What started Welcome Mama was my need to having a place that listed the stuff that no one else was including. It kind of drove me bonkers that I needed to go to one of my local mama facebook groups to find a pediatrician who would support our parenting decisions. I didn't love having to try 3 different pediatricians before finding one that understood what a probiotics did! I'd see women post questions about natural birth and watched other women recommend abysmal providers, some who had deplorable track records. And each time I'd think: why hasn't anyone started a directory for this kind of stuff?! So I did it with the support of some really great friends. I wanted this to be different and to truly include and embrace holistic elements of parenting. And most importantly, I wanted a space for resources that you just could not find anywhere else.
How much more holistic can you get than by teaching your own kids?
I don't homeschool, but as a former teacher, I have really appreciated learning more about it from my friends who do. I was shocked to learn (that I know of!) that there are currently no other websites that include the incredible homeschooling cooperative learning groups in WNY! Can you believe that? You probably won't believe it once you learn about how many there are right here in Buffalo. Their philosophies and personal beliefs differ, with so many different kinds of families taking the leap and homeschooling. And get this, there are many local museums now offering special rates for families looking to supplement their kids' learning experiences. So stay tuned. I'm working my fanny off on putting together a great page dedicated to resources for our local homeschooling community. I can't wait to share it with you.
So much going on this weekend. Here's what's on my list:
(Click on the links to view the event pages!!!)
Saturday, August 26th
Elmwood Arts Festival
The Joy Ride 2017
Live, Love, Latch
Monarch Butterfly Festival
Sunday, August 27th
Elmwood Art Festival
The 6th Annual Holistic Expo of WNY
Gentle Parenting Institute's End of the Year Soiree
I get really excited when I learn about new resources to list on Welcome Mama. I feel like I've hit the jackpot learning about this empowering midwife new to town.
Meet Maura Winkler of Fika Midwifery.
In her new blog post she discusses the pressing issue of informed consent and how WNY women can achieve women centered care. And, brace yourself, she not only knows Genevieve Howland, aka Mama Natural, but also collaborated in writing Mama Natural's week-by-week pregnancy guide. Sooooo cool to have Maura and her vast knowledge right here in Buffalo. She's not only a Registered Nurse ()RN, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), but also a certified doula (CD). Oh. And she does home visists?!?!
Contact her today:
6 years ago I was proctoring a Chemistry regents exam at a local high school and pondering how my fiance and I would ever have the money to consider having a baby. I thought, well, maybe we just won't have any? Meh. Maybe I don't want any. Maybe I don't want to get married? Maybe this whole thing is a sham. I'm spending too much time worrying about flowers and printing programs. Maybe this just doesn't feel right? Maybe I'm not meant to get married?
Whether that was anxiety talking or a major hormonal shift, I'll never know, but despite my doubts about my future I was pregnant a few months before my August wedding. At 34. Sweeeet! Not really.
Understatement of my life: I found out that things don't always go as planned.
Kind of like my little blog and directory here. Turns out, being a stay-at-home parent while trying to develop an amazing website with few alternative childcare options is kind of tough. Not being able to figure out how the hell to get your kids to bed before 9pm isn't any easier. Then throw in this cluster eff of blogging, marketing, consumer bologna? It's hard to stay focused on what my website's purpose was in the first place. It's been even more difficult to figure out how to make this something special for WNY's while being authentic to myself. Like, did you know that you can buy "likes" for your facebook business page? Or that you can increase traffic through SEO's? I just can't get behind these kinds of practices, no matter how many people it brings to my pages.
Here's the thing: I need to be authentic. I need this website to be a reflection of my needs as the mom, just as much as our holistic community's. That may not get me as many likes or web traffic, but it gets me a directory that I can 100% believe in. I hope that's something you can get behind. I'm making it a practice to support and list businesses that I believe in or know that the community deserves access to. If you believe in me and this site, please like my facebook business page, share it, and help me include businesses that reflect our mission: to provide an alternative resource directory for pregnant and early parenting.
I really appreciate your love and support and hope that you can continue to help me expand this resource.
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.