Assemble Your Village

Take Care of Yourself! Everybody tells us to do that after having a baby, but who has the time? Babies take a lot of energy, most of our time, and do they ever sleep?? Taking care of yourself during these first few months with a newborn may seem like a low priority, but it’s not. …

Why Smoking During Pregnancy is Not Safe

Question: Do you know what the most commonly used substance during pregnancy is?  Answer: Nicotine.  If you are pregnant and still smoking, here are a few reasons why you should try to quit: Smoking during pregnancy can cause tissue damage in the unborn baby, particularly in the lungs and brain. Some studies suggest a link …

Postpartum Care: Taking Care of Yourself

The baby is here.  You survived childbirth.  You’re a mom!  Congratulations!  How do you feel? That’s a bit of a loaded question.  Just when you thought your body was all yours and about to get back to normal again, you wake up the morning after and realize you’re sore everywhere. From disrupted sleep to getting …

Be a Champion for Your Own Birth Experience

Having a positive and healthy labor and delivery experience can be empowering, helping set the stage for a joyous and vibrant postpartum period for new moms.  You can be a champion for your own birth experience by being informed, prepared, and creating a plan. Below are some common procedures during labor and childbirth.  Collecting knowldge …

Grantee Spotlight: Parents as Teachers in Stoddard County

The Dexter/Richland/Bloomfield Parents as Teachers organization provides information, support, and encouragement to parents as they help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years. Bootheel Babies and Families recently awarded them a $35,000 grant that will help expand the program. Melanie Stoelting, a coordinator with PAT, shares her thoughts on how her organization and …

WHEN YOUR BABY CAN’T TELL NIGHT FROM DAY

Humans are diurnal creatures, which means we are healthiest when we are awake during daylight and asleep when it’s dark. Somehow, newborns don’t always get the message; their circadian rhythms are immature during the first few months of life. It may take two to four months for this to develop, and during that time, they are …

PACK YOUR BAG! “GO-BAG” TIPS FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS

So you’re having a baby!  You’ve likely spent months getting the baby’s room ready, buying supplies, and thinking about names. You’ve probably seen the doctor a gazillion times and spent hours in a childbirth class mapping out your birthing plan. But here’s a question:  Have you thought about what you will take to the hospital?  …

Happy Mother’s Day, Bootheel Moms!

Is this your first Mother’s Day?  Congratulations!  You have earned a huge pat on the back – and a celebration.  Here are a few ways to do just that. Sleep:  The first time you celebrate Mother’s Day is extra special, so feel free to ask for what you need.  Maybe that’s breakfast in bed, but …

Is the COVID Vaccine Safe for Mom and Baby?

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, your biggest priority is making sure both you and your baby are healthy.  With so much going on right now, how do you know if it’s safe to get the COVID vaccine while you’re pregnant? Who can you trust? Talk to your doctor.  If you want …