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Laughing Baby Compilation 2013

posted on Dec 06, 2013 in Featured Box by
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Thank you Funny Plox

Just for a laugh!

 

 

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Special Addition : HMHB Featured Community Organization

posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Local News, News by
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After 13 years on North Lamar, Special Addition has moved to a new beautiful location.
Come by and welcome them to the neighborhood at 7301 Burnet Rd.

If you haven’t been to Special Addition, now would be a great time to experience the excellent service, expertise, and take a look at all of the amazing products and services that they offer. Special Addition has Largest selection of maternity and nursing clothing in Central Texas. Professionally-fitted nursing bras – in difficult to find sizes from 32A – 52M. Breastfeeding Support through trained staff Breastfeeding Classes Three IBCLC’s on staff and one more to be added. Breastpump rental/sales/service. Breastfeeding accessories. Best Chairs Gliders Cloth Diapers and diapering products Collegiate Infant Clothing NEW – A nice selection of infant clothing -12/18 months.

Special Addition is throwing a party in celebration of their new bigger location and you are invited.  View the event on the calendar here or print out the schedule of events here.
Please show your support for this great community resource.  They have served Central Texas mothers for 19 years and have been valued community partner in all of our breastfeeding efforts.

SA grand reopening

September 13 and 14

7301 Burnet Road Austin, Texas [map]

Register for great gifts including a $300 Gift Certificate, Professional Grade Breastpump, Books, and other cool gifts! Pick up your Gift Bag with lots of helpful goodies for your pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Friday

10:15 – 11:30 Baby Carrier Workshop. Come laugh and learn with Sling Guru, Tracy Urban. Bring your carrier or try one of ours.

12:00 – 2:00 Book Signing Event. Visit with author, Allison Amador, and illustrator, Tammy Stanley, and get your child’s very own personalized book, Goodnight Austin – the hottest of children’s book for all Austinites.

12:00 – 3:00 Receive a complimentary Health Screening (Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Glucose, and Lymph Screenings by Accolade Home Health.

12:30 – 1:00  How can a Doula make child birth and life after easier?   Q&A by Shelly Scota on Doula Labor Support and Postpartum Doula Care.

1:30 – 3:00 Baby Carrier Workshop. Come laugh and learn with Sling Guru, Tracy Urban. Bring your carrier or use one of ours.

3:00 – 3:45 Infant Safety Class. Join Allison Coleman, from Austin Baby Guru, to learn more about infant CPR and choking as well as an overview of other safety issues.

10:00 – 5:00 Visit with Becky Kittleman, of Becky Kittleman Photography, to discuss pregnancy, mommy & baby, or family portraits. Begin planning for your holiday gifts with a lovely portrait.

Saturday

10:15 – 11:30 Baby Carrier Workshop. Come laugh and learn with Sling Guru, Tracy Urban. Bring your carrier or try one of ours.

11:30 – 12:30 Mothers Milk Bank. Learn more about the miracle of mothers’ milk and The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin. Question and Answer Session on MMBA’s mission, how to become a donor, and the process of milk banking.

12:30 – 1:00  How can a Doula make birth and life easier?  Q&A on Doula Labor Support and Postpartum Doula Care.

1:30 – 2:30 Cloth Diapering 101 with diapering expert, Victoria O’Neal. Get an overview of the world of cloth diapers, wraps, liners, swim diapers and all those confusing areas of cloth diapering.

3:00 – 3:45 Infant CPR and Choking Overview. Presented by Allison Coleman from Austin Baby Guru.

3:00 – 5:00 Amy’s Ice Cream Sidewalk Party! Finish up the day with some Amy’s Ice Cream and balloons for the little ones!

5:00 Door Prize Drawing

 

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City of Austin Recognised as the 2nd City in Texas to Become Mother Friendly

posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Central Texas News by
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The City of Austin is now totally Mother Friendly and was recognised at the City Council Meeting.  Watch the video here.

 

 

We were lucky enough to have this award given on the same day as the Breastfeeding Month Proclamation.

If you are not familiar with the Mother Friendly Worksite Program please check out their website at TexasMotherFriendly.org 

As we have mentioned on other areas of this site there is federal law that protects mothers that are returning to work and would like to continue breastfeeding.  However, there are some employees that are not currently covered by that legislation or simply are too embarrassed to talk to their employer about establising a place and a break schedule to pump milk.  The Mother Friendly Worksite innitiative is in place to educate employers about the benefits to their business as well as their workforce when they make their business a “Mother Friendly” place to work.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Retain experienced employees.
  • Lower recruitment and training costs.
  • Reduce sick time taken by parents for a child’s illness.
  • Boost morale and productivity.
  • Reduce health-care and insurance costs.

It’s totally worth the effort and we are so proud of our City for providing all City of Austin employees time and space to pump a life giving milk for their babies.

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Breastfeeding Month Proclamation

posted on Aug 09, 2013 in Central Texas News by
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If you weren’t able to make it out to city hall for our fabulous event, don’t feel bad you can watch it here.

 

We had so much fun giving out our “Eat Local” t-shirts and ice cream.  Thanks City of Austin for your continued support of breastfeeding mothers

Here is the language of the proclamation

Be it known that whereas breastfeeding is one of the most easily utilized and cost effective prevention strategies available world-wide for a variety of infections and acute diseases of both women and children, and whereas continued support to sustain breastfeeding is the vital foundation for success in our mothers efforts to provide optimal nutrition and comfort for their babies, and whereas working women are more likely to choose to breastfeed their newborns until age one  if there is a mother friendly workplace policy in effect at their places of employment that encourages breastfeeding and helps to remove any stigma associated with breastfeeding, and whereas Austin Travis County Health and Human Services has a program to provide technical assistance to empoyers of all sizes to provide appropriate space for lactating mother to pump milk during their work day, now therefore I Lee Lefingwell, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas do proclaim August 2013 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Austin.

A special thanks to our vendors that came out to meet with Central Texas families in the blazing heat.

We had:

The Natural Baby Company, Austin Travis County WIC, and two breastfeeding supply companies Ameda and Medela and Blue Bell donated the ice cream.  There were also a few sponsors that contributed without having a table at city hall:  Special Additions which has moved to a new location at 7301 Burnet Road, Maudi’s Tex Mex, Revolve Solar, and MamaCents.  Thank you so much!  You made it possible for us to print these awesome “Eat Local” shirts that we were able to give to the community.  We will be printing more and have them for sale on our site soon if you weren’t able to make it out.

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Austin Birth Awards Nominations have begun

posted on Jun 30, 2013 in Central Texas News, News by
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Austin birth awardNominate and vote for your favorite birth professionals.

In the spirit of the Austin Music Awards or the Austin Chronicle’s, Best of Austin Awards, we are happy to announce the 3rd Annual Austin Birth Awards.  The 2013 Austin Birth Awards are a project of the Get Babied Foundation and the Central Texas Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition.  Together, our mission is to recognize the Austin area birth professionals that are going out of their way to provide quality care for the women of Austin.

The nomination period is open for public voting from June 1st through July 15th and consists of write in nominations for each category.  Close to 2,000 nominations were submitted during this period last year.  Nominations cast will be tallied and the top 4 nominees in each category are our finalists for the Birth Awards.

Voting for your favorite of the top 4 nominees in each category will be from August 1st through September 15th and the Awards Cermony & Gala will take place on October 25th, 2013 at the beautiful Carver Museum Theater & Reception Area at 7pm.

 

To nominate your favorite birth professional for 2013, please click HERE

Click link to view our PRESS RELEASE PAGE.

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HB 1706 strengthens the right to breastfeed law

posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Central Texas News, HMHB News, Mother-Friendly Legislation, News, Statewide News, Texas by
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Show your support for this legislation that increases public health and awareness.

Thank you to Representative Farrar for introducing amendments to the current right to breastfeed legislation.  Under our current legislation, even though it is strongly worded, we continue to receive reports of discrimination year after year.  Mothers report being accosted at the park, in restaurants, department stores, and most recently at AISD.  For many moms it is very embarrassing to attempt to breastfeed in public especially in the first months.  Many moms report that they are so afraid someone will say something negative that they pump milk in order to feed their baby if he\she gets hungry when they are out.  Many problems occur when this fear is fostered.  First, a mothers ability to make milk for her baby is very fragile.  If she does not take milk from the breast each time that the baby eats, she is telling her body that she doesn’t need to make that milk.  Her body responds through either severe engorgement which can lead to infection, loss of milk production, or both.  No mother should be asked to put her health or her baby’s health at risk because it might make someone else uncomfortable to see an infant eat.  Second and just as important, when more women are giving bottles we are teaching the next generation that babies should eat processed foods from a bottle instead of human milk from their mother.  Both consequences are dangerous not just to moms and babies now but generations to come.

The language in this bill that will fulfill the goal that HMHB has had for many years in educating businesses of the right of mothers to feed their children and establishing recourse if that right is abridged.

The bill adds to sec. 165.001: “The legislature intends that all persons be informed of the rights of breast-feeding mother and child and be prohibited from interfering with those rights.”

it adds important language to sec. 165.002 as well (underlined):  “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is otherwise authorized to be.  A mother’s authority to be in a location may not be revoked for the sole reason that she begins to breast-feed.

b. A person may not interfere with or restrict the right of  a mother to breast-feed in accordance with this section.

HB 1706 also instructs the comptroller to notify businesses of the current law which has been Texas law since 1995 and ensures the right of civil complaints if that right is denied.  Please tell Representative Farrar thank you for her contribution to healthy moms and babies all across Texas and let your representative know that you want them to co sponsor this bill.

Who represents me?

Full language and instructions on how to follow this bill here.

 

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Optimal Cord Clamping “Change the World in 90 Seconds”

posted on Feb 14, 2013 in News, News from Around the World by
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Many of us have talked about this.  Maybe you had it on your birth plan.  Maybe you have heard about waiting to clamp the cord after birth.  You’ve probably heard that it’s supposed to be good for the baby, but have you ever really heard why?  Take a look at this great TED talk from Dr Greene.  It will change your perspective, raise your awareness, and increase the confidence you have in your body.  Wow, you are amazing Mama and unnecessary intervention may be robbing your baby of some essentials that your complex and awe-inspiring womb can provide to your precious little one.  leave your comments below and pass the info along.

See more about the speaker below.

 

Alan Greene “90 Seconds to change the World”

Alan Greene on the web

Pediatrician and father of four, Dr. Alan Greene completed his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California and served there as Chief Resident. In 1995, while at ABC Pediatrics in San Mateo, California, he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”. He is the author of Feeding Baby Green, Raising Baby Green and, From First Kicks to First Steps.

He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the TODAY Show, the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine. In 2010, Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Now movement aimed at changing how babies are fed starting with their first bite of solid food. In 2012 he launched a worldwide campaign aimed at changing the practice of Immediate Cord Camping To Optimal Cord Clamping or TICC TICC.

Dr. Greene received the Healthy Child award for Prevention and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel.

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