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10 Hollywood Home Births

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

By Jenny Schafercelebrities with kids

Hollywood is having a baby boom. And some of our favorite celebrity moms are welcoming their babies at home.

While home births still constitute less than 1 percent of total births in the United States, births at home have increased 50 percent since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Continue reading about 10 celebrity moms – including Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan and Gisele Bündchen  - who had home births.

Stacy Keibler

Supermarket Superstar host Stacy Keibler and her husband Jared Pobre welcomed their first child on August 20, she announced on her website. The Dancing with the Stars alum welcomed daughter, Ava Grace, via home birth.

“Jared and I have been blessed with the new love of our lives,” the proud new mom announced. “Ava Grace Pobre was born at home on Wednesday, August 20th. We’ve never experienced a level of joy and happiness like this before! Thank you so much for all of the special wishes and positive energy.”

Omarion’s girlfriend Apryl Jones

Former B2K singer Omarion, 29, and his girlfriend Apryl Jones have welcomed their first child – a son – the proud papa announced via Instagram August 9. “World. Allow me to introduce. MEGAA OMARI GRANDBERRY. He is 7 pounds. 4oz & 20 inches long,” he captioned the sweet snapshot holding his newborn in his arms.

“My son I’ve been waiting on you,” the R&B singer continued.

The new dad went on to gush about his “soul mate,” who welcomed their son via home birth.

“God is the realist!! I witnessed a miracle,” he added. “My soul mate @aprylsjones is so strong! Not only did she have a un medicated birth (no drugs) she did it at home. Naturally. Just like my mom had me. I love you. thank you for having my legacy. I’ll forever belong to you & you will forever be tied to me. Creating a child takes no love or skill but being a parent requires lots of both. Thanks for watching me grow. #MEGAAhome #OmarionsonMEGAA #donthateonmysonsnameillkillya #Nolol #royalObloodline #blasain #mysongotgoodhair #freshpitthewombhandsom alright. I love y’all.”

Thandie Newton

During an appearance on TODAY, Rogue actress Thandie Newton talked about the joys of home birth. The mom-of-three proudly said she birthed her son Booker, now 6 months, at home on her bathroom floor.

When asked why she had all three of her kids at home – she and husband Ol Parker are also parents to daughters Ripley, 13, and Nico, 9 – the Mission: Impossible II actress said she feels much more comfortable at home.

“I’d never been in hospital as a child or as an adult really, and I just associated hospital with being ill,” she said of her decision. “And I felt beautiful and healthy and wonderful when I was pregnant, and being at home was the place I felt most relaxed and comfortable.”

She went on to talk about the taboo topic, saying that home births used to be the norm.

“There was a time when everyone had their babies at home,” the Crash star, 41, said. “It wasn’t such a big deal. It’s more about as a woman what do you feel most comfortable doing, and you make the choice, and I chose to be at home.”

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan has quickly become one of our favorite celebrity moms since the birth of her first child, Satyana, in March 2009. Celebrity Baby Scoop sat down with the How I Met Your Mother star and asked about her drug-free homebirth.

“Yes. I did use a midwife and a doula,” she said. “We had the option of having a doctor there, but even he said you’ll only need me if you need to be transferred to the hospital–which thankfully, I did not need.”

Before welcoming her second daughter, Keeva, the American Pie star said she faced many fear-based comments about going forward with another home birth.

“Yes, we had lots of comments about it,” Alyson said. “And we had the doctor that scared us tremendously. There was definitely more concern the first time around. For me, that was just the perfect place. I am absolutely terrified of hospitals. so I think that the home is the best place for me to feel comfortable. I had a midwife, her assistant and a doula. It will be the same again this time.”

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik has really ‘blossomed’ into an amazing and outspoken mother! An advocate of attachment parenting, Mayim also empowers women to consider medication-free home births.

The Big Bang Theory star and mother of two talked about her second son’s home birth, while her elder son watched.

“Fred, yes, was born at home, and Miles was able to watch the whole thing from his high chair while eating granola,” she said. “Fortunately it was a very fast labor because I think Miles would’ve been bored if it was longer than the hour and a half it was. He loves it, he still talks about it. It was something we talked about with our pediatrician, and believed very strongly in older siblings being present, and giving the choice. We gave him a choice before, we prepared him with videos about homebirth that our midwife prepared. Even during, I said, “If Miles wants to go the next room he can!” But he said, “No, I fine!” He got freaked out by the blood, but it was still nice.”

Alanis Morissette

On Christmas Day 2011, Alanis Morissette and her husband Mario Treadway welcomed their son Ever into their home with the help of a midwife and a doula.

“I didn’t really even imagine myself having the birth experience in the hospital,” Morissette told Today. “My home is like my little sanctuary.”

She added: “My husband was at my side the whole time, my total hero. And the rest was really up to God.”

Throughout her home birth, the singer says she tapped into an inner strength.

“The experience was beyond pain,” she admitted. “It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world. I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me.”

She went on to talk about the joys of home birth.

“I think once people know it’s quite possible to have a really amazing home birth — and in my case I have no regrets and would do it again and in the same breath it wasn’t the easiest experience of my life — I think having it be an option is really exciting,” she shared.

Gisele Bündchen

One of the most outspoken celebrity moms on natural birth is supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The former Victoria’s Secret model gave birth to her first child Benjamin in December 2009 and has openly spoken about her drug-free and pain-free home water birth.

“My delivery was in a bath tub, in water,” Gisele said. “I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out.’”

A few weeks later the supermodel looked svelte on the cover of Vogue and spoke of her “empowered” birth experience.

“I wanted to experience the transformation,” the model mom said. “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”

The Brazilian beauty later wrote on her blog:

“I am blessed to have been able to have a home birth surrounded by love, where I was able to feel safe,” she wrote. “It was a powerful experience. I never felt so vulnerable but so strong at the same time. It was amazing to experience my body become free to do what it was made to do by allowing my mind and my body to let go and be free to experience the changes taking place within… I was just there… focusing on my breathing and relaxing the best that I could… so present, to witness the biggest miracle in my life happen before my very own eyes. To give life to another being, what a gift!”

As well, Gisele added her voice to the Birth Around the World Project to help promote the humanization of birth.

“I had the opportunity to experience the natural process of birth and it was one of the most life changing experiences for me and very very special!,” she said. “I believe it’s a woman’s right to make the decision about how she’s going to give birth to her child. And it’s also her right to have access to the information she needs so she can make that decision from a place of awareness, and not a place of fear.”

Evangeline Lilly

Lost star Evangeline Lilly welcomed son Kahekili Kali in May 2011 and shared her birth story.

“I actually skipped the hospital … We decided to have the baby at home because we wanted it to be a natural birth, and it turns out that it was 30 hours of natural,” she shared.

Of those thirty hours, Evangeline says a full eight were spent pushing!

“Eight hours of pushing, that’s the part that men don’t understand.” the Canadian beauty added. “Women go, ‘Oh, dear, oh, dear God, eight hours of pushing?’ And the men are like, ‘Okay, eight hours of pushing. After about five hours of pushing, my midwife and my birthing assistant said, ‘You know, we have a few suggestions,’” she says. “And I was like, ‘Really? After five hours of pushing you have a few suggestions? You couldn’t have told me five minutes in?’

Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake’s documentary about home birth, The Business of Being Born, empowered women everywhere to have unmedicated births at home. She gave birth to her second son Owen, now 13, at home in a bathtub. She talked about her reasons for making the film.

“I wanted to make this movie after my two very different birth experiences with my children,” she said. “I felt like I had an opportunity to explore and question birthing practices in this country and perhaps be an advocate for mothers’ rights and better maternity care.”

On the experience of birthing Owen at home, Ricki said:

“After the birth of my sons, particularly my home birth with my second son, I thought I wanted to become a midwife,” she shared. “Then I looked at all the years of schooling and training that I would have to do and felt that the time could be better spent doing a documentary on the subject of birth.”

Cindy Crawford

Model mom-of-two Cindy Crawford had both of her children – son Presley and daughter Kaia – at home with her husband Rande Gerber and three midwives on hand.

She spoke of the home birth experience:

“I didn’t tell anyone last time because a lot of people are against home birth and tell you horror stories,” she shared. “Even my husband said at first, ‘Why are we doing this?’” But she went on to say her home birth was ‘absolutely surreal.’”

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Labor & Delivery: Homebirth
Labor & Delivery: Homebirth
Labor & Delivery: Homebirth

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Rosie Pope’s Advice for Kate Middleton: “This Too Shall Pass”

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Rosie PopeBy Lisa Weber

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of “Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy.”

Just recently, Celebrity Baby Scoop spoke with the mom-of-four about how she balances work and home, what makes royal babies so exciting, and her plans for Rosie Pope Baby.

CBS: The news about Will and Kate expecting baby #2 has taken the world by storm. What is it about royal babies that get the world so excited?

RP: “Being a prince or princess was probably everybody’s fantasy if only for a few moments as a child. To see it happen in reality is an amazing and magical thing and we get to watch the whole thing happen! It’s uplifting and the stuff of fairy tales but in real life.”

CBS: Kate looked so adorable during her first pregnancy; do you think she will duplicate her first pregnancy fashions or go with a different look?

RP: “Definitely duplicated but maybe she’ll get a little more daring now that she is confident in both how well the world received her fashion choices and in herself. First pregnancies feel so unknown and nerve racking and second pregnancies can be a little more relaxing. You are more used to the changes your body is making.”

CBS: As a maternity fashion designer, what advice would you give women who are pregnant and hoping to remain stylish?

RP: “Stay true to your sense of style and quite simply if it wasn’t something you would wear before you got pregnant, don’t wear it now that you are. We are lucky to have a lot of wonderful maternity designers today and so you can really find things that fit your new and changing body but are in align with the sense of style you have always had. I always keep this in mind when designing maternity clothes. Women want to feel like themselves as much as possible rather than trying too many new things in this very new world (to them) of pregnancy.”

CBS: As a mom of four, what advice would you give Kate about coping with morning sickness?

RP: “This too shall pass. It’s the only way to get through it because it is really not pleasant. She needs to use her support network to get rest and help with George. It is hard already being a mom taking care of your toddler while also trying to take care of yourself and the new baby. Kate is lucky to have help and now is the time to use it.”

CBS: What’s it like in your house with four active kids? What are they into these days? How do you keep everyone organized and keep your sanity?

RP: “It’s crazy but a beautiful kind of crazy! While schedules are so important to make sure we get everything done I have certainly learned to be more relaxed and go with the flow. I try and find those special moments of one on one time with my kids so that we connect in a very special way each day.”

CBS: As a working mom, how do you find balance between career and home?

RP: “I am still trying! One of the most important things are key touch points when I can. For us those are breakfast together in the morning and dinner together along with bath time and stories at night. Being there when they open their eyes in the morning and when they shut them at night are so important to me.”

CBS: Do you have any new projects you’d like to share with us?

RP: “I am working so hard on Rosie Pope baby, expanding the line and the distribution. I am so excited at the number of wonderful stores that will be carrying it come January. I am also planning to launch nursing as an extension of my maternity line next year too. If I totally give up sleeping I might finally finish my second book too!”

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Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton
Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton
Rosie Pope's Style Picks for Kate Middleton

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How to Dress Now That You’re Pregnant

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Not only has baby gear changed since our mothers were pregnant, but maternity fashion has, too-thanks goodness! However, what to wear for different occasions can still be a hassle.

Ten years ago Baukjen de Swaan Arons, founder of Isabella Oliver, had something in common with a lot of women during her first pregnancy–she found it really tricky to dress successfully.

“I’ve always said that I made every mistake in the book, and I really did. There’s more choice today but women still struggle with the same dilemmas – how to look smart for work with a growing bump, elegant for a wedding and what the best investment pieces might be,” she says.

To answer these questions more effectively, Isabella Oliver launched an eStylist service–an online styling initiative–making shopping while pregnant fun and efficient. “Our eStylist service gives women the opportunity to book a time with one of our experts, and ask them, via video or phone, for a little assistance,” she said. “It’s totally free of charge and has been really well-received.”

Real questions that the eStylist has helped with are:

1. I am 3 months pregnant and have no idea how big I’m going to get. I used to wear a size 4 but am currently shopping for clothes in size M. What would you advise?

Your pre-pregnancy size is also your maternity size so there’s no need to worry about that. We suggest embracing your bump – figure hugging styles are very flattering, so don’t just keep buying bigger and bigger non-maternity clothes. Look for maternitywear in supportive fabric, wrap styles, or styles with ruching. We use many of those in the Isabella Oliver line to build both comfort and confidence.

2. I need help with just everything. From workwear to weekend. I’m completely lost and overwhelmed. I work in the fashion industry so I feel particularly pressured to remain stylish as my body changes. 

Start by creating a capsule wardrobe that doesn’t feel too far removed from your normal style and then go from there. I’d suggest a boyfriend jean, a classic tee, a blazer, a T-shirt dress, a shirt and a comfy pair of joggers then mix and match for a multitude of occasions. Use accessories to style up or down for even more versatility.

3. I have a wedding to go to when I am 32 weeks pregnant so will be quite big by then. What shall I wear?

I’d recommend our Zahara Silk Maternity Maxi Dress, currently discounted to $132. It’s a beautiful and luxurious choice for a wedding and benefits from a flowing cut and light fabric. Plus, its length means you can even wear a flat sandal if you can’t bear the thought of a heel or a wedge for more than a couple of hours. From a styling point of view, the print is super pretty and appropriate for both the formality and fun of the event. Add a chunky necklace and a clutch to finish the look.

Are these questions similar to what you’re going through, as well? If so, what are you waiting for? Book your free Isabella Oliver eStylist appointment today!

Watch this video for additional inspiration on how to show off your growing bump!

 

Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

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4 Questions That Can Get You a Free Breast Pump

Friday, July 25th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Amanda Cole, owner of Yummy Mummy 

We’ve all heard the phrase “ask and you shall receive.” When you’re pregnant you’re going to be asking about (and receiving) tips on strollers, car seats, baby monitors and more. While you’re at it, ask the right questions and you could maybe receive a free breast pump.

The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to cover women’s preventative services, including breast pumps, oftentimes with no cost to the mother. But coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the next, but also from one plan to the next. So you have to ask the right questions to find out what you are entitled to.

1. Does your plan cover breast pumps?

Although the Affordable Care Act requires most insurance plans to cover breast pumps, a few plans have been “grandfathered in,” so the first thing to do is make sure your plan covers breast pumps. And despite some rumors out there, the breast pumps you receive through insurance are the same exact breast pumps you would buy at any retail store. They might not have all the fancy extras like tote bags and coolers, but the motor and mechanics are 100% identical. And there is no need to purchase additional accessories to start pumping! Just buy them later if you decide you need them.

2. What types of pumps are covered by your plan?

Some plans offer a double-electric breast pump, others offer only a manual pump, and some plans give members a choice. Some plans also allow you to rent a hospital-grade pump, but most often you or your baby must have a medical condition (such as a cleft palette) as well as a prescription in order to obtain a hospital-grade breast pump. Which leads us to question #3…

3. Do you need a prescription?

Some plans require your doctor to send in a prescription for any type of pump, so ask early to avoid delays later!

4. How and when do I get my pump?

For the most part, your insurance carrier will not let you go to just any store (or web site) to purchase your pump. They will require that you obtain your breast pump from an in-network provider. I am the founder and owner of Yummy Mummy, the largest Durable Medical Equipment supplier in the country specializing in breast pumps, so we may be in your network (we work with more than 25 insurance plans).

Your pump provider should ideally verify benefits on your behalf, offer you different brands of pumps to choose from, and ship the pump straight to your door. Some insurance plans will let you receive your pump at any point during your pregnancy, while others will only allow the pump to ship one month before your delivery or after you’ve delivered.

If you still have more questions, Yummy Mummy is here to help!

Seeking advice on what type of breast pump you should get or how many you should have? Watch this video introduction!

 

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Choose a Breast Pump
Choose a Breast Pump

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Savannah Guthrie’s Baby Shower is a Must-See!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

If you wake up every morning and turn your TV to the TODAY show, then you know who Savannah Guthrie is, and you know  she’s expecting her first baby!

On June 30, the women of  TODAY hosted Savannah’s Baby Shower at the Glass Houses in New York city with the theme, ”Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” Keeping it unisex, the party was layered in a yellow and grey color scheme, with an emphasis on books, letters, and newspaper. Guests included co-workers from TODAY, friends and family, and her husband, Mike Feldman.

With styling by Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events, personal touches at Savannah’s shower included: ‘Savannah’ spelled out with Uncle Goose blocks under a lucite doughnut and pretzel display, customized pencils that read #showersavannah, Minted trophy jars filled with yellow duckies, and Minted drink straws with “Oh Baby!” flags in lemonade cocktails served on trays, which were lined with the covers of well-known children’s books.In addition to décor, furniture was contributed by Taylor Creative, Inc., flowers were donated by Blossom and Branch, and catering by Peter Callahan.

Guests who attended the shower were asked to bring one unwrapped book for Savannah’s baby and one for a deserving child, which were then displayed on a bookshelf. From playing a personalized crossword puzzle, to decorating Burt’s Bees onesies for the baby-on-the-way, Savannah and her guests were well entertained throughout.

Get Savannah’s shower look, including banners, a photo backdrop, unique gift tags, and more! Whether it’s games and  prizes, sweets and treats, and packed goody bags, letting friends and family take a little bit of your shower home with them is an easy way to let everyone share in on the fun (even days after your shower!). Savannah’s guests all took home a Minted notebook, Sprinkles cupcakes individually wrapped with “Extra! Extra! printed on top, Rita Hazan hair gloss and Hanky Panky undies in pink and in blue!

Photographs by Samantha Okazaki/TODAY.

Want to decorate onesies for your baby-to-be? Watch the video to get tips on how to set up an DIY station at your shower!

Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station
Baby Shower Ideas: How To Set Up A Onesie-Decorating Station

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Caribbean, Arizona, Florida and NYC Deals All for Preggos!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This week we’ll take a break from family-travel deals and go back to our other favorite travel topic: babymoons! About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Vieques Island, eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, at the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island 

HERE’S THE SPECIAL!  Their new “Indulge with a Babymoon” experience caters to expecting couples with a $50 Cravings Credit for late-night snacking, a $100 AWAY Spa credit for couples treatments, an in-room calming essential oil amenity, and special pregnancy pillow in order to ensure a restful retreat. The experience is bookable with the rate plan WBBYMOON and starts at $319 nightly.

 

THE DESTINATION: Arizona, specifically the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson. 

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Expecting mothers can visit the iconic Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa for the “Mother’s Dream” package, including a pregnancy massage, sensitive skin facial, customized eye contour, warm cream mani + pedi, makeup refresher and a spa lunch for $406. With an exclusive adults-only pool, a swim-up bar (for Dad to be), numerous waterfalls and five pools, parents-to-be can escape and relax before the baby comes. The two “Summer Savings” packages have rates starting at $99 from May 25 to August 31, one inclusive of a $50 food and beverage credit when booking two or more nights.

 

THE DESTINATION: Florida, minutes from all the parks and entertainment at the Hilton Orlando 

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Couples can enjoy favorite attractions and shopping, then mom can ease her muscles with the “Mom’s To Be” full-body massage at the on-site spa for $120. The property also boasts a winding lazy river, two resort pools complete with a waterslide, 9-hole golf, bocce ball courts and more. Rates start at $99 a night.

 

THE DESTINATION: New York City, at the famed Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York, the city’s luxurious hotel occupying the upper floors of the Waldorf Astoria. 

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! The Guerlain Spa, located within the Towers, features a “When You’re Expecting Massage,” a customized prenatal body therapy to alleviate discomfort and relieve muscle fatigue, along with a Body Polish service that helps exfoliate and soften skin, leaving skin smooth and hydrated and possibly minimizing stretch marks. Answering to the high demand for pre and post-natal services, the spa features appropriate pregnancy pillows for body support in any treatment position, and has also established a partnership with Mama Mio to incorporate their skincare products.

Two packages are available. “Babymoon, An Evening In” includes a Towers suite, breakfast in bed, and Guerlain Spa Couple’s Service (massage, training session, mocktails and milkshakes), with rates starting at $975 a night. “Babymoon, A Weekend at the Waldorf” includes a Towers suite for two nights, Guerlain Spa Couple’s Service (massage, training session, mocktails and milkshakes), dinner at the Bull and Bear, and breakfast in bed, with rates starting at $1,685.

Do a search and you can find all of our American Baby babymoon specials on Goodyblog.

Not only is leisure travel good for your state of mind during pregnancy, so is exercise! Check out these ab exercises made for core-strengthening during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Workouts: Best Abs Exercises
Pregnancy Workouts: Best Abs Exercises

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Debbie Matenopoulos: “I Am So Excited About The Baby”

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The View alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, says she hopes for a natural birth and is reading What to Expect When Expecting to help her prepare for the baby.

Debbie also opens up about her regular role on Home & Family and her new book, It’s All Greek to Me, which she calls her “first born baby.” She goes on to talk about losing her father to ALS, meeting her husband during the grieving process, and keeping in touch with Meredith Vieira from The View.

CBS: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling?

DM: “I am so excited about the baby. I feel so fortunate that the universe has blessed us with this unexpected surprise. I am feeling great…now. However, for the first 3 1/2 months, I wasn’t feeling so hot. I was really tired and nauseous all day. It should be called ‘all day sickness’ instead of ‘morning sickness.’ ”

CBS: Congratulations also on your marriage! Tell us how you met your husband and a little bit about your love story.

DM: “Thank you! I met my hubby through friends a little over 2 years ago. I was going through a very tough time in my life and was definitely not looking for love. I had just lost my father to a horribly debilitating disease, ALS, and had not been out with friends in 5 months. My girlfriends dragged me to a Labor Day party and that’s where we met.

Although I thought he was incredibly charming and handsome, I was still mourning the loss of my father and I wasn’t emotionally or mentally available. After hanging out with him for about 2 hours at the party, I excused myself to the ladies room and then slipped out without saying goodbye to anyone. He tried to track me down for two months and kept asking my friends for my number. And then finally one night I was at a mutual friend of ours restaurant and our friend called him and said, ‘If you wanna see her again, you better come now.’ He was there within 20 minutes and came right up to me and said, ‘This time you can’t leave.’ And we’ve been together ever since.”

CBS: Do you have a birth plan? Are you hoping on a natural birth?

DM: “I don’t have a birth plan. I am just getting used to the fact that I am pregnant [laughs]. I would ideally like to give birth naturally, but I know things don’t always work out that way. I do know I will do my best to have a natural birth. My biggest hope for the birth is that the baby is healthy. Everything else is secondary.”

CBS: Are you excited about motherhood? Have you always wanted kids? How are you preparing for the baby? Reading all the books? 

DM: “I am excited about every aspect of motherhood. It’s all new to me and I’m really looking forward to it. I am focusing on having this baby first and who knows what the future holds, but god willing, I’d like to give this baby a sibling at some point as well.

As far as preparing for motherhood, I have been taking lots of advice from my friends who are already mothers and I have been reading, What to Expect When Expecting. It’s the greatest book ever — so helpful. I have always wanted children and I feel like right now is the perfect time.”

CBS: We’ve been fans of yours since you appeared on the original cast of The View. Tell us how life has changed since then. Did that job change everything for you? Do you still keep in touch with those original co-hosts?

DM: “Thanks for being my longtime fans! That means a lot. My life has changed so much since those days. I was only 21-years-old. The experience of being on The View was the most defining moment in my television career. I owe all of my successes to Barbara Walters.

Although looking back, I was probably too young to have much of a ‘view’ about the world at that time, it was an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am better suited for The View at this point in my life than I was back then because I now have a well of experience to draw from.

I do still keep in touch with Meredith [Vieira] and always love to see all of the ladies whenever we happen to be in the same place. They are all really great women.”

CBS: You often appear on Home & Family. Tell us more about that show and your recurring role. Please also tell us about your book, It’s All Greek to Me. Do you look to cook? Tell us about the recipes and inspiration behind the book.

DM: “I am currently one of the cast members on Home & Family on The Hallmark Channel. I cover everything fashion, and I also do makeovers every Monday on deserving women and men that often have very compelling stories — sometimes heart warming, sometimes heart wrenching. I really love my job. We have such a great time on set. We are truly like a real family.

It’s All Greek to Me is my first-born baby [laughs]. It is my first cookbook that was just released on April 28. I worked harder on this project than I have on anything else in my career and I am very proud of it.

I initially set out to write this book because I love to cook and often have dinner parties and cook everything from scratch myself. All the recipes, however, are my families’ century old recipes and I wanted to share them with the world. They are not only delicious, but they are also incredibly healthy for you.

I truly believe that we humans were intended to eat a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in whole foods from our earth. But I also believe that we don’t have to deprive ourselves to be healthy. The recipes in this book are absolutely delicious, satiating and incredibly good for you. This book started as a cookbook, but throughout the process, turned into so much more than that. It became my love letter to Greece, where we traveled to make the book and where we shot the whole thing. I really, really loved this experience.”

CBS: Besides motherhood, do you have any special upcoming projects?

DM: “I hope to continue writing and creating cookbooks and building a following in the food space for years to come. It seems like a natural progression as I begin the nesting phase of my life. I want to begin to create things that my children will be proud of someday, and that will allow me to spend as much time as I can with my family. To me, family is the most important thing in life.”

Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am on Hallmark Channel.

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Visit Personality Hotels in San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This is the eleventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. It’s our last for now focusing specifically on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Personality Hotels, San Francisco, California

Looking for an intimate urban getaway? This collection of boutique hotels in the Bay Area offers full-service accommodations, and each location has its own unique vibe, from art-deco inspired to sleek and modern. At any of them you’ll be only minutes away from the city’s best theaters and shops.

BOOK IT! From $179; you can check your travel dates online at PersonalityHotels.com

HERE’S THE SPECIAL! Personality Hotels is offering a super Pregnant & Pampered package at three properties: Hotel Diva, Kensington Park, and Hotel Union Square. For an extra $49, you’ll get sparkling cider on arrival, a cozy body pillow, a soothing massage therapy bar from Lush, a free ice cream sundae, a roll of Tums, a $40 coupon for a prenatal massage or facial, a copy of Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Green Toys’ play keys for Baby, and 20 percent off a future stay at Hotel Union Square’s Kids’ Suite or Hotel Diva’s Little Diva Suite. Other restrictions may apply; call 800-553-1900 for full details.

And in thinking about future outings with your baby, learn everything you need to know about investing in a Travel System. Also, check back next week for the start of our family vacation deals!

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