• Redefining “Mommy Care Culture”

    Published on: March 31st, 2020

    This guest post is written by Lesley Davenport, Owner and Founder of the Pilates Center of Pittsburgh. Lesley and her team of skilled instructors work with clients, including pre and postpartum moms, to improve well-being and establish balance in the body. In this post, Lesley explores how moms can embrace self-care in order to achieve … Continue reading >>>

  • [Book Review] Gates’ The Moment of Lift on Supporting Women & Children

    Published on: March 31st, 2020

    Philanthropist, business-woman and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates explores the benefits to society when women and children are given the support that they need to thrive.  The book begins with Gates sharing a childhood memory of attending space launches in her hometown of Dallas Texas in support of her father’s … Continue reading >>>

  • The Support that New Moms REALLY Need

    Published on: February 29th, 2020

    The transition to motherhood is complex, personal and, for some, a reality check. It is also a journey, in the truest form. According to a study by Munchkin, the adjustment period for women to adjust to motherhood is four months and 23 days. This period of time is one of the most significant transformations a … Continue reading >>>

  • Do I Have the “Mama Skills” to Mentor Others?

    Published on: January 24th, 2020

    At NurturePA, we connect those with parenting experience to new moms in order to provide resources and support during the early and most critical stages of parenthood. One thing that we’ve found since we started is that the word “mentor” can be a bit intimidating! Many question whether they have the skills necessary to mentor … Continue reading >>>

  • Let’s Resolve to Support More Moms This Year

    Published on: January 17th, 2020

    As we settle into a new year and a new decade, many of us are engaging in a period of reflection and goal setting for the upcoming year. While you may be thinking about ways to improve your physical health, read more books, spend more time with your family or practice better habits, you might … Continue reading >>>

  • How to Put Your Mama Skills to Work in Your Professional Life

    Published on: October 17th, 2019

    Your “Mama skills” are Real: The Professional Advantages of Motherhood.   Biases against women and mothers in the workplace are nothing new, yet they remain. The official term for this is Maternal Wall Bias, and “it occurs when colleagues view mothers—or pregnant women—as less competent and less committed to their jobs, Dr.Joan C. Williams says, … Continue reading >>>

  • Top 10 Signs You Are A Millennial Mom

    Published on: October 3rd, 2019

    What Makes a Millennial? Technically speaking, the Millennial generation consists of those individuals born between 1981 and 1996.  They are called “Millennials” because they came into adulthood during the new millennium. Muhammad Ali said, “Age is whatever you think it is.  You are as old as you think you are.”  So regardless of the year … Continue reading >>>

  • Motherhood is the Shared Experience:Different Paths, More Support

    Published on: September 16th, 2019

    There are many different ways in which someone can become a mother. In fact, the path to motherhood can be unexpected, winding, planned, sudden or even, temporary. Regardless of the circumstances that a woman encounters on her path to motherhood, there is no doubt that becoming a mother is one of the most profound experiences … Continue reading >>>

  • NurturePA Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week, Part III

    Published on: August 31st, 2019

    A Deeper Dive Into Factors that Negatively Impact Breastfeeding Among Black Women in American Society At NurturePA, we are grateful for the opportunity to share Part III of our interview with Ngozi Tibbs and Renae Green as part of our focus on Black Breastfeeding Week 2019. If you missed Parts I & II of the … Continue reading >>>

  • NurturePA Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week, Part II

    Published on: August 28th, 2019

    Factors Impacting Lower Breastfeeding Rates Among Black Mothers Renae Green and Ngozi Tibbs confirm that it is difficult to get accurate accounts of the number of black women who initiate breastfeeding due to large inconsistencies between how individual hospitals collect and report data. Initiation rates look good on paper in most hospitals since they count … Continue reading >>>

  • NurturePA Celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week

    Published on: August 27th, 2019

    Two Local Lactation Experts Speak Out About the Black Breastfeeding Experience   At NurturePA, we seek to understand, support, and elevate the lived experience of all mothers of young children.  Throughout August, we’ve focused our attention on breastfeeding. In recognition of Black Breastfeeding Week ( August 25 – 31, 2019) we are fortunate to have … Continue reading >>>

  • Bob, the Boob Man: On Breastfeeding

    Published on: August 15th, 2019

    A Man in a Woman’s World Often, when we talk about breaking through the “glass ceiling” in a profession, we are usually referring to women breaking into traditionally male-dominated professions.  Bob Monteverde (IBCLC), a.k.a. Bob, the Boob Man, has broken through the female-dominated lactation consulting field in a big way.     Mr. Monteverde is More … Continue reading >>>

  • The Decision to Breastfeed

    Published on: August 2nd, 2019

    The Decision to Breastfeed The average person makes 35,000 decisions each day.  For the 35.7 million moms with children under 18 in the U.S., we can assume that that number is even higher.  So when it comes to whether or not to breastfeed, moms need to consider all the benefits breastfeeding holds for both mother … Continue reading >>>

  • Kudos to Kate! Shining the Spotlight on the Nurture® Program

    Published on: July 20th, 2019

      The Importance of Supporting Moms Kudos to Kate Brennan, Director of Operations for NurturePA who spoke with Kelly on STAR 100.7 Sunday Morning Magazine with Kelly this past Sunday.  Kelly described the Nurture® Program as one of the most important resources in the city for new moms.   Kelly characterized the Nurture® Program’s text messaging software … Continue reading >>>

  • How to Pay Forward the Support You’ve Received as a New Mom

    Published on: July 16th, 2019

    NurturePA Blog Becoming a mom for the first time is one of the most significant transformations a woman will experience. In addition to bearing the joy of caring for a tiny human, many new moms are battling sleep deprivation, exhaustion, hormonal shifts, a learning curve as they adjust to their “new normal” and physical limitations … Continue reading >>>

  • Mentor Spotlight: Merett

    Published on: April 30th, 2019

    As a mentor, I love knowing that I am a reliable and consistent support tool for new mothers up until their child is 3 years old. Having 4 kids myself, I know how critical it is to have dependable support & accurate information postpartum & with that it can have a positive effect long after the mentoring stops.

  • Mentor Spotlight: Jen F.

    Published on: March 29th, 2019

    The early years of motherhood can be so difficult and challenging, and a lot of new moms (myself included) have no idea what to expect. NurturePA provides a sort-of “virtual friend” for these moms to talk to. A shoulder to cry on, someone to direct you to appropriate resources, even someone who can just tell you “this is normal” or “you’re doing a great job”. As a new mom, I would have loved to have someone checking in on me weekly, to genuinely care about how I was doing.

  • Mentor Spotlight: Cortney

    Published on: February 28th, 2019

    The Nurture® Program is so special because it gives moms a safe place where they won’t be judged when they ask any questions or share how they are feeling. Those first few months of the post partum period can be really tough for any new mom, so having another mom to talk to who has been there and truly understands what she is going through is amazing! Babies develop so quickly and new moms can’t know everything from day one so having the Nurture® Program is really so helpful to them.

  • Mentor Spotlight: Lauren

    Published on: January 29th, 2019

    How long have you been a NurturePA mentor? Since November 2017. What makes the Nurture® Program so special? You have a zillion questions when you’re a new mom and no one feels sure of herself at first. When I was a new mom, I remember wishing that I had a resource to connect with on … Continue reading >>>

  • Meet Kerry Ann!

    Published on: January 17th, 2019

    Meet Kerry Ann. When Kerry Ann’s daughter was diagnosed with a severe medical condition, she reached out to Ena, her NurturePA mentor, for advice. Not only was Ena able to connect Kerry Ann with several helpful resources, she was a consistent source of support and encouragement throughout the entire experience. “Kerry Ann is such a … Continue reading >>>

  • New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy 2019

    Published on: January 2nd, 2019

    The new year always brings a sense of a fresh start. While everybody seems to be making plans to hit the gym and try the latest fad diet, we have a few other suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions that will hopefully increase happiness in your life. 1) Spend more quality time with your child. It … Continue reading >>>

  • Mentor Spotlight: Jess

    Published on: December 27th, 2018

    How long have you been a NurturePA mentor? January 2019 is my 1 year Anniversary! What makes the Nurture® Program so special? Several things. First of all it’s volunteer based, so most people who choose to become a mentor really do have an interest/passion for helping and supporting other moms, which has been so refreshing … Continue reading >>>

  • Mentor Spotlight: Amanda

    Published on: November 30th, 2018

    How long have you been a NurturePA mentor? I started mentoring in June 2018. It has already been such an amazing and rewarding experience. What makes the Nurture® Program so special? As a full time stay at home mom, it has been hard to find volunteer opportunities that fit within my children’s schedule. I love … Continue reading >>>