Is it normal to not feel the “magic moment” when I became a parent?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Patrick Duganz, Father Engagement Specialist Well, yes and no. Before your child was born you were probably told the old cliché that when you first hold them you will be overwhelmed with a new, magic kind of love. The person imparting this wisdom to you may have even had a twinkle in their eye […]

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Is it normal to have cravings during pregnancy?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Anna Snyder, RN It is normal, but often not as wild or weird as TV or movies make it seem (ex. pickles on your ice cream). Getting enough iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D is important during pregnancy, as are many other vitamins and minerals. Enjoying a craving every now and then […]

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Is it normal to want to go back to work?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Larisa Hammond, APRN-FNP, MSN For many parents work is an outlet for creative expression, as well as an opportunity to connect with, and collaborate with other adults. Before the baby, you were probably a successful, fulfilled, working adult. It is no secret – especially for first-time parents – that having a baby, is amazing […]

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Is it normal for a dad to cry more after a baby?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Patrick Duganz, Father Engagement Specialist It turns out nothing makes you less like Hollywood tough guys Clint Eastwood or Bruce Willis than becoming a dad. While once you were a fine example of rugged example of inherent manliness, you’re now crying because your kid smiled, or laughed, or held your finger, or said “da” […]

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Is it normal for an infant to confuse day & night?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Anna Snyder, RN It’s really common! Especially those first few weeks to months.  In utero, baby was rocked to sleep throughout the day as mom walked, climbed stairs, and went about her daily routine. Baby loved the constant swaying, which made the baby drowsy and helped him/her to sleep. However, when mom went to bed […]

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Is it normal to lack confidence as a new parent?

March 12, 2019 | Parenting & Prenatal

By Samantha Reed, RN Totally. Just like any new transition in life, we become experts by learning through experience. Every parent feels overwhelmed and insecure at times. Bringing home a new baby can be scary. Yet it is through our own experience that we begin to build confidence. Jim Gaffigan, comedian and father of five, […]

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A Family That Eats Together, Stays Together

From the time they drag their little feet out the door until they lay their sleepy heads down at night, kids are on the move. Getting them to stop long enough to have a conversation may seem impossible, but you have a secret weapon for capturing their attention…mealtime! The number one benefit of sitting down […]

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Art Installation to Normalize Breastfeeding Around Bozeman

Public unveiling of Bozeman Breastfeeds photos will celebrate local breastfeeding families. Montana ranks first in the nation for the rate of exclusive breastfeeding at the ages of three and six months, a wonderful success! However, there is more work to do. A stigma still exists around breastfeeding in public, which can be uncomfortable for new […]

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Keeping Kids Hydrated

  By Gallatin County WIC   It’s that time of year again in Gallatin County when the temperatures are on the rise and kids are spending more time playing outside. Did you know proper hydration can play a big role in your child’s health? It’s important to make sure your children stay hydrated, and water […]

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Newborn vaccinations; a personal and professional perspective.

  I remember first starting as a nurse at the immunization clinic and having some of the same doubts that I now hear from parents about the immunizations I was asked to administer. This was without any children of my own. I am now pregnant with my first baby, and I can’t imagine how fearful […]

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