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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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This week, in light of an international pandemic, I decided to interview one of the most astute health practitioners I know: Rebekah Azzarelli. Rebekah is a homeopath, based in Beacon, NY, who provides services at Baby Botanica as well. Her depth of wisdom about family health will astound you, and I encourage you to book an […]

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If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, a doula by any other name would be as fabulous. The word itself is derived from the Ancient Greek term “doule,” which means a “servant-woman.” I don’t know about all that, but I’m also not totally bummed out by it either. I do serve, […]

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Who here can answer the following question: What do Gisele Bundchen, Erykah Badu, Kate Middleton, Idina Menzel, and Pamela Anderson have in common? Fame and prestige, talent and radiance, yup, all those things. But did you know that in addition to these attributes, midwives attended each of their births? In different settings and for different […]

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Hi Jo! Glad you’re here. Everyone, meet Jo! She teaches Shakti Yoga here at Baby Botanica on Wednesdays. Let’s chat, shall we?  In recent blogs, in conversations at Baby Botanica, and maybe in your personal and professional life, the topic of transitions keeps surfacing. Can you share any thoughts, insights, or reflections about transitions (to […]

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I was the youngest of four girls so my dad was outnumbered by a fairly large margin. By and large, I think he loved his position as the only guy in the house and doted on all of us lovingly. In hindsight, my dad did a great job being both protective and chivalrous while being […]

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Long before Baby Botanica was a seedling, I was exploring the world of pregnancy and birth: first as a source of labor support for family and close friends, then as a new mother navigating my own family’s preferences, and then as a birth doula over the last five years or so.  Through all these iterations […]

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When my children were little, I was a stay-at-home mom. Sort of.  I actually loathed being at home. I am not someone who can wait until the baby is napping to shower; I have to shower first thing, make the bed, have coffee, and get moving in the world! I get super tired if I’m […]

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Today was a big day. My youngest kiddo was pretty sick over the weekend and needed one last day to recuperate before returning to 2nd grade. In years past, whether I was working for a non-profit from home or was a doula with a full caseload, I was typically the stay-at-home parent on sick days, […]

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Well my friends, we have arrived at our final blog in my three-part series about cervical health in light of January being Cervical Health Awareness Month. After this, would you all be cool with me talking about something slightly less contentious like, say, butterflies or even genetic cloning? (Ooooh, turns out February 1st is “Spunky […]

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If I have one tip for new parents it’s “know thyself.” In a world of constant information — from the endless blogs (guilty as charged), to the shelves and shelves of parenting guidebooks, to the lady behind you at CVS telling you your baby needs socks when it’s zero degrees (to whom my wiser self […]

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Megan, she is a local midwife and massage therapist who now also serves the Baby Botanica community.

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