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August 25th, 2014 5 Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding

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I knew I wanted to breastfeed just as certain as I knew I wanted to birth my child at home.  These were the obvious natural choices for me.  But I also realized I needed to take a birth class and find a midwife to prepare for the birth, but I didn’t realize I would need […]

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July 22nd, 2014 Keep Cool During Baby wearing: Top Cool Carriers

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A concern a lot of parents have here in the south when it comes to baby wearing is the heat.  Summer may be almost over but it stays hot here in New Orleans well into October.  Having a baby carrier that will keep you and baby cool is a good idea if you ask me!  […]

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July 3rd, 2014 Top 5 Benefits of Childbirth Education

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1. Childbirth education classes build confidence in your body’s ability to give birth. 2. You can discuss and reduce your fears about labor, birth and parenting with your instructor and classmates who have the same concerns. 3. Your partner will learn how to support you on the big day. You may also find that going to childbirth classes […]

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June 18th, 2014 Locally Made: Grove Apotheca

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Grove Apotheca unintentionally began on a New Orleans summer day when I was battling a very itchy eczema flare-up.  After using products that failed my sensitive skin for 30+ years… I decided to make my own. These were my criteria: 1. Less ingredients is better 2. No synthetic chemicals 3. Only use the finest quality […]

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June 6th, 2014 Father’s Day Giveaway!

We love our ZukaDads as much as we love our ZukaMoms.  Everyday we get to meet dads and soon-to-be dads at every stage of their fatherhood journey. Comment on our blog below with advice for new dads or best advice you’ve heard for a father. Each comment and additional entry gives you a chance to […]

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June 6th, 2014 A High Five for Father’s Day

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  “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” Bill Cosby As a wife and a new mom to two beautiful baby girls, I can honestly say I am seriously looking forward to spoiling my handsome hubby this June 15. Because he deserves it. For months I have been plotting and planning to […]

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June 4th, 2014 Dancing For Birth!

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Dancing For Birth ™ prenatal/postpartum dance classes offer a fun and relaxing atmosphere for you to prepare for, connect and celebrate your birth. Classes are designed to increase your comfort and confidence while gaining childbirth preparation skills and pain coping techniques that ready you for your unique birth experience. Weekly classes are offered to keep […]

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May 26th, 2014 Music Therapy Assisted-Childbirth

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Many couples today choose to have a natural childbirth.  It has been substantiated by research that birth outcomes for mother and baby can be greatly enhanced through the natural childbirth process.  Several nonpharmacological interventions are available to laboring mothers including: hypnosis, touch and massage, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. Another successful discomfort management technique being explored is […]

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May 12th, 2014 One Small Change

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We’re all familiar with the old adage, ‘Slow and steady wins the race.’ The tortoise in the legendary fairy tale really does have it right. When it comes to adjusting our lifestyle to improve wellness and health, lasting change is typically implemented slowly over time. In my family, that is often the only way to […]

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May 12th, 2014 The Birth Plan Myth Introduction

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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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