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    Pregnant in a Corporate World

    Maintaining Your Professional Image During Pregnancy

    As times are quickly changing and the economy evolving, women may need to re-think the way they dress for work when they are pregnant. That is the advice of image consultant Maureen Costello, principal of Image Launch in Chicago. She assists clients with their professional image in a variety of business situations and coaches them on dining and business etiquette. Ms. Costello advises employees of some of the nation’s largest companies through her seminars.

    When dressing for the office, Ms. Costello recommends staying away from form fitting maternity clothes that have been the trend in recent years. The introduction of lycra-based fabrics, coupled with a general increase of body exposure in the office, has changed the way pregnant women dress for work. Many of the maternity clothes of late display the woman’s growing belly, growing chest, and the all-defining umbilicus as it pops out.

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  • Labor & Delivery

    The Coach’s Role in Labor & Delivery

    What to Expect From Your Labor Coach During Childbirth

    The miraculous event of the birth of my children will be forever imprinted on my mind. As I recall those events, I remember what a significant role my husband played in the labor experience. From the moment of admission for the birth of my first child, I recall wondering how my mother had done this ALONE so many years before and I was grateful that childbirth practices had progressed to family-centered care. With the variety of tools available for help during childbirth, the one no one should do without is the support person. This is someone who knows you well and is aware of your needs and wishes.

    For many of us, childbirth is often our first experience as a patient. We spend months planning and imagining that day when we will bring new life into the world. But all those Read more


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  • Postpartum

    Baby Nurses & Postpartum Doulas

    The Differences and Benefits
    As any parent will tell you, a typical newborn/infant is awake and in need of care for several hours every night for at least 3-5 months. In the past, most parents had extended family members to help with this 24-hour schedule, and mothers were able to remain in the birthing center or hospital to recuperate. Today, however, family members are geographically spread out or cannot leave work themselves, and most mothers are not given the chance to properly heal before being sent back home (and back to work!). In order to get the vital sleep needed to care for their family and function at work outside the home, some new parents choose to employ postpartum help such as baby nurses, newborn caregivers or postpartum doulas.

    Baby Nurse

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  • Feeding

    Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

    From a New Mom’s Perspective

    I am a strong proponent of breastfeeding. It is the best thing for the baby and for you. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least 1 year and longer if mutually desired by both the mother and child. The truth is – any amount of breastfeeding will be beneficial for you and your baby: 2 days, 2 months or 2 years. Stick with it as long as you can and know that you are doing the best thing for you and your baby. Breastfeeding mothers loose weight quicker, get protection against certain cancers, and have a host of other medical benefits. Breastfed babies are healthier and studies have shown that there are increases in their IQ scores as well.

    Breastfeeding is also easy – no need to think about packing bottles and no worries about staying out longer than planned – your

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  • Shopping

    The Latest Trends in Baby Products

    Everyone wants to keep up with the latest trends, whether it is the cars they drive, the clothes they wear, or the gadgets they use. The same holds true for new parents looking for the hot trends for their baby. Parents are looking to combine their current lifestyle into their future role as a new mom or dad, without giving up their unique style.

    The latest trends in technology and fashion have made their way into all types of baby gear, offering a more unique approach for parents to decorate nurseries, dress their newborns, and accessorize their post-baby lives. From stylish diaper bags and customized strollers for different lifestyles to modern baby furniture and funky, chic clothing, baby products are being created with more versatility and greater value.

    The following items are a few of the hottest trends that parents are purchasing that are more customized for their lifestyle.

    Customization

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  • Baby & Family

    Top Financial Mistakes of New Parents And How to Avoid Them

    As first time parents, your day consists mostly of caring for your newborn and trying to catch up on sleep whenever you can, therefore financial issues aren’t given as much thought as they should be. As a result, many parents put their family’s long-term financial security at risk by making quick decisions or avoiding issues altogether. With a bit of education and planning you can avoid making the most common financial mistakes.

    Not having a will or an up-to-date will

    Many new parents assume that they don’t need a will because they don’t have a large estate or much in the way of assets, but a will is essential in designating guardianship. If something were to happen to you or your spouse, wouldn’t you want to make sure that your children were cared for by the people that you wanted them to be cared for—and not who the court appoints?

    Not having

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