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Newbies is an audio podcast guiding new mothers through their baby’s first year of life. Episodes feature newly postpartum moms as they celebrate the excitement of becoming new parents, as well as the emotional and physical struggles of recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn baby.

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Birthmarks, Stork Bites and Belly Buttons

When your baby is born, you examine every inch of its tiny, little body. And you may find some things you didn't expect such as a birthmark or stork bite. What do these marks actually mean and what causes them...

Surviving Postpartum: Shouldn’t I be Happy?

The addition of a new baby is supposed to be a happy time, right? However, a new study suggests the birth of your first child could be more stressful and lead to more unhappiness than unemployment, divorce or death? What?...

Should I Eat My Placenta?

You birthed your baby, and then your birthed your placenta. So, now what do you do with it? The hospital could whisk it away and discard it as hazardous material, or you could take it home with you... and perhaps...

Tear or Episiotomy After Childbirth

When giving birth, many women may either tear or have an episiotomy. Learning more about how childbirth impacted your body can make the postpartum recovery process go more smoothly. What are the various degrees of a perineum tear or episiotomy?...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: Self-Care

Being a parent inevitably involves sacrifice. There less money, less sleep, and less time for yourself. As a mother, finding time to care for yourself is essential but can seem like an impossible task. Not only may it seem impractical,...

Preparing Your Car for a Newborn

Preparing your car for your new baby involves more than just selecting a car seat. How do you ensure your car seat is properly installed and how to get it checked by a professional? What about other products designed for...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: Relationships

Bringing home a baby is a major life-changing event. As parents, we are all adjusting to new baby and a new identity. This inevitably impacts our relationship with one another as well as with family and friends. What are the...

Adopting a Newborn

Adoption can happen through many avenues and under a variety of circumstances. Each baby’s adoption story is uniquely beautiful and uniquely challenging. How do you know if adoption is right for your family? What are some of the challenges you...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: Having More Babies

Having another child after experiencing postpartum depression, or another perinatal mental health disorder, may seem daunting as a new mother.  What if it happens again?  What if it is worse?  Who would sign themselves up for this experience again? How...

Decoding Your Baby’s Body Language

Your baby seems to cry, a lot. She also spends a lot of her time moving, grunting, and cooing. Maybe she is trying to communicate what is going on in her tiny little body, but you don’t understand what. Is...

Takotsubo Syndrome: The Physical Impact of Losing a Child

The emotional stress of losing a child can quickly overcome any parent. But, did you know there's scientific proof that it can have a profound physical impact on parents as well? Moms not only can experience a broken heart, but...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: Toddler Transition

Caring for a toddler is both an exciting and challenging adventure, for any parent. If you're struggling with postpartum depression or another postnatal mood disorder, this transition may seem completely overwhelming. So, how can you better prepare yourself? How do you...

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Losing 10% of Birth Weight

Your baby's birth weight is important. And for those first couple weeks of life, your primary goal as a new mom is to keep that birth weight from falling more than 10%. Why is it important to maintain that birth...

Nap Transitions: How Do You Drop a Nap?

As your baby grows, so does his ability to sleep for longer periods of time. So, how does this impact the naps you have scheduled throughout the day? How much sleep does your baby really need, and how does this...

Surviving Postpartum: What’s My New Identity?

You recently had a baby and your transition into motherhood may leave you a little puzzled. Who are you, now that you're a mom? How do you shift between caring for yourself, your partner and this new little being that...

Know Your Infant Reflexes

If you have a newborn, then you're no stranger to your little one's weird, jerky movements. Thankfully, those crazy moves are completely normal. In fact, these infant reflexes are designed to protect your baby and keep him safe. So, what...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: Expectations

Sometimes parenting doesn't turn out the way we planned. We may envision our birth plan unfolding perfectly, followed by days, weeks, months or years of complete happiness as we watch our children grow. But reality can look much different. What...

Babies and Vaccines: The History of Vaccines

By the time they are six years old, most kids in the United States have received 49 doses of 14 different vaccines. This is the standard immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, as well as many pediatricians....

Postpartum Mental Health: OCD and Psychosis

Sometimes after birth we don’t feel like ourselves, but eventually those feelings resolve. For some women, their postpartum time is filled with anxiety and compulsions, racing thoughts and sometimes voices in their heads, hallucinations and even violent behaviors. How are...

Colic: Why Is My Baby Crying Constantly?

Babies are supposed to cry, it's how they communicate with us. But what do you do when your baby is crying constantly? Could your baby have colic? What exactly is colic and why does it happen? And what natural remedies...

Swaddling Your Baby

If your baby seems irritable or she's having a hard time sleeping, you may want to consider swaddling. After all, it just makes sense that your child would feel most comfortable in an environment similar to she felt while being...

Delayed Postpartum Depression: The Symptoms

Many people think mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, must begin immediately after having your baby. But that's simply not true. Delayed postpartum depression can occur 18 months after birth or later depending on hormonal changes within the ...

Sex After Baby: When Can We Do It Again?

After you give birth your baby, your body needs some time to recover. After all, you just created another human being. Eventually, you (and your partner) may be wondering when you can have sex again. Is six weeks really enough...

Your First Period After Having a Baby

For most women, being pregnant means having a nice, long break from your monthly period. But what happens after your baby is born? What should you expect with those first few periods after pregnancy? Is it different depending on if...

The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

You've heard the phrase skin-to-skin, but what about kangaroo care? How can this intimate way of holding your baby increase bonding after birth? What are some of the other benefits? How can it help with breastfeeding? And how does it...

Diaper Rashes: Causes and Remedies

You remove your baby's diaper and see redness everywhere- perhaps even bumps and open sores! What's causing your baby's diaper rash? Could it be the diaper, or some other form allergy or irritation? How should you clean the area to...

Your Baby’s Boogers, Snot and Colds

Having a sick baby can be a terrifying experience for new parents. It's hard to know exactly what to do when your little one's fever is rising and they can barely breathe because they're so congested. So, how can you...

Baby’s Bath: Home, Hospital and Beyond

Giving birth to your baby is usually pretty messy, right? So, it's only natural we would want to bathe our babies immediately. But could there be benefits to delaying that first bath? And when you do decide to bathe your...

Healing from Birth Trauma

Sometimes unexpected events during childbirth can wound a new mother. The physical scars fade, but the emotional trauma can produce feelings of helplessness, shame and defeat. How can a mother process these emotions and even embrace them as moments of...

Fontanels: The Soft Spots on Your Baby’s Head

Your baby's head in uniquely made to mold for birth and move to accommodate a growing and developing brain. So, what are those softs spots that most new parents are afraid to touch? Where can you find them? And what...

Postpartum Mental Health: Postpartum Anxiety

New moms experience many new emotions after the birth of their baby, and some of those feelings may surprise you, such as anxiety. Postpartum anxiety is a common condition that is often overlooked because of the belief that new mothers...

Birth Marks, Stork Bites and Belly Buttons

When your baby is born, you examine every inch of its tiny, little body. And you may find some things you didn't expect such as a birth mark or stork bite. What do these marks actually mean and what causes...

Container Babies: The Danger of Infant Restraints

It's hard to walk through baby stores without feeling like you need absolutely everything on the shelves. But, when it comes to devices that restrain your baby, less is probably best. Today we're learning all about the concept of "container...

Postpartum Mental Health: Baby Blues

After you have your baby, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions. If you're not feeling completely elated shortly after the birth of your baby- don't worry, that can be completely normal. It's called the baby blues, and...

Understanding Infant Growth Charts

When you go to the pediatrician, they take all sorts of measurements and track your baby's progress through infant growth charts. So, who created these charts and how are averages determined? Do breastfed babies grow any differently than formula fed...

Should I Eat My Placenta?

You birthed your baby, and then your birthed your placenta. So, now what do you do with it? The hospital could whisk it away and discard it as hazardous material, or you could take it home with you... and perhaps...

Postpartum Nutrition for New Moms

Your baby is here! But you're so busy taking care of your little one that you forget to take care of yourself. Sound familiar? But did you know that good nutrition is super important for new moms- whether your breastfeeding...

The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby

New babies spend half their day sleeping. Nice, right? Knowing the best sleep environment for your baby will not only keep them safe, but it will result in better sleep so both you and baby can be well rested. Where...

Top 10 Cloth Diaper Mistakes for New Moms

How you diaper your baby will impact both you and baby every day. Cloth diapers has many benefits, but the whole process can often seem more complicated than it actually needs to be. So, what are the most common mistakes...

Surviving Postpartum: Shouldn’t I Be Happy?

The addition of a new baby is supposed to be a happy time, right? However, a new study suggests the birth of your first child could be more stressful and lead to more unhappiness than unemployment, divorce or death? What?...

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Establishing Your Breast Milk

As a new breastfeeding mom, one of your top objectives is to establish a good milk supply for your growing baby. How often should you nurse to bring in your supply? How important is skin to skin contact with your...

Tear or Episiotomy After Childbirth

When giving birth, many women may either tear or have an episiotomy. Learning more about how childbirth impacted your body can make the postpartum recovery process go more smoothly. What are the various degrees of a perineum tear or episiotomy?...

The Truth About Baby Poop

Dealing with your baby's poop is just one of the many joys of new parenting. But besides being a bit gross, you can also learn a lot about your baby's overall health. So, what should you expect within the first...

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