Holiday Gift Ideas for The New Mom

As we quickly approach the 2018 Holiday season many people are knee deep in planning trips, dinners and family get together etc.. Most moms who are due around the holidays are mostly planning for a new baby and have no focus on anything else. Planning for a new baby can be expensive and exhausting especially around the holidays. Family and friends are always asking how they can help, what does mom need? What does baby need etc? Typically moms feel bad asking for things and does the baby really need 30 onsies? A new baby usually only requires a handful of clothes anyways. They are either doing skin to skin with mom and only using 1 -2 onsies at home because they are sleeping or barely leaving the house. But what about things for mom? So often we see moms focused on what baby needs and making sure they have all of the latest gadgets and whistles that have come out for babies that they rarely focus on themselves. We strongly believe that  support for a new mom is essential to postpartum healing and care. So how can we do this while mom is still pregnant you ask? We can think of so many ways!! Here are a few gift ideas of some great ways to help!

-A Doula
Mom may want to have a Doula but it may be out of her budget.. 
Doula services range from $400-$1200 but can be so helpful for a mom wanting to have support for a natural birth. A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.If not for labor maybe a postpartum Doula would be great to help mom in the early days after baby.

- Baby wearing class
Mom may have expressed wanting to wear her baby or may be interested in a carrier but not sure which one to get? This class can help her figure out which carrier is best for her, how to properly use a carrier and all the benefits of babywearing. price range $35-$40

- Birth Photography
This is going to be one of the biggest days of mom's life, the day where she meets her baby for the first time that has been growing inside her, the day where her life changes forever! What an amazing gift to document these precious first moments and then be able to look at them and always remember that special day.. Price range is $900-$1800

-Child Birth Classes
So many benefits of taking good childbirth classes. 
Calm your fears and prepare for birth
Opportunity to ask questions
Knowledge of options and choices
Pain management with breathing and relaxation techniques etc.
All this can really help a new mom prepare for the birth she wants!
Price $100

-Postpartum Care package including 
herbs for vaginal care, cord care for baby, Milk tea
Price $40

Belly binding
Bengkung belly binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women's belly for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth.  This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage.  Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. This can encourage faster healing and bring down her baby belly! Price is $125 includes wrap and consult with belly bind specialist to teach mom how to use.

-A visit with a Lactation Consultant
Whether it’s moms first or fourth baby, as a breastfeeding mom, she probably will have questions. So many questions! “Am I doing this right?” “Is my baby getting enough milk?” “Why are my breasts sore?”While breastfeeding is a natural process, sometimes it doesn’t come naturally to all moms and babies. This is when an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant can help ease some of her worries, and assist with some of the difficulties she may be experiencing. Price $160-$175
-Placenta Encapsulation
Here are some of the amazing benefits.
Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
Decrease in postpartum depression levels
Restoration of iron levels in the blood
Increase in milk production
Price $250

So many gift ideas for things all new moms can benefit from. Give her the gift of support and encouragement of alternative pregnancy, birth and postpartum options! 


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