if your plan is to exclusively breastfeed. Because depending on what hospital you are in and who your support system is, you might feel more pressured to...

Birth Plan: the dream, the reality, and everything in between

(Post originally from Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart)   I realize now the impact of birth and your birth story. It’s been almost a year and I still have not written the post I planned on writing about Birth Plans and Labor. I think in a way, it’s just been more comfortable to not go back and think about it again. After I finally felt like it was done and dealt with, going back to thinking about it and writing about it, was more than I wanted to handle. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not traumatized, nor do I regret anything. And above all, the most important thing, was a healthy baby and healthy mommy, which fortunately we were blessed with. However, being in labor, having a baby, and becoming a mother is one of the most powerful things that will ever happen in your life. And rightfully so, you have expectations about how it will happen. And the reality of what DID happen, are the memories that will stay. In between, is where the difficult emotions lie. In between are the dreams that you did not see come true. In between are the feelings of frustration, sadness, and grief. In between are thoughts, doubts, feelings of incompetence, and what ifs. In between, lies the difficult reality that is hard to accept: you can not control everything in your life; you can not do everything the way you would like for your child and for yourself, from the get-go. Like I mentioned in my last couple of posts, throughout my pregnancy I gave a lot of thought to what my...

On the decision of hiring a doula

(Post originally from Two Tiny Feet, One Big Heart) After watching several documentaries and reading about pregnancy, labor, and birth I had my heart set on attempting a natural childbirth. At first, I heard many  disapproving comments, like: “oh sure, you will change your mind once you get there“. In my search on getting ready for birth I decided I needed two things: 1. a class on Hypnobirthing, to better be prepared for labor; 2. a doula, someone who has seen many births, knows how to navigate the medical system, and who could give me the support that a nervous husband might not be able to do at that time. What is a doula? The word itself comes from the Ancient Greek and means “a woman who serves”. A doula is someone who provides a woman in labor with emotional support, comfort measures, and help carrying out her birth plan. Click here for more information. So, in my personal quest of assembling my birth plan, I started searching for doulas, even though many around me were still unsure if I was making the right decision. I have to admit so many times I also thought to myself: “what if I end up with a c-section? Won’t it be such a waste of money?” As a sidebar, some health insurances will offer reimbursement for doula services, but unfortunately that was not the case for us. So, I met my first doula, Nancy, for an informational interview. We hit it off right away, chatting for over an hour at our local Panera. At the end of the session, Nancy tells me: “you...
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