Archive for pregnancy

YouTube Tuesday: 9 Months in 1000 Pictures

Follow us: @BloomMaternity on Twitter | BloomMaternity4Moms on Facebook | BloomMaternity on Instagram

Comments (1) »

Interview with Mary Oscategui, founder of International Maternity Institute™



Syndicated with permission by New Born Care.

Several years ago I had the opportunity to connect with Mary Oscategui as she was developing the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals. Since then, Mary has expanded her vision of helping expectant and new mothers, childcare professionals and those who care for families into a global network of parents, providers and educators. Through the International Maternity Institute™, Mary offers educational programming for maternity professionals. I recently had a chance to connect with Mary to learn more about the institute and its offerings.

NewbornCare:  What is the International Maternity Institute™?

Mary: The International Maternity Institute™ is a leader in birth and maternity professional education, providing online, cutting edge, evidenced-based educational programs, products and services for the maternity professional. We are represented in 24 countries and specialize in baby planning, eco-maternity consulting, green birth education, sleep consulting, stress management, nutrition, mompreneur business success, and disabilities resource consulting. Our educational continuum is designed to enhance the careers of maternity professionals by supplying them with an integrative approach so that they can empower families to make informed decisions. Our Online Distance Courses are available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

NewbornCare:  How long has the institute been offering educational programming?

Mary: The International Maternity Institute™ (IMI) evolved naturally in December 2010 from the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals, which was founded in September 2009.

NewbornCare: Do you offer programs for nannies?

Mary: Yes, all of our programs are beneficial in expanding and growing the career of a professional nanny. A few popular courses nannies have taken from the institute are Maternity & Child Sleep Consulting, Baby Planning, and Eco-Maternity Consulting.

NewbornCare:  You have a lot of eco-friendly educational programming. Can you share a bit about that?

Mary: Yes, the IMI is committed to raising awareness and education about health and safety issues that affect preconception, pregnancy, and the postpartum period. Our maternity professionals are trained and equipped with this information so that the families they work with may make informed decisions in order to protect themselves and their children. Two of our seven courses offered specialize directly in eco-friendly educational programming and all of our other courses interweave eco-friendly elements.

NewbornCare: Tell me about baby planners? Why continuing education?

Mary: Baby Planners trained with the International Maternity Institute™ develop skills and training that extends beyond the typical main stream baby planner role, which mainly assists clients with baby gear selection. IMI Baby Planners are primarily focused with providing support and education to their client in order to meet their specific needs. By introducing their clients to a variety of options on preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting topics, baby planners empower their clients to make informed and educated decisions. Baby planners may introduce their clients to various options regarding birthing, feeding, sleeping, health, fitness, nutrition, eco-friendly living, safety, post-partum support, budgeting, baby gear and more.

IMI Certified Baby Planners are trained:

  • To offer an objective approach with families in order to empower them to make the best educated decisions suitable for their family.
  • To educate and raise awareness about all aspects of pregnancy (including pre-conception, postpartum, and newborn care).
  • To support parents with time and stress management.
  • To understand the baby planning training methods, roles and practices.
  • With an in-depth look at healthy and safety.
  • With a comprehension of their scope of practice, boundaries to practice, and when to refer out.
  • To be aware of issues that involve medical attention, abuse, trauma, post-partum depression in order to provide their client’s the proper guidance and referral.
  • In all aspects of starting and managing a successful business.

Continuing Education is so important as new information and updates are always coming forward. As a result, it is important and professionally responsible to stay on top of current industry standards and news.

Mary Oscategui is the founder of the International Maternity Institute ™, the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals, the Baby Planner, and Physical Awakening. She is also the co-founder of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants and Baby Gear Industry Alliance. Mary is an educational content developer for the International Maternity Institute™ and author of “The Baby Planner Profession: What You Need To Know” and “Green Body Green Birth.” She is also mom to a four and a half year old girl, Bella Luna, and a four month old boy, Taj.

Leave a comment »

Day 7 — 12 Days of Christmas: Pretty Pushers

12 Days of Christmas: Pretty Pushers | @BloomMaternity |

Leave a comment »

Mother & Father Pregnancy Tips

Let Dad be part of the planning too.

Pregnancy can be an exciting, yet worrisome time for mothers and fathers alike. While the mother is going to be handling the brunt of the situation, the father plays an important role as well. Learning to work together as a team can produce long term relationship success and a good environment for your child to come into.
1. Fathers – Be supportive…There are some women out there who may feel like they can’t depend on the father to pull his weight. It’s understood that the father may not always be in the picture in some cases. Those women that do have him around need someone they can rely on. Fathers need to be supportive throughout every aspect of the pregnancy. When the expectant mother has a doctor appointment, the man should be there as well. This shows the mom that he is involved and genuinely interested in bringing this life into the world. Men should ask questions and be as much a part of this pregnancy as the mother.

2. Mothers – Help yourself…After the mom knows she has the support of the father, things can go much smoother. She shouldn’t have to stress out about every little decision because they can be made together. She should ask her doctor any questions she may have about her child. This can be very reassuring and help with mental stability. The mother won’t be lying awake at night thinking about something that she should know the answer too. Also, they should make sure to take the doctor’s advice and follow the nutritional and physical guidelines that have been established.

3. Mothers and Fathers – Work together…Communication is very important. Neither the mother nor father should make an important decision without consulting one another. If they have found out the sex of their child and are planning on making a nursery, work together. Discuss the paint scheme, furniture, and layout with each other. If there are two differing opinions, come to some sort of compromise. Go to every appointment and class you can together. With both parents being involved in the pregnancy, it can help build a stronger relationship. These effects will last even after the birth of the child.

Bringing a child into this world is a joy. Why should just one parent get to enjoy this miracle? They shouldn’t. The mother and father each play separate but important roles during pregnancy. The mother has to take care of herself and actually give birth. The father needs to be supportive and helpful at all times. It can sometimes be trying. No one is perfect. Trying to understand each other’s needs and responsibilities however, will make the experience a much more positive one.

Author Bio:
Paul Taylor and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to “”. He personally thinks his blog will help finding information on all things related to a babysitter.

Leave a comment »

What to Expect When Expecting

photo by ecahal

Maternity is the period during pregnancy that typically lasts for around 9 months. While pregnant, there are many different concerns that you may have regarding the safety of yourself and your baby, what type of clothes you’ll fit into, things that you’ll need to buy for the baby, what to expect during labor and much more. This can be an exciting time during any new parents’ lives. During pregnancy, there are a few things that you will need to know and be prepared for to make the very best of the new life that you’re bringing into the world.

1. Safety – One thing that many parents-to-be are concerned about is keeping their baby safe. While medical complications can occur in some circumstances, this may not have anything to do with anything that you have done during pregnancy. The best things that you can do during maternity to keep your baby safe include taking prenatal vitamins, attending doctors’ appointments, consulting a physician is there is any pain, getting good nutrients into your body and simply by being careful. Avoid bumpy rides or attractions at theme parks that are not recommended for those who are pregnant.

2. Maternity Clothing – As your belly continues to grow during pregnancy, some changes will need to be made to your wardrobe. Maternity clothing can be purchased at a number of major retail locations. These clothes are designed to fit your growing body in a comfortable and stylish way. From tunic tops to flowing dresses and stretchy waistband pants, it is important to be comfortable and feel good while pregnant. Rather than spending a fortune on maternity clothes that will only be worn for a few months, try visiting local consignment stores that carry cute maternity clothes at affordable prices.

3. Baby Items – During maternity, many choose to buy essential items that they will need for their baby. From decorating the nursery to shopping for newborn clothes, this is one of the most exciting parts of getting ready for the birth of your little one. Some baby item essentials that you will need include burp cloths, swaddle blankets, hats, pacifiers, onesies, several select outfits in varying sizes, diapers, wipes, baby wash, formula or a breast pump if breast feeding and blankets. Other items that you may choose to get include a bassinet, crib, baby swing, bouncy seat, bedding set and more. A great tip is to create a registry or list of everything that you think you will need for your baby.

4. Labor – One thing that many mothers think about during maternity is what labor will be like. This can be different for everyone. Consider pain relief options such as an epidural for a more comfortable labor.

Maternity is a time in your life that you will never forget. In addition to preparing, it is important to cherish the memories that you make while caring for your little one before birth.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at]

Leave a comment »

10 Things Never to Say to Pregnant Woman

photo credit: Reader’s Digest

I stumbled across this aritcle “10 Things Never to Say to a Pregnant Woman” over at Reader’s Digest, and it’s sage advice.

Unfortunately I’m guilty of a few of these — sorry Nikki over at Moxie Photography!

What questions would you add to the “do not ask list?”

Leave a comment »

Prenatal Massages

photostock /

I love massages and I loved them even more when I was pregnant. My two pregnancies were two years apart, and boy could I tell the difference in my body between the two.

For one thing, I waited to have children — placing me closer to 40 vs. 30. And secondly, I was really bad about excercising. At the time I had a very full time job for a local non-profit and it didn’t provide much extra time for taking care of myself once I fit in family duty at home.

After complaining to the doctor about how miserable I was due to the baby sitting so low on my pelvic bone, he suggested prenatal massages. After getting over the guilt of doing something for myself, I booked bi-weekly appointments with my massage therapist and was so happy I did.

I would walk into the appointment in pain from my pelvic muscles, relishing in the thought that over the next few days I was going to be pain free. Not only did the muscles in my leg and hips loosen up, but so did the area around my diaphragm, so I could breath easier. That’s the magic a good massage therapist can do for you.

Before booking an appointment, make sure you consult with your physician to make sure it’s okay during your pregnancy. If it is, then it will be well worth your time.

Leave a comment »