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Learn more about Erigo, Savannah’s new boutique maternity firm specializing in pre- and post-natal coaching and consulting

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

pre and post-natal coaching and consulting in Savannah erigo Cate Glyn-Jones cordially invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of Erigo – Savannah’s only boutique maternity firm, an entire building specializing in pre-and post-natal coaching and consulting.  The Grand Opening is 5:30-7:30 PM Tues. April 8.

DONATIONS for NICK RINTYE, 2014 MAN OF THE YEAR LLS CAMPAIGN by NICK RINTYE. WILL BE ACCEPTED for the Leukemia The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Savannah.

Erigo – located at 5301 Paulsen St. - offers traditional birth classes, breastfeeding consulting, pre and post-natal massage and fitness classes to help nurture expectant and new parents. For further information, click here.

Grand Opening highlights include door prizes, complimentary appetizers, live music and local artist exhibition.

Meet Owner: Cate Glyn-Jones, RN, RM, IBCLC, ANLC, Cate Glyn-Jones began her career in Europe as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) and Registered Midwife (R.M.) working in many countries across the European continent including Switzerland, France and England. She then emigrated to the United States and continued her diverse career in labor & delivery as well as post-natal & breastfeeding health and education.

With 30 years experience, Cate’s knowledge proves invaluable in helping expectant and new parents throughout pregnancy and into parenthood.

Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street, Savannah, 31405, tel: (912) 544-6387 http://erigosavannah.com

Free Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Erigo Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents SavannahFree Monthly Support Group for New & Expectant Parents @ Erigo, 5301 Paulsen Street, Savannah, 31405.

This event takes place the first Tuesday of every month and is always free.

time: 10am to 11:30am
date: March 4th, 2014
phone: 912-544-6387
email: support@erigosavannah.com
web site: http://erigosavannah.com

Come and meet fellow parents and kids. Discuss and learn different ways to enjoy parenthood. Cate Glyn-Jones, registered nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant, will be on hand to answer all of your questions. This is a free event with refreshments served and takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

Free workshops @ Savannah Food Day Festival including Family Health Workshops & Exhibitors

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Savannah Food Day Festival Free Healthy Family WorkshopsOCTOBER 26TH | DAFFIN PARK | 11 AM-5PM

The Savannah Food Day Festival  -  the large outdoor festival this Sat. 10/26  that is free and open to the public - will offer more than yummy, healthy, affordable & sustainable food.  Attendees are treated to a live concert, featuring many of Savannah’s top musicians, plus nearly 100 exhibitors and vendors and shopping at the Farmer’s Market.

We here @ SouthernMamas.com are excited to invite you to several special FREE Family Health & Nutrition workshops in the festival’s special parenting & pregnancy area. FREE workshops include:

Here’s the schedule for the Family Health & Nutrition workshops:
11:30 Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: Staying Fit & Well Fed During Pregnancy
12:30 Stroller Strong Moms of Savannah
1:30 Breastfeeding;
2:30 Erigo: Free food for babies
3:30 Childhood Obesity Prevention & Education, L.E.A.N. Expectations

There will also be Healthy Family exhibitors & a private, enclosed tent exclusively for nursing moms and diaper changes.

Look for this special Family Nutrition & Health section at the festival Saturday in Daffin Park!

What is Food Day?

Think of it as an Earth Day – for food!

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. This is a national grassroots mobilization backed by some of the most prominent voices for energizing the food movement. Each year in October, people gather at events big and small and from coast to coast in homes, schools, colleges, churches, city halls, farmers’ markets, supermarkets, and elsewhere to raise awareness about food issues and advocate for change.

For more details, view Well FED Magazine here.

The 2013 Savannah Food Day Festival is brought to you by Well FED & Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology opens new satellite office in Pooler in addition to their Savannah location

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Thrive OB-GYN opens in PoolerCongratulations to the dynamo-sister team at Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on the opening of their SECOND office in our area. Thrive is now seeing patients at their new satellite office in Pooler, in addition to their Savannah practice in the Candler Professional Building.

The new Pooler practice is @ 114 Canal St. Suite 403 and is open Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch just opened their first practice in Savannah this past May. So we’re thrilled to see how well the community has responded to manner in which these two deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 & 114 Canal St. Suite 403 Pooler,  tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com  Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Mom & Baby Breastfeeding Awareness Rally, Savannah

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Breastfeeding support in SavannahChatham County Health Department will hold a Mom & Baby breastfeeding awareness family-friendly event on Mon. Aug. 26 2013 that will include games, door prizes, mommy and me pictures, and more. The first 30 to register at www.tinyurl.com/savbf  will receive a special gift.

WHO: Coastal Health District/Chatham County Health Department Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program
WHAT: Mom and baby rally to celebrate Breastfeeding Month
WHEN/WHERE: 9 a.m., Monday, August 26, Chatham County Health Department
1395 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah (facing Sallie Mood)

WHY: In honor of Breastfeeding Month, the Coastal health District and Chatham County Health Department WIC programs and Breastfeeding Support Groups of Georgia are sponsoring a mom and baby rally from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, August 26 at the Chatham County Health Department.

The Chatham County Health Department and Coastal Health District are committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health. Breastmilk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby’s growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breastmilk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.

(New Savannah Ob/Gyn Practice)Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology: A Sisterhood of Caring

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Thrive Savannah Obstetricians Gynecologists

We’re thrilled to tell you about a new obstetrics & gynecology practice in Savannah: Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology.

At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Candler Professional Building, Dr. Maryanna Barrett & Dr. Maria Paasch’s goal is to deliver health care with kindness, compassion and consideration.

Dr. Barrett and Dr. Paasch are identical twin sisters born and raised in Clarksville, TN. Growing up in a family of strong and nurturing women, both were drawn to the field of Women’s Health.

They attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed their residencies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dr. Barrett completed her training in 2009 and Dr. Paasch in 2010. Drs. Barrett and Paasch are board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

While offering complete Women’s Health Care, they have a particular enthusiasm for obstetrics, including trial of labor after a caesarean section (TOLAC), minimally invasive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. They, along with their husbands and children, have newly relocated from Hawaii to Savannah, to be close to family and to re-establish roots in their native South.

Their approach to care marries the science of modern medicine with the art of listening to each patient’s individual concerns. At Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch believe healthcare is a collaboration between the patient and her provider.

Dr. Barrett & Dr. Paasch offer a healthcare alternative that provides you with options and encourages you to choose the approach that works best for your life. They want to help you to take charge of your own health and feel your best at every age. They want to help you thrive…

Stay connected by “liking” Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology on Facebook here.

Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5354 Reynolds Street Suite 422, Savannah, 31405 tel (912) 721-9595 email info@thriveobgyn.com , www.thriveobgyn.com Thrive Obstetrics & Gynecology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Southern Baby Nurse brings rest and calm to new mothers, by providing quality hands on Baby Nurse care.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Savannah Baby In-Home Nurses for new mothersSouthern Baby Nurse offers a very unique service to new parents, by caring for you and your baby in your home.

New parents have many questions about the care of their baby, and you can usually find lots of information today on the internet and books, but with someone who has years of experience with newborns, your Baby Nurse will share with you practical solutions.

She will answer all your questions and remove the myths, for example “newborns can’t be put on a schedule”. Your Baby Nurse will put your baby on a feeding and sleeping schedule, support you with breastfeeding and make sure mother gets her rest with complete night care.

Visit Southern Baby Nurse at www.southernbabynurse.com  for more information.

Southern Baby Nurse, www.southernbabynurse.com, tel: (888) 724-8977, info@southernbabynurse.com, Southern Baby Nurse is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Free screening of documentary “The Business of Being Born,” Savannah

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

We are so jazzed to learn that Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah will host a FREE screening of the documentary film “The Business of Being Born”, 6 to 8 PM Wed. April 4, 2012.

The award-winning film will be followed by a discussion with local health professionals. (Fingers-crossed that among the childbirth issues discussed will be the lack of local OBs who will do VBACs)

The screening will be at University Hall, Room 156, Armstrong Campus, 11935 Abercorn St., Savannah.

“The Business of Being Born”  is about the implications of the medicalization of childbirth and the ways in which many women are turning away from invasive medical models of delivery. It examines modern models of child delivery in America and what some women are doing to take back their rights to birth.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Center for Public Health Media and Research , the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health & the Armstrong Master of Public Health program. Contact Leigh Rich at leigh.rich@armstrong.edu  for more information.

Breast-feeding advocates will hold Savannah Nurse-In on March 5

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Here’s a snippet from my column this week in the Savannah Morning News:

“We’ve all heard the sad-but-true accounts of nursing mothers in restaurants, shops, parks, even churches, being told — presumably by people not aware of the benefits of breast-feeding — that they cannot feed their babies there.

It’s beyond frustrating.

Which is why moms are organizing a Georgia Statewide Nurse-In. At courthouses and state buildings across the state, women will protest the stigma associated with public breast-feeding by nursing their babies. The Savannah Nurse In will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5 at City Hall.

Fueled by their personal stories of fielding rude remarks while nursing in public, moms organized this grassroots effort in support of a state bill in the works to better protect breast-feeding moms and their babies.”

Read the entire column here.

For more details about the March 5 Savannah Nurse-In, click here.  Or email bfgeorgia@gmail.com. To sign the Nurse-In petition, click here.

Baby Basics Class & Infant CPR Class @ Just for Baby & More, Savannah

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Attention expectant & new parents. Check up the upcoming Baby Basics by Beth classes at Just for Baby & More in Savannah to learn everything you need to know before you bring your newborn home as well as an upcoming Infant & Child CPR Class.

Baby Basics Classes are:
10 AM-Noon Sat. Feb. 4 2012
or
10 AM-Noon Sat. April 14 2012

This class is taught by Beth Palmer, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and it will cover basic newborn care from head to toe. She will go over feeding, bathing, skincare, sleeping, and everything else in between. She will also focus on nursing. The class is $15 person or $25 per couple.

Infant & Child CPR Class
1-3 PM Sat. Feb. 4
or
10 AM-Noon Sat April 7
This class is taught by CE Consults and is American Heart Association Approved. The class is $30 per person.

If you are interested in attending, please email casey@justforbaby.net  or call 912-355-4455.

“Like” Just for Baby & More on Facebook here to stay connected and informed about deals and special events like this.

Just for Baby & More has friendly and knowledgeable staff who would love to show you our variety of products and help you find the perfect items for your family; Sunday Closed. 912.355.4455. Located at 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah, 31406, http://www.justforbaby.net/start.php  Just for Baby & More is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Cloth diapering class, breastfeeding class, Savannah

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Check out these two classes happening at Just for Baby & More, Savannah

Cloth Diapering Basics
Saturday January 28th
10am-12pm
or
Saturday March 10th
10am-12pm
Come learn cloth diapering 101! Kelli Brown will teach the class and she is sure to load you up on all the information for you to make an informed decision if cloth diapering is right for your family! She will teach you how to cloth diaper and how to take care of your diapers!
This class is FREE but you need to RSVP: casey@justforbaby.net or 912-355-4455

Breastfeeding Basics
Saturday January 28th
1pm -3pm
or
Saturday March 24th
10am – 12pm
Come learn the basics of breastfeeding. This class is taught by Lactation Consultant Sarah Brunson MS, RLS, IBCL. Sarah will share the information about breastfeeding techniques including; positioning, what to expect from yourself and your baby and she will be prepared to answer all of your questions!
$10 per person/ $15 per couple
If you are interested in joining, please email casey@justforbaby.net  or call (912) 355-4455

“Like” Just for Baby & More on Facebook here to stay connected and informed about deals and special events like this.

Just for Baby & More has friendly and knowledgeable staff who would love to show you our variety of products and help you find the perfect items for your family; Sunday Closed. 912.355.4455. Located at 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah, 31406, http://www.justforbaby.net/start.php 

Online birth classes & tours now offered at St. Joseph’s/Candler

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Telfair BirthPlace at St. Joseph’s/Candler now offers online birth classes and tours.

So you can take birth classes while at your home, or wherever you are, online.

Find everything you need to know about giving birth, how the Telfair BirthPlace at St. Joseph’s/Candler works and more at www.sjchs.org/TelfairBirthPlace .

Along with the online birth classes, you can take a video tour of the Telfair BirthPlace & get familiar with their rooms. And when the new parents head home, they can go back to the Telfair BirthPlace site and get nearly every baby question answered in the online “Oh, Baby’s Home” book.

Other features:

• Information about Telfair BirthPlace lactation services.

• Contact Telfair BirthPlace First Steps program that provides ongoing help to new families.

• Learn about Telfair BirthPlace Special Care neonatal nursery.

Savannah lactation consultant provides breastfeeding support for home and work

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Too often breastfeeding turns out to be the surprise challenge for new moms.

Nursing is easier with support and supplies from Savannah-area lactation consultant Pamela Holland of Babies, Breastfeeding and Beyond LLC.

Call for an initial in-home consult to help with any problems you may be experiencing with your baby or for a pre-natal visit for breastfeeding concerns before your baby is born.  

Breastfeeding, even including the price of consultation is a more affordable and healthier alternative to formula. Formula costs at least $1,650 per year, more than ten times the cost of one consultation.

As a board-certified Lactation Consultant who has worked with moms and babies of Southeast Georgia in the public  health sector for the past 20 years, Pamela Holland can help you feel confident in your ability to learn how to nurture and feed your baby. 

Pamela Holland started her private practice because she felt that women were being too hard on themselves when they did not achieve the kind of breastfeeding success that “the books” recommended.  Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it may not always be easy.  Rather than take a cookie cutter approach, Pamela Holland believes each mom and baby are unique and must have a personal plan of care that is customized to meet their specific needs. After all, Caesarean delivery, multiple births, and proximity of extended family are just a few of the challenges that are typical in today’s newborn delivery.

If you are having any issues with breastfeeding or have had a previous experience that was less than you had hoped for,  call Babies, Breastfeeding and Beyond at 912-306-4619.

Lactation Consultant Pamela Holland, Babies, Breastfeeding and Beyond LLC, 912-306-4619. Babies, Breastfeeding and Beyond is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Natural birth alternatives with homebirth certified nurse midwife at Savannah Midwifery

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Interested in birthing in the privacy, safety, and familiarity of your own home? Want a waterbirth in your living room? Curious about natural alternatives during pregnancy? Want to be empowered by your birth rather than afraid of it?

Then check out our local homebirth certified nurse midwife (the only one in Georgia south of Macon actually), GeorgAnna Wiley at Savannah Midwifery. Call or email for a free, no-obligation consultation. Enjoy your birth!

www.savannahmidwife.net/

GeorgAnna Wiley is qualified to provide care for healthy, low-risk women and their babies during pregnancy, birth, after the birth and to help with women’s health needs from annual exams to menopause and everything in between.

Services offered include:

Prenatal Care

-certified HypnoBirthing® instructor

-a holistic model of care from a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

-herbal and natural remedies, massage, exercises, and alternative therapies used when desired

Homebirths with GeorgAnna Wiley and Nicole Lavallee, CPM

-give birth in the comfort of your own home, attended by skilled midwives

-offering waterbirths (and they supply the heated tub)

-breastfeeding support

For more information, please visit the homebirth page by clicking here 

Doula Services

-Intrapartum (during birth at a hospital, birthing center, or your home) or postpartum (after birth) doula services in your home. Postpartum includes breastfeeding support, help with sibling adjustment, newborn care help, housekeeping, cooking, nurturing the new mama, etc…. especially helpful after a c-section or if you have little help at home.

Extras: GeorgAnna can even help with a variety of baby slings and cloth diapers, as well as breastfeeding support.

Feel free to contact Savannah Midwifery with questions about any services above.

 State licensed and nationally certified nurse midwife (CNM) practicing in the Savannah area: GeorgAnna Wiley at Savannah Midwifery visit her on the web at www.savannahmidwife.net or call (912) 344-5066 or email birth@savannahmidwife.net Savannah Midwifery is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FREE Lactation Class at Just for Baby & More (Savannah breast feeding class)

Friday, March 12th, 2010

just-for-baby-new-ad-addressThere are many things to learn about as you prepare for your new baby’s arrival. If you are planning to nurse or trying to nurse your baby – here’s a FREE lactation class that is a great way to get ready.

Just For Baby & More @ 7701 Waters Ave will be hosting the free class for moms-to-be to gather information about nursing 6:30-8 PM Tues. March 23. Cate Glyn-Jones, a lactation consultant from Candler Hospital, will be teaching the class. Refreshments will be provided.

The first 15 registrants will receive a $15 gift card to the store. Please call (912) 355-4455 or email casey@justforbaby.net to register.

FREE Lactation Class, 6:30-8 PM Tues. March 23 @ Just For Baby & More, 7701 Waters Ave.

On birth stories, babies and breast-feeding in public

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

hart-francie-smaller.JPGThe good news is I still write a Sunday column “Hart to Heart” for the Savannah Morning News Accent section.

The bad news is they are cutting my column back from once a week to every other week. Very depressing and confidence-shattering. But that’s the state of print journalism today – budget cuts and lay offs.

I will continue to use this Web site to promote my columns when they run on the first and third Sunday of each month. Feel free to share story ideas and comments on what you’d like my column to focus on in the future. I get mixed messages on whether readers want more personal stories or more issue-oriented stories. My last two columns have offered a little of each.

Last week, I shared the humorous birth story of our precious new daughter, Francie, who arrived as an early Christmas gift for our family and a 40th birthday gift for me. You can read the column here. (The photo posted above is of Francie looking a little perplexed by her big brother as he tries to explain fingers and hands to her.)

This Sunday’s topic is a bit more controversial: breast feeding in public. I, personally, am often too shy to breast feed in public,  but support mothers who do 100 percent. You can read the column here. It’s about a breast feeding feud prompted by Facebook banning some breast-feeding photos on the basis of being obscene. Do you think breast-feeding photos are obscene? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

La Leche League of Savannah has a new home

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Having trouble breastfeeding?
Find out more about breastfeeding by attending a meeting of la-leche-logo.gifLa Leche League of Savannah on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is Jan. 6.
Meetings are now being held @ The Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway, Savannah.
La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. La Leche League Leaders of Savannah are also available by phone or email for anyone who needs more information.
Call 912.897.9261 or click here

Online baby seminar now available

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

moms-on-call-baby-book.jpgYou’ve taken all the baby-prep classes offered at your local hospital. You’ve read every baby book.

But you still worry you’re going to make the same sleeping/feeding mistakes as you did with your other babies or that you’re simply not prepared to enjoy the first months of your baby’s life without feeling tired and overwhelmed.

The same Atlanta pediatric nurses behind MomsOnCall.com and the online toddler seminar we promoted a few months ago are now offering an online infant-care training class that covers topics like:

  • Getting your baby to sleep ALL NIGHT
  • The real story on feeding your baby
  • Establishing a schedule that fits your family
  • Specific soothing techniques that work immediately
  • Practical advice from moms who have been there

The online class is designed to help with specifics on how to care for a 0-3 month old baby and address the immediate concerns of getting on a great schedule, soothing a fussy baby and getting baby to sleep.

Click here for info.

Belly Bandit Giveaway

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

belly-bandit.bmpBaby weight.

How do you lose it? Why is there so much of it? And why do other moms seem to banish their baby bellies immediately after giving birth?

Maybe their secret is Belly Bandits, an abdominal compression binder to help flatten the belly and redefine the waistline post-baby. The wrap also helps decrease bloating caused by water retention, give support to legs and back, improve posture and reduce back and shoulder pain associated with breastfeeding. Check out the wraps here.

Belly Bandit is giving away a $50 Belly Bandit Couture to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber. See the giveaway wrap here. Even if you aren’t pregnant or a recent new mom, these tummy wraps make fun shower and baby gifts.

To be eligible to win, email us your name and your secret to losing baby weight (or your gameplan on how you will lose it.) Deadline is 9 pm Thurs. Sept. 18. Send email to anne@southernmamas.com. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Friday. The winner can select her size of Belly Bandit.

You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Love & Blessings Gift Basket Giveaway

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

love-and-blessings-logo.gifLove & Blessings.com knows gift baskets.

Theirs are beautiful, artfully-packaged treasures full of products from companies committed to quality organic ingredients, hip style and making it easier on mothers overall.

Love & Blessings.com has created a $70 mama/baby bathtime bonding basket just for a lucky SouthernMama. Whether you just gave birth, are expecting or desire a unique and special gift for someone who is.

All the goodies are delightfully wrapped in a natural willow baby bassinette basket that the new mom can use later to hold diapers or other baby essentials. The giveaway basket includes:

Little Twig’s Body Milk: Unscented – all-over moisturizer especially formulated for little ones with extra sensitive skin. Certified organic.

Bumble Bee Bath Mitt: Makes bathtime sudsy fun. In terrycloth from Little Twig.

Little Twig’s Baby Wash: Unscented – extra mild, organic botanical formula makes for purely clean skin and soft hair. Contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and jojoba. Certified organic.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Recovery tea: astringent herbs help tone the uterus while other herbs nourish, calm and balance brand new moms. 100 percent organic herbs rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. $100 percent organic.

The Baby Bonding Audiobook on CD: 50 Ways to Connect with Your Infant by Victoria Loveland-Coen: Opens the heart
and sets an atmosphere conducive to bonding by providing simple, fun and intimate activities to do with your baby. These are the very same activities child development experts agree help create strong infant attachment.

Here’s how to win this fantastic giveaway.

gift-basket.jpgLove & Blessings was born out of a desire to share with other new moms what its founder, Victoria Loveland-Coen, came to understand shortly after giving birth. What did she have? A boy? Girl? Quadruplets?

To find the answer, visit loveandblessings.com and hit the “about” section. Email us your name and the correct answer by 11 pm Thurs. Email it to anne@southernmamas.com. We’ll pick a name at random and announce it Friday on www.southernmamas.com.

Remember you have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. It’s free to subscribe. Click here to do so.

Welcome Love & Blessings.com!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

love-and-blessings-logo.gifLooking for perfect Mother’s Day gifts? Check out our newest sponsor, Love & Blessings.com.

nursing-cover.jpgThe online boutique has unique gifts for mama and baby. SouthernMamas readers receive five percent off all products! Just enter the code SOMAMA at the checkout and the five percent will automatically apply.

The folks @ Love & Blessings.com are pros at putting special gift baskets together, for moms, new moms, expectant moms. You can create your own gift basket or select one that Love & Blessings already has set up and filled with all their goodies.

Love & Blessings is also the site to hit when looking for fun gifts for new moms. Think Bebe Au Lait nursing covers (pictured here) to make breastfeeding a little less eye-catching; organic cotton baby clothes; organic baby lotions and body washes; books and CDs.

Enjoy and don’t forget to plug in that discount code.

Baby-wearers unite! Attachment parenting group open to new members

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

mother-child1.jpgYou believe in gentle discipline, not spanking.

You believe in co-sleeping or sleeping near your baby, not letting babies “cry it out.”

And you definitely prefer “wearing your baby,” not going the stroller route.

If that describes you and you’re looking for new friends with similar parenting styles to yours, then check out a local attachment parenting group. It’s open to all like-minded parents including pregnant, new birth or adoptive, says member and Southern Mamas fan Laura Langlois Zurro. Click here for more info.

For other social moms groups in our area, click here.

Help for sleep-deprived new parents

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

itzbeen.jpgLooking for a helpful gift for a new parent?

Check out the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer, which helps parents know how long it’s been since the last nursing, diaper change or naptime.
The Itzbeen was invented by a new mom and dad who found themselves sleep-deprived and in need of help to remember EVERYTHING, including when their baby last ate.

The Itzbeen has four timers that help you clock the time since the last feeding, medication time etc. It also has a nightlight to help mom find her way around the nursery at night without waking baby. There’s even a nursing reminder switch to remember from which side the baby fed.

It’s enough to make you wonder how those of us without such a gotta-have gadget ever managed.

Itzbeen is available for $24.99 in our Southern Mamas Picks boutique, powered by Amazon. Click here. Browse our other recommendations for books for children and parents, toys and baby gear. You’re still shopping through Amazon and you’ll see the same functionality, such as your Amazon wishlist, if you already are an Amazon shopper.

Toxic baby formula?

Monday, December 10th, 2007

canned-formula.jpgHere’s a reason to avoid liquid infant formula packaged in cans and opt instead for powdered formula, liquid formula not packaged in cans, or exclusive breastfeeding:
The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy and research organization, says in a new report that liquid formula from the nation’s top baby formula makers is sold in cans lined with bisphenol-A, or BPA. BPA is a hormone-mimicking chemical that has been found to cause hyperactivity, sexual development abnormalities and pediatric brain cancer in laboratory animals.

According to media reports, formula makers acknowledge the presence of BPA, but say it is not harmful. The Food and Drug Administration agrees.

Concerns were raised earlier this year about BPA in plastic, shatterproof baby bottles and sippy cups. For suggestions on safer bottles and cups, click here.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

mother-child.jpgEight steps to increase fertility” (MSNBC)

“Teens take bullying to the Internet, study finds” (Reuters)

“Safe toy shopping tips” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“YouTube bans breastfeeding video” (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

“Autistic children have more gray matter in brains” (U.S. News & World Report)

“Clinton unveils autism plan” (Associated Press)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

“‘adiri-bottle.jpgEndocrine disruptor’ won’t be on labels” (USAToday)

“Everywhere chemicals in plastics alarm parents” (USAToday)

“Does breastfeeding make breasts sag? (WebMD)

“No Peanuts and Cracker Jack: Kids with food allergies get a rare chance to see a ballgame” (Washington Post)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, September 28th, 2007

motherchildreunion_a.jpg“Need help parenting? Just hire a coach” (Los Angeles Times)

“Killing the consumer” (Newsweek)

“Play yards recalled after baby’s death” (Associated Press)

“Judge orders extra break time for breastfeeding medical student” (Boston Globe)

“Vaccine compound is harmless, study finds, as autism debate rages” (New York Times)

“Baby, what’s in a name?” (Contra Costa Times)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

baby-sculpture.jpg“Facebook breastfeeding flap” (Toronto Star)

“Skip work, make babies, governor says’’(Reuters)

“Dear Stranger: You’re son’s autistic, just like mine” (www.babble.com)

“Scientists link autism to higher testosterone levels” (The Independent)

“Burger King Health Makeover for Kids Menu” (CBS News)

Was your birth hospital ‘baby-friendly?’

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBreast-feeding vs. infant formula always stirs controversy.

Lots of feedback on my Sunday column in the Savannah Morning News about encouraging moms to breast-feed for at least the recommended six-months and preferably for a year. New York City hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia are among those that stopped giving new moms free infant formula to take home.

One reader, pointing out how formula companies push the feds to tone down breast-feeding ads, supports a ban on ALL formula advertising. It’s a sentiment echoed in England. There’s also a push for all U.S. hospitals to stop using any formula, except when medically necessary. Such hospitals have a provocative designation: “baby-friendly.” Currently, 61 U.S. hospitals and birthing centers are “baby-friendly.”

Our son was born at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital, an obstetrical giant with 18,300-plus births a year. They use formula, but also provided an abundant amount of breast-feeding support, which helped me to continue to breast-feed.

Sounds pretty baby-friendly to me.

Breast-feeding ads, the stress hold, no more tag

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Weekly roundup of parenting news

“Parents pick baby names with available URLs” (MSNBC)

“Formula industry urged feds to tone down breastfeeding ads” (Washington Post)

“How Mom holds baby can show signs of depression” (MSNBC)

“Colorado school bans tag” (Gazette)