Midwives from the Goshen Birth Center in Indiana.
Birth Professionals support the Snuggle Me!
We have had an overwhelming response from birth professionals of all kinds! Not only do professionals who work with infants endorse and recommend the Snuggle Me, but many are using them in their own clinics and practices!
Meet Dr. Roy Steinbock, MD
Dr. Roy is a board certified Pediatrician and has been practicing Pediatrics since 1999. Since his residency Dr. Roy has worked as a Pediatric inpatient doctor in a newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit, and in several Pediatric emergency rooms. Most recently, he has worked in primary care at Partners in Pediatrics, a holistic general Pediatric group in Denver. You can visit Dr. Roy at his pediatric clinic, Mindful Pediatrics, in Boulder, CO.
"The Snuggle Me Cushion is a great product for infants for several reasons. First, the Snuggle Me provides physical support that seems to tame the startle reflex in infants. This allows the infant to sleep in more solid spurts.
Secondly, babies spend 9 months tightly held inside their mother, so having a place for them to lay that simulates this “comforting” environment seems to reduce the stress on an infant.
Third, I have found that the Snuggle Me is a good product for parents who co-sleep with their infants. The cushion puts a firm barrier between the parent and infant, hopefully reducing the risk that the adult will roll onto the infant."
Kate Kripke is a social worker with a private practice in Boulder, CO. She has over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, families, and groups as an educator. She is an Outward Bound instructor, wellness consultant and psychotherapist. In her practice, Kate specializes in the postpartum adjustment and wellness in motherhood.
"In my psychotherapy and counseling practice, I work with new mothers around the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression. I have found the Snuggle Me Cushion to be a gift to mothers who are needing a trusting and comfortable way to allow for the time and space for self care.
When a baby is comfortable and happy, it is easier for a new mom to allow herself a break, and many women have relied on the cushion when they need to step away. In addition, when babies sleep more, mom can sleep more, and with the aid of this product more mothers are able to catch up on the sleep that they need to feel emotionally well."
Heidi McLoughlin is the President and Head Trainer of IMIS Australia. She has been in business for over 8 years with IMIS Australia and has been a CIMI (Certified Infant Massage Instructor) for the past 10 years.
"As an infant massage facilitator, I value any additional aid that can help make our baby massage classes run smoothly. The Snuggle Me Cushion provides an infant with a boundary that helps them feel more settled during massage time. Infants can feel a little “lost” when they are simply laid down for massage time with infinite space to move around. Having the boundary of the Snuggle Me helps them stay settled and allows them to lie longer for massage time."
"Because massage can provide so many benefits to parent and child, it is best if massage be carried out daily and the Snuggle Me increases the chances for this. Using the Snuggle Me can lengthen the massage which is beneficial to both infant and parent."
"Ultimately, the Snuggle Me can ensure that a baby feels safe with secure boundaries, which helps to ensure that massage can take place and continue for the longest amount of time possible. I highly recommend using the Snuggle Me Cushion both in class and at home for infant massage!"
Meet Heidi McLouglin, CIMI
Meet Stephanie Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Stephanie is an experienced OB nurse, parent educator and is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her professional experience includes 25 years of nursing that includes Labor and Delivery and high risk, obstetrical home-care. Stephanie has extensive personal experience with breastfeeding mothers and their newborns, infants and toddlers.
Stephanie is also the owner of Becoming Mothers, one of Boulder's finest Maternity specialty shops where she not only offers fine products but continues her work consulting with new moms.
"I was first introduced to the Snuggle Me Cushion at the 2008 Oh, Baby! event in Denver. I was extremely impressed by the number of Snuggle Me Cushions being purchased by expectant parents. When I introduced myself to the designers on the Snuggle Me, I was impressed by their child development expertise, the uncompromising value they put on product integrity and their commitment to family wellness."
"Since then I have had the pleasure of using the Snuggle Me Cushion with newborns and very young infants while consulting with their mothers on breastfeeding. When placed on the cushion, their babies have been calm, actively alert and comfortable. It was apparent the babies instantly felt safe and comforted. This was a welcome delight for the moms. One mom said she was experiencing difficulty making the transition to parenting 2 young children that were only 13 months apart in age. She said the Snuggle Me Cushion gave her a place to safely and comfortably put her newborn while she attended to the urgent needs of her older child."
"The Snuggle Me Cushion is one of the best new products we have discovered. Becoming Mothers unconditionally endorses the Snuggle Me Cushion. It has become one of the items we recommend to expectant new parents as a "mama (family) must-have."
* Mother of 4: Life long continuing education and experimentation
* Master of Arts: Educational Psychology, emphasis on early childhood
* Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, with honors and emphasis on development and learning
* Prenatal Parenting Instructor: Certified by the Institute for Prenatal Education
* CAPPA Labor Doula: Certification in progress
"I work with families on a wide range of developmental issues. Some of the biggest issues revolve around infant sleep. The Snuggle Me Cushion has been one of the best new products I’ve found to support newborn sleep. The cushion reduces the startle reflex and creates a cozy space that minimizes that reflexive movement that often wakes new babies. The cushion can be moved throughout the house to provide consistency in sleep, whether it’s day or night."
All in all, the Snuggle Me Cushion helps an infant create a positive association with sleep, which is crucial for healthy sleep throughout life."
Meet Dr. Elizabeth Decker, DC
Dr. Decker graduated from New York Chiropractic College with honors in 2000, after completing her bachelor degree in biology from State University of New York College at Geneseo. After practicing in New York and New Jersey, she joined South Boulder Chiropractic in 2001.
Dr. Decker has experience working with patients with injuries or for wellness care. One of Dr. Decker's specialties is working with pregnant women. She co-treats with many midwives and obstetricians in the Boulder area. She also does home visits for new moms.
“I love the Snuggle Me Cushion! I use it in my pediatric chiropractic clinic in two ways. First, if I am treating Mom, I have her newborn rest on the Snuggle Me while she gets her adjustment. Babies love to be in a comfy nest and often will be content while Mom gets the attention she needs. This also keeps Mom from lugging in the car seat which is way too heavy and bulky.
Secondly, I use the Snuggle Me Cushion when I am treating newborns. I see many pediatric patients in my practice and one of the most important things to do while I'm doing my exam and treatment is to keep the baby calm and comfortable. This cushion is perfect for that.
I also recommend the Snuggle Me to my clients for use in between treatments. The cushion helps to keep babies backs in the neutral position which is best for growth and good back posture.”