September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

In July I hosted the BlogHer Baby Shower in San Jose, CA, as one of The Baby Ladies (with Christa from Little Us). We partnered with two amazing non-profits, the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation and Baby’s First Test. They both work tirelessly to bring awareness to the life-saving newborn screenings. September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month so I thought I’d share a bit more because… #themoreyouknow!

What is Newborn Screening?

Newborn Screening is a series of simple tests that can detect

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How to choose a photographer

We have hired MANY different photographers since having kids. Newborn photos, various milestones over the first year, family pictures, maternity sessions, and holidays. We’ve found photographers we’ll never use again and ones we’ll continue to hire… investing that time and money can be hard! I worked with friends at Catalyst Design & Photography in Rockford IL to come up with these tips on how to choose a photographer.

How to choose a photographer:

1. Meet your photographer in person before working with them, if possible. Chemistry with your photographer

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do you have a happy baby story?

Did you know September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month? I’ve talked about newborn screening quite a bit on this blog, thanks to Kristine and Cora that first taught it to me. Newborn screenings save lives and it’s important you know what your baby is screened for at birth–or what they should be screened for so you can ask for it, like pulse ox.

There’s a new website called Happy Baby Stories that is collecting your happy baby stories. What an awesome project…

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How to get newborn screenings after a homebirth

Last month I wrote about newborn screenings and the resources you can find on Baby’s First Test. Typically, the newborn screenings (heel prick, hearing test, and–in some states/hospitals–pulse ox) are done after birth while still at the hospital. That makes it pretty easy! You can check what your state tests for specifically–you may have to ask for the pulse ox if it’s not done routinely.

So what if your baby is born at HOME?

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do you know what your baby is screened for at birth?

“Newborn Screening” is a general term applied to the tests your baby typically gets at birth. But do you know what the screening includes? I believe I first heard about them when I was pregnant with Ryan, but it took some research to really learn what the testing included and what Ryan would be screened for.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when parents submit their child to testings or screenings with no idea what they’re for or what their child is getting. But I understand that sometimes the information can either be

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