How to Get Through Your Baby’s NICU Stay and Stay Sane- An Interview With Emily West

Having a baby or babies in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) can be a very difficult time for new parents. There are times when it is expected that a stay in the NICU will occur but even then it is not easy. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Emily West, a local Overland Park mom, whose … Read More

Heidi ShulistaHow to Get Through Your Baby’s NICU Stay and Stay Sane- An Interview With Emily West

Why Should I Encapsulate My Placenta

I’m choosing placenta encapsulation because I’m hoping for more energy. After I had my babies, exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks. With my first, it wasn’t a huge problem because it was just him and I, and I could sleep when he slept and do laundry when he did laundry (only kidding!). With my second, I had a toddler … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWhy Should I Encapsulate My Placenta

Fast And Easy Freezer Meals To Have After Baby Arrives

I LOVE cooking.  I love preparing food.  I love eating food.  I love making something I know my family will love and will nourish them.  I absolutely HATE cleaning up the kitchen after cooking.  I also rarely have time to really spend on planning and making delicious and nutritious meals for my family.   When I was pregnant with my … Read More

Heidi ShulistaFast And Easy Freezer Meals To Have After Baby Arrives

What Do I Say to A Mom With Postpartum Depression

Sitting in the nursery, I have thoughts of hurting my baby. I am one. Laying in bed, I have no appetite and no desire to go on. I am one. Crying for weeks, I wonder if I am crazy. You are not alone. An estimated 1 in 7 women experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) before or after the … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWhat Do I Say to A Mom With Postpartum Depression

Everyone Needs Sleep

I remember like it was yesterday. I was standing in the line at the grocery store when an older woman who I knew came over to me to admire my new baby. She smiled and said kind words to the less than month old tiny little bundle in the baby seat. Then she looked at me and said “How are … Read More

Heidi ShulistaEveryone Needs Sleep

We Are Your Postpartum Tribe

The postpartum period has also been coined as the “Fourth Trimester”. It makes sense that since you needed three trimesters to grow the baby you would need at least one to physically and emotionally recover from the pregnancy and birth. Clients spend months planning and preparing for the birth. They educate themselves by taking classes, doing countless google searches, even … Read More

Heidi ShulistaWe Are Your Postpartum Tribe

Postpartum Doulas Do That

At least three times a week my mom comes to my house to hang out, clean my kitchen, and help wrangle my toddler. She doesn’t clean my kitchen because she enjoys it or because I really dislike cleaning my own house.  She does it because she knows it benefits my mental health to focus less on my kitchen and focus … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPostpartum Doulas Do That

Postpartum Abdominal Support Through Belly Binding

Belly binding has been done for thousands of years in cultures around the world. It is a method of using clothes or strips of fabric to wrap the abdomen from the ribcage to the hips on a woman after she has given birth to help align the organs, and to support the spine, pelvis and hips. Traditionally this custom is … Read More

Heidi ShulistaPostpartum Abdominal Support Through Belly Binding

Let Me Comfort You With Comfort Foods

Mmmm…do you smell that? The warm apple pie bakes bubbly in the oven. The fried chicken is crisp and tender. The macaroni and cheese is creamy and rich.  These are some of my favorite comfort foods. What are your favorite comfort foods? Have you ever thought about what’s makes them, well, comfort foods? For me it’s the entire experience of … Read More

Heidi ShulistaLet Me Comfort You With Comfort Foods

Nanny, Baby Nurse or Postpartum Doula- Which One is Right For Your Family?

They said you’d be tired but you had no idea that you could even be THIS tired. What happened to the sleepy little babes you brought home just 3 shorts weeks ago? You know the ones that ate, pooped, slept…repeat. Now it seems they make noise constantly even in their sleep. Who ever thought “sleeping like a baby” was a … Read More

Heidi ShulistaNanny, Baby Nurse or Postpartum Doula- Which One is Right For Your Family?