Friday, May 22, 2009

Even Mildly Premature Infants at Risk for Severe RSV Infection

According to a research report presented earlier this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2009 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, even mild prematurity increases the risk for severe RSV infection in infants. The team, from Kaiser Permanente's Division of Perinatal Research in California, conducted a retrospective study of over 100,000 infants with gestational age of at least 33 weeks. They found that even babies who were born nearly full-term (at 37 weeks) were at significantly increased risk for serious respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections that require medical attention, including hospitalization in some cases. While the team does not determine why even mildly premature infants born just two to three weeks early have such a high risk of RSV infection associated with morbidity. Placing mildly premature infants in an even more precarious position is the fact that RSV prevention with the drug pavlizumab is approved only for the extremely premature baby. For Medscape's coverage of this research and a Canadian registry under development to better understand the use of pavlizumab with preemies, click here. (Free registration is required to view this link.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Walks

This is FREE & FABULOUS! Come out and enjoy the company of other moms and stay ENERGIZED! Join Kimberly (who teaches Prenatal & Postpartum Firness classes at Babies in Bloom) for a fitness walk!

Walk with a stroller or wear your little one. Wearing your baby may be a plus if you think your baby will want to nurse while walking. Remember water, sunscreen and a light snack.

Monday, May 18th 10AM Carlsbad
Saturday, May 23rd 9AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Monday, May 25th 10AM Carlsbad
Monday, June 1st 10AM Carlsbad
Saturday, June 13th 9AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Saturday, June 20th 9:30AM San Marcos Discovery Lake
Monday, June 22nd 10AM Carlsbad

Beach Walk
5 South & 5 North
Exit Carlsbad Village Drive
West on Carlsbad Village Drive
South on Ocean St
Park & gather around the grass area

Discovery Lake
78 East & 78 West
Exit San Marcos Blvd
West on San Marcos Blvd
South on S. Bent Ave.
S. Bent Ave. turns into Craven Rd.
Right on Foxhall Rd.
Park in parking lot at the top of the hill

Call 760.908.6535, email, or just show up.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

A few of my favorite quotes in honor of Mother's Day - hope you have a wonderful day!

"Before you were conceived, I wanted you
Before you were born, I loved you
Before you were here an hour,
I would die for you
This is the miracle of love."
-Maureen Hawkins

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."

"For finding your mother, there's one certain test. You must look for the creature who loves you the best."
-David Kirk (from Little Miss Spider)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Congratulations to...

...Rahele M. She is the winner of our Earth Mama Angel Baby gift basket worth over $125! Thank you to all the moms and moms-to-be that joined us at our tea party. :)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mama's Day Tea Party Recipes :)

Mama’s Ginger Mint Mock-Tea-Ni

Formulated for pregnancy morning sickness, but useful for any nausea (dads love it too!), Morning Wellness Tea settles an urpy tummy with ginger and spearmint along with a hint of peppermint, chamomile and lemon balm. Sophisticated enough for a fancy-pants brunch yet easy enough to make for a crowd, this will be a hit at any tea party!

1 Box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea
12 small pieces of candied ginger
24 oz. (2 bottles) Reed’s Original Ginger Ale
42 oz. organic cranberry juice (100% juice)
1 small piece fresh ginger root
3 Tbsp. fine organic sugar

Directions: Brew one box Morning Wellness Tea extra strong with about 12 small pieces of candied ginger and steep for 5-10 minutes. Use approximately. 64 ounces of water and allow to cool with the tea bags still in the water. Refrigerate well and remove tea bags. Add 42 ounces cranberry juice and 2 bottles of ginger ale. Or make your own organic ginger ale, using the recipe

Serve in martini glass. Finely grate 1/8 tsp. fresh ginger with a microplane grater and mix with 3 Tbsp. of organic sugar. Before serving, rub ginger root around the lip of the glass (or use water) to moisten, then rim with a mixture of sugar and fresh ginger.

Serves:18 Thirsty Mamas To Be (7 fl. oz. each)

French Vanilla Milkmaid Chai

Milkmaid Tea is formulated to support healthy milk production with fennel, fenugreek, anise seed and caraway seed with nettle and red raspberry leaf. Safe for non-pregnant moms only, this deelish recipe will be one of your favorites. Better tasting than the budget-busting gourmet shop versions, and naturally good for you, you can also vary the total calories easily. We like this hot, but it’s also great iced. If you serve iced, try using creamer frozen in ice cube trays instead of ice to avoid dilution.

1 box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Milkmaid Tea
1 small carton French Vanilla soy creamer
Ground organic cinnamon
Ground organic ginger

Directions:Brew one box of Milkmaid Tea extra strong in approximately 64 ounces of water, steeping for 12 minutes. Add French vanilla soy creamer to taste (approximately 1-2 Tablespoons per cup). Garnish with a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon and ginger to taste.

Serves:Approximately 16 Nursing Mamas

Comforting Hot Apple Cider

Formerly known as Postpartum Tea, new Monthly Comfort Tea is blended to jumpstart recovery after childbirth and is also a must-have to help balance regularly at “that time of the month”. Lady’s mantle, cinnamon, lemon balm, nettles, alfalfa and ginger help balance, soothe and ease cramping immediately postpartum, and give relief to cramping and that uncomfortable cranky feeling each month thereafter. Safe for non-pregnant mamas only, this is a favorite tea for drinking any time. The taste is spectacularly spicy and it’s delicious hot and soothing or iced and refreshing.

1 box (16 tea bags) Earth Mama Angel Baby Monthly Comfort Tea
62 ounces unfiltered organic apple cider
Sprinkle of organic cinnamon or cinnamon stick

Directions:Brew one box Monthly Comfort Tea extra strong. We suggest 64 ounces of water, steeping for 12 minutes. Add 64 ounces of organic apple cider. Serve in your best tea cup with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, accompanied with a slice of fresh organic apple, dipped in decadent gooey caramel sauce. YUM!

Serves:Approximately 18 Thirsty and Formerly Crabby Mamas

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mama's Day Tea Party on Friday!

Please join us for a Tea-riffic Mama's Day Tea Party!

Friday, May 8th from 10 am - 2 pm

Bring your favorite teacup and we’ll fill it up with a delicious brew, especially to celebrate YOU!

Relax, enjoy some pampering mama time, sip Earth Mama Angel Baby’s USDA Certified 100% Organic tea (and take samples home!) and enter to win an adorable gift basket packed with safe, effective, luxurious Earth Mama Angel Baby products, worth over $125!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Webinar on Preparing for Conception - May 6th

A free educational Webinar, “A Healthy State of Body and Mind for Conception…at Every Stage of the Process” will be presented on Wednesday, May 6th at 8:00pm EST. The one-hour discussion is offered by a partnership between RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and the March of Dimes.

The Webinar will provide participants with information on preparing the body and mind for conception. Learning outcomes include education about vitamins, the risks of smoking, weight, and eating choices and understanding the seven stages of coping with infertility. A mental health specialist will also talk about ways to cope with intrusive inquiries about family building from relatives and friends.

For questions about the Webinar, contact To register, go to

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Wait is Over...

Our summer shoe collection from Pediped will be here tomorrow! We are so excited to be able to offer both their Original and Flex styles in sizes from 0-6 months to 4 years old.

These will be out on the shelves Tuesday morning - come in and pick up your favorites!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

We are "Taking Steps" for Crohn's & Colitis!

A note from our Babies in Bloom team-member, Ali...

"My brother Nathan and I were both diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2002. Since then, we have walked with the CCFA each year to help raise money and awareness for this illness. It is very important to us and each year we look forward to gathering together our friends and family to support this cause that means so much to us."

Tonight, Rochelle and her family (and many other friends) will participate in the San Diego CCFA "Take Steps" walk along with, and in support of, Ali and Nathan.

Please click here to learn more or to contribute to this important cause. Thank you so much!