Valentine’s Day is almost here and I’d like to celebrate it by celebrating moms. It is a joy for me to be working with Mother’s, Babies, N’at and also with Shining Light Prenatal Education. Around the world and through the artistic ages, mothers have been celebrated in art. I’d like to share a few of them here. Sometimes, especially at a 3:00 AM feeding, mothering can be very lonely. And then too it seems like mothering is a skill and a craft our culture takes for granted and doesn’t value highly. Remember, mothers, you are valued! I hope this art will serve as a Valentine to remind you just how important you are, to your children and to us all.
This is a close-up of a Nereid from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna.
“A Mother’s Duty” by Pieter de Hooch (1629–after 1684) – Show’s a mother delousing her daughter’s hair.
Fritz Zuber-Buhler’s Maternity.
Renoir’s “Mother and Child” 1882.
Fountain of the Mothers in Macedonia.
Those of us living in Pittsburgh take Groundhog Day seriously. Well, somewhat seriously, I mean, Punxutawney is close to Pittsburgh, so we’ve got to care. So Punxutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted that we will have six more weeks of winter. That puts the beginning of spring at March 20th or thereabouts, which is also known at the Vernal Equinox. This March 20th, we will have a special event, a total eclipse of the sun (not visible in Pittsburgh). What does all this mean for pregnant and breastfeeding moms? Remember to look and see the natural beauty around you. Make the season part of your precious memories. To see an eclipse this year in Pittsburgh, go here.
Happy New Year! In this new year I’m working with Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education in Lawrenceville. With her I will be offering concierge lactation consulatation — both at Shining Light and in-home consults. I’ll be offering classes in Hypnobirthing as well as Breastfeeding for Doulas and other classes. I’m excited and energized to be starting 2015 working with Deena and Shining Light!
Marie Biancuzzo’s interview of me about how doulas can help women succeed with breastfeeding will be on Monday, December 30th at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please listen in! Here is the link to follow for the radio show, “Born to be Breastfed”. Later, the show will join Marie’s show index and can be listened to at any time.
I enjoyed talking with Marie Biancuzzo. Her passion for helping nursing mothers inspires me. She is also kind enough to answer my questions about breastfeeding and breastfeeding research. You never stop learning!
I’m getting ready to record an episode of “Born to Be Breastfed” with Marie Biancuzzo. We’ll be talking especially about how doulas help new mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Marie is a tireless breastfeeding advocate and someone I admire a lot, so I’m really looking forward to our talk. I’ll let you know when the episode airs.
It has aired and you can listen to it here.