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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!

 

Choose a Breast Pump
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.

Pregnancy Workouts: Best Abs Exercises
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.

For more updates from Debbie, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Use our Baby Name Finder to find the perfect name for your little one, check out which celebrities are pregnant, or find maternity dresses at Shop Parents.

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Birth Stories: Natural Labor
Birth Stories: Natural Labor

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Terri J. Vaughn: “I’m A Great Mother”

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CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on CelebrityBabyScoop.com. 

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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!

Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System
Meet the Travel System

 

 

 

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Support Baby2Baby with Seraphine’s Fun Photo Campaign

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Odds are, the majority of your photos these days consist of you flaunting your baby bump, snuggling with your little one, or kissing your partner, so why not post these pics online for a good cause? Maternity fashion brand Séraphine’s #JustforLove campaign began this weekend, and the company will donate $1 to Baby2Baby for every photo uploaded here. Baby2Baby “supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12,” according to its website, and it also has a huge celeb following.

Pictures should capture a “personal moment of love” and include the #JustforLove hashtag. Need some inspiration? When you click on the link to upload, you can also view photos others have submitted. Feel like submitting a belly photo? Check out our tips!

The campaign will run for one month, so keep snapping away! Also, those who donate $20 to the campaign will have the opportunity to receive a special #JustforLove t-shirt, and all funds will benefit Baby2Baby.

Now that you’ve gotten some cute pics, it’s time to hang them up! Here’s some advice on how to deck out your walls:

Family Photos
Family Photos
Family Photos

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Celebrate May with Florals for Mom and Baby

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

April showers have brought May flowers (at least to our closets!). Here are some of our favorite floral picks for Mom and Baby. Click on the images to shop!

This dress is a go for date night–love how it’s styled here! (ASOS, $47)

Prefer to stick to neutrals? You can still go floral with this black and white print. (Motherhood Maternity, $20)

This top is perfect for casual backyard parties. (Destination Maternity, $115)

Pregnant in peplum? Go for it with this springy piece. (Destination Maternity, $70)

 Sneaks can have flowers, too! This toddler pair from Target is certainly seasonally appropriate! (Target, $20)

Shield Baby from the sun with this cheerful hat. (The Children’s Place, $6)

Say “Goodnight Moon” in this floral gown. (Diapers.com, $24)

Take her out on the town in this festive number. (The Children’s Place, $10) 

Just because your little one has cute clothes doesn’t mean she’ll keep ‘em clean! We have tips on how to remove stains from her duds.

How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes

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What to Take for Pregnancy Pains

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

* By Sarah Lyon and Jessica Hartshorn

We hear from pregnant moms that when they walk into a drugstore, they’re not sure what’s safe and what’s not.

Obviously the number-one rule is to call your obstetrician’s office and get their okay before taking anything, even your regular pain medication. They’re going to know the latest recommendations, and be more reliable than any website. (Even ours!)

Another tip is to look for brands that cater specifically to pregnant women. Healthy Mama, for instance, is a line of seven FDA-approved products that address ailments including heartburn, aches and pains, and constipation, all deemed A-OK for pregnant and nursing women. “We put all the safest remedies under one brand umbrella, and they’re the safest solutions with the right formulations and dosages,” Healthy Mama founder Rachel Katz-Gallat said. Their most popular product is the “Boost-It-Up” caffeine-free energy drink (Olivia Wilde is a fan!), which also works to reduce morning sickness.

Earth Mama Angel Baby is mainly a line of pregnancy and postpartum skincare, but they also have teas for nausea and heartburn, and lots of advice on herbal remedies for problems such as swollen feet or a painful bottom (carrying a baby puts a lot of extra pressure there!).

In order to find some of these pregnancy-specific brands, you may want to look at a Whole Foods store or a Vitamin Shoppe, someplace where there are trained salespeople who can guide you. A salesperson can’t take the place of your doctor, but can give you suggestions that you can go back to your doctor and ask about. Their lines tend to be more natural, and also more focused; we found an entire “Mother & Children’s Health” section at a Vitamin Shoppe, which is not something you’re likely to find in your typical broad drugstore.

That said, if your local drugstore is all you have the time and energy for, the pharmacist on duty can be a good source of information as well. Feel better soon!

Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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