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Finding a Night Nanny in Lexington, Kentucky You Can Trust

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You've loved your baby throughout pregnancy, whether you've carried this little one yourself or have welcomed them into your heart and home after their birth. No matter how your family starts, The Birth Haven is Kentucky's source for trusted postpartum doulas and night nanny's. Sometimes known as night nurses, our experienced infant care specialists are recommended by local pediatricians, obstetricians, and families all over the Bluegrass. What makes our services the ones you need?

The Best Training Available

Our specialists under go training that is second to none. They gain knowledge about a vast variety of subjects including soothing, swaddling, recognizing signs of postpartum anxiety and depression in family members, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, proper sleep habits, safety guidelines, CPR/First Aid, and much more. They have a knowledge base that allows for proper referrals, explaining common newborn concerns, and pointing you in the right direction when it comes to common baby items and even what diaper cream is best!

We've been around for awhile

Our reputation definitely goes before us. Families all over Central Kentucky have received optimal care and compassion from our team over the past 5 years. Whether it be night nanny services or day time care, we've been in many homes and helped many families not only get the rest they need, but also give guidance and knowledge when desired. 

Our Sickness Policy

With a sniffle or sneeze, if we feel we are coming down with something, another person will come and care for you. Our priority is to our clients and ensuring that your family stays as healthy as possible. This is especially important to those with preemies. We have a range of both vaccinated and non vaccinated doulas and can service any need. Just tell us what's important to you and know we have the perfect person for you and your family!

Our Team Approach

As the owner of The Birth Haven, I stand behind those I send into homes. You can be assured they have been chosen to be on our current team because of their compassionate care, trustworthiness, impeccable knowledge base, safety guidelines, clean background check, and continuing mentorship and training. Our team model allows us to serve families on both short and long term basis and to always have back up in case of sickness or family emergencies ensuring you're never left without care. If I place my name behind someone, know they will be amazing!

What are you waiting for?

We know you're exhausted. Whether your still pregnant or have a newborn or even a 6+ month old, give us a call. Chances are high that we will be the perfect fit for you and your family. We know your baby is your pride and joy. We would be honored to help you be the parent you want to be with ample sleep and encouragement. Contact us today and find out our availability!

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Pregnant in Kentucky? MaterniTEA & Meet the Doulas!

Once the pregnancy has been announced, many expectant couples has a flood of questions as they prepare for the birth of their baby. 

Can I exercise while pregnant? 

Do we go with a Doctor or a Midwife? 

What kind of Childbirth classes are available? 

The Birth Haven's MaterniTEA is an informative one hour class that gives you the opportunity to learn about pregnancy related classes and to ask specific questions about your upcoming or current pregnancy.

Grab a cup of tea and settle in to learn, laugh and prepare for your upcoming birth.

If you're reading this and nodding your head, don't sleep! You can REGISTER for the next MaterniTEA TODAY! 

As you might have guessed, MaterniTEA educates expectant couples on all things related to birth, including DOULAS! 

Ever wondered what a doula is or desired an opportunity to meet multiple doulas in the span of an hour? Join us for this unique opportunity to ask questions, get to know doulas, and see if having a doula for your birth or postpartum experience is right for you!

Are you looking to hire a labor doula at your birth? 

Have you already made the decision to hire a doula and want to check us out? 

The Birth Haven's Meet the Doulas events take place after each MaterniTEA at 8:00pm for your convenience.

Learn more about these free educational classes focusing on pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period HERE! 

 

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Whats the Hype About Postpartum Doulas

Every day there are 10,829 babies born in the United States. 

With only 12 percent of Americans having paid maternity leave, it's creating tons of extra stress on new parents in our communities during their first few weeks postpartum. 

Despite the support from your partner or relatives, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and faced with more stress and challenges than you thought. More families are seeking out that added support to help nourish their families as they transition home with their new baby. 

Postpartum assistance dramatically reduces the risks for postpartum depression, anxiety and stress related conditions. 

In the birth world, there are fantastic resources that work seamlessly with every family's schedule to provide a helping hand as parents learn how to care for their newborn, establish routines and begin their postpartum healing process. 

Whether it be a nanny, night nanny, postpartum day doula or overnight doula, parents are no longer navigating the uncertainties of newborn care without compassionate and professional support. 

Newborn Care Specialists 

Getting the hang of your newborn care routine is no easy feat for any parent. Newborn care specialists are there to guide your transition home with your baby, making sure parents feel confident with the process and schedules of newborn care and offer resources and support throughout the first few weeks after birth. 

Night Nannies

These women are nannies that offer night time care for parents looking for a little extra sleep. The postpartum recovery process is an exhausting one and the extra set of hands to help care for the newborn of the house is often heaven sent. These nannies will take over the care while parents rest, sleep or relax, providing a huge stress relief to sleepy new parents. Their hours are flexible and care plans usually can be customized to cater to even the busiest schedule. They often support the family after the immediate postpartum time or help locate someone who will continue on in their absence.

Postpartum Doulas

This postpartum team is your lifeline of support. Your postpartum doula offers the professional training of a newborn care specialist, the  flexibility of a nanny and so much more. Doulas not only help parents feel confident as they learn the basics of newborn care, feeding and sleep patterns, but they also assist mothers as they recover from birth and nurture the rest of the family. Doula care plans can be tailored to suit the needs of every family, including overnight and early morning care shifts. Doulas help care for siblings, lend a helping hand with tasks around the house and even craft meal plans, and speed up postpartum recovery. Your postpartum doula helps you from the very beginning and always works alongside the family's parenting style without any judgement or bias to provide the care you want for your new baby. 

Postpartum doulas are trained to provide resources for breastfeeding, breast health, postpartum recovery, newborn care and development, and even placenta encapsulation. These women are passionate and experienced in all things birth, postpartum, and newborn and dedicated to easing the postpartum transition for local families. Life with a postpartum doula means less stress and discomfort, more affirmation and more nurturing support. It means loving care from the day of hire through the moment your confidence soars and you are ready to hand us to the next family waiting for the same optimal care. Services are offered from newborn through the first 2 years of life.

Doulas are the ultimate combination of newborn care specialists and night nannies, providing the comprehensive support and care strategies that uniquely adjust to the needs of every family. 

If you or a family member is expecting, consider how postpartum doulas can dramatically improve your baby's early postpartum care all the way through their future development.

That drive home from the hospital or birth center doesn't have to be intimidating.

The postpartum doula revolution is transforming and revolutionizing the experience of introducing a new baby to your family. 

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Postpartum Recovery Essentials You Didn't Know You Needed

When it comes time to bring home baby, there's definitely a learning curve. 

There may be a learning curve as you acclimate to your new role as a mom, but there's still a long road to recovery ahead. As you settle in at home, it makes a huge difference to gather the support and resources that nourish a swift recovery. 

Not all postpartum resources are created equal. We took some of the guess work out of postpartum planning by giving you a good place to start. 

Feeding Pillow

The Boppy pillow is a breastfeeding mother's best friend. This "u" shaped pillow is specifically designed to help new breastfeeding mothers comfortably breastfeed and find the position that works best for them. The pillow is also great for propping up your newborn safely and even offering a comfortable place to sit when you're still sensitive from birth. This wonder-pillow comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors and has a convenient washable cover.  My Breast Friend is also a wonderful addition to your feeding pillow collection. We suggest the professional model that can be wiped clean after any spit up or other accidents. Have twins? They make the perfect pillow just for that!

Brondell Swash 1000

It might seem like a luxury item, but a bidet seat is nice to have in those first few weeks home with baby. Wiping can be downright uncomfortable if you're healing from a vaginal birth. Whether you're opting for a bidet attachment or a full seat, it's a great way to stay fresh and comfortable as you heal. The Brondell Swash 1000 has a warmed seat, adjustable water temperature and pressure settings to keep you feeling clean throughout the phases of postpartum bleeding and healing. You can angle the stream of water in different ways or directions. Having a bidet is a more sterile and comfortable alternative to a simple spray bottle and it's gentle enough to use on your first day home.  

Homemade Pad-sicles 

Your perineum is likely to stay sore and uncomfortable for at least the first few weeks. Making some frozen pads ahead of time can help give you some soothing relief for the discomfort. Take a quality overnight pad with wings and gently unwrap the wrapper where it can be repackaged. Fill a small spray bottle with alcohol-free witch hazel, pure aloe vera gel, and 5 to 10 drops of lavender, frankincense, rosemary and geranium essential oils. The essential oils are optional, however they can help promote surface healing, prevent infection, and reduce inflammation. Spray the pads thoroughly but don't soak through the pads, re wrap them and neatly stack them in the freezer.  Be sure to ask your doctor or midwife if this option is safe for you!

Nalgene Water Bottles

It might seem like a no-brainer to stay hydrated as you heal, but many women find themselves dehydrated and struggling with a low milk volume. A Nalgene Bottle is a brightly colored reminder to drink up and stay hydrated. Fill a few bottles in the morning and scatter them throughout the house to always keep a refreshing drink nearby.

Nursing Tanks and Bras 

A good nursing garment makes the world of difference. These tanks and bras are soft, comfortable, durable (which is more important than you'd think) and easy access for feedings at all hours. These tanks will be an every day staple for the first few weeks of your postpartum recovery and the more comfortable you are, the speedier that recovery will be. 

Your Postpartum BFF

Did you know you don't have to figure all of this out on your own? Coming home with a new baby and tons of unsolicited advice can turn the most calm person into a frustrated and anxious ball of energy. Postpartum & Infant Care doulas are making the entrance to parenthood a joyous and fun experience. From helping you out of bed during the healing process to prepping meals, these incredible specialists are becoming an integral part of every new parent's bringing home baby plan. 

Postpartum recovery doesn't have to be a pain.

Having the right supplies and support to keep your postpartum recovery on track is essential. Before your baby arrives, gather together all the supplies you'll need  and reach out to an in home infant specialist so you can head home confident and prepared with your brand new baby. 

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Introducing Your Kids to their New Sibling

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Growing your family is one of the most exciting experiences you can have. 

As your children grow, introducing a new baby to the mix can certainly come with it's fair share of challenges to navigate. If you're expecting another baby and you're worried about how you'll acclimate their siblings into life with a newborn, don't worry, you aren't alone. 

The anxiety of how to best introduce your little one to the nest is one of the biggest worries of expectant parents. 

Dont panic, it'll be fine! 

We've assembled some of the tips and tricks we've learned along the way from growing families of our own and supporting families as a team of birth and postpartum professionals. 

Be the Voice of Your Baby

Since your baby can't speak up for themselves, you'll have to step in to help your toddler better understand what it's like to be a baby. Parents can take advantage of their children's fascination with newborns by explaining why babies do different things. Saying things like "when the baby cries it means they need something or they're uncomfortable" or even "when a baby holds onto you, they're showing you how much they love you" can help toddlers understand all the new sounds and actions of this new addition. 

Spread the Praise

A newborn is constant spotlight and that can feel defeating or even threatening to a toddler that doesn't understand. When people comment about how beautiful or well behaved your baby is, be sure to interject that now you have two beautiful babies that are well behaved and amazing. Hearing parents tell strangers that their other kids are equally as important can be a huge sigh of relief to your little one and it takes the sting out of sharing the spotlight. 

Double the Gifts

While most friends and family won't think to bring two of everything, having a couple backup gifts for your child to unwrap can help this process feel more like a celebration for them too. You can help change their mindset of them being the recipient to the giver by encouraging them to unwrap gifts and present them to the baby. Toddlers find it rewarding to be in control. 

Highlight their Talents

Is your little one great at sports, drawing or singing? Highlight their talents by reminding them how great they are at these things and how lucky the new baby will be to have such a great teacher. Some kids even like to teach the newborn some tips in their first days home! Everyone needs a reminder sometimes about how talented they really are. 

Sharing Time

While it's all well and good to say you'll be able to evenly split your time between your kids, it just isn't realistic. When you can't devote one on one time to your older kids, sharing time with your baby care is a great way to do it all. While feeding the baby, you can read books to your toddler or watch their favorite movie. Plenty of hugs and cuddles are a must. Postpartum doulas can also help ease this transition through sibling care or infant care so you can get that much desired one on one time in with each child.

It's not as tough as you might think!

Although it's certain that you'll have some setbacks, tantrums or meltdowns from your little one about all the change at home, preparing them for the baby's arrival can make a big difference. Learning to change your language and the way you support your older children can help them feel empowered and confident when they realize they'll always have your heart. 

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Modern Day Scrooge E-mails Wrong Person...

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I never thought I'd find myself the recipient of an e-mail full of vitriol and nastiness, but this morning I awoke to just that. Truly, I had to read it a few times, before I posted it on my private Facebook page to garner help from friends to solve the mystery. I'd never been called such names before, so surely I must have done something to evoke such a passionate email full of colorful language and grammatical errors. Nope, this person just emailed the wrong person and that "wrong person" happened to be none other than me. As it happens, I'm not one to gently and slowly back away and as such, I thought, let's use this little interaction to do some good in the world, shall we?

It all started this morning when my alarm went off at too-early-o'clock. I grabbed my phone to turn it off and noticed a brand new email: Subject: Your enabling irresponsible women (yes, "your" instead of "you're", but I digress.) I opened it to find this little gem:

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Now, I'll admit that maybe I should have just deleted it and gone on with my life, but I also recognized that silence just begets satisfaction and could be misperceived as a willingness on my part to accept whatever has been thrown at me. Instead, this is how I chose to respond: 

 

Dear J travers,

Waking up this morning to your e-mail was quite surprising and I’ll admit that I ended up posting a screenshot to my Facebook page because I had absolutely no idea what you were talking about. I mean, I've never been on Fox News before. I used the assistance of dear friends to figure out your mistake though! It makes complete sense that in your minimal search, you determined emailing me would be your easy button instead of taking notice that I’m not even in the same state as the organization you despise so much. Yep, you emailed the wrong place, as my business is not affiliated with another non- profit for homeless pregnant people.

 Instead of getting angry and lashing out at you for sending this email to a complete stranger who has nothing to do with the non-profit, Birth Haven of New Jersey, I’d like to take the opportunity to say hello, and help you understand a bit more about what I do.

The Birth Haven in Kentucky is a premier doula agency providing birth and postpartum services to those in our area who are expecting a baby. A doula is a person providing paid supportive services to families who desire unparalleled professional support during pregnancy & the postpartum period. We are labor coaches and much more, providing comfort measures, calming new parents to be, and helping them get off to a great start. We also provide postpartum & infant care services- helping with overnight care so families can get much needed sleep and become more confident as brand new parents. We are also aware of the signs of postpartum depression and help people as they heal and recover from birth. 

I suppose I am an enabler. An enabler of families making choices that are best for them! We are a luxury service who also finds helping others in need to be of vast importance, in fact we donated 18,000 diapers to families in our community last year and hope to double that this year!

Seeing as this is the season of giving, of love, of kindness, of compassion, and of helping those in need, I would like to thank you for introducing me to the amazing non-profit that shares my same name, where I will be sending a tax deductible donation in the coming days as a way to extend compassion to those in need. I am proud to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. You may call that enabling or acting like a knight and shining armor, but I call it being human and extending grace to those around me. 

I sincerely hope that the next time a news story appears that causes you such distress that you lash out on random strangers, you instead bottle it up and turn it into something more productive like having a cup of coffee with a friend and reliving good times or donating to a cause like No Child Wet Behind Kentucky!

Holiday cheer and blessings to you,

Julie- owner of The Birth Haven and according to you, douchebag


Want to extend kindness this holiday season in the name of our good friend J travers? We have a few ways in which to do so!

Birth Haven in New Jersey is an independent non-profit providing shelter, education, and support to pregnant people in Newton, NJ. They would love to accept any cash donations to assist in their ongoing support of people in their state. DONATE HERE

If you want to keep donations local and help The Birth Haven in Lexington, KY, please check out our No Child Wet Behind Kentucky Amazon gift registry and purchase diapers for our local beneficiary, The Nest. Although I wasn't planning on launching this years diaper campaign just yet, I felt this was the perfect opportunity to block out a scrooge and uplift our community. The registry can be found HERE if you wish to give.

Carry on and remember to be kind, love life, and snuggle those babies!

-Julie

UPDATE: Although, I was never sure the person would ever e-mail back, I did receive a response, two in fact. The first one was actually an apology with a side of attempting to guilt me into feeling bad about shaming them for their "facts" and that I really need to shame where shame is due. This person was speaking of those pregnant homeless people, by the way.(insert eye roll)

The second email came just as I was reading the first one. Two minutes later to be exact. It was filled to the brim with disgusting rhetoric, name calling, and colorful language. Needless to say, the person apparently actually read the complete e-mail instead of the initial lines and really wanted to "give it to me". I've toyed with responding again and honestly don't think it's worth it. Instead, I'm getting back to work, supporting families in the bluegrass! Cheers!

 

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The Scoop on Diastasis Recti

What's the deal with Diastasis Recti?

There's a lot of buzz in the birth world around Diastasis Recti, but lots of new and expectant mothers still don't know what it's all about. Some women even go years without realizing that this is an un-diagnosed issue from a previous pregnancy.

What is it?

During our pregnancies, the body needs to accommodate a quickly growing baby with the resources and space it has. Our core muscles have to bend and stretch to make room for baby and this can leave tummy tissues strained, stretched and even damaged

In most cases, the body is able to shrink back down to it's pre-pregnancy size and tighten these core muscles back together. For many women, these overworked muscles have a difficult time stretching back and they're left with a gap of connective tissue and a belly bump to go with it. 

It's not always baby fat!

What many new moms think is leftover baby weight is actually damaged connective tissue that won't go away with standard diet and exercise alone. This damage often creates a ridge down the center of the abdomen and weakening core muscles.  Diastasis Recti is damaged tissue and some exercises can actually do more harm than good. Crunches and other strenuous ab workouts can tear the muscle and connective tissues or cause them to stretch even further apart. 

How To Check for Diastasis Recti

After teaming up with Alison Ankiewicz, DPT, pelvic health physical therapist at Inner Dynamics Physical Therapy in Ocean, New Jersey and Melinda Fontaine, DPT, pelvic physical therapist at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in Berkeley, California, BabyCenter.com published an article that illustrates how women can check themselves for signs of Diastasis. 

"To check for a diastasis recti, lie on your back, with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Place your hand palm down over your belly, with your fingers pointing toward your toes. Press your fingers gently into your navel area then slowly lift your head, drawing your chin to your chest. This causes your rectus abdominis to contract. If you feel a gap of at least two finger widths between the muscles as they contract, you have a diastasis. A gap of 4 or more fingers in width may suggest a more severe diastasis issue." [BabyCenter.com

Worried about checking yourself? Call Baby Moon for information on stopping in and being assessed!

Diastasis and Other Health Concerns

Often times this diagnosis comes with a handful of other health concerns for women. Diastasis can cause symtpoms like chronic back and pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and even pain during sex. Even if you've never seen your "six pack abs" they're there and they work hard to keep your organs supported and functioning properly.  

Solutions and Treatment

While most Diastasis cases will not benefit from standard exercises, working with a trained physical therapist can help pinpoint the affected abdominal tissues and encourage them to regain strength in a safe way. In more severe cases, women who don't plan to have another baby can seek surgical procedures that will reconnect and repair these tissues

Preventing Diastasis Recti

While this injury can occur with even the fittest new mom, beginning your pregnancy with an already strong core and continuing to exercise during the course of your pregnancy can dramatically reduce the risks or injury like Diastasis Recti. Finding a physical therapist that specializes in postpartum abdominal recovery can help moms-to-be find an exercise regimen that will continually strengthen these muscles as they stretch to accommodate their baby. Stay away from deep core work, planks, and sit ups as muscles become stressed as they stretch and pull with the weight of your baby.

Don't worry!

If you suspect you might have abdominal damage post-pregnancy, gathering second opinions from physical therapists and your general practitioner can help you properly diagnose your problem and put you on the right track to a safe recovery. 

Don't tackle Diastasis at home on your own.

Avoid creating further damage to these important muscles and tissues in your body and you'll be on your way to a more healthy and confident postpartum transition. 

 

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Packing Your Hospital Bag for Birth!

What should I pack in my hospital bag? I think its one of the most popular questions seen on online forums and Facebook groups. You don't want to under pack, but you also don't want to hire a private bellhop to drag your bags all the way to labor and delivery and then postpartum after the baby arrives! Okay, so maybe that's an exaggeration, but you know what we're talking about! We've put together a list of the most common items you'll need during labor, birth, and the postpartum recovery time in the hospital. Best wishes on your upcoming birth and best wishes packing your hospital bag.

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Desire some additional help planning for your upcoming birth? Be sure to ask about our birth doulas in Lexington, KY. Our doulas are well versed in helping you have the birth your desire while maintaining collaboration with your hospital and doctor or midwife! We'd love to speak with you!

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Swim Safety for Kids

Nothing is more fun that a trip to the pool, the beach, or a water park in the summer time.

Even for the strongest swimmer, water can be dangerous and safety is an important part of making a splash. If your little one is over four, it's a great time to introduce them to swimming lessons and teach them how to be safe around water. We put together some of our favorite tips and tricks to keep your family safely swimming this summer.

Touch Supervision

Smaller tots are particularly at risk for drowning and 2 inches of water are enough to be a major risk. Don't assume that your little one is safe on their own in the water just because they're comfortable swimming. While they're swimming, keep your kids within arm's distance where they can feel like they are swimming independently but are still safely within reach.

Swim Vests

Flotation devices are important tools of the swimming experience and they can actually give your kids some swimming confidence while keeping them safely afloat. Flotation jackets, vests and suits are height and weight specific. Choose a swim vest that can buckle between the legs, covers the torso and comes up around the neck to keep their head afloat in case of emergency.

Temperature Matters

If water is too cold, children can become more at risk for hypothermia. Even on a summer day, cold water can shock our body temperature and can affect our focus in the pool. Babies need to be in warmer water and unheated pools are usually too chilly for them. 

On the other end of the spectrum, hot tubs are not recommended for children under 18. Children can become overheated quickly and drown when they are overwhelmed by the jets in the tub. If you have curious tots at home, your spa should be in a fenced-in area where they can't explore the water unsupervised. 

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons should be a staple in any kids life. Aqua Tots in Lexington is a great place to look for lessons for your child and the best part is, they begin at 4 months old! With a 5 star rating on Facebook, we trust parents and families of the bluegrass to know where to take kids for this important life skill.

Whether you're heading to the beach or the pool, water safety should be big on your priority list.

Get your littles on board for thinking about swim safety and you'll be sure to make a splash.

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When Placenta Encapsulation Goes Wrong

The recent CDC statement pertaining to placenta encapsulation hit the press and the news is littered right now with the story of a baby becoming sick, potentially from the capsules consumed by the mother. Unfortunately, we've been waiting for the mistakes of others to occur and have been preparing in the best way we know how. 

I was resistant to the idea of placenta encapsulation and was leery of offering it in our community. Once clients began asking about it, I made the decision to begin my quest for a program that would meet strict criteria. I found that in Placenta Prep, a two day intensive course developed by Deb Pocica, an expert in placentas. I knew that she had created this program out of a desire to bring strict standards to a service that seriously lacked them. Her curriculum exuded safety and protocols and I took the leap and added the service to The Birth Haven.

So why have we been cautiously awaiting someone getting sick from encapsulation? Without any real guidelines, encapsulators are learning from youtube, buying some equipment, and setting up business. Without any true training nor any understanding of blood borne pathogens, contamination, transporting organs and more, danger has always lurked. When the CDC statement was released, I was actually happy. That may sound strange, but I knew it would bring to light how incredible our standards are and why we have them. That being said, I think it's important for you, the potential consumer to understand them as well. When reading through the CDC statement, I saw the following things:

1.) The encapsulator is unknown. We have no idea if this person was properly trained or trained at all.

2.) We know the encapsulator transported someone else's organ and don't know what happened during transport.

3.) We know that the placenta was taken to an undisclosed location and encapsulated there

4.) We know that the placenta was sliced raw and dehydrated on low heat.

5.) We know the placenta was delivered back to the client for consumption and GBS was found in the capsules even though the mother had tested negative before and after the birth..

So what are Placenta Prep guidelines?

 Postpartum Placenta Specialists are trained in person and not online. They are required to have hands on training and also have continuous support throughout the certification process and beyond. They must abide by strict guidelines and become certified in blood borne pathogens.

They are never to transport someones organ at any point. Our clients are required to transport, maintain the placenta on ice and move it to the refrigerator or freezer based on the time frame for encapsulation. If the placenta is left in a hot car, the family forgets ice, the placenta is taken to pathology, or there is a uterine infection during labor, we cannot and will not encapsulate it.

Each and every placenta encapsulated by a Placenta Prep trained/certified specialist is done in the clients home and never at an undisclosed location. This prevents foreign bacteria from being in the workspace from children, animals, and an potentially unsanitary preparers home. It reminds me of potlucks and not knowing what the kitchen of the preparer looks like. Scary huh? All surfaces are prepped and cleaned as per OSHA guidelines and the process is started and finished in the clients home. Some liken us to a HAZMAT crew if they happen to be present during the process because of our head to toe coverings, attention to detail, and strict and necessary guidelines. Bleach soaks are also used on all equipment to eliminate cross contamination from one placenta to the next as per OSHA guidelines.

The raw method of encapsulation has been a topic of discussion for quite sometime. One camp says its not safe at all while others proclaim its safety and a persons choice to choose how they wants their placenta encapsulated. We will never apologize for taking that choice away from someone because we know the risks associated with encapsulating raw. Each placenta we encapsulate is done so using the Traditional method which includes steaming the product for 8-12 minutes and then placing it on a dehydrator at 165 degrees overnight. When someone encapsulates using the raw method, it creates a danger zone (food kept at 40-140 degrees). Food handlers know this danger zone all too well and we abide by those strict protocols. Raw encapsulation allows raw meat product(the placenta) to sit in the danger zone for hours, making it ripe for bacteria growth.

Since the placenta never leaves the sight of the client, it eliminates the last risk. Our clients know they are consuming their own placenta and not that of someone else. There is simply no way a mistake can be made and we are grateful for that security. This isn't like consuming Grandma's potato salad after all.

The Birth Haven supports your desires to encapsulate or to not. We value your personal research and commitment to your personal safety just like we value our own commitment to provide the safest standards possible for encapsulation services. Have more questions? Please let us know!

 

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The Scoop on Sleep Deprivation

If you ask a new mom about her sleep habits,

she might just laugh at you. 

It's not her fault she's just tired.

Sleep deprivation is a very real phase of postpartum life, and a good night's sleep can seem like a distant memory. You might be one of the lucky ones if your newborn is snoozing through the night, but things could change a few months later. 

Every baby is different and their sleep habits tend to change as they develop, which usually means less sleep for parents during these growth spurts. 

Beyond Tired

Overtired or sleep deprived parents are usually more at risk for lowered immune systems and in some cases postpartum depression and anxiety. When we sleep we're actually going through two phases of sleep; dream sleep or non REM "deep sleep." Quality sleep is a good balance of both and in the first few months with a new baby, there's certainly no balance going on. 

Sleep deprivation can take a toll on emotional health and even weigh heavy on your relationships at home. Not only can sleepless nights leave you exhausted, you can experience some physical pains, tension headaches and even stress on your breast milk supply. 

Why won't my little one sleep?!

Newborns tend to sleep for 4 hours or less at a time, waking up frequently throughout the night. When parents wake up for their shift of baby care, they start the sleep cycle from scratch and keeps them from getting to the "deep sleep" stage they need to actually feel rested. 

How to Get Better Sleep 

Believe it or not, it is actually possible to get a decent night's sleep or at the very least you can catch up on some precious Z's. 

During the night, trade off night feedings with your partner so you can each get a guaranteed few hours of sleep through the night or better yet, hire a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula to do the waking for you. Catching a nap on the weekends or during the day while your baby naps will also help you feel recharged after a long night. Try not to get too many naps to avoid oversleeping. Oversleeping can sometimes make you feel worse than getting no sleep at all and your natural rhythm will be thrown off at nighttime. 

Avoid taking in too much caffeine, it might actually do more harm than good. Take in some power-foods that give you sustainable energy without any jitters or dehydration. Almonds are just some of the great snacks for sleepy moms in need of a pick me up 

Long story short, sleepless nights might not be avoidable but we can sure make the best of them when we know what to expect. 

Your doula can help get your baby on a sleep schedule that works for you, helping you get more sleep and giving your baby a good foundation for self soothing. We're here to help and just a phone call away!

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Lexington's Best Night Nanny, Nanny, Postpartum Doulas, and Infant Care Specialists

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Choosing care for your infant is one of the most difficult decisions a new parent can make. The options are vast, so how do you decide what is best for you and your baby? Should you pick a Night nanny, nanny, Infant Care Specialist, Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Baby Nurse or babysitter? It's easy to get overwhelmed by options, pricing, and packages. Here are a few pointers from the experts to help you as you move through this important process.

References: Do they have them and are they good?

Previous clients should rave about the services online and in person. A willingness to provide written statements or phone referrals is essential to knowing you are receiving optimal care from a tried and true resource in the community.

Our Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas come highly recommended from clients all over the Bluegrass. Just ask, and we can obtain the most current references possible. Remember, this isn't our hobby, this is our profession and it shows!  (We maintain confidentiality of all clients and therefore require express permission from them share referrals.)

Does the price fit the service?

$15 is what a teenaged babysitter charges and most families are not trusting their newborns to a sitter, especially overnight. Be sure to access credentials or vet the company through referrals before trusting your precious cargo to just anyone. Our infant care specialist doulas are vetted, certified by a professional organization, must complete continuing education to stay up to date, are insured, and come with the highest recommendations from our community. We can guarantee that our price will never be below standards of our profession-- believe us, we're worth it though!

Does the company stand completely behind their providers?

If a finders fee is the cost of doing business, that means the owner doesn't have a vested interest in what occurs after placement.  Our experts are contracted on a regular and ongoing basis and work is contractually bound for a term of service.  As such,  the owner has an active role in the practices, continuing education, and certifications of the individuals working for you and caring for your little one. We stand behind each of our experts as do each family they have served. Members of our infant care team love what they do and it shows!

Night nurse vs Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas vs Nanny?

Night nurses must have a nursing background and may or may not be active in their role within a hospital setting or outpatient care. Many provide out of hospital services for a variety of patients and do newborn care on the side.  Night nurses are skilled in physical care of the infant, but do not have the added expertise of caring for the family unit, providing sleep shaping guidance, lactation assistance for those breastfeeding, have a clear understanding of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, and typically end services by the 6th week.

Postpartum and Infant Care Doulas care for the entire family unit. They are trained specifically for newborn care and are current with all AAP guidelines. As we've stated, newborns and parents are our specialty and we wouldn't have it any other way. Our doulas act as "nanny's" as the roles are not much different other than our additional expertise in newborn care and the care of family unit. Our services don't stop at 1 month, 6 week, or even a year unless you're ready. Our Doulas are available throughout your parenting journey!

Sill having trouble deciding what is best for your family? Lexington's most trusted Newborn Care Team is available for phone consults as well as in person interviews. Give us a call and we are happy to talk through your options as you come to a decision that best suits you and your newest family member. Whether you need extra sleep, guidance on feeding strategies, a listening ear, or help when going back to work, The Birth Haven has all of your needs covered with your specific goals in mind.

 

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No Child Wet Behind 2017!

With our No Child Wet Behind fundraiser right around the corner, we're gearing up to support our friends and neighbors. 

Diaper need is real and it affects one in 3 households in every community.

We're gathering at Coldstream Park with our families and friends to raise money and collect packs of disposable diapers for our inaugural diaper drive event. Whether you're registering to run the 5K or just stopping by with diapers in hand to enjoy the local vendors and activities, it's sure to be a great day of fun for an amazing cause. 

Our Beneficiary 

All our collections benefit The Nest in Lexington, Kentucky. This center is a safe haven for families that are in need of some physical and emotional assistance and resources. Having access to clean diapers through the center gives parents the opportunity to live healthier and more independent lifestyles as they break away from the negative cycle of diaper need. 

Donations and proceeds from our event is distributed right back into our community through The Nest's program and the support that they bring to local families in need. 

Our Sponsorship and Vendors

We're excited to join forces with some of Lexington's best to create an incredible day of family fun to enjoy. Triple Crown Chiropractic is one of the great vendors that we'll have the pleasure of teaming up with to spread the word and resources for chiropractic care from infancy straight through adulthood. 

Anna Cox one of our favorite LuLaRoe distributers will also be at the event with some of the season's newest styles and patterns. You know we'll be taking the opportunity to stock up on a few new pairs of these beauties to keep us inspired all summer long. 

Coldstream Park

One of Lexington's parks that is near and dear to our hearts is the beautiful biking and hiking trails of Coldstream Park. We're looking forward to the springtime views around the park where there's plenty of shade to enjoy for a picnic or a nap for your little 5K runners. 

Baby Moon is also one of our sponsors and will be welcoming expectant parents to a free prenatal yoga session on the green. Bring your own blanket or yoga mat and a pack of diapers as your suggested donation for the cause. Baby Moon's professional yoga team can help you banish that pregnancy fatigue with a gentle and relaxing yoga session in the fresh, spring air. 

Can't make it to our No Child Wet Behind Fundraiser?

No problem!

We've added some new drop off locations locally for families to drop off packs of disposable diapers over the next few months. Even if you can't make it on May 21st at 2:00pm, your diaper donations are always welcome at The Birth Haven and our friendly drop off locations. 

We're looking forward to the big day, have you gotten your teams together yet?

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No Child Wet Behind

Every day, families in our community struggle to provide baby care items to keep them happy and healthy. 

Diaper need affects one in three families, creating a very real need in our community. 

Disposable diapers are actually more expensive at corner stores and pharmacies in low income areas, costing a family over $80 each month to outfit their baby in clean disposable diapers. Stretching the time between changing can create serious health risks for children and their families and severely damaging the quality of life for many infants. 

No Child Wet Behind sets out to change these statistics, improving the life of babies, infants and toddlers one fresh diaper at a time.

We're teaming up with sponsors to benefit The Nest, a local center for women, children and families in need. 

The Nest

In the 1970s, Lexington combined the Lexington Child Abuse Council and the Women’s Center of Central Kentucky to create The Nest. This organization provides resources and education that families in crisis need to live healthier and independent lifestyles. They offer women in the Lexington area childcare, crisis management, domestic violence counseling and advocacy, parent education and support. Our No Child Wet Behind fundraiser and 5K event hopes to raise money and diapers for this amazing organization in our community. 

How to Get Involved

Does this call to action speak to you?

There's tons of ways to help benefit our No Child Wet Behind Event this year. Whether you're taking part in the race, donating money or diapers to our drive or just spreading the word about the cause you are doing your part to make a real difference in the lives of families right here in Lexington. Raising awareness is the first step and taking action is the second. No matter how big or small your step is, you are making the world of difference for a family that needs your compassion and more importantly, your help. 

Benefits of Sponsorship

We're fortunate to have a list of sponsorship that continues to grow as the event gets bigger. This annual 5K event draws crowds from surrounding cities and even states as we band together for this incredible cause. Baby Moon and our other generous sponsors are connecting with local families through this event, networking with other brands that share similar values and coverage on Lex18 News May 12th throughout the event. Our sponsors help us make the No Child Wet Behind incredibly successful for not only our beneficiaries but to the community that keeps our this event a successful contribution to our friends, family and neighbors. 

With this event right around the corner, we call on our community to help us make a change for families in our area. 

Support in whatever capacity helps our children stay healthy and gives families a fighting chance to transcend the limitations of poverty and the social problem of diaper need. Join us at our 5K and support this event however you can and help us make an amazing difference.

 

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Spring Cleaning Before Baby

With your baby's due date right around the corner, you probably have a mile long to-do list. 

By now, you've probably had a baby shower cluttering your nursery with hundreds of tiny outfits, baby supplies and stuffed animals.  Before you can sit back and relax with the last few weeks to go, you have a little spring cleaning on your hands. 

Before you panic that you're in over your head, we put together some tips and tricks to help you get organized before your baby's big arrival. 

Organization Strategies

The best way to stay organized it to keep everything conveniently within reach. Expert organizers recommend keeping your changing table stocked with your products together in a container. Drawer organizers help keep tiny clothes and supplies neatly organized in dressers and shoe bags over the door can also be a great way to store small or awkward shaped baby items. Keep a changing station in various spots throughout the house in case of emergencies or for quick, convenient changes. 

Baby Safe Cleaning Products

In the last few weeks before your due date, your busy schedule keeps house cleaning on the back burner. Before you bring home your new baby, some tidying up is in order. Lots of cleaning products on the market can do more harm than good. We put together a go-to guide for moms to be looking for a good list of safe supplies to stock up on. 

Laundry

  • Ecover Zero Laundry Detergent and/or Fit Organic Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods
  • OxiClean Laundry Baby Stain Soaker, Fit Organic Baby Laundry Stain Remover, or Babyganics Stain Eraser, Fragrance Free

Dishes

  • Puracy Natural Dish Soap
  • Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pods
  • Sun & Earth Dishwashing Liquid Extra Concentrated, Light Citrus or biokleen Automatic Dishwasher Liquid
  • Seventh Generation Rinse Aid, Free & Clear

Cleaning

  • Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Citra-Solv Citra Clear Window & Glass Cleaner
  • Seventh Generation Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
  • Seventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
  • Whole Foods Market green MISSION Organic All-Purpose Spray Cleaner & Degreaser, Lemon Zest
  • Babyganics Floor Cleaner Concentrate, Fragrance Free

DIY Cleaning Supplies

If you still feel uneasy about store-bought cleaning supplies, the DIY route might be a good alternative for you. Homemade cleaners can not only be simple to make but also cost effective. These cleaners are safe to use while you're pregnant or even after you bring home baby.

Lemon & Tea Tree Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner

Disinfecting Cleaner: Combine ½ cup warm water, ½ white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into a spray bottle. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil. To spruce up the lemon scent, add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil as well. Put on the lid and shake well to combine all of the ingredients. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent, as well as a fungicide and germicide, so you can kill the germs without using harsh chemicals.

Tub and Tile Scrubber

Tub and Tile Scrubber: Mix 1 ⅝” cups baking soda, ½ cup liquid soap, and ½ cup water. Mix thoroughly then add 2 tablespoons white vinegar. Apply immediately, scrub, and wipe. For a mildly abrasive scouring scrub, just blend baking soda and plant-based liquid soap to your preferred consistency.

Family-Friendly Floor Cleaner

Family-Friendly Floor Cleaner: Fill a bucket with about one gallon of warm water. Add ¼ cup of white vinegar and a few drops of all-natural liquid soap. Mix well, then use the solution to mop your floors. This solution is safe for most types of floors, including wood and laminate. If your floors are ceramic or a delicate stone like marble, do not use vinegar. Instead, mix a few drops of a pH-neutral soap or cleaner with water to clean the floors.

Even with some tricks up your sleeve, cleaning can be exhausting in your late stages of pregnancy. 

Take it easy when tackling chores and cleaning, and small projects at a time. Before you know it, your new baby will be home and you can concentrate on the first few days bonding with your family's newest addition. 

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The Best Doula in Lexington

It's a question that comes up frequently in Facebook groups and forums. It's something that people ask their midwives, doctors, and good friends. The birth of a baby is a day that is vitally important and only the best will do,  so who do you turn to?

One thing is for certain, our clients love us! Doctors, midwives, and even nurses are sending friends and family to us at alarming rates and we are bursting at the seams. Truly the biggest compliment we get is through referrals and we are grateful each and every time it occurs. 

When someone on a mom's group asks who the best doula in Lexington is, I want to shout from the rooftops, "The Birth Haven!" Obviously doing so would be weird, so I sit back an watch all of our clients chime in with beautiful compliments.

" It was so comforting to have her at my side the whole time helping me physically and emotionally. She's so knowledgable about the whole process. My husband was also very grateful to have her as part of our team. I highly recommend her!"
" I am a relatively strong willed person and she was calm and supportive without coming across as challenging or questioning of my requests or decisions. She was physical when I needed it and supportive verbally when I didn't want to be touched and she knew when to do each. I have already asked her to be with us for our next little one."
"She was able to keep me (and my husband!) calm. She made me feel good about my decision to end up getting the epidural (even though I originally didn't want one) and was so supportive the entire process. I think if she hadn't been there, I would have beaten myself up about changing my birth plan. It was incredibly reassuring knowing that we had her with us."
"I can't imagine my birth without The Birth Haven. From my first conversation to the postpartum visit, I was cared for. Since this is their profession, I knew they would be at my birth without a doubt and that gave me a huge sense of relief. My doula supported me through my planned cesarean. She was there before I went back and kept me calm during and immediately after. I was so thankful she was there to help initiate breastfeeding in the operating room and genuinely wanted to help me have the kind of delivery I wanted to have."
"We struggled with bringing home our baby. We were exhausted and depleted. The Birth Haven sent in doulas who truly supported the way we wanted to parent. They helped us get sleep during the night and helped with household tasks during the day. It was nice to have an expert in our home who didn't tell us how we should be doing things, but instead offered suggestions when we asked. Hands down, having a postpartum doula was priceless."
"I knew nothing about twins. It became very evident after arriving home that needed an extra set of experienced hands to help us out. Our doulas cared for us and our babies with such compassion and kindness. I highly recommend The Birth Haven."

My heart grows with the beautiful things people say about us. For the longest time I was worried about how it would look if I proclaimed we were the best, but not anymore. I'm proud of what we have accomplished over the last few years here at The Birth Haven. I'm proud that providers trust us with the care of their patients. I'm honored to have clients come back second, third, and forth times.  I'm happy to say that we are the best doulas in Lexington, KY.

Interested in finding out more about what we offer? Contact us

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Boosting Your Immune System During the Holidays

What can make the holidays more of a challenge? Getting sick.

With all the stress this time of year and traveling to every shopping center under the sun, we're all at high risk to spending the holidays sick on the couch. You'd be surprised how easy it is to give your immune system a boost to fight off these viruses floating around.

A few extra precautions and some immune system boosting will keep you sipping eggnog this season instead of DayQuil. 

Skip the Mall

Malls are overcrowded, stressful and full of germs. People are out shopping through their sickness and coughing onto every surface and you'll bring those germs right home with all your gifts. Whenever possible, shop online and skip the malls. You'll avoid the crowds while you shop comfortably from your couch online sipping coffee. Talk about wonderful when your packages arrive right to your doorstep. Sorry malls, you can't compete with the beauty of online shopping. If you do need to be out and about, wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Germs and viruses enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth and touching your face at all is risky business if you're not trying to get sick. 

Stock up on Superfoods

A healthy immune system starts with your belly. Combating all the rich foods we eat during the holidays, incorporating more superfoods into your diet will give you the antioxidants your body needs to fight off winter viruses. Dark leafy greens, broths, and vitamin c rich citrus fruits should make their way into your day to keep your body refreshed. Probiotics also help promote better digestive health which provides an immune system boost and keeps you from feeling bloated. When you eat better you'll sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed to start each day. Plan your weekly meals around immune system boosting foods to give the whole family a fighting chance against the flu this time of year. 

Focus on Self Care

It's the time of selfless giving, but don't forget to take care of yourself. Focus on your self care routine each day, starting the day with a good breakfast and devoting some time to unwinding before bed. Stress lowers our resistance to illness and this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Take a bath or watch your favorite show, however you can unwind and relax after a long day of holiday shopping, errands and party planning. You'll feel a little more festive when you wake up well rested and the rest of your family will follow your lead. 

Boosting your immune system is easier than you think. 

Make some healthy lifestyle changes this time of year and you'll head into the holidays feeling your best and avoid the winter plagues with your new and improved immune system! 

Help the cause even further by teaching your kids about how to stay healthy during the holidays and make healthier lifestyle choices. 

Have a happy and healthy holiday season from The Birth Haven!

 

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Surviving the Holidays

The Holiday season is almost upon us, and with small children or a newborn that means a little more chaos. 

Whenever families gather together nothing ever seems to go according to plan or even smoothly for that matter and we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Looking back on past holidays you might wonder how you've even survived this long with how hectic the holiday season gets. From gifts to get-togethers there's no true test of strength quite like surviving an action packed holiday season. 

Set the Tone

It's easy to fall victim to the stress of the season, but remember that kids can smell your fear. Staying a little extra calm and collected will give your kids a good model for their own behavior, encouraging everyone to stay a little more positive and holly jolly. Sometimes that's easier said than done, but it's worth remembering that this is the season of giving and being thankful for everything we have and stressing about small things discourages the positive message for everyone. If you have a child with special needs, this calming center will be soothing for them once environments get a little uncomfortable or outside their control.

Make a Plan 

Being a little extra prepared never hurt anyone, in fact when it comes to planning a holiday event you can never be "too prepared." With little ones running around it can be difficult to focus attention on the tasks at hand. Make plans for kids to stay involved or occupied whether its setting up to entertain or packing up to travel. Keep some activities and welcome distractions on hand for car trips and ways for the little ones to keep themselves entertained while visiting family. Plan a little extra time into your holiday schedule for meltdowns, tantrums and create a buffer for any bump that's bound to happen along the way. Be understanding when your baby gets a little stressed out and communicate to your host that you have an escape plan in the case of small disasters or terrible twos.

Relax

Whether it be taking that extra moment to relax and collect your thoughts or to ease up on your usual routine, try to let things roll off instead of piling up. Things will get burnt or broken, you'll be late to dinner and the dog will escape down the street in the snow. You'll forget the pacifier at home and your kids will get carsick...into your purse. Things happen! Most of these things are beyond the control of even the strongest willed mother and for whatever reason this becomes more true than ever before when you're trying to make successful holiday plans. Learn to laugh off the things you can't control and remember that these will all be memories we can't ever forget. Give yourself a moment to breathe when you feel overwhelmed and remember it's all going to work out. 

Ask for Help

Don't be a hero! There's just too much for you to do on your own and quite frankly a little help goes a long way. Are your kids under-foot? Try giving them a task to help you in the kitchen like stirring potatoes or arranging bread in a basket. More helping hands sorting out small tasks will keep your holidays feeling like a well oiled machine instead of a where's waldo poster. To keep tensions low, consider the way you ask for help. Instead of using words that seem threatening or demanding, a conversational tone will work wonders on even the fussiest of kids and relatives. Remember that teamwork makes the dream work, especially during the holidays.

We all find ourselves in quite the whirlwind of emotions during the holidays.

Keep it simple. 

Don't underestimate a little extra help during the holidays or a few extra moments to relax and recollect yourself. Let the little things go and keep your cool, everyone will follow your lead. 

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Halloween Safety 101

 

 

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year!

From the scent of  freshly carved pumpkins to the crunch of freshly fallen leaves, it’s no wonder Halloween memories are some of the sweetest.

Families get the opportunity to dress up and adventure around the neighborhood collecting their favorite treats with friends. And although the Halloween risks aren’t like those of our parents’ generation, safety should still be a big priority while planning the evening’s activities.

We put together a list of our go-to safety tips to make your family’s Halloween a safe and memorable one!

 

Keep Costumes Safe

Without compromising the integrity of a quality costume idea, some added safety precautions can make a big difference with your excited little ones. Attaching a small reflector or blinking pin or the front and back of your child’s costume can help increase visibility when crossing the road at dusk and always keep them in your sight and under close watch.

 

Makeup Over Masks

Masks can be super scary and tie a character together, but for tiny faces it might become difficult to see at night. Costumes with low visibility increase the risk of falls and scraped knees are not the ideal costume accessory. Choosing makeup instead of a mask will keep faces free and clear. Choosing a hypoallergenic makeup will keep sensitive skin from breaking out. Avoid grease paint and go for a water activated cake makeup that is not only easier to apply but it dries comfortably, we recommend Wolfe Brothers makeup.

 

Travel in Packs

Traveling in larger groups is obviously the better option when going door to door around the neighborhood. Parents should work out a system that has one or two adults walking to the house with the kids and the rest standing by the street or walkway. This makes sure none of the kids go up to the house unattended and the candy going in their bags is closely monitored.

 

Treaters Beware

Although it’s rare for candy to be maliciously tampered with, there are other serious risks to keep in mind when checking your children’s Halloween candy. Allergies are a huge risk factor with small children and if your child has severe allergies to nuts, dairy or gluten sensitivities, be sure to monitor what goes into their treat pail at neighbors doors and to sort through candy that may be open or will cause potential risks. Keep in mind some smaller candy will pose choking hazards or contain things like gum that aren’t recommended for small kids.

Here’s some more tips for checking your kids’ Halloween candy this year.

 

Halloween can be an incredibly fun night out for the whole family without compromising safety.

Communicate with neighbors about times to begin trick or treating and ways that you can make your neighborhood trick or treater friendly and safer for smaller children, kids with disabilities, and known allergy risks.


Talk to your kids about the importance of safety on Halloween night leading up to their trick or treating experience and before you head out!

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Lexington's Ice Cream Hall of Fame

Nothing says summertime more like an ice cream cone. 

Making summer memories with your family can be simple and sweet. 

Lexington has some ice cream destinations to make your family's summer a little bit sweeter. No matter what your favorite flavor is, our local ice cream top five will satisfy any sweet tooth.

1. Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge

Our first stop might just be the coolest ice cream shop in Kentucky. Crank and Boom features an inviting atmosphere with an interesting assortment of craft ice cream flavors. There's no mistake that this ice cream spot is Lexington's most popular, with bright and fresh local ingredients. Whether you go straight for the quirky flavors like blueberry lime cheesecake or opt for a more traditional float, Crank and Boom can't be beat.

2. Graeter's Ice Cream

If you're looking for a more classic ice cream parlor experience, Graeter's is the place to go. Graeter's has vintage malt shop classics from shakes and floats to sundaes complete with home made toppings. Going on a family outing? They even offers a complete to-go ice cream party in a box kept chilled for up to 8 hours on dry ice.This Lexington staple is a family friendly ice cream pit stop that the whole family can enjoy. 

3. The Sweet Spot

This diamond in the rough is home to some of Lexington's sweetest treats. Satisfy your mid-day sweet tooth with one of the cake truffles or desserts to go with your favorite ice cream. This charming spot draws a lunchtime crowd with their freshly made confections and irresistible ice cream treats. Make The Sweet Spot your next lunchtime pit stop, complete with friendly service and a delicious dessert (Or two).

4. Sav's Chill

If you crave crazy flavors, Sav's Chill should be your first stop. Flavors here will not disappoint and they'll be sure to bring out your wild side. If you're an ice cream purist, your traditional favorites are still safe here so there's no need to worry. Decadent gelato and fresh fruit sorbet are regular staples at Sav's. Make your next trip for ice cream a little more adventurous with their signature "Bourbon Ball" or the "Hot Banana", who knows if you'll ever go back to plain ol' vanilla. 

5. Sorella Gelateria

Sometimes you need a little more fancy in your life, and Italian gelato is artfully fancy. Fresh gelato is second to none in the dessert world, as ice cream's sultry Italian cousin. Gelato is super rich, velvety and has the bold flavors that keep Lexington captivated and wanting more. At Sorella Gelateria, their gelato is expertly crafted in small batches to keep flavors fresh and exciting each time you visit. Whenever you're in the mood to indulge, Lexington's Sorella Gelateria should definitely make the top of your list. 

Now that we are completely craving some local ice cream, we hope your family finds their new favorite ice cream spot in Lexington from our ice cream hall of fame!

Now the only question is...one scoop or two?

Make summer memories a little sweeter.

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