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How to help children manage stress with mindfulness

How to help children manage stress with mindfulness

Young children are at the very beginning of developing skillful responses to change, and just like the rest of us, can feel frustrated or anxious. They experience changes both large and small. Larger changes children experience: The arrival of a...

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What to Expect in the First Hour After Having a Baby

What to Expect in the First Hour After Having a Baby

Knowing what to expect in the first hour after having a baby can help smooth your transition from "pregnant" to "new mom." There aren’t many moments in life that can compare to the first moments after baby arrives. Emotions can be high, the room...

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Shopping for the Right Car Seat

Shopping for the Right Car Seat

"Car Seat Safety" series. Guest Author: Angel Mattes We get a lot of questions about the best or safest car seats to use. While car seats are products sold in stores, they are considered a safety device, and as such, you can’t...

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Tips on Car Seat Installation

Tips on Car Seat Installation

"Car Seat Safety" series. Guest Author: Angel Mattes   New parents often worry about keeping their little ones safe and navigating the world of parental responsibilities, and car seat safety is no exception. Whether you’re 9 months...

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Babymoon Tour Guide

Babymoon Tour Guide

You’re on the edge of meeting your baby and want to get off to a great start!  Planning your babymoon with awareness from our experienced ‘travel guides’ (aka- postpartum experts, moms, doulas) can help you have a joyful beginning and fewer...

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Breastfeeding Gear

Breastfeeding Gear

Nursing “Gear”If you’ve got a baby on the way, you are likely contributing to our economy with lots of ‘consumer activity’ aka ‘shopping’.   If you’re hoping to save some resources for, say, college, or maybe even to support your breastfeeding...

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“Expecting” and Beginner’s Mind

“Expecting” and Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Suzuki RoshiWhen you have a baby on the way, you inevitably put a fair amount of energy into planning, anticipating and preparing for what to ‘expect’.  We...

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Sleep, Mama, Sleep:  Understanding Postpartum Insomnia

Sleep, Mama, Sleep: Understanding Postpartum Insomnia

My daughter was born after a labor that had some twists and turns like most labors do.  She was born about 36 hours after my first organized contractions.  I was over the moon to meet my daughter!  I recall napping for maybe an hour or so after she...

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When to Call a Lactation Consultant

When to Call a Lactation Consultant

We encourage you to reach out to us or another Lactation Consultant if you experience any of the following situations:Your newborn is feeding less than 8 times in 24 hours, or more than 12 times in 24 hours.Your newborn takes more than 45 minutes...

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Sleep in Pregnancy and Early Parenting

Sleep in Pregnancy and Early Parenting

Are you hitting the couch at 6pm, too tired to get to the grocery store or to walk the dog?  For many women, pregnancy can bring a fatigue that is unlike anything they have experienced.  You feel so overwhelmingly tired and yet you can't sleep. You...

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Check your belly for Diastasis Recti (DRA)

Check your belly for Diastasis Recti (DRA)

Our bodies demonstrate profound resiliency in the childbearing year. After giving birth, your heart, lungs, circulatory system, uterus, endocrine system…everything, are coming back into balance. Your spinal alignment, pelvis, pelvic floor, and...

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Is My Milk In?

Is My Milk In?

It’s been a few days since you’ve given birth and you’re not exactly sure what day it is today. You’re acclimating to all kinds of new sensations:  feeling a little lighter, a little bit or very sore, and you have been getting accustomed to nursing...

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5 Acu-points for Pregnancy

Guest Blogger: Sarah Canga, LAc If you are pregnant congratulations is a must! Below you will find 5 acupuncture points that will help make your pregnancy a little more enjoyable especially if you are suffering from fatigue, nausea, heartburn,...

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Childbirth as Meditation: Experiencing Full Attention

Keep walking, though there is no place to get to. Don’t try to see through the distances. That’s not for human beings.  Move within, But don’t move the way fear makes you move. -Rumi When you begin mindfulness meditation, 2 minutes of just being is...

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Happy 19th Birthday!

Today, May 17th, Birthways will celebrate its 19th anniversary! For almost 20 years, we’ve been helping parents find ways to thrive as they welcome their babies. It’s amazing to think that some of those babies that we have cared for are entering...

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Old and New/East and West

While scientists around the world are exploring the impacts of meditation via brain imaging techniques and measuring hormones and biochemical responses, the practices of yoga and meditation have been serving as perhaps the oldest science of...

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Loving Fearlessly. If only for a moment.

I had one of those moments today when I felt a fearless love for my daughter. Nothing special was happening. I was waking her for school. I crawled into bed with her to start the slow process of pulling her from sleep, finding no alarm works better...

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A Guide to Optimal Wellness in the Childbearing Year

A Guide to Optimal Wellness in the Childbearing Year

An introduction: Why you should stay tunedIf you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you are on an exciting journey! You are probably experiencing a range of emotions as you ask yourself, “What can I do to help ensure that all will be...

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Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby?

Best Bottle for a Breastfed Baby?

My baby is exclusively breastfed, but I’d like her to take a bottle so that my partner and I can go out once in while. What bottle would be best for my otherwise breastfed baby? – Jayne M., Chicago Breastfeeding is very much an “infant-led”...

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Calming the Mind: The Brain and Neural Pathways

It is a commonly held view that meditation is a way to shut off the pressures of your world or of your own mind, but this is not an accurate impression.  Meditation is neither shutting things out or off.  It is seeing things clearly and...

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For over 20 years, Birthways has provided expert support for Chicago-area families during the childbearing year with compassionate, knowledgeable, and affirming care. Founded by renowned postpartum expert Karen Laing, our doulas are carefully screened, trained, supported and experienced to meet your unique needs. With expertise ranging from education to lactation to sleep, Birthways is committed to providing compassionate, affirming support for expectant and new families.

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