6 Tips for Finding the Best Photographer for Your Next Maternity Photo Shoot in Miami

I had the chance to sit down with South Florida photography Duss Photography as I loved his most recent photo shoot with Strategic Storytelling Expert, Andy Henriquez and Love Coach & Matchmaker, Coach Cass! You'll see why in just a minute. He has an amazing eye and passion for newborn photography that has only increased with having a newborn child in his own home.  I picked his brain to help you plan your own upcoming photo shoots. Here are 6 Tips for Finding the Best Photographer for Your Next Maternity OR Newborn Photo shoot.

I Mean, Do We Really Need to Celebrate Breastfeeding?

Every August, the world celebrates the beauty and wonder of breastfeeding in culmination of activities and campaigns to normalize breastfeeding. Each year I question whether the noise is necessary. Then I reflect on the journey of the many women I’ve worked with, my own setbacks, failures, and triumphs and I unequivocally answer YES! 

Who are Miami's Best OB/GYNs?

Emergencies happen. YES. They do.  But your diagnosis of "failure to progress" or "failure to descend" is USUALLY a reflection of your desire to run through the front door and be on with your day instead of allowing her to labor down.

A New Way to Give Birth

There are no cold large holding rooms with long lines.  Instead,  you're greeted by the most welcoming staff that has been anticipating your arrival and know you by name.  You enter your suite; an ambient room lighted by only flickers of candlelight and the sun rays sneaking in through the curtains.  This is no VIP suite for celebrities, all though you are left feeling exactly this way.

Toxic Stress - How to Help Newborns Deal with Stress

New research shows that babies not only pick up on their mother’s stress, they also correspond and imitate to physiological changes. Stress is contagious, and chronic stress has long-term health consequences. When babies are exposed to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, they are more likely to develop behavior problems and stress-related diseases later in life (Asok et al 2013; Luby et al 2013). In the worst case scenario, toxic stress can alter brain growth and shorten the lifespan.

Are Waterbirths Safe?

I had the most AMAZING training  a few weeks ago with none other than, Barbara Harper, RN, CLD, CCCE, Midwife at Holistic South Pregnancy & Birth Center. I already knew I was in for a treat as my dear friend, nurse, and homebirth midwife Eunice Romero told me "You better go!  It's so worth it"! 

Here are and answers to many of your questions and some of the many benefits of a water birth- and YES it's safe.

How to Be a Mindful Mom When You Need a Timeout

Being a new mom, you'll often want to live on autopilot- just because it's easier. Your baby is on a schedule and you might find yourself going through the motions to get through the day. Of course you notice the highlights such as your baby's sweet laugh or smile when he or she sees you. And you also recognize the tough times when your little one just can't fall asleep or throws up all over your new carpet. These are the times when you just want to take a time out. But if you practice mindfulness and see every moment as a gift, you'll more likely to reduce stress over all. 

 All it takes is a little practice every day. 

The Right Way to Use Affirmations

Affirmations truly have the ability to transform your mind and this is because the mind doesn’t know the difference between real or fantasy. Your non-conscious mind believes everything it thinks, sees, hears, etc. is real.  It cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy or between the truth or a lie.

Lactation Cookies. Do They Work?

So you've decided you want to nurse! Congratulations.   You're making an amazing choice. You know all the benefits so there's no need give you the rundown. Whether you've already hit a wall or you're just planning in advance, you may be questioning whether lactation cookies can offer a buffer to low milk supplies.  This is my opinion on the matter:  I soundly believe that covering the basics will ensure your supply will match your baby's need. 

5 Things to Do When the Pregnancy Test Comes Back Positive

Preparing for the arrival of a newborn can be the most exhilarating, upside down, panic provoking ideation ever known to {wo}man.  How can you ever really prepare for this journey that will last most of your life?  I had the pleasure of sitting down with a few maternal/infant experts for our first annual From Your Belly to Breast Telesummit and they shared with me insight into how you can begin to prepare for a baby’s arrival.

Dangers of Zofran

Zofran is a popular prescription-based medication that’s approved for use by cancer patients and those undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery. Zofran helps patients control nausea and vomiting, a typical side effect of cancer treatment. Yet, doctors have also been prescribing the drug to pregnant women to help control morning sickness, despite studies showing that Zofran increases the risks of babies developing birth defects.

Chrissy Teigen in Postpartum Diapers

Ah, yes. DIAPERS! No stranger to comedic one liners, Chrissy, apparently has no qualms about laughing at herself; and we LOVE her for it. But seriously, many women after having a baby, are shocked to realize they lack the same level of uterine control they had pre pregnancy.  Postpartum incontinence can be caused by a few factors. 

21 Days of Inspiration

My pregnancy was one of the most exciting and difficult times in my life. My world was falling apart as a new one was coming together and at times I felt as if no one understood my plight. What I would give for words of daily encouragement during those times of despair and self doubt. A simple little book I could keep in my purse or on my nightstand to remind myself that I am a creator! My body is creating life. As so many women before and after me, I am fully capable of nurturing and nourishing this growing light inside me.

The Reason Heather Lindsey Got it Wrong

So, I've been pumping a lot to prepare to leave Taylor for 3 days next week (insert 😩😩😭😭), anyway - I noticed a change in the color of my milk over a month period. When Taylor wasn't feeling well, it turned bright yellow! I did some research and found that my milk changes to fit Taylor's needs based on her backwash! 😱🙌🏼 So, more colostrum is produced to help her get over her cold! How amazing is God?!? Ladies, your milk is the best medicine that your baby needs! So, I know nursing is hard, pumping, the engorgement & everything else but it's so worth it!