How Smartphone Apps Can Assist First-Time Parents

Technology to the Rescue: How Smartphone Apps Can Assist First-Time ParentsWhen you become parents for the first time, life instantly becomes more challenging. That’s not to say that parenting isn’t full of joy as well, but it can definitely be chaotic. Fortunately, with a great support system in place and a little help from your smartphone, you can reduce the stress and increase the bliss in your life with your little one. Balanced Birth Support invites you to explore the …

5 Key Financial Planning Steps for Families

Daniel Sherwin is a single dad to 2 kids.  Recognizing that there aren’t a lot of resources out there for single dads, he developed his website DadSolo to provide support and resources to single parents.   For new parents, every day seems to bring new challenges. This is especially true when it’s time to pay bills. Even though most parents anticipate that a baby means added expenses, adding up all of the additional costs can be overwhelming at first. From paying …

10 Questions to Ask Your Provider about Pregnancy, Birth, & Postpartum from BBS Senior Doula Kerry Reynolds

Kerry Reynolds is a Balanced Birth Support Senior Doula serving Metro DC & Greater Maryland. She has been a birth doula for over a decade with tons of experience supporting all kinds of births including home birth, medicated and non–medicated hospital, cesarean birth, twin deliveries, LGBTQ families and VBAC deliveries. Learn more about Kerry by visiting her Balanced Birth Support profile. Getting to know your doctor or midwife is an important part of preparing for birth & postpartum.  Its essential that …

How To Choose & Evaluate Reliable Sources As You Begin Your Parenting Journey

Ariel Rubin is a certified Lactation Counselor & Postpartum Doula.  She is the mother of four children, including a set of twins! She is passionate about helping families during the postpartum period with a focus on feeding issues including breastfeeding, pumping, & bottle feeding.  Contact her here! If I had to sum up all of the advice in the eight or so care of  twins books I read, it would be easy: keep the babies on the same schedule.  Feed …

A Note To New Parents: Your Health and Happiness Matter. Because YOU Matter.

The Tidal Wave of Complicated EmotionsA dear friend texted me last week,  after coming home from a pediatrician appointment for her newborn daughter.  When the pediatrician did the obligatory check-in on Mom’s mental health, my friend was honest and shared that she had been struggling, and experiencing some postpartum mood symptoms.  The pediatrician responded:   “You want to take care of yourself, because your mental health can have long term effects on the baby.”   Last night, another friend texted me, …

Top Tips for Budget-Conscious Families To-Be

Based in Grandville MI, Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student who enjoys writing about health and medical topics and providing health and medical resources. She co-created PublicHealthLibrary as a way to push reputable information on health topics to the forefront, making them easier and quicker to find Top Tips for Budget-Conscious FamiliesBringing a baby into the world is such a blessing, and the last thing you want to have on your mind is financial stress. A handful of clever spending …

Baby Proofing Your Home: Protect Your Baby and Your Home at the Same Time

Julia Weaver is a writer on the content marketing team at Redfin. She was inspired to write this article because of her sister, a mother of two trying to keep her home as safe and as clean as possible! Baby proofing your home is hardly a one-time event. As your child grows, so do potential hazards they’ll face and opportunities for your child to dirty and destroy your home that you just spent what felt like hours making spotless. Because …

Budget-Wise Building Blocks of Health to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy

Based in Grandville MI, Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student who enjoys writing about health and medical topics and providing health and medical resources. She co-created PublicHealthLibrary as a way to push reputable information on health topics to the forefront, making them easier and quicker to find Budget-Wise Building Blocks of Health to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy  Health and wellness are the foundations for a long and happy life. This is why taking care of yourself is so …

Important Questions to Ask Your OB-GYN at Every Stage of Life (Free Printables too!)

Christine Huegel is a health and wellness blogger who specializes in women’s health topics. She believes knowledge is power when it comes to the female body and hopes to not only educate women, but empower them to make every aspect of their health a priority. The female body is an extraordinary thing. It’s also complicated, and it can be difficult to understand what’s normal or what your body needs on your own. Like many women, you may be wondering what’s …

Alleviating Common Pregnancy Aches and Pains by Rebekah Mustaleski, CPM-TN

Rebekah Mustaleski is Compression Director with MotifMedical.com and a Certified Professional Midwife with Roots & Wings Midwifery in Knoxville, TN, where she promotes evidence-based maternity care for families seeking an out of hospital delivery. She is working to improve maternal outcomes during the childbearing year and to promote a sustainable business model for midwifery practices across the country. Rebekah is co-owner of Roots & Wings Midwifery, LLC as well as Treasurer for the Tennessee Midwives Association. If you look up …