Thursday, March 24, 2011

Expert Wendy Haldeman: Sites for New and Expectant Parents

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Wendy Haldeman,MN, RN, IBCLC
When it comes to information on caring for a newborn and breastfeeding, Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC, is the go-to person. Wendy is the co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury™ and has been teaching baby care classes for close to 30 years. When Wendy was a new mom, she saw a need for baby care classes and developed a baby bootcamp with Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC. Soon after, Wendy and Corky began renting breast pumps and thus evolved the Pump Station. Seeing a need for greater lactation support Wendy received her lactation education at UCLA and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field.

Wendy is very proud of the extensive information The Pump Station provides for breastfeeding mothers and families with lots of helpful handouts and blogs, great online shopping for the most current, helpful, mother and infant-expert approved products, and weekly newsletters announcing upcoming classes and featuring blogs written by a variety of experts in the maternal-health field. But, Wendy and her husband Tim are most proud of their two grown daughters and their adorable ten-month-old granddaughter. Here are Wendy’s essential sites for new and expectant parents:

The Pump Station and Nurtury™: “Of course I need to tout my own site,” says Wendy. And the accolades are well-deserved. The site truly is a great resource for shopping and information. In addition to the incredible products, the resources section has great articles and downloads on breastfeeding as well videos and webisodes filmed during their breastfeeding mother’s support groups. “We call these sessions ‘Mommie Matters,’” Wendy adds. “Corky and I field a multitude of questions regarding breastfeeding, childcare and parenting issues.” We highly recommend them to see Wendy’s expertise in action!

New Directions Institute
: “I have tremendous respect for Dr. Jill Stamm who holds a PhD in learning and instructional technology,” explains Wendy. “Her specialization is in understanding how people learn.” Wendy is impressed with Dr. Stamm’s patented system called Brain Boxes for teaching parents and other care providers about the science of early development. “She [Dr. Stamm] instructs new parents as to how the brain grows and what parents can do to maximize their infant’s ability to learn.” Wendy also highly recommends Dr. Stamm’s book, Bright from the Start.

The Happiest Baby: Another favorite of Wendy’s and the Pump Station is Dr. Harvey Karp who has developed a simple “system” to help parents settle a fussy infant. “Known as ‘The Five S’s’ these effective techniques empower new parents and can work magic in helping everyone get more sleep,” says Wendy. Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp’s website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. This site is very extensive, easy to read and current.

The Smart Mama
: Jennifer Taggart is an attorney and mother who has spent years researching toxic components in our household cleaning products, baby products, cosmetics, and plastics. Wendy is a fan of Jennifer’s book, Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure, and loves her website because it is “very helpful to new parents looking to create a safe home environment for their children and family.”

Kelly Mom: “As much as I resist touting other breastfeeding websites I would be remiss if I did not mention this site,” states Wendy. This site offers extensive information to breastfeeding mothers. “I secretly go here to check out the latest recommendations for breastfeeding issues,” confesses Wendy. “Kelly has done a fabulous job here and I applaud her great efforts.”