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A Childbirth Tutorial for Those Stuck at Home

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Childbirth: A Multimedia Course & Resource Kit is a CD that was developed by a family physician and a registered nurse who teaches childbirth classes as a guide for pregnant women as well as for their partners and caretakers.

Its eight lessons include: 1. Your Last Weeks of Pregnancy (relaxation techniques, breathing, exercises, labor induction), 2. Early, Active and Transition Labor (breathing techniques, comfort measures, timing contractions, medical interventions, fetal monitoring, analgesics), 3. Pushing (breathing methods, pushing positions, episiotomies, forceps and vacuum use), 4. Delivering the Placenta (expelling the placenta, massaging the uterus, cord blood testing), 5. Special Situations (cesarean sections, breech and multiple births), 6. Postpartum Care of Yourself (physical changes, diet, exercise, sex life), 7. Care of Your Newborn (bathing, colic, cord care, diaper changing, sleeping, spitting up), 8. Feeding Your Newborn (breast feeding instructions and demonstrations, expressing and storing breast milk, breast care, formula preparation and feeding, feeding cautions).

Each lesson includes video clips, text and images demonstrating key concepts of delivery, infant and mother care, as well as an optional self-assessment. The resource kit that accompanies the CD contains birth-plan templates, a baby-shower planning guide, doctor-visit templates, and a video of an actual birth. The self-paced tutorial makes it easy for parents with hectic schedules or who are on bedrest to find out the nuts-and-bolts of prenatal and postnatal care, and also serves as a refresher course for subsequent pregnancies.

Purchase it here.

 

 


Wes Chatham Is Taking on Parenthood!
Wes Chatham & Jenn Brown

Wes Chatham & Jenn Brown

He may be helping to take on the Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but Wes Chatham is tackling a whole new challenge in real life: parenthood! The actor and his wife, American Ninja Warrior host Jenn Brown, have welcomed their first baby. Son John Nash Chatham arrived on November 24th. Chatham shared the happy news via Twitter, saying, “@JennBrown & I welcomed John Nash Chatham into our lives yesterday & we are beyond blessed! Nash is doing great!”

 


James Durbin Is a Proud Papa Again
James Durbin

James Durbin

Talk about having reason to celebrate! James Durbin and his wife Heidi have welcomed their second baby. According to People, the couple welcomed daughter Kinzee Cruz Durbin on November 21st. Durbin, who competed on American Idol season 8, set the tone for his year early with the release of his second album, Celebrate. Durbin, Heidi and their son Hunter (5) certainly have something to celebrate now!


Moonyeen

Hi, there –

Big fan of the site! I’m wondering if you have any information on the name “Moonyeen?” It was my grandmother’s middle name but I have no idea where it comes from or what it means.

Thank you,
Karen Siddiqi

Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 1.53.54 PMHi Karen,

Moonyeen was an unusual name that turned up briefly in the U.S. from 1922-1936. Most likely because of a Broadway play called “Smilin’ Through,” first produced in 1919, which had a character named Moonyeen Clare. The play was made into three movies: one in 1922 which starred Norma Talmadge, one ten years later featuring Norma Shearer, and a musical in 1941 with Jeannette McDonald in the role.

Nancy over at Nancy’s Baby Names speculates that the playwright Jane Cowl based the name on the Irish word muirnín, which means “darling” or “sweetheart.” That certainly is a possibility. That, or she just made it up, which many writers do!

Hope that helps,
Jennifer


A Horse named Joepie

Hi Jennifer

I’m a horse rider, and at a stable yard where I work, I met a stallion by the name of Joepie. I’ve been trying to find the meaning joepieof his name ever since. He was born in the Netherlands, and I assume it is a Dutch name. We pronounce it “Yoo-pey”. Any ideas?

Thank you!
Firn H.
(yes, I do have to spell my name to everyone)

Dear Firn,

Joep is the Dutch diminutive (nickname) for the formal name, Jozef. As you can surmise, Jozef is the Slavic/Dutch form of the name Joseph, which means “God Will Increase.” So Joepie would be equivalent to the English nickname Joey.

Sincerely,
Jennifer


Lance Gross Is a Dad
Lance Gross & Rebecca Jefferson

Lance Gross & Rebecca Jefferson

Actor Lance Gross just got the gig of his life: daddyhood! The Crisis alum and his fiancée Rebecca Jefferson have welcomed a daughter. Gross announced baby girl’s November 20th arrival via his social media pages, sharing a sweet picture captioned “Berkeley Brynn Gross XI.XX.MMXIV.” Congrats to the newly expanded family!


Baby’s First Music Player

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Most every adult has had the experience of being driven nuts by a toddler toy that plays the same song over. And over. And over. Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t referring to tykes in his quote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…”–but it’s an apt description nevertheless. My niece just started college, yet I still remember the opening drum riff of the Mickey Mouse marching-band toy she got on her first birthday.

So it’s no wonder that Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes is currently the top-rated toy on Amazon.com. It’s priced at well under $10, comes with seven sweet extended classical music pieces to keep baby busy or relaxed, as the case may be (and Mommy/Daddy sane). It has a carry handle and lights that sync with the music, and uses 2 AA batteries (included). It’s lightweight–only 3.7 ounces–and baby can toggle through the music selection by pressing an easy-to-use button.

Take Along Tunes features “baby-friendly” versions music by composers Chopin, Vivaldi, Mozart & Rossini, among others. Although the manufacturer recommends it for babies 3 months and older, many parents report using it even earlier.

Buy it here.

 

 

 


Lisa LoCicero Is Expecting Again
Lisa LoCicero

Lisa LoCicero

General Hospital star Lisa LoCicero has lots to be thankful for this year! The soap star and her husband, Michael Patrick Jann, are expecting their second child. LoCicero announced the happy news via a happy Thanksgiving greeting ABC put together from all the stars  of its popular daytime drama. Baby-to-be, whose anticipated arrival hasn’t yet been announced, is the second child for the couple, who are also parents to 13-year-old Lukas.


Kevin James Is Getting Ready for Daddy Duty Again

He may be back on mall patrol next year, but Kevin James also has some new-daddy duties looming in his future! The Paul Blart: Mall Cop actor (who’s sequel to that film is due to hit screens next April) and his wife Steffiana de la Cruz are expecting their fourth baby. A rep for the actor has confirmed the happy news, but no additional details have been shared. James and de la Cruz are already parents to son Kannon (3) and daughters Shea (7) and Sienna-Marie (9).


Scott Foley Is a Dad Again
Marika Dominczyk & Scott Foley

Marika Dominczyk & Scott Foley

No scandals here; just good, old-fashioned happy baby news! Scandal star Scott Foley and his wife Marika Dominczyk have welcomed their third child. Son Konrad arrived on November 13th. Foley commented on his happy news on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for all of the well wishes! @TheMeanChick and I are truly fortunate. And tired. ;)” With three little ones ages 5 and younger (the couple are also parents to son Keller, 2, and daughter Malina, 5), it’s no wonder!

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