Babies

Colorful Hand-Painted, Original Art for Babies and Kids!

December 20, 2016

Looking for a unique gift? Local illustrator and cartoonist Michael Capozzola creates fun and whimsical hand-painted name art that's perfect for the nursery or a child's room. Each personalized creation is made with pen and ink and watercolor on cold-press paper. Inspired by vintage playbills and concert posters, they're bright and colorful, with each letter made out of different objects and shapes.

Michael is a San Francisco-based cartoonist whose work has appeared in Mad Magazine, McSweeney's, and WIRED. His cartoon, "Surveillance Caricatures," ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, for four years, too. He started creating name art as gifts for friends, and soon the commissions and requests came pouring in. You can see examples of Michael's name art work on his website. www.paintedbabynames.com, where you can order your own creation, too! While he refers to them as baby names, they're really gifts delightful for kids of all ages.

Meet the Midwives of Marin on Monday, October 3

October 2, 2016

Midwives of MarinMoms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're interested, the hospital holds a series of one-hour informational meetings throughout the year. Midwives will share their philosophies and approaches, and review the services available when you choose to deliver your baby at Marin General Hospital.

An optional tour of Marin General Hospital Birth Center follows each meeting. Partners, family, and friends are of course welcome. Light snacks will be served. No fee or registration required. The last Meet the Midwives event of 2016 takes place Monday, October 3, from 7:15 to 8:15 pm.

What’s Important to You in Maternity Care and Childbirth

September 11, 2016

Mom and new baby in hospital Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Sheri Matteo, CNM, Director of Midwifery at Prima Medical Group, who is conducting a survey about maternity care in Marin.

I am a Certified Nurse Midwife working in Marin. I am also a mom of two, living and raising a family in this beautiful county.

For the next 18 months, I have the good fortune of working with the California Health Care Foundation as a Fellow in their Leadership Program. As part of my work with CHCF, I am interested in hearing your thoughts about maternity care, what affects your healthcare decisions, what is working well in maternity care and what is lacking.

Please take a moment to answer a brief, anonymous survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QQTVYG8.

Women who are pregnant or are contemplating pregnancy, women who have already had a baby, partners, and other family members are all welcome to participate.

Three Nutrition Tips to Getting Back Your Body After Baby

July 13, 2016

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin personal trainer and nutritionist Gina Parenzan.

Drink Lots of Water

Listen to your thirst; it’s there for a reason! Often signs of hunger are mistaken for dehydration. Before grabbing a food snack, try downing a glass of water. Water will fill your stomach and ease those hunger signals. It is essential for keeping the body hydrated and will reduce water retention. The general recommended daily amount is 64 ounces, so don't be afraid to drink up!

Mild to moderate dehydration can include these signs:

Meet the Midwives of Marin on July 11

July 5, 2016

Midwives of MarinMoms-to-be planning to deliver their babies at Marin General Hospital can take advantage of the hospital's and Prima Medical Group's Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in pregnancy and delivery in low-risk, healthy women. The midwives at Marin General Hospital are all registered nurses with a MA in nursing or public health and are certified through the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which works in conjunction with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Marin General Hospital is in fact the only hospital in Marin or San Francisco that offers midwife services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're interested, the hospital holds a series of one-hour informational meetings throughout the year. Midwives will share their philosophies and approaches, and review the services available when you choose to deliver your baby at Marin General Hospital.

An optional tour of Marin General Hospital Birth Center follows each meeting. Partners, family, and friends are of course welcome. Light snacks will be served. No fee or registration required. The next Meet the Midwives events take place Monday, July 11, from 7:15 to 8:15 pm. One more 2016 event takes place this fall on October 3.

All events are held in the Conference Center at Marin General Hospital. For more information call (415) 842-5107 or visit their website.

Rebuild Your Strength with Postpartum Exercise

May 22, 2016

pregnant mom exercisingMarin Mommies presents a guest article by prenatal and postpartum physical therapist Alicia Willoughby.

Being a mom is really hard physical work and it requires strength and endurance to do the job. Most mothers will say that having a baby was when their physical condition started to decline, whether it be chronic pain and discomforts, the inability to run without peeing or the aesthetic issue of still looking pregnant four years later. Pregnancy and birth cause huge changes to a woman’s anatomy, but with proper guidance and dedication, a mother’s body can be strong and discomfort free.

During pregnancy and birth, the muscles that are responsible for stabilizing the spine and pelvis become stretched out and even torn or cut. This causes the brain’s connection to those muscles to become impaired or even lost completely, which means the brain cannot voluntarily activate these core muscles. Without these muscles performing optimally, the risk of pain and injury increases dramatically because the spine and pelvis are no longer being stabilized. Regaining control of these muscles is crucial for a healthy and happy postpartum mommy body.

Learn to Walk with the Willa Walker!

March 25, 2016

Willa WalkerLast summer we wrote about the Willa Walker, a cool new baby product launched by five Marin County dads. It's an innovative way for parents to participate in helping their baby learn to walk, while saving their backs, too. The Willa Walker is made from sustainable hardwood and cotton and finished with organic coconut oil.

The Willa Walker is basically two rings suspended from a hardwood bar by cotton straps. Baby grabs the rings (instead of your fingers) and you hold onto the bar and let her walk without having to stoop over and stress your back. It's a fantastic idea!

Debunking Common Infant Sleep Myths

January 18, 2016

sleeping toddler or babyMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin parent coach, infant/toddler sleep researcher, and family therapist Angelique Millette.

Very often when I am speaking at workshops and conferences or working with parents in their home, common questions include opinions about infant sleep and sleep development. There are many sleep books available to parents that are "opinion-based" sleep books and not evidence based sleep books. This can be very confusing for parents who want to make an informed choice about how best to help themselves and their babies sleep. Also, misconceptions abound as the field of infant sleep research is limited and the research is primarily focused on one area: behavioral changes. A field of infant sleep is changing very quickly and new researching is debunking much of what we knew about infant sleep.

This article will debunk some of the common sleep myths while helping parents to make informed sleep choices that support their parenting philosophy as well as their infant or child's developmental needs.

Babies' sleep patterns are fully developed at birth.

Babies sleep patterns are not fully developed at birth. In fact, one of the most common reasons babies aren't able to "sleep well" is that the part of the brain that organizes sleep is just beginning to form in the first three to six months. The development of circadian rhythms, the biological temporal rhythms that help our bodies "know" a 24-hour day and the difference between day and night, begins the day your baby is born. The development of your baby’s circadian rhythms is dependent on their environment, i.e. caregivers, environmental cues, light exposure, consistent routines. Parents can help their babies cue their circadian rhythms by bringing them outside, opening the shades in the nursery and other rooms where the family spends time, introducing feed, play, sleep routines, and feeding frequently during the day.

Learning to Walk Is Fun with the New Willa Walker

September 14, 2015

Willa WalkerThe Willa Walker is a cool new baby product launched by five Marin County dads, and it's definitely not something that you think of when you hear "baby walker". It's an innovative way for parents to participate in helping their baby learn to walk, and when we saw it we knew we had to learn more about it. We asked the guy behind the Willa Walker to tell us the story behind this neat new Marin-based product.

What was the inspiration for creating the Willa Walker?

Gabe, the inventor of Willa Walker, is a mechanical engineer and cousin of Willa. He grew up in Tam Valley and went to Tam High. His cousin went kayaking with his wife and left his daughter and co-inventor Willa with him. Willa was a little under one year and was in the transition from crawling to walking.

Gabe is constantly tinkering and inventing fun, so 10 minutes into the babysitting session, Willa Walker was born from some scrap materials in the garage.

Since that time, Gabe has filed for a patent on the design and invited his cousin and three other childhood friends to launch the Willa Walker through their newly-formed Marin-based company, Playful Nature, LLC.

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