Official Blog Launch With Prizes To Be Won

It’s official, A Mother’s Boutique has launched its very own blog. Mommy News Blog is all about sharing our breastfeeding, maternity, and parenting news and views with moms on the go. Even though we are in our first weeks of birth we still have some great content of tips, advice, and even some information about new products over at our sister site- A Mother’s Boutique.

So would you love a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to A Mother’s Boutique? How about five chances to win? Yes, that’s right over the next five weeks in the spirit of the holidays and to celebrate our new blog we are giving away five gift certificates to our boutique store. There will be a new winner drawn every week see below for the dates.

Ways To Enter For A $50 Gift Certificate

    Leave 3 comments anywhere on this blog– Comments need to be more than just “That’s Great” or “I Agree” (and your updates telling us what you have done to qualify for the contest do not count toward the required three comments to enter the contest)
    Blog About Us – love one of our articles or even this contest? Don’t forget to post a comment here linking us to the post
    Tweet Tweet– After you ‘follow us’ tweet about any post including this contest and of course don’t forget to post here letting us know you did so
    Facebook – let your facebook friends know all about this contest and the great tips we have to offer. You can even become a fan! Don’t forget to leave us a comment here telling us that you sent a message to your facebook friends and/or became a fan of our boutique
    Spread the News – feel free to add us to your blogroll or even add a button link to your sidebar or links page. Don’t have a website or blog? That’s okay email your friends and just CC us [contest@blog.mothersboutique.com] on the email. We will NOT contact your friends or add them to any lists

Whew- That is a lot of ways to enter! Don’t forget to leave comments on this post letting us know you completed these different tasks. Of course you can complete the tasks more then once using different content over the next five weeks to increase your chances at winning one of the weekly gift certificates! Keep in mind you can only win once.

1st Weekly drawing is December 7th – WINNER is Amy Thompson – Congrats Amy!
2nd Weekly Drawing December 12 – WINNER is Tiffany (Life on the Road: Home Business, Homeschool and Cats!) – Congrats Tiffany!

3rd Weekly Drawing December 19th – WINNER is Ruth N. – Congrats Ruth!
4th Weekly Drawing December 26th – WINNER is Jennifer (my life with four kids) – Congrats Jennifer!
5th Weekly Drawing January 4th – WINNER is Kristin B. – Congrats Kristin!

74 comments to Official Blog Launch With Prizes To Be Won

  • Joy

    Commenting on posts.

    Facebook

  • If you see my sidebar, I’ve already been following the website! I’ll update it and make sure the most current redirected address shows!

  • Ruth Neidlinger

    I became a fan on Facebook. I look forward to checking out this new blog!

  • Ruth Neidlinger

    I tried to subscribe, and was unable to. Anyone else have that issue?

  • Christin

    Commenting on Posts!! :)

  • Congratulations on your blog. I just got a chance to update my own studio’s blog site about my maternity leave. I have a hungry, nursing 4 week old who still needs her mommy at home, so I’m returning to teaching Pilates in January ’09. I’ll be checking out the store for activewear very soon. Happy holidays everyone!

  • Ruth Neidlinger

    I probably ought to have said that I’m trying to subscribe with My Yahoo, if that makes any difference. I just tried it again, and it still says it’s unable to add this page to my roll.
    ?

  • Mommy News

    Hi Ruth,
    I have my partner taking a look at it to see why you are having trouble subscribing. We will get back to you shortly. Thanks for letting me know about the problem. — Judy

  • Sweet! A great new resource for BFing and a chance for prizes! Thanks!!

  • Mommy News

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments! I am enjoying reading them. I did want to let you know that we are working on the feed. The only part that is not working it seems is the Yahoo subscription service. You can subscribe via email or another reader and as soon as it’s fix switch your subscription over. I’ll update you as soon as we know more. Thank You!

  • carol-lynne

    i am now a nana 8x over and wish these things were available back in my day. keep up the good work

  • Hi Judy,

    I think I did them all. I was already a facebook fan. My blog is on my website and I don’t know if anyone reads it but I added it. I hope some of the people I e-mailed will check it out. Thanks for the great resources.

    Amy

  • I commented on 3 posts! Thanks for the entry!

  • Emily Carlton

    Found you on Twitter and so glad I did! Looking forward to visiting the site often.

  • I’m following you on Twitter, and Tweeted about this contest!

  • Got you linked up on Facebook! I’m a fan, and I’m telling the world!

  • Okay, “Start Spreading the News…” LOL I’ve added you to my blogroll!

  • Well, there’s three comments, for my final entry… And I’ve certainly enjoyed browsing the blog to write them. Thanks for this! :)

  • Rivka

    Hey there. I am sharing this contest with my friends on facebook. I have a bunch of friends who are new moms too!

  • amber Ambrose

    Glad to have another resource to check for baby stuff. I am going to be a first time mom and need all the help I can get! *plus, trying to enter the contest*

  • amber Ambrose

    Going to become a fan on facebook and spread the word to my new mom friends! Congrats on the new blog.

  • amber Ambrose

    Anybody have advice on the Bradley method/homebirthing/midwives? My insurance doesn’t quite cover the “alternative” birthing situations, but I really want to do something from home. Maybe I’m crazy?

  • J – your blog looks great!! I just posted a link to the blog and contest on my facebook (which you’ll see on your news feed, LOL). I think we still have your shop linked on my site, but I’ll double check it!

    :)
    Cyndi & Emilie

  • Jody

    Would love to, Judy!

    Thanks!

  • Kathy Ginsburg

    Already a fan on facebook, but I sent a message to my FB friends about your contest and blog.

  • Mim

    Hi — I sent facebook mail to friends who are moms… by the way, as a technical writer and usability expert, I did want to suggest you make hotlinks above to your facebook fan page, twitter feed, and so on, within the text of your blog entry asking people to use those things — links would make it that much easier for readers to do what you’re asking! Here’s hoping I win a gift certificate… as a relatively new mom of baby 2, I feel like I’ve spent the last 3 years either nursing or being pregnant or both!

  • Mommy News

    Thanks for the feedback Mim! I didn’t even realize that I forgot to put the direct links in for facebook and Twitter. They are there now – so future readers won’t have any difficulties finding us on facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to leave 3 comments on different posts throughout the site for another chance to win!!

  • Mommy News

    Hi Amber,
    I have asked a few friends of mine who are “Bradley” experts to write a reply here for you on the benefits of Bradley. Hopefully one of them will chime in sometime today. Please check back! — Judy

  • Jackie van Galen

    Hi Judy,

    I’ve messaged a whole bunch of facebook friends and added your site as well -we have a tonne of babies sprounting up around us so you will be a valuable resource! Really good nursing tops are hard to come by and I love your range.

    Keep up the great work – you rock!

  • I read “Husband-Coached Childbirth” but wasn’t absolutely thrilled with it. My understanding is that Bradley offers a 10-week (?) course in the method, which comes down to having your partner coach you through your contractions. I was able to achieve two natural births without a class, though I did hire a doula each time, read a lot of books, and have a very supportive husband. I found “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” most helpful, but I think what helps each person really depends on their unique situation. (oh, and BTW, I heard that “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way” is a much better book than Bradley’s original that I read)

    Insurance likely won’t cover a doula either (though they SHOULD! since they reduce the use of expensive medical interventions), but it was totally worth the out-of-pocket expense for me.

  • Now realizing I didn’t totally answer the question. If you decide on a homebirth, that’s probably not going to be covered by insurance, but it IS way less expensive in the long run. My research showed that the national average cost of a homebirth was $1500. Mothering.com’s forums offer lots of really great threads on homebirth with lots of experienced mommies to answer your questions.

  • And I might as well submit a third comment because I’d love to win that contest! :)

  • Mommy News

    Hi Tenille,

    Thanks for leaving that information for Amber! I appreciate your expertise on the subject!! Just one note about Doulas – I also used a doula for my birth and insurance did not cover it, but a doula in training is a GREAT alternative. When in training a Doula has to do something like 30 unpaid births – so you can get someone who is working on their certification for free. I helped a friend of mine get one for her birth. Find out locally where the Doula’s get trained and then contact that person to see how to get in touch with one of the trainees. I know where to refer you in Pittsburgh, but if you aren’t local, then you’ll have to do some hunting around to figure it out. I agree 100% – a Doula is worth her weight in gold!! Also, some hospitals now offer Doula services free-of-charge. Magee in Pittsburgh offers a program like this. You don’t get any of the upfront services, but if there is one available when you get to the hospital, you can ask to have her join your birth. — Judy

  • Chrystal LeVasseur

    I used a doula with the birth of my third child. It was provided by the hospital. I wish I would have used one with my other two children. They are definately worth her weight in gold, I second that remark by Judy.

  • Hi Amber,

    I personally don’t have alot of experience with the Bradley Method but according to their website they have an 86% medication free rate. It is a 12 week course. I’m not sure what area you are in but there are several instructors in the Pittsburgh area according to their site. It appears that the average cost is $250.

    Also there is Hypnobabies/hypnobirthing that both have high success rates with natural birth. I personally would recommend Hypnobabies. If you are in this area there is an instructor in Wexford. If not you can just go to hypnobabies.com and search for an instructor or you can do their home study course.

    I also highly recommend doulas (as I am one). If you find that your only option is a hospital birth make sure you are very thorough with your care provider about what you want so you are on the same page. Don’t settle for answers you don’t like and don’t be afraid to keep looking if you are not happy. I don’t know if any insurances cover home births but I think alot of them will cover an out of hospital birth center so look into that. It’s a happy medium and is usually covered.

    If you are in Pittsburgh and want some of the names I have of the instuctors leave a post here and I will get them to you. If you are not in Pittsburgh a great place to get info about alternatives is the mothering.com message boards. You can go to finding your tribe and the state you live in and post there.

    HTH

    Amy

  • Mommy News

    Thanks for the great info Amy!! — Judy

  • Ann Marie

    I took the Bradley method course. It was really like a college course in pregnancy and childbirth! It’s way more involved than most childbirth classes, so you get what you pay for. They put you on a healthy diet, daily exercise, daily relaxation practice, etc. You learn quite a bit about anatomy too, so you can understand what’s going on and why certain things might make you feel better during labor. They teach you about breastfeeding too, and get you in contact with La Leche League for support after the baby’s born.

    Bradley is very anti-intervention, and it sounds like that would match your philosophy. It’s all about letting nature take its course and only interfering medically if you have to. There’s a lot of focus on ways to handle the contractions without painkillers, and how to avoid a c-section. You can decide whether you want to use it in a hospital, birthing center, or at home. You would still need to hire a midwife for a home birth, though.

    My LO was born 5 weeks early because my water broke, so I had to go to the hospital and have an IV with fluids and antibiotics. But no painkillers! Yes, there were times when it hurt (basically during transition), but I was fine and in control. My husband was a great labor coach and advocate. My LO did *great* for a 5-week preemie; she didn’t need any help eating or breathing. I think the fact that she wasn’t drugged up had a lot to do with it.

    HTH
    Ann Marie

  • Annie Moon

    Hi Judy~
    I’m so happy to see a great resource like this for moms, especially new moms who are breastfeeding. I’ve left some comments and just “became a fan” on Facebook. I hope that you and Javin are both well.
    Annie

  • Joy

    I Facebook fanned you! I’ve also shared in Circle of Moms on FB.

  • Joy

    And now just did my three comments on other pages. Hurrah for the mommynewsblog.

  • I just left three comments and, in doing so, discovered that this is actually a really interesting blog! Much more so than other ‘business blogs’ I’ve looked at before. Yay for you! So, I added it to my blogroll as well.

    So please please please enter me in the prize draw, because boy oh boy do I need some new nursing bras!!!!! :)

  • Mommy News

    Thanks for your comments Strawberry. I am thrilled that you like my blog! I have entered you into the contest twice ;). Don’t forget – you can come back again next week and leave some more comments and be entered again – and you tweet about me on twitter or send out a message on facebook, you’ll get more entries. I have a ton a great nursing bras http://www.mothersboutique.com/nursingbras.html – so browse around when you get a chance. And if you need any help picking one out, just contact me through the contact form on this blog and I’d be happy to give you personalized assistance.

    I’ll be picking the next contest winner tomorrow afternoon! Stay tuned! –Judy

  • Jody

    Hi! Sorry it took me a little bit to figure where to jump into this conversation! I am a Bradley mom (I have 6 kids, 5 vbacs, 3 homebirths) and a Bradley Teacher in Beaver County. Yes, Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way is an excellent book with very detailed info. And, yes the classes are like taking a “college” course in pregnancy and birthing. The classes in the Pittsburgh area run around $250. The series runs between 10-12 weeks, depending on the teacher you hire. We teach nutrition, relaxation, labor coaching, anatomy, exercise, birth plans, breastfeeding, postpartum. I even do postpartum b.f. counseling, visiting my students to help them get it going if needed. I am very involved, and have attended births with them when asked. There is lots of interaction and plenty of room for questions. If I don’t know the answer, I help them find it. Finding non pharmaceutical ways of dealing with pregnancy discomforts and labor is an emphasis as well. So, have I answered your questions? Please feel free to email me off list as well. herbs2live@yahoo.com (still working on my website!)

  • I will certainly link from my blog to yours. And would love to enter the contest for the gift certificate since I now have to buy new nursing bras since I am bigger with DS than I was with DD. Good luck with the blog!!

  • Ruth N.

    Judy, I wanted to let you know that I successfully subscribed via My Yahoo! Thanks for getting that fixed. Now I can stay up on what’s going on here.:-)
    I’ve been commenting and telling others, but I’m not keeping track.;-)

  • Mommy News

    Thanks Ruth,

    I have entered you into the contest for your comments as I can track those. Anything else you do, you will need to let me know about so that I can give you credit. I will give you another entry for telling friends based on your post. If you send out a note on Twitter or facebook, let me know. –Judy

  • Stephanie

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know I became a fan on facebook…it is wonderful to see promotion of motherhood and breastfeeding!

  • Hannah

    HEY! I’m now a fan on facebook. The breastfeeding page has helped me through some rough times recently, posts from others have picked up my spirits about breastfeeding. My sister never wanted to and most of my friends have weaned their kids by now. I have a 2 month old, he’s my first and even though nursing has been easy, we’ve hit some bumps. Thank you guys so much for a place to talk to other Moms who breastfeed and love it!

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