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"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is a wonderful practical guide for new moms. It's an invaluable resource to tell you what is normal, what to expect and what to do for you and your baby's first days together."

Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, authors of "My Best Birth" and filmmakers of "The Business of Being Born"

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"Love this Book!! This Book was so helpful to my husband and I when we were sleep deprived and needed a quick refresher on what to do. I also love the fact that it's a book that is quick to the point and gives you the most important information. It is so hard to sit down and read some of these mommy to be books that are 300 + pages and they talk in circles. This book was a awesome read and I recommend it to all my new mommies to be!"

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Pamela Pimental of MOMS Orange County says, .....

"This manual (The First 8 Days of Being a Mom) addresses every concern a mother will have after giving birth, both for herself and her newborn.  The journal allows the mother the chance to track the changes she is experiencing and the baby’s daily activities.  New moms, dads, and families will be relieved to know  things are progressing as they should, and when it is necessary to seek medical help.  A must have for any family approaching childbirth!"

Pamela Pimentel, RN - CEO of MOMS orange County

MOMS Orange County provides access to prenatal care, health screenings, health education, and referral services to more than 3,500 low income pregnant women annually in underserved communities in Orange County. Their services are offered at no cost to those who qualify.

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Prepartum Healthcare Can Impact Postpartum Mood Disorders by Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Perinatal mood disorders have been called the most common complication associated with childbirth. Mood struggles during the postpartum period run rampant but are consistently quieted by our culture's focus on the overly idealized "glowing" new mother. Though many women gracefully transition into mothering, many others feel they are riding an emotional, hormonal, and physiological roller coaster- with no seat belt and no way to control the speed. With the glaring statistic of 15-20 % of mothers developing postpartum depression (not to mention all of the other perinatal mood disorders), it seems imperative that this public health crisis be addressed systematically and globally.

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The Building Blocks of Connection, Part 2 by Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Dr. Zucker is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles specializing in women’s health with a focus on transitions in motherhood, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, and early parent-child attachment and bonding. In part 2 of The Building Blocks of Connection she answers these questions: Q: How do the earliest moments between infant and caregiver impact future relationships? Q: How can I prepare to become a parent who offers my children a different experience than I had growing up? Q: Some of my friends have shared that they felt emotionally "weird" for a while after becoming a mother. I worry that if I feel overwhelmed, my baby won't securely attach to me. Will my emotions impact my newborn?

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Natural Baby Fair May 23rd San Diego

Dionne of SmartChoices and Gea On Sunday May 23rd Gea of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom and Dionna Whitehead of SmartChoices teamed up at the Natural Baby Fair in San Diego. Smart Choices, the makers of Mother's First Day Kit and purveyors of high quality products dedicated to making the new mom's life more comfortable brought an array of product samples for visitors of the fair to see, touch and buy. Gea brought her books and presented her story at the main stage to a select audience. A raffle with as price a complete Mother's First Day's kit including the manual was part of the booth. Anyone who entered a card will get an e-mail with the winner of the kit.


SmartChoices for Women Joins Forces With The First 8 Days of Being a Mom

The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is Officially a Smart Choice

SmartChoices for Women Joins Forces With The First 8 Days of Being a Mom


The First 8 Days of Being a Mom and parent company iCare Press are excited about their new relationship with SmartChoices for Women (, the makers of Mother’s First Days Kit and purveyors of high quality products dedicated to making the new mom’s life more comfortable.  In addition to covering baby’s health, The First 8 Days of Being a Mom also includes explanations of when and how to relieve pain after delivery which makes it the perfect complement to the featured products in the Mother’s First Days Kit.

Gea Meijering, author of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom, and Dionna Whitehead of SmartChoices, will officially kick off this partnership Sunday, May 23rd in Pacific Beach, California at Natural Baby Fair, where Meijering will be speaking on the Main Stage at 1:45 p.m.  There will also be a special Fair-only offer in which the Kit and Book will be paired together for only $59 ($30 off the retail value of $89).  All are welcome to attend this breadth of information.  For more details on the event, please go to:

The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is the essential hands-on guide leading moms through what happens on delivery day as well as the next few eventful, exciting, and exhausting days.  This 79-page friendly read focuses on moms’ health and changes as well as that of the newborn and provides charts for tracking important information. The guide is available for purchase at and Amazon.  Volume discounts can be arranged by contacting directly.    For a closer look go to

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