Reflecting back to those early days as a new mom, I remember a lot of happiness, but also a lot of tears. If I could go back and give my new mom self some advice, here is what I would say...
“Christmas is a time for families to gather in love and hope, so I wanted this lei to embody that feeling of aloha that we share here in Hawaiʻi,” she explained. To bring her vision to life, Patricia gathered flowers and ferns to haku (weave) a lei of her own which became the inspiration for the lei depicted on the quilt. Using the same detailed stitching design that we used in our Ulu Nani print, she decided to lay the lei atop the stitching design utilizing some of her favorite blooms. From ʻawapuhi (ginger) and bougainvillea to hibiscus and palapalai, each floral detail is reminiscent of lei poʻo (flower crowns) often woven here in the islands... Read More
Breastfeeding is a journey for mothers, and one that the majority of mothers find extremely rewarding. Breastfeeding is the optimal food for our babies through the first 6 months of life, and continues to play an important nutritional role for our children as they grow to two years and beyond. We celebrate all mothers who have breastfed, are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed, no matter the duration - you have provided human milk to your child which positively impacts your relationship together and their health long term. Read More
Both of my boys loved getting to eat solids when they were babies, but I definitely felt a little unsure about how to continue breastfeeding while introducing something new to the kids...especially when it seemed they loved eating solids way more than breastfeeding!
In this post, Breastfeeding Hawaii helps to walk us through some of the common questions and concerns that a lot of moms face as they enter this new phase.
Congratulations on making it through the first month with your new baby! As you move into months 1 - 3 of your breastfeeding journey, you may find renewed concerns or questions about milk supply, feeding with a bottle, or returning to work or school.
This post is the second in our breastfeeding series and in it, we address common questions the consultants at Breastfeeding Hawaii are asked about what to expect during months 1 - 3.
"Breastfeeding can feel natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Labor is natural and we accept that it can be work. New mamas can be kind to themselves by giving themselves permission to ask for help early and often from their hui, community resources and specialists, like International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, if needed. Support is one of the most important things a mom can get while in the early stages of their breastfeeding journey." Read More
"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!