Monday, May 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Who is the Maryland Birth Network?
They are an independent group of childbirth professionals and families founded on the belief that birth is a normal, natural process that can deeply affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Their mission is to improve the quality of maternity care throughout Maryland by supporting and educating local childbearing families and health care professionals.
MBN promotes mother-friendly maternity care, encourages informed health care decisions, and strives to improve our community’s birth culture.
Maryland Birth Network members collectively believe that birth is a normal event that brings with it memories that last a lifetime.
What They Do
- They educate, support and empower pregnant families throughout the birth process; and build bridges with experienced, educated and encouraging professionals to see it through.
- They host monthly meetings and workshops where birthing professionals and new or expecting parents are able to connect and openly discuss issues within a trusted network of support.
- They promote awareness and availability of mother-friendly birth professionals to help families make fully informed choices by publishing MBN's on-line provider directory and the Maryland Birth Resource Guide; a free guide, listing local providers who are committed to providing gentle, compassionate services to pregnant families.
- They plan a variety of childbirth-related community activities such as our annual Birth Fair, well-known speakers, film screenings, booths at local fairs and participation in national and local conferences.
Be sure to check out them out at MarylandBirthNetwork.com.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I talk to new Mom's almost every day when they call our newborn photography studio. I can always see the joy and excitement even through the phone when they say "we are having our first baby" or "I just found out I am pregnant". And yes, I get calls from Mom's who are very newly pregnant ready to schedule their portraits to celebrate this season! I enjoy reading as much as I can about the experience of being a Mom of all sorts--the stay-at-home Mom, the work-from-home Mom, the professional office Mom, the business owner Mom, so many different experiences but for every Mom there is that one common thread, the LOVE they already have for their baby! I wish every Mom out there a Happy Mother's Day this week =)
Here is an article I enjoyed regarding about Motherhood and the new role we are born into when we have a baby!
As we all know, a baby changes everything.
Those changes are wonderful (you have a new little person to love) and terrifying (you have a new little person to care for 24/7). Sometimes, in the excitement of the moment, women and their partners lose sight of how a baby can redefine a woman's priorities, relationships and sense of self. The transitions that come with motherhood involve going from no children to having a child (or multiple children), and they typically require that a woman either balance work and family or switch gears from pursuing a career to staying home full-time with kids. Each scenario is a major life change that can be both energizing and overwhelming.
The First-Time Mom
While you're thrilled to have a baby of your own, you'll be shocked by how this tiny being will consume every moment of your life. The realization will make you kick yourself for never having fully appreciated the freedom you once had. Other changes: Your childless friends won't understand why you don't return their calls and emails. Your home will become less tidy. You'll neglect the beloved pet you once doted upon. You'll continue to wear maternity clothes for a while -- since your real clothes don't fit and, besides, you're getting spit-up on so often.
Some advice: Try, as best you can, to live in and enjoy the moment. Your first child's first year is a fascinating journey. Take pictures on his or her monthly birthdays and you'll be awed by the changes occurring so quickly before your eyes. Try not to agonize too much about your career, your body, your social life, your "To Do List." At least once in a while, nap when the baby naps, and enjoy cuddling your sleeping son or daughter in your quiet home.
Becoming a Mom, Again
When your kid count increases, you'll likely look back on your days as a mother of one and wonder, "What was I complaining about? Why couldn't I get anything done? One was so easy." The challenge of having more than one child is that there's still only one you. Two or more kids are a job unto themselves.
Some advice: Do your best to not disappear beneath the demands made by your growing family. As a mother of three, including twins, I often feel that all I do is respond to the needs of my offspring and attempt to contain the chaos left in their wake. The Three Kids vs. One Mom dynamic is often very tough. When possible, I try to disappear (into my home office or by leaving the house alone or with my husband). I also try to spend one-on-one time with each child. That way we can be together without me shouting things like, "Hold on," "Just wait," "I'm one person, you guys are three.")
Surviving Stay-at-Home Motherhood
When two incomes aren't absolutely essential to a family's economic well-being, having a mother leave the workforce to care for kids is often looked at as the solution to all work-family problems. But for a woman who had a career and active life before becoming an at-home parent, the transition to stay-at-home motherhood can be filled with a host of mixed emotions.