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May 12th, 2014 The Birth Plan Myth Introduction

nicole deggins

Are you pregnant or trying to conceive?   Have you heard about birth plans?  Are you planning to prepare a birth plan?  Have you googled “Birth Plan” recently?  I did and I found over 147,000,000 results!! In the United States, over 4 million women give birth each year.  Many have an expectation of how they want […]

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May 6th, 2014 Lookie What I See – Baby’s Eye Development in the First Year


Mommy, I am ready for you to help me learn about my new world. Did you know that vision is the most powerful of my seven senses? As I grow, I will be able to recall 30% of what I see, but only 20% of what I hear, and 10% of what I read. Good […]

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April 29th, 2014 Screen Free Week May 5-11th

screen free week 2014

Next week is Screen Free Week, the international celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning OFF entertainment screen media and turning ON life! It’s a time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. If you are reading this then you are on […]

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April 25th, 2014 The Real Diaper Association – Advocating for Real Diapers Everyday

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                The Real Diaper Association is the nonprofit organization that helps families use reusable cloth diapers.  They do outreach all year long by compiling evidence-based information by conducting research,  training and supporting volunteers to work directly to educate families in their communities, and through events like The Great […]

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April 14th, 2014 A New Mom’s Cloth Diaper Journey

jen for bio1

When we first considered cloth diapering our Baby Cuttlefish, it was financial. With my husband in nursing school, and my humble paycheck in mind, I did the math.  I figured that we would change about 12 diapers a day, which would be about 80 diapers a week, 360 diapers a month. The biggest box of […]

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March 21st, 2014 An Egg-cellent Easter

BHG Natural Dye Easter Eggs

By Jessica Tomes, Guest Blogger Spring…synonymous with showers (especially in the south) and of course Easter, is one of my favorite times of the year. Baby animals, sweet smelling flowers in bloom, a chance to break out your favorite little sundress and those killer high heeled wedges you bought on final clearance last fall…what’s not […]

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March 14th, 2014 Green Foods for Saint Patrick’s Day

Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice) 500

Food is more than just the nutrients it contains.  Food is (and should be) about pleasure, community, family, ritual and identity.  With St. Patrick’s Day approaching and the famous Irish Channel Parade happening this weekend, it is a festive time for food. Since the parade throws cabbages I will share a favorite nutrient dense food […]

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March 12th, 2014 Community Resource Guide to Pregnancy Health and Services

NOLA Resource Guide

Planned Parenthood has teamed up with community partners to create the Community Resource Guide to Pregnancy Health and Services, and it is now available to the public! This guide is designed to support NOLA families and their little ones by providing information on their rights and options, as well as a comprehensive listing of care […]

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February 25th, 2014 The Chemical Hazards in Mardi Gras Beads

Pile Of Beads

Recently a report was published by Healthystuff.org in collaboration with VerdiGras summarizing the findings of the screening of 87 Mardi Gras bead necklaces, bracelets and other accessories.  As you might imagine the findings are scary for parents and community members concerned about the environmental effects of Mardi Gras. The results show that Mardi Gras beads […]

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February 19th, 2014 Locally Grown: Donna Caire

Donna Caire

This post is part of our brand new series Locally Grown, where you’ll get to meet some of our home grown healers and care providers. Hello, ZukaBaby Blog Readers!  My name is Donna Caire. For those of you who don’t know me, I am an abdominal massage therapist practicing at Regeneration Springs, my studio in […]

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