"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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 "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 "Your Best Birth" and
filmmakers of "The Business of Being Born"


" As a Certified Birth Doula, Infant Massage Instructor, and soon to be Licensed Infant Sleep Sense Consultant, I initially ordered a copy of "The First 8 Days of Being a Mom" as a resource to add to my lending library. However upon receiving it, I realized that I had an AMAZING resource in my hands, one that is a must have for every expectant parent. I plan to share "The First 8 Days of Being a Mom" with all of my clients, as I believe that it is an invaluable resource, and will help to relieve alot of stress surrounding the first days of being home with a new baby!"
~Kaitlin White CD(DONA), CIMI, B.A., B.Ed



"This manual 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 Count 


Reviewed by Summer Thorp-Lancaster,

The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is an English language translation of a manual given to new moms in the Netherlands, the Kraamwijzer.

For many moms, the initial magic of new baby is quickly overshadowed by the realization that this tiny person is entirely dependent upon them for everything.  This is can be especially true for women who give birth in the hospital, where the sense of being totally alone and responsible hits hard upon returning home.

This book is intended to help moms know what to expect in those first chaotic days after baby’s arrival.  It includes space for journaling/record keeping each day.  At only 77 pages, it is an easy carry along for those birthing in the hospital.

I liked the inclusion of midwives (they are the main care provider for pregnant women in the Netherlands) doulas and home births, which are still scarce in “mainstream” publications here. The author has carefully mentioned both vaginal and cesarean births, which makes this book appropriate for anyone.  It concisely and clearly covers such basics as bathing and feeding, including both breast and bottle, with pictures to help further understanding.  There is also a strong emphasis on asking for help when needed, which is essential in the first few weeks and months.

Some of the downfalls of the book include the choppiness that comes from translated texts, no bed sharing information and somewhat inaccurate sleeping information, as well as a strong reliance on “call the professional” instead of self-knowledge.  I found this last bit extremely difficult to swallow as I feel it is important for new mothers to trust their knowledge as primary with a “professional” as the secondary opinion.  In my opinion, no one knows baby better than mama (except maybe daddy!).

Overall, this book would make a nice quick-reference guide for first time moms or refresher for veteran moms.  The inclusion of the journaling pages moves it into keepsake material, which balances out the somewhat hefty $20 price tag. [editor's note: special price currently on website is $14.95 November 2010]

"H.R. Schaffer once said "There is…nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people." (O Magazine, May 2003) In her story and her book author Gea Meijering proves just this. Filled with REAL information you can see, touch, and put into use immediately, this book is the instruction manual we all wish we were born with! SmartChoices Women is a big fan of smart women and this easy to understand guide is THE SMARTEST choice for any woman that's just given birth, is about to give birth and even women like me that can't wait to experience this life changing event. The photos and quick explanations remove the fear and leave behind confidence so you can enjoy these first critical days."

Dionne Whitehead, SmartChoices Woman be confident. be comfortable. be yourself.


"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is an accessible and essential guide for burgeoning families. Helping women traverse this transformative time with this solid information can aid in making the process of becoming a mother a more sound and sane experience. This must-read resource is incredibly thorough and provides women with a sense of what they can expect during the early moments of parenting. This book, designed with the mother in mind, will bolster a sense of emotional ease on multiple levels, allowing more space for mother-baby attachment and bonding."

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. Los Angeles psychotherapist specializing in women's health. or 310.551.3003


“The First 8 Days contains essential information for all moms-to-be, touching on the very important subject of care for your baby and for yourself after birth.  It helps fill a void of attention and information regarding what all new mothers need to know and expect with a new baby, and how to cope with the many changes and demands that birth and a new baby brings.”

Jen Aliano Co-Owner, Founder Natural Baby Pros, LLC


"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is an absolute gift. Gea's book provides every expecting, new mom, their loved ones, as well as all childbirth educators with valuable and practical information in a simple and easy to read format. Her book supplies a wealth of education and support through the transition into motherhood. I appreciate Gea's knowledge and honesty. I am excited to share her book with everyone."

 Mary Oscategui,
Founder of The Baby
and International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals 


"This book is a fantastic find! Whether New or Experienced, Mother's of any age can benefit from reading this book! The First 8 Days Of Being a Mom, is a Postpartum Doula's dream guide. The South County Doulas love this book! We recommend this book to our Mother's."

Postpartum Doula Natasha from


"Curling up to read The First 8 Days brings the presence of a knowledgeable and caring helper into your home. With her warm personal style, Gea Meijering has captured the concern and respect that the Dutch traditionally show to mothers and their newborns during the first eight days after birth. If you do not have that special person who can care for you, then you can have this book. It will make you feel good about being a mother and will give your family tips about how to meet your needs so you can meet the needs of your infant. This is the perfect book to present to soon to be grandparents when announcing the new pregnancy."

Karima Khatib, mother of 8, grandmother of 12


"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is an awesome guideline that will give new moms support and knowledge during their babies first days of life. The manual will help increase moms confidence on her journey into motherhood. It is nice to see a book that not only focuses on care for baby but for mother, too. Well written with clear and concise information."

Alisa Okamoto
ICAN of San Diego


"What a great find, I have been a Newborn Specialist/Baby Nurse for over 12 years. In all those years I have found some very interesting baby books on feeding, sleeping... I'm always searching for more information. The more I know the better I can help my clients. The First 8 Days is like having me right in your home. It covers everything I would be teaching you and more. If you are a first time mom or know of a first time mom, get The First 8 Days."

Kim Tannahill


How many bowel movements should my newborn have? How often should I breastfeed my baby? Why is my daughter’s stool so black? What will I expect the first 8 days? These questions are probably the most commonly asked questions by every new Mom. The First 8 Days of Being a Mom answers those questions in the most simple, straightforward and blunt way. I loved reviewing this book and have absolutely put this on my list of “must haves” for the new Mom!

I like to think of it as “cliff notes” for the newborn. The most unique quality of this book is the lack of it, it’s a “right to the point” workbook that covers those aspects in 65 pages. Laid out in an easy to read and easy to follow outline starting from labor and finishing up with awesome easy to follow steps of changing a diaper, preparing a bottle, bathing your newborn and a very well explained section on breastfeeding. These steps include great photographs that make it very easy to follow.

Inside The First 8 Days of Being a Mom you will also find tips and information about how to take care of yourself, what you may expect to feel and a really helpful section to write some notes about how you are feeling and information you may want to keep or remember about those first precious 8 days.

I loved this book because of the respect given to the different choices. Whether you choose to have a hospital birth, a natural birth or a homebirth, you will find the information you need for the choice you have made. The same choices and respect are given for bottle vs breastfeeding. The last part of the book offers wonderful websites to continue on your research and education of expecting your new little arrival!

This book is a translated version of a Dutch original. In the Netherlands, a woman has the option to have a nurse visit the mother and answer the questions of a new Mom. Gea Meijering also thought this would be helpful to Mother’s in the US. I thank her for providing us such a gift.
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Heather Hill of


"A great find. The First 8 Days of Being a Mom by Gea Meijering.  For me working as a postpartum doula I find this guide of the upmost importance.  Gea has taken the time to brake the first days of a new mother’s life with her baby down in a very comprehendible way.  Starting with The Preparations needed to make your stay at the hospital or your home birth more comfortable, leading right into Day 1 your delivery.  The short, but concise information about The First, Second and Third Stage of Labor is written in such a manner that is easy to understand and serves as a great comfort. Gea quickly moves into Observations after the Delivery such as the Apgar-score, Reflexes, Vitamin K, Antibiotic Eye Ointment and more.  Day 2 will explain what the pediatrician is looking for when she examines your baby. Using The First 8 Days of Being a Mom will help you format questions you may have and then gives you a place in the book to not only jot the question, but also room to add the doctor’s response and advice.  All the information is here now; all you need to do is read and enjoy your new baby one day at a time."

Doris Kitchin PCD, DONA

DASC Member at Large



"Great gift. I gave it to my friend 1 week before she got her second baby and she found the book very helpfull".

Mariella de Wilde


"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is a significant manual to educate and guide a new mom. From how you might feel emotionally, to exercises and fitness recommendations for both vaginal birth and C-section, to how to encourage your baby to breast feed, this book is a must have for all new mother's who naturally have lots of questions. This book not only provides answers to those questions but also provides the new mother with information she may not have even known to have asked. The information is also beautifully and simply organized making it an even more attractive purchase. It's easy to read, informative and designed with the mother in mind thereby being a useful tool for those first 8 days after birth.

I would recommend this book to any new mother as well as my friends who are on their second or third child. It is an invaluable and insightful resource for any mom and for her spouse or partner".

Jeannine Thomas



This is a must-have book for every expecting mom. I love the easy-to-read information, delivery report and daily observation log. Every new mom needs a manual like "The First 8 Days."

Christine Fugate


"The First 8 Days of Being a Mom" is a wonderful resource for any expectant parent, and I would recommend that they add it to their library. It is concise and practical.

Felicia Blush - Childbirth educator of the Bradley Method


"This is the best babyshower gift! All the girls at the party loved it." Susanna Russell


The First 8 Days of Being a Mom.

Another name for this book could easily be "The Survival Guide", as it is just that. We love to be able to share great resources with mammas- for mammas. The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is a book that chronicles all of the things you would want and need to know during the first week of you babies life. We all have so many questions and concerns bringing a newborn home for the first time- and this book gives you the extra confidence you need. Use it as a "baby bible" or an easy read to feel extra prepared. It is also the perfect gift for someone you know that is prego.


"I was very impressed with the manual. I will keep it in mind for recommendation to patients".

Leigh H. White, ND of