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This is a tough blog to write but it’s time. With a heavy heart, I want to share the tough news with you that Baby Botanica is closing. If timing is everything, then there could be no worse time to open a small business geared toward pregnant people and tiny babies than 2020. The fact […]

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June 12, 2020 Dear Baby Botanica Community, We write to share some thoughts on the circumstances, protests, police brutality, racism, and reactions in the past weeks (… centuries): Simply put, Baby Botanica supports the movement toward equality and equity, Black Lives Matter, and recent protests unequivocally. We see birth work, maternity, and family as political […]

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Ok, so the science guy of which I speak is my hubby, Jon Howe. He is indeed a science teacher for kids ages seven to 14 years old at Dutchess Day School in Millbrook, where kids devour science. As importantly for our family, Jon has instilled a fascination with and love for the outdoors for […]

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Yesterday I was speaking to a former birth client, touching base about life with a tot, a spouse working full-time out of the home, and her own extremely demanding upper-level NYC job now being done from home. For eight weeks, my friend has chased after her small kiddo, cooked every meal, cared for her various […]

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I kind of loved this Mother’s Day, maybe more than any other. For starters, my kiddos were mine, all mine, and bouquets were from our garden and woods this year. My boys gifted me creative songs made with some cool computer app, and my daughter made me amazing GF chocolate chip cookies. I awoke to […]

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Our newest co-op care professional, Anne Omland (photographed with her family, above), has taken on the topic of pediatric visits in the time of pandemics for this week’s blog! Thank you Anne and Dr. Eitan Kilchevsky at Ridgefield Pediatrics for your questions, answers, and thoroughness. (And now a shameless plug from Baby Botanica for Anne: if you are expecting, sign up for her 5-part virtual hypnobirthing series beginning soon, here! May 16, 17, 23, 24, 30th – 12:30-3pm.)

My son turned one on the first day of the stay at home orders. We watched him shovel a cake in his face (while his sisters waited impatiently for their slices) and then crawl at warp speed after the dog. It was classic, and he wasn’t the wiser that there was no party, no friends, […]

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Monday morning, a bit after noon, a pink, pudgy, healthy, black-haired little dude was born in a birth center in Connecticut. He charged his way into the world like the tiny Taurus he is, and all in attendance marveled at the sight and sound of his mom and dad singing a Gershwin tune as they […]

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Infertility is a tricky topic for a wellness space where people often come as pregnant or new-ish parents with babies and tots in tow. Honestly, I was reluctant to introduce education or meet-ups around the topic of infertility, and wondered whether a family wellness center would be the last place someone struggling with fertility would […]

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About four months ago, a very cool lady from Putnam Dental reached out to me to welcome Baby Botanica to the neighborhood (the neighborhood being Brewster, NY). She sent along a ton of toothbrushes and yummy treats and offered to share the news of our new space with their vast clientele. She also non-awkwardly called […]

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So, schedules in the time of pandemics — definitely important for routine, normalcy, productivity, and sanity. And according to my social media feeds, there are a LOT of options out there, including: the Pinterest version, which includes such things as decorating cupcakes with handspun sugar yarn sourced from pacifist Irish mountain goats while teaching your […]

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Some time near the end of February, Nicole Guzman of GooseWorks, our truly extraordinary web designer based in Newburgh NY,  and I marveled at how under control everything was as we prepared for the next quarter. We’ve got this, we (so innocently) thought. Baby Botanica’s business model functions in quarterly co-op cycles so that our […]

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People, this week has been tough. The reality of the long haul is settling in, the weather the first half of the week was crap, and my kids haven’t started online classes at their school yet. I’m bewildered by the people (both in-office and on the streets) who consider our most vulnerable citizens expendable, and […]

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I just found this photo on my phone because we share a cloud and that makes mysterious pics appear for me on my smartphone. Technology makes zero sense to me – perhaps I’ve mentioned that in previous blogs? Anyways, I found this photo of my three kiddos and our best bud from NYC, Matt, and […]

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