"If I had to choose one word to sum up why I love Family Hui Hawaii, it would be connection. In a world where everything has become distant and impersonal, parenting is not immune. The curriculum is fantastic and very much needed, but the connection is what makes this program invaluable. I learned a lot, but I also gained friends and community I was desperately searching for. This program is unique to all of my other resources because not only was I provided reading material but also the opportunity to connect, in person, with other parents going through the same trials at almost the same time. That made so much of a difference in my experience. We learned, laughed, admitted our mistakes, asked for advice and experienced the ups and downs together." Read More
In the final piece of our home birth blog series, we interviewed three mamas who gave birth at home. Below are their insights, their birth stories, and words of encouragement for any one who dreams of having their baby at home. Read More
In part 2 of our home birth series, we dig in to the details of what to do to really get ready to have your baby at home.
Read on as, Le'a Minton, Board President of Midwives Alliance of Hawaii, walks us through how to prepare for your home birth.
The first step in planning for a home birth is often to choose a midwife. But knowing how to choose the right midwife for you may seem a bit daunting. So to help, we put together this guide along with our friends at Breastfeeding Hawaii.
Below, we'll walk you through what to know, questions to ask, and things to be aware of as you prepare to welcome your little in to the world.
For a lot of new parents, bathing your newborn can be one of the more intimidating aspects of their care. Even experienced Pediatrician Anik Huffman Cockroft felt a little nervous about bath time when she brought her little one home: “Although I’d welcomed many new miracles into the world and handled them with aloha on a daily basis, there’s a whole new humility when you’re the parent (and my street cred with you guys went up too). It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed about bath time. However, it can transform into a magical time of the day that you and your little one anticipate with delight.” Read More
The holiday countdown is officially underway, along with the stress of Christmas shopping to hurriedly cross names off our list. But—fear not, busy mamas! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for all your gifting needs. Unwrap our best ideas for all the lovely ladies and babies in your life this holiday season!
Giving Tuesday is upon us and I can’t believe it has been two years since we first launched our 1% for Hawaii program. And this year, we wanted to pour a little extra love into the spirit of this day by donating some of our blankets to families in need.
The time-honored tradition of Hawaiian quilt making has deep roots here in Hawaiʻi, as treasured family heirlooms. Whether you grew up with one in yourʻohana or admired them from afar, these keepsakes are a recognizable art form mastered by few but appreciated by all. With the help of master quilter Patricia Lei-Murray, our dream of creating a modern Hawaiian quilt for growing families has finally been realized. Read More
Preparing yourself for labor is a challenge in and of itself. You want to know what to expect, but also know to expect the unexpected. So we tapped in to our Coco Moon community to see what tips our mamas could share about the exciting, but often daunting task, of preparing for labor. Read More
Oh the hospital bag. What to pack? What not to pack? How soon to pack?No matter what side of the spectrum you’re on, we’ve got you covered thanks to our wonderful community of Coco Moon mamas. We gathered their insights and put together a list of essentials and bonus items that you can refer to as you pack that handy dandy hospital bag.
After multiple web searches, we couldn’t find much information on Hawaii’s hospitals and the experiences of giving birth in our local facilities. So we set out to create the first comprehensive guide to giving birth in Hawaii’s hospitals.
We spoke with 11 hospitals across the state and about 20 mamas to get information on policy and procedure as well as tips shared by mamas who have recently given birth in those hospitals. Whether you are located on Oahu or a neighbor island, we hope that this guide is useful to you and helps to ease some of the anxiety associated with the "unknown" of what it will be like at your local hospital.
In preparation for Fatherʻs Day, a few of our finest gift ideas and a means of celebrating the gracious gents in our life for all that they are and do for their children. Read More