Archive for 2015

I sat down today to review a ton of information for a client I am seeing next week. I am going into the home of first time parents-to-be to teach them the baby basics; essentially a baby “boot-camp” if you will. I LOVE working with first-time parents—there is an amazement and wonder that they hold that just makes me smile and the confidence they gain in their newly learned skills is a fantastic site to behold! However, as I reviewed information I have seen a thousand times at least, it reminded me that new parents are made every day, and safety is never out of style. So I want to talk about crib safety today. The following guidelines are set →

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Danger of napping in Car Seats

It’s a common practice, letting babies sleep in car seats, but it can have deadly consequences as a recent article highlights. Yet parents and caregivers have been doing it for years, and we hear the age-old comment, “Well, we did it when you were little and you survived—what is the big deal?” So let’s take a closer look at exactly why this IS a big deal. Why is napping in car seats popular? Some studies approximate that about 50% of term babies in this country are born with immature intestinal systems and up to 90% of premature babies have the same issue. This often causes an over production of acid in the stomach and when you combine excess acid with →

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Newborn Care Specialists aren’t just for the “traditional” families. We work with families of all kinds including married, single, LGBTQ, surrogacy and adoption. We work with single babies, multiples, even higher order multiples like quintuplets and sextuplets (yep, you read that right!). Recently one of our company experts and student NCS mentors, Nora Rivera, was privileged to work with a new family formed through adoption. She shared some of her thoughts with us and here is what she had to say. Newborn Care Solutions: Tell us about your current position.Nora: I am working with a single mother who adopted a newborn baby boy. Newborn Care Solutions: What drew you to working in this particular position?Nora: I was drawn to this →

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Recently I had a chat with a friend that made me sad and happy all at the same time. She is a friend I have known for years and a fairly new mother—within the last year. She also took one of my classes to learn more about being a Newborn Care Specialist. Our Foundational NCS Training Program is quite comprehensive and covers not just the fun stuff of new babies—it also covers the hard stuff. Even the stuff people still seem reluctant to talk about, including Post-Partum Depression. The part that made me sad was that my friend shared with me that while she has known about it for years, seen it in clients and knows it is a very →

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We at Newborn Care Solutions are so amazingly privileged to have a team of amazing mentors for our students and also available as Expert Resources to our parents! Today, on their FIRST BIRTHDAY, we feature a story of Apio and Acen, a story that one of our mentors played a huge role in creating. Annie Duguid is a Newborn Care Solutions Graduate and one of our Company Expert Mentors. She has over twenty years’ experience caring for newborn babies including many sets of multiples, countless preemies and over 9 years’ experience working  in Africa, running 3 of the largest orphanages for abandoned children on the continent.   We are so very proud of the work Annie has done, the way →

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I have worked with multiples for many years—and whether it is 2, 3, or even 6 (yes, I have helped take care of sextuplets), there is a special joy that comes from helping a family who is having multiples realize it will be OK, they will make it through this, and that I can show and teach them skills that will not only make their first few weeks and months of life manageable, but even enjoyable.   Many years ago, I earned the nickname “Triplet Nanny” while working with an amazing family in Scottsdale, Arizona. That family was particularly special to me because it had been a long time since I had done a live-in job, and it was such →

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